The immediate Jamestown-area is seeing some of it's first significant Lake Effect Snowfall of the season so far through later this morning. That from Forecaster Jim Mitchell with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says we got a quick shot of snow about mid-afternoon Thursday as a cold front passed over the area.
Mitchell says the snow may be heavy at times early this morning.... but, should pretty much come to an end by noon. However... he says that colder air will stick around through the early part of the weekend... with temperatures about 10 to 15-degrees below normal until Sunday.
It took about half-an-hour to come about... but, passions exploded over the Impeachment Process during a town hall meeting with local Congressman Tom Reed in Falconer last night....
More than 30 people attended the town hall... one of many hosted by Reed during his tenure in the House of Representatives. The Corning Republican reiterated his position that President Trump has not commited an "Impeachable Offense" over his dealings with Ukraine -- over the objections of some in the audience.
Reed also turned the tables... noting that former Vice-President Joe Biden admitted to holding up aid to Ukraine in an effort to get an allegedly corrupt prosecutor removed from his position. One person asked if the whistleblower should be identified... Reed said they should be protected. However... he added that at some point, he wished the person would come forward to tell their story.
Earlier in the day Thursday.... Congressman Tom Reed spoke about the future of social security and Medicare with a group of seniors at Fredonia Place. During the visit.... Reed said he is inspired by the seniors.
The Corning Republican says there are several issues that need attention in Washington, but he says the impeachment inquiry has been taking center stage.
While at Fredonia, Reed took a tour of the facility and met with the owners and staff.
The Buffalo-based bio-pharmaceutical company that's building a major manufacturing facility in the town of Dunkirk is reporting significant third-quarter loses. However... Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello says... while it's a concern... it has not interfered with the company's plans to build a large manufacturing facility just outside the city of Dunkirk. Borrello believes there may be two reasons for the $34.8-million loss. The first is changes to how 403-B injectable drugs are dispensed.
Borrello adds that production could also be an issue. The Associated Press says Athenex issued the report Thursday morning, adding that the company lost 45-cents per share during that period. Athenex, which produces an anti-cancer drug, has lost just over 6-percent in the past year. Athenex's report says the company posted revenues of $19.4-million in the three-month period from July through August. Borrello adds the company is on-track to open it's north county production facility next July. He made his comments for this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the six Media One Radio Group stations.
Difficulties with soil conditions has forced a delay in finishing construction on the Harrison Street Bridge over the Chadakoin River in Jamestown for another month. The Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities updated the multi-million dollar project yesterday morning and, says the replacement was originally scheduled to last about five months. However, additional construction was required to properly form replacement bridge foundations and, it's now slated for opening in late December. Officials say the contractor is prepared to work through the cold, but extreme winter weather may impact the project further. As a reminder, Harrison Street between Foote Avenue and Main Street is still closed to thru-traffic during construction and a detour has been posted at Foote Avenue and Main, 2nd and 4th Streets. There's also a separate truck detour. (**Additional details are available on the Chautauqua County's website under Public Facilities.
The city of Dunkirk is looking for a new design to the seawall that was damaged during last week's storm that brought heavy wind and rain. The announcement was made by City Public Works Director Randy Woodbury during Wednesday's Common Council meeting. Woodbury says the wall should be redesigned so that it can handle a high wind event like the one that happened on Halloween.
Woodbury says the city has hired engineers from Greenman-Pedersen, who have suggested a $7-million project that would involve building segmented, off-shore breakwaters around the wall to protect it. However, Mayor Willie Rosas says the city needs to find the necessary funding to be able to use that project. Woodbury says the engineers have recommended barricades for temporary protection until repairs can be made.