City lawmakers have approved supporting five Condolidated Funding Applications... totaling 2.6-million dollars... for projects in downtown Jamestown. City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce... whose panel approved the applications last week... says all were approved in 8-to-0 votes at last night's voting session. Dolce says one was for up to 1.7-million dollars in funding for the 4.1-million dollar, second-phase of the Tracy Plaza renovation project. Dolce says the city has been involved in an effort to upgrade the plaza... making it more "inviting... and, makes it more "user-friendly" for the people of Jamestown. The City Council also approved supporting the 404-thousand dollars, Jamestown Riverwalk Illumination Project to "light-up" several downtown landmarks along the Chadakoin River. Dolce feels it's a "great idea" to light up landmarks... including the new National Comedy Center... and, the main silo at the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities. Two-hundred thousand dollars is being sought. The City Council also approved the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation's application for up to 500-thousand dollars in grant money from the "Main Street Grant Program" for improvements to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts complex.
More than 100 manufacturers from across the 23rd Congressional District -- including several from Chautauqua County -- are expected to be part of local Congressman Tom Reed's second-annual Manufacturing Summit. Reed says the day-long event event is being held in his hometown of Corning today. The first was held last year in Jamestown. The Corning Republican is hosting the program as a way to "champion" U-S manufacturing. Reed says attendees wil hear from policy experts... economic development agencies... and, lawmakers about opportunities that are available to U-S manufacturers. He says he'll be talking about proposed changes to the tax code that he's involved with... including the PATH Act. However... Reed says he's most excited about a bi-partisan proposal that will eliminate the manufacturing export tax to make it easier to ship products abroad. Buffalo-area Congressman Chris Collins will be among the lawmakers on hand for the Summit... which will be held at Corning-Painted Post High School. Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier media.
A Buffalo-area man was hurt when his car went out of control... and, crashed into several trees along Route 60 in the town of Charlotte early yesterday afternoon. Sheriff's officers say 33 year-old Jason Dalke of Tonawanda was northbound just after 12 Noon when he lost control... and, his vehicle crossed the southbound lane... and, went off the road. Deputies say Dalke was transported to Brook's Hospital in Dunkirk for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No charges have been filed... but, the investigation is continuing.
Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas will now be a full-fledged delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. We have learned from the mayor that he found out about the upgrade at the convention Monday morning. Rosas says it's exciting to be in Philadelphia, and having an actual vote. He says the delegations from both New York and Virginia will have great seats at the DNC. Rosas says Arkansas will be in the front row... and, they and Virginia will be right behind. Delegates from New York and Virginia are also being housed in the same hotel during the convention... the home states that the presumptive nominee and her running mate are from. Mayor Rosas is in Philadelphia with county Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green. The Democratic National Convention continues through Thursday.
West Coast style weather is striking the Northeastern United States. Heat and drought-like conditions are posing serious concerns for farmers and prompting water use restrictions and bans in some towns. The dry spell is hitting the region from Maine to Pennsylvania. Wildfire flames are lapping at parts of Massachusetts, and Maine is expecting a smaller blueberry crop. Hardest hit are Massachusetts, western New York, and the southern climes of New Hampshire and Maine. A second year of below-average rainfall and fewer big storms this year are driving the dry blast of weather. National weather experts say the drought could persist until the end of October.
A nation-wide program to get pets in local shelters adopted over the past weekend was a major success in Chautauqua County. The "Clear the Shelters" program was headed up locally by NBC-TV affiliate WGRZ in Buffalo... and, involved 10 western New York shelters. For the day last Saturday... all fees were waived for the dogs, cats, and other pets at the Chautauqua County Humane Society -- just outside of Jamestown. Humane Society Spokesperson Hannah (Ha-nuh) Braun says ALL 51 of their available pets were taken. Braun says that, while all the imunization fees, and others were waived... local Humane Society members still screened all potential owners to make sure the pets were getting the best "forever homes" they could find. While they cleared the Strunk Road shelter last Saturday... Braun says there were still about a handful of pets that had either just recently been brought to the shelter, or had not been medically cleared to be adopted out. She adds that, sadly, the shelter will likely be full again sometime in the near future.
Low-income New Yorkers age 60 and older can get free produce at local farm stands and farmers markets under a new policy of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets. The agency says 2-million dollars in Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks are now available for eligible residents. The program provides checks to low-income seniors to purchase $20 worth of locally grown fruits and vegetables from participating markets. The checks are available at county offices for the aging... including the one in Chautauqua County. Approximately 120-thousand booklets consisting of five $4 checks will be distributed this year. Recipients must have an income of $1,832 or less per month for a single person or $2,470 for a couple, or be eligible for public assistance.