It appears President Trump's $1.5-billion infrastructure program will primarily be paid for by the states and localities and that's causing some concern among members of Congress...  
 
One of them is Junior New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who says the federal government would only pay $200-billion of the $1.5-trillion plan.  Gillibrand says, the way it's set up, only certain communities and states would be able to take part.
  
Trump has said his proposal is a "common sense," bipartisan plan that every member of Congress should support.  But, Gillibrand says it's not helpful when you're expecting local governments to pick-up 80-percent of the costs.  A key Republican, Congressman Chris Collins from the Buffalo area told the Buffalo News that he had concerns about whether the $200-billion in federal spending could possibly spur an additional $1.3-trillion in infrastructure investment nation-wide.  He indicated that it is a first step in the process.
 
 
 
President Donald Trump again is trying to drastically reduce or eliminate federal support for cleanups of some iconic U.S. waterways...  
 
His proposed budget would slash Environmental Protection Agency funding for Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay restoration programs by 90-percent.  It would kill all EPA spending on programs supporting other waters including San Francisco Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and Puget Sound.  The administration made a similar attempt last year, but Congress refused to go along.
 
 
 
The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, and the family of a fallen deputy are getting a lot of support from police and fire agencies from across the region...  
 
Veteran Sheriff's officer Michael Seeley passed away last weekend at the Cleveland Clinic after a bout with Leukemia.  Undersheriff Charles Holder, who is helping to organize a processional following Seeley's funeral, says the department has received a number calls from across the county and from other parts of the state.
 
In addition to the Sheriff's office and State Police, several local police agencies took part in Monday's escort on Interstate 86 from near Findley Lake to Jamestown where the 44 year-old Seeley's funeral will take place Friday.  A number of fire departments also took part in the procession, including the Bemus Point Fire Department where Seeley had been a member.  Visitation for Seeley will take place this Thursday from 1-4 and 6-9 p.m. in the Lind Funeral Home in Jamestown.  The funeral will follow on Friday at 11 a.m.  in the First Lutheran Church.
 
 
 
The property for the new Athenex pharmacutical manufacturing plant in northern Chautauqua County is now being cleared and work will begin in earnest once the weather breaks this Spring...  
 
That from County Executive George Borrello, who says the bidding process is underway for the project on Route 5 in the town of Dunkirk.  Borrello says he expects work to begin on the 300,000 square-foot facility later this year, with completion expected in mid-2020.
 
Borrello says he has been staying in touch with company officials on the project's progress.  The Dunkirk Observer is reporting that a pre-bid meeting was held last week at Jamestown Community College's North County Center Training Facility and, that bids will be received now through February 20.
 
 
 
A large group of parents, grandparents and students filled the auditorium at Bush Elementary School for a special performance during the Jamestown School Board meeting Tuesday night... 
 
Kathy Brunco's music students sang three songs framed around what makes "Bush School a happy place to be" . Included in the performance-- a rendition of "Happiness" by Charlie Brown.
 
Students also used sign language while they sang "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong. Additionally, the board approved a gift resolution. Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe says a Wurlitzer Upright piano was donated to the district's music department on behalf of Carol Montgomery Drake. 
 
 
 
A Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania man was arrested following a traffic stop on Interstate-86 for allegedly possessing a controlled substance on Friday...  
 
State Police in Jamestown say they pulled over 27 year-old Chad Carlson for a traffic violation.  During the stop, Carlson was found to be in possession of a Vicondin pill for which he did not have a prescription for.  He was taken into custody and released with an appearance ticket for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Carlson is scheduled to appear in North Harmony Town Court at a later date. 
 
 
 
A Kennedy man is accused of drunk-driving on a revoked license and possessing a controlled substance in Jamestown Monday evening... 
 
Shortly before midnight, city police for performed a traffic stop in area of Buffalo Street and Blackstone Avenue on a vehicle for switched plates and failure to maintain a lane. Officers say the vehicle was not registered nor insured. During the investigation, the driver, 36 year-old Adam Paxton was determined to be operating the vehicle in an intoxicated condition on a revoked license for a previous DWI conviction and without proper interlock device. Officers also located a quantity of cocaine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. He was taken to city jail pending arraignment. 
 
 
 
A strong fourth-quarter for sales tax in Jamestown allowed the city to exceed it's quarterly projections for last year, as well as exceed it's total year's projections by nearly 2-percent...  
 
That from City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce, who says Jamestown received just over $1.5-million for the final quarter of 2017, which was just over 6-percent more than what they got in the fourth-quarter of 2016.  He says for the year, they were up nearly 2-percent.  Dolce adds the total sales tax for last year was also nearly 4-percent more than was taken in for 2016, in which the city brought in about $5.87-million.  The city also budgeted $6-million in sales tax revenues for the current year.

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