Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight | Local Public Affairs Radio Program

By Terry Frank

The Community Spotlight Local Public Affairs Program airs on all six of the Media One Radio Group radio stations. The Chautauqua County Executive appears the first week of each month and City of Jamestown Mayor appears the second week of each month. The other weeks of the month feature a variety of community leaders and special guests. The program airs on the following stations at the following times: WJTN - Saturday at 8:45 A.M. | WWSE - Sunday at 7:00 A.M. | WHUG & WKSN - Sunday at 6:30 A.M. | WQFX - Sunday at 5:30 A.M. | WKZA - Sunday at 6:00 A.M..

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 16-23, 2022

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

January 16th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank speaks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist on a number of topics to begin the new year... including the explosion of COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant. Of the 1,855 cases for the previous week, 449 of those were in the Jamestown 14701 zip code, and it's hit most departments of city hall. Sundquist was among those handing out 500 rapid home-test kits to local residents last Wednesday. He says all 300 distributed that day went within 10 minutes or so at each of the three locations. Another 200 were handed out at two locations the following day. Sundquist also discussed a number of complaints over garbage that was not picked up at the start of 2022. The Board of Public Utilities started enforcing the city code that states that all trash needs to be placed into the large BPU container, and the lid must be shut. He says stickers were to be put on the trash -- if it wasn't properly placed curbside -- to explain what happened, and a number to call if there was an issue. We also discuss some controversy that's come up over his appointments to the BPU for the new year. He elected not to reappoint past resident members Greg Rabb, and Jim Olson.

Community Spotlight for Jan. 9-16, 2022

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

January 10th, 2022 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel joins our Terry Frank this week to discuss topics, including the announcement about COVID-19 protocol changes by the county's Dept. of Health and Human Services, that it will not be able to contact some people individually about them testing positive for COVID. Wendel says that's for two reasons: one is with the omicron variant, the virus has been much more prevalent, and the other is because of their work to allow "test to stay" in local schools. We also discuss his recent comments that the county will not enforce the state's mask mandate. He says that's pretty much impossible to do, and adds the county could only really "educate" businesses that weren't enforcing the mandate to begin with. He defended the handling of the December County Legislature meeting where some residents refused to wear masks, even though they were asked to. He says people were able to socially distance in the legislature chambers. We also discuss local Congressman Tom Reed's visit to the county to announce funding approved through the 1.2-trillion dollar federal Infrastructure bill. Finally, the executive gives his impressions of Gov. Kathy Hochul's first State of the State Address.

Community Spotlight for Dec. 26, 2021-Jan. 1, 2022

2021 "Local Year in Review"

December 26th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

News Director Terry Frank looks back on the biggest stories of 2021... including the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, and recent impact of the Omicron variant on case numbers. We also look at federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, and it's potential impact on Chautauqua County, and it's two cities. We also high-light the biggest fire of 2021... which destroyed the former Jamestown Royal Furniture building on Crescent St. and the arrest of two juveniles for allegedly setting it. We also look back on the increases in opioid drug overdoses and deaths in Chautauqua County, and nationwide. We also reflect on the local commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the "9/11" attacks, and the loss of a county native in those attacks. Terry also looks back at Congressman Tom Reed's reaction to the January 6th attack and riot at the U.S. Capitol Building, as well as others.

Community Spotlight for Dec. 20-27, 2021

Jamestown City Council President Tony Dolce

December 21st, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

Jamestown City Council President Tony Dolce discusses the issues with our Terry Frank during their annual end-of-year program on city matters. We discuss the just completed budget process, and the fact that 36,000 dollars will have to be moved for items that Mayor Eddie Sundquist vetoed, but, lawmakers did not override. A vote will be taken on Dec. 27. In addition, Dolce says lawmakers may begin voting on projects that are part of the city's Master Plan for use of American Rescue Plan Act funds. The city has received just over 14-million dollars so far from the federal government. We also discuss setting aside some ARPA funding to clean-up the eastern portion of the Chadakoin River. Dolce says they may look at designating 150,000 dollars for that. We also discuss why City Council decided against voting to opt-out of allowing marijuana dispensaries, and on-site consumption sites in the city. Mainly... Dolce says there wasn't time to get a local law through the process before the end of the year.

Community Spotlight for Dec. 13-20, 2021

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

December 14th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 15:08

Our Terry Frank speaks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist about a number of topics... first of all previewing Monday night's vote on several veto overrides by the City Council. He says each one is important, but, said he's most concerned about 6,000 dollars for the Human Rights Commission, and 10,000 dollars for the city's Urban Renewal Agency. As it wound up, there was a mix of vetoes that were overriden, and others that were upheld by lawmakers. We also discuss the increase in COVID-19 numbers in the city and surrounding area. Also... we discuss the need for City Council to vote on a revised resolution appointing George Panebianco as the city's second City Court Judge. The appointment was approved at the end of November, but, Sundquist says another resolution is needed because the Unified Court System wants all new appointments to be for a full, 10-year term. We also talk about the mayor meeting with local human service and other agencies about welcoming between 20 and 50 refugees among those that will be brought to NYS. These would be mainly Afghan refugees. We also look back on the city's Christmas Parade.

Community Spotlight for Dec. 5-12, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

December 6th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

This week, Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel joins our Terry Frank to discuss latest local developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, namely the recent rise in cases -- fueled by the Delta Variant. Wendel is urging residents to get vaccinated if they haven't already, and get the COVID booster shot as soon as you can. He also urged people to wear masks when in public, indoor places, where there are crowds of people. Wendel says, what's scary about this wave of infections, is the number of people in their 20s and 30s who have wound up very sick, and have been intubated. He says Gov. Kathy Hochul's potential move to have the National Guard help deal with hospitalized cases is good news... especially if they are put into nursing homes, where staff shortages are being seen most. We also take a brief look back on 2021.

Community Spotlight for Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2021

Steve Kilburn of

November 29th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank speaks with spokesman Steve Kilburn of about the alarming rise in the number of opioid drug overdoses in the U.S. and Chautauqua County. Kilburn agrees it's mainly two issues that have cause the problem: isolation and depression from the COVID-19 pandemic, and a ready supply of dangerous drugs -- namely Fentanyl. He says Fentanyl has legitimate medical uses, but, adds it's 50 to 100-times more potent than morphine. It's often times laced in with heroin, and methamphetamine. However, he says it's also being mixed in with pills sold on the black market are prescription pills, but, the buyer doesn't really know that they're getting. There have been a number of overdoses tied to that, and the illicit drug supply. Kilburn urged addicts looking for help to go to their website at and, check out their helps. Those include test strips to see if Fentanyl is in their supply, and get narcan to help revive someone who has overdosed or ingested something more lethal.

Community Spotlight for Nov. 22-29, 2021

Salvation Army of Jamestown Major Kim Merchant

November 23rd, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:57

This week, we air much of a WJTN interview by Dennis Webster and Russ Diethrick with Salvation Army Major Kim Merchant about the start of the annual Red Kettle Campaign in the Jamestown-area. The first, manned kettle was put up about a week ago at the Tops Market on Washington Street, with others to follow. Major Merchant says this year's goal is again 115,000 dollars because, even with much more open than last year at this time, they don't want to overburden the community with a high goal amount. She says there are about 600 families a month that they help out with through their pantry and other services at their Brooklyn Square location. Merchant says their Angel Tree program is also underway to provide Christmas gifts to needy children in the area. To volunteer to ring the bells for the Red Kettle Campaign, or help out the Angel Tree program, Merchant says call the Salvation Army at 664-4108.

Community Spotlight for Nov. 14-21, 2021

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

November 15th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist this week about a number of topics, including the ongoing 2022 budget deliberations with the City Council. Sundquist says no budget amendments have been offered as yet, but, he does say a couple of department heads have been asked to come back before council to explain what's in their spending plans. The 38.9-million dollar budget needs to be approved by Dec. 1, or the mayor's proposal will go in place for 2022. As of this Monday, (11/15) the council is still planning to have a public hearing on the budget this Friday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. We also discuss the return of the Jamestown Holiday Parade and Celebration this Friday, Dec. 3 through Sat. Dec. 4. For the first time, the parade will be held on a Saturday, and include "fun runs" for people to participate in. We also discuss the losses by Democrats on Election Night, Nov. 2. Republicans are gaining an additional at-large council seat, and won the Ward-Six race where Andrew Faulkner defeated incumbant Democrat Tom Nelson. That gives the GOP a 7-2 majority for the new year. Another seat, in Ward-Three, finds Regina Brackman leading GOP challenger, Robert Reedy, Jr. by just 11 votes. A win there would give the GOP an 8-1 majority.

Community Spotlight for Nov. 8-15, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

November 8th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank discusses a number of topics with just-reelected Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel. Wendel was overwhelmingly re-elected over Democrat Norm Green, 72-percent to 27-percent. The Lakewood Republican says he's "humbled" by the victory, and adds it's a team effort with the county legislature to move the county forward. We also discuss the final budget, approved by lawmakers at the end of October, which he signed during the week. Wendel says is cuts the tax levy by 271,000 dollars... and, the full value tax rate by 41-cents per 1,000, to 8.10 per thousand. We also discuss the latest COVID-19 case numbers, and an increase the past three weeks. Wendel says the most important numbers to look at are active cases, and hospitalizations. Deaths did increase by five to 211 since the pandemic began in March of 2020. We also discuss his goals now that he's been elected to his first, full 4-year term in office.

Community Spotlight for Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2021

Deputy Chautauqua County Executive for Economic Development Mark Geise

November 1st, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:40

News Director Terry Frank speaks this week with Deputy County Executive Mark Geise about a number of topics, including how the county is using the 24.6-million dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funding for economic development. Geise says there are a number of ways they're proposing, including pushing more workforce development for jobs open here in Chautauqua County. We also discuss supply chain issues. However, Geise says it's not as big a problem because local companies have been working with other locally to supply what they need to make their products. We also discuss the city of Jamestown's Chadakoin River Strategic Business Plan, being developed with the city's Planning Commission and the Gebbie Foundation. We also get an update on the new Love's Travel Center being constructed at the Shortman Rd. exit of the New York state Thruway.

Community Spotlight for Oct. 24-31, 2021

State Senator George Borrello

October 25th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our Terry Frank speaks with 57th District State Senator George Borrello on three main topics: the first being the health care worker shortage in the area. There have been some issues in the area, especially in staffing for obstetrics, and emergency rooms. We also talk about a "grey area" that has arisen with the new law legalizing the possession and use of marijuana. That involves some places -- including sovereign indian reservations -- where marijuana is being "gifted" to people who purchase, say a 50-dollar shirt. They get a sticker to go to a trailer or outbuilding nearby to pick up their pot. Borrello says it's a product of a law that was "horribly" written." We also discuss the five state propositions on the Nov. 2 ballot. He opposes four of them. Prop. 1 would change redistricting in New York to allow undocumented residents to be included from Census data. The second creates a constitutional right to clean air and clean water. The third and fourth deal with elections themselves: one authorizes the state legislature to allow same-day voter registration, and the other allows for "no excuse" absentee voting. The fifth proposition -- which Borrello supports -- increases the NYC Civil Court's jurisdiction from cases involving 25,000 to 50,000 dollars.

Community Spotlight for Oct. 17-24, 2021

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

October 18th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our Terry Frank speaks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist on two main topics: The first being his proposed 38.9-million dollar, 2022 budget proposal... the other use of the city's just over 28-million dollar allocation from the American Rescue Plan Act. Sundquist highlights the fact that the 3-million dollars of the ARPA funding will be used in three areas: One is to do a number of projects -- 41 --across the city for parks, some facilities and equipment, and to help hire seven new employees, many of them as part of "succession planning" for future retirements. We also discuss what's being used from the ARPA funds for public safety... namely for the fire and police departments. That was brought up during a recent council work session by a member of the public. He says there is also some money included to begin the process of replacing the Cathedral Oak Trees on West Third Street.

Community Spotlight for Oct. 11-18, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

October 11th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 13:00-

Our Terry Frank speaks with County Executive P.J. Wendel on a number of topics, including the rationale behind the county moving from weekday reporting of COVID-19 cases to a weekly model. Wendel says the decision was made by his entire COVID-19 Response Team, after hearing from Public Health Director Christine Schuyler and epidemiologists in the department. He says it's due mainly to them taking on more responsibility going forward to do contact tracing, and dole out vaccines. We also discuss his proposed, 2022 budget plan, which cuts the full value tax rate by 26-cents per 1,000 dollars... but, increases the tax levy by 955,000 dollars. Currently, he says the legislature is looking at a few "minor changes" at this point. We also discuss the opening of a "Hometown Heroes Memorial" in Mayville... and moving forward on utilizing the 24.6-million dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funding for the county. Wendel says the county has now received it's initial traunche of 12.3-million dollars.

Community Spotlight for Oct. 4-11, 2021

Chautauqua County Democratic Clerk Candidate David Salley

October 5th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

Our Terry Frank speaks with Democratic County Clerk candidate, David Salley about his run for office this fall. Salley says it's basically a "Data Based Manager" type of position, which is similar to his position he held with the Seneca Nation of Indians Medical Center prior to his recent retirement. He also has a Masters in Information Technology from the University of Buffalo. Salley says he would be outcomes driven -- especially regarding the way the Dept. of Motor Vehicles is operated in Jamestown, Mayville and Falconer. He says that was especially needed when the DMV's reopened after the intial COVID-19 outbreak, and most offices closed. He was again critical of the fact that the county's DMV's, according to information he researched, reopened later than most in the Western New York region. Salley also says he would actively recruit Spanish speaking employees to help that population, especially in the Dunkirk-area.

Community Spotlight for Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2021

Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore

September 27th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:45

Our Terry Frank speaks this weekend with incumbant Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore about his run for a third-term this November. The Republican from Gerry says he continues to "enjoy my job" and that's why he's running again. He touted his experience in getting things done, such as being one of the first clerks in NYS to implement electronic recording of property records, and electronic filing of court records in the clerk's office. He also addressed criticism by his Democratic opponent of the way he reopening the county's three Dept. of Motor Vehicle Offices. David Salley says Barmore touted being the first in Western New York to reopen the DMVs before anyone else. Barmore says they reopened when they got the green light from NYS. Barmore adds that he's been able to save taxpayer dollars by moves that he's made, including moving the Jamestown DMV to a new location on West Third Street.

Community Spotlight for Sept. 19-26, 2020

Executive Dir. Amy Rohler from United Way of Southern Chautauqua County

September 20th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

This week, our Terry Frank talks with United Way of Southern Chautauqua County Executive Director Amy Rohler about the start of the 2021 General Campaign, which has a goal of 1.3-million dollars. Rohler says they're of to a great start with Co-Chairs, Christine and Mark Tarbrake. She says both have been very involved with previous campaigns, with Christine -- in particular -- serving on the Allocations Committee. The goal is about 100,000 dollars more than last year, which was conducted differently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign runs through the end of the year. We also discuss the soon-to-be released final report on the city's ESPRI Program, which is geared towards reducing poverty in the Jamestown-area. The United Way was chosen to head up the effort to help people find life-sustaining jobs, and the training to get them.

Community Spotlight for Sept. 12-19, 2021

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

September 13th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:45

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist about a number of matters and issues, but first gets reaction to the news of the death of long-time catholic priest Father Dennis Mende of Holy Apostles Parish, and St. James Church. He says it was a complete shock to hear. We also discuss the pending release of the final plan to use 28-million dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funds in the city. A presentation is to be made at Monday's City Council work session. We also discuss the recent meetings of the city's Deer Management Committee about deer population issues, and the Public Safety Committee's meeting with leaders of the Los Contrincantes Car Club about their event on Saturday, Sept. 18th at Bergman Park. Nine additional stipulations were put in place for the event regarding attendance, noise and security. We also discuss budget matters with the 2022 spending plan to be presented by October 8th.

Community Spotlight for Sept. 5-12, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

September 6th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:35

Our Terry Frank welcomes back Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel to the program -- this time in his official capacity -- to discuss a number of new issues. Wendel talks about being on hand for new Gov. Kathy Hochul's first official press event in Buffalo last week with members of the Western New York COVID-19 Control Room that she headed up. Wendel says she told them she's not going to micromanage how local and county governments manage the surge in COVID cases, due mainly to the Delta Variant. Wendel says this is what local leaders have wanted. We also discuss the ground-breaking for the first phase of a project to extend South and Central Chautauqua Lake Sewer District services further north and east along the lake. Thirdly, we also discuss the condition of Chautauqua Lake this late Summer, and the need to be safe on the water this Labor Day Weekend.

Community Spotlight for Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

August 30th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:57

This week, our Terry Frank gets the other side of the Chautauqua County Executive's race with Lakewood Republican P.J. Wendel. Wendel says he's running for the position's full, 4 year term, to keep working towards getting the county back on it's feet once COVID-19 is in the rear view mirror. He says he left his 20 year career in education because he had served lengthy stints on the Lakewood Village Board, and the County Legislature -- two years there as chairman. Wendel says his administration's leadership on the matter has not been "weak" as Democratic opponent Norm Green has stated. Wendel says they've been very proactive in county building's with masking, social distancing, and use of plexi-glass to protect workers, and visitors. He also says the Memorandum of Understanding among Chautauqua Lake entities will work because everyone is "following the science" now regarding how best to manage the lake. He says his three main focuses are economic development, strengthen communities, and invest in "our future."

Community Spotlight for Aug. 23-30, 2021

Election preview with Chautauqua County Executive candidate Norm Green

August 24th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our Terry Frank begins Media One's Fall Election previews by speaking with Democratic County Executive Norm Green. Green is the recently retired Democratic Elections Commissioner in the county, serving in that office for 22 years. He was also a former Ellicott Town Board member. Green says he's done about a dozen appearances... and, believes the county deserves a choice. He says he's launched a website at Green says he's also been a former manager at the former Brand Names. While he had a very public feud with some members of his own party, including County Legislature Democrats, over who should be the person to replace him as commissioner. He believes he has the support of the majority of Democrats support. Green says the biggest issue is dealing with the resurgence of COVID-19... and, the fact incumbant P.J. Wendel has not encouraged people to wear face masks in indoor, public places, and has not ordered masks indoors in county buildings. Green says the incumbant has shown weak leadership in dealing with COVID.

Community Spotlight for Aug. 15-22, 2021

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

August 15th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

Our Terry Frank speaks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist on a number of topics this week, including the resignation in two weeks of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Sundquist reiterated that Cuomo should have stepped down immediately after the state Attorney General's report on alleged sexual misconduct and harassment came out. He says he likes the fact that Western New Yorker Kathy Hochul will move up from Lt. Gov. to become the new Governor, adding that she's a "no nonsense" politician, but, is still "compassionate" to those who need it. We also discuss work on the city's "Master Plan" for it's 28-million dollars in American Rescue Plan funding. Sundquist says he's planning two more sessions to get further input before drafting a final plan, and submitting it to City Council for review and approval. We also discuss Jamestown hosting the 40th anniversary 13 year-old Babe Ruth World Series, which he's excited to see finally arrive here, and for the economic boost local businesses hope to get.

Community Spotlight for Aug. 8-15, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

August 9th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 15:02

Our Terry Frank talks with County Executive P.J. Wendel this week on a number of topics -- the first of which is the controversy surrounding New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Wendel joins the chorus of elected leaders calling on the governor to step down in the midst of a scathing state Attorney General's report on sexual misconduct and harassment allegations by 11 women -- nine of which worked for Cuomo over the past few years. However... Wendel says he's more concerned about the possibility of the Delta Variant of the COVID-19 virus. We also discuss some new equipment for the Chautauqua Lake Association, and the town of Chautauqua to help with near-shore clean-up of the lake. We also discuss what the county will be doing with the 24.6-million dollar American Rescue Plan funding... including what the county is doing to prepare for the possibility of the Delta Variant coming to the county.

Community Spotlight for Aug. 2-9, 2021

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Executive Dir. Tory Irgang

August 4th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:10

Our program upload is a little late this week because News Director Terry Frank had a few days off. This week, he talks about the COVID-19 Response Fund for the Community with one of the organizers, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Exec. Dir. Tory Irgang. Irgang says they doled out the approximately 1-million dollars to 105 local non-profit organizations and others to help them get through the COVID Pandemic and shut-down. If need be... she says it can be restarted again in the future. We also talk about this year's selection of Michael Metzger as recipient of the Axel W. Carlson "Unsung Hero" in the community award. Irgang says it's a very appropriate choice. We also discuss CRCF's scholarship program... which handed out some 700 awards this year.

Community Spotlight for July 26-Aug. 1, 2021

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

July 25th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

We get back on track this week with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist, who was unable to be with us during the usual second-week of the month. The mayor discusses several topics, including the upcoming series of four public input sessions on the 28-million dollars in American Rescue Plan funding the city is receiving from the federal government. Sundquist says they aren't required to hold the sessions, but, believes local residents, businesses and those interested should be allow to offer input before a final plan is put together, and voted on by City Council. We also discuss recently flooding in the area, and the impact on locations in the city. Sundquist says there were few big problems, including at Jamestown Police and Fire Headquarters in the basement of City Hall. The last time there was major rainfall and flooding, those areas got significant damage from leaks and high water.

Community Spotlight for July 18-25, 2021

State Senator George Borrello

July 19th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our Terry Frank speaks with 57th State Senate District representative George Borrello about the recently concluded State Legislative session, which he called disappointing because a number of pieces of legislation were not acted upon, and some may require a special session later this Summer. One key item in the legalization of recreational marijuana, says Borrello, is making appointments to the new Cannibis Control Board, which was not done during the regular session. We also discuss how changes in the law has hurt, small, independent pharmacies in the region. Borrello says much of that has to do with mail-order prescriptions, and became quite political. In addition, we discuss redistricting, and what may happen with Congressional district lines, and where Chautauqua County may wind up. The county was put back into a Southern Tier District, represented by Corning Republican Tom Reed 10 years ago. However, the latest Census numbers show New York state losing population, and thus one congressional seat. Borrello and some others have expressed concern that the county may again wind up in a South Buffalo-Erie County District which has fewer common interests with Chautauqua County.

Community Spotlight for July 11-18, 2021

Jamestown Zombie Property Press Conference

July 11th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:45

We have no studio guest this week... so we present a recent press conference in Jamestown about a new legal initiative that would allow the city to get title to a Zombie Property, and get it rehabiitated, and back into single-family ownership. The press conference was held in front of a Zombie property at 18 Catlin Avenue. It was hosted by Mayor Eddie Sundquist, and involves the use of "Section 19-A" lawsuits to obtain those properties. Zombie properties are residential properties that have been abandoned by the homeowner, and have reverted back to ownership by the bank. City officials say about 43 of those such properties have been identified, and actions were already being filed regarding a dozen of those. Others at the announcement were city Development Director Crystal Surdyk, City Council Housing Committee Chairwoman Marie Carrubba, and Associate Corporation Counsel Ben Haskins... who focuses on housing court matters in the city.

Community Spotlight for July 5-12, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

July 6th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our Terry Frank talks with Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel this week on a number of topics, including the latest COVID-19 numbers, which look "really good." In fact... there were only a couple of handfuls of people who got the virus during that time. However, there is concern over the ongoing slow pace of COVID vaccines being administered. The number of people who have received at least one shot is nearing 57,000. However, Wendel is urging anyone vaccinated out-of-state, or by the V.A. to check the county website to make sure they are counted. The website is We also discuss the county receiving 2.1-million worth of additional road and bridge repair funding from NYS. Wendel also reflects on his long-time assistant, Dan Heitzenrater, moving on to become the new President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce... as well as Fourth of July safety.

Community Spotlight for June 27-July 3, 2021

National Comedy Center Executive Dir. Journey Gunderson

June 28th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

This week, News Director Terry Frank speaks with National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson about the start of free "Summer Fun Weeks" at the comedy center on Jamestown's westside. Gunderson says their first weekend program -- featuring "Riverside Saturdays" at Comedy Center Park, behind the center near the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk, will feature entertainment at 7 p.m., and their feature film for the week will be "Wayne's World." She says the theme is "Buddy Comedy," and Wayne's World is the perfect film for that. Gunderson says there will be seven weeks to the Summer Fun Weeks with Comedy in the Workplace featured in the coming week... and, the final week will be Aug. 1 through 7 featuring We Love Lucy & Desi Week. The weeks will also take the place, in a way, of the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, which had to be postponed for another year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Community Spotlight for June 20-27, 2021

Cents for St. Susan's campaign

June 20th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

This week... our Terry Frank high-lights the 22nd annual "Cents for St. Susan's" campaign with co-leaders Becky Robbins of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, and St. Susan's Director Bonnie Scott-Sleight. Once again this year, Robbins says they'll have bright yellow canisters out at about 70 businesses and locations in the Jamestown-area to raise money for the Jamestown-area's largest soup kitchen. Robbins says they're looking to raise at least 16,000 through donations of loose change, and what they receive from campaign sponsors. Scott-Sleight says they need the funds to help provide meals to a growing number of people in need. She adds that for each dollar they raise, they can purchase 6 worth of food from FeedMore WNY, formerly the Food Bank of Western New York. The campaign will run through mid to late-August. In addition to putting money in the canisters, people can also send in checks to Cents for St. Susan's, c/o the Board of Public Utilities, PO Box 700, Jamestown, NY 14701.

Community Spotlight for June 14-21, 2021

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

June 15th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist about a number of topics this week, including the fact the city has received it's first payment or "traunch" of money from the federal COVID-19 American Rescue Plan. Sundquist say it's just over 14-million of the nearly 30-million the city is to receive from the stimulus program. However, he says they are still awaiting guidance from the U.S. Treasury Dept. on what specifically it can be used for. Sundquist attended the New York State Conference of Mayor's annual June conference, where he hoped to hear more about what the funding can be used for. The mayor was also looking forward to NYCOM to hear more about fiscal issues facing state municipalities, and more on efforts to change the bail reform law passed a couple of years so judges have more discretion on suspects who need to be jailed unless they post bail. We also discussed new marijuana laws, including the one that allows for the growing, production and manufacturing of cannibis in a community. Sundquist says the city is not able to opt out of that part of the program, but, would be able to for sales and direct distribution. The city recently announced that it was welcoming cannibis warehousers to come and take advantage of the city's unused factory space, and low-cost electricity.

Community Spotlight for June 6-13, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

June 8th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

Our Terry Frank speaks with Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel this week on a number of topics regarding Chautauqua Lake and the COVID-19 pandemic. On COVID-19... Wendel says the county appears to be "turning the corner" with infections rates at their lowest level in several months. He says it's good to see life returning to somewhat normal. As for the lake... Wendel discusses the recently proposed Memorandum of Understanding that all 16 or so entities that are part of the effort to maintain the lake can sign onto. He says it's "imperative" that we work together... and, and respect each other. We also talk about where things stand on a proposal to implement a "Lake Taxing District" where a fee would be charged to property owners around the lake pay for a "dedicated funding source" for lake management and clean-up.

Community Spotlight for May 30-June 5, 2021

Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown-Area Exec. Director Barrie Yochum

May 30th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank speaks with Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown-Area Executive Director Barrie Yochum, who is also on the board of directors for Feedmore Western New York, about the joint food collection drive next Saturday called "Spread the Love." Residents can help out by bringing unopened 16 oz. containers of peanut butter to the Chautauqua Mall between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to help Feedmore help local food pantries and other organizations feed those in need. We also discuss Meals on Wheels, which Yochum says has faired pretty well during the COVID-19 pandemic. He says what their volunteers, and the people they serve have missed most during that time is the ability to visit and have direct interaction. He says they are doing pretty well with volunteers right now, but can alway use help to fill in on occasion. Call Meals on Wheels for more information at 488-9119.

Community Spotlight for May 24-31, 2021

NYS School Boards Association Exec. Director Bob Schneider

May 24th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 13:35

The recent school board, and school board votes were in the spotlight this week across New York state, and Chautauqua County. With that our Terry Frank speaks with NYS School Boards Association Exec. Director Bob Schneider, who updates the number of passed budgets in the state as being 99.3-percent. Schneider says there were some additional results they received after their initial release, and only five budgets statewide failed. He says the big reason was those spending plans required 60-percent supermajority public votes to pass. Of the 21 that needed 60-percent, a record 86-percent (18) were approved. I also include a short segment with Jamestown School Superintendent Kevin Whitaker about the overwhelming votes in favor of the district's 89.9-million dollar budget, and 86-million dollar capital improvement projects. We also talk with Schneider about the effort to get students back in the classroom full-time, hopefully before the end of the school year -- or at least by the beginning of class next Fall.

Community Spotlight for May 16-23, 2021

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

May 16th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist about a number of items and issues this week, including the Board of Public Utilities beginning distribution of new garbage containers for Solid Waste Division customers. Sundquist says the containers, which will include lids, are designed to keep trash from getting strewn around neighborhoods, and will be picked up by the trucks and tipped into the haulers. We also discuss the city's nearly 150 street and road projects for the Summer -- the largest number in many years -- due mainly to increases in NYS aid. We also talk about the city and BPU receiving a 3-million grant to help replace water mains that need to be taken out of service. We also discuss a special work session-retreat on Monday night at 6:30 for the City Council at the National Comedy Center, and Northwest Arena.

Community Spotlight for May 9-16, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

May 9th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

News Director Terry Frank speaks with Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel on a number of topics, including the just signed Chautauqua Lake Memorandum of Understanding for the more than one-dozen stakeholder groups, such as the Chautauqua Lake Association, and the Chautauqua Lake Partnership. It replaces the former Memorandum of Agreement that expired in April, and included 20-plus tenats that each agreed to. However... Wendel says the new MOU eliminates the tenats, and says the groups will work together, not snipe at each other in the media, and so forth. He's hoping most if not all the groups will sign on by the end of May. We also discuss the decision to cancel the Chautauqua County Fair again this year due to the pandemic, economic development, and commercial air service at the County Airport near Jamestown.

Community Spotlight for May 2-9, 2021

Lakewood Mayor Randy Holcomb

May 2nd, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 12:45

Our Terry Frank talks with Lakewood Village Mayor Randy Holcomb about his first-term has gone, and the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Holcomb says it's made budgeting difficult, and points to the fact on-going expenses are a big reason for the 26-cent per 1,000 assessed value tax rate increase in the 3.86-million budget for 2021-22. The village board approved that this past week. It includes an 81,000 spending increase due also to loss of property tax assessments. Originally, Holcomb was proposing a budget with a 22-cent per 1,000 increase. We also discuss the two Chautauqua Avenue reconstruction projects taking place simultaneously, and, the decision to cancel the July 4th Summerfest again this year due to the pandemic.

Community Spotlight for Apr. 25-May 1, 2021

Board of Public Utilities General Mgr. Dave Leathers

April 25th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our Terry Frank speaks with Jamestown Board of Public Utilities General Manager Dave Leathers about a number of topics, but, the main focus is on the Solid Waste Division's new container program. The BPU has announced it will begin leaving new, 95-gallon garbage containers at individual residences, beginning the week of May 10. Leathers says this will allow residents to have their own container to put trash in, which has a lid on it. That's in line with the city's code on leaving garbage curbside. However... Leathers say only about 40-percent of residents were doing it the correct way. He says the program will take full effect on July 1. We also discuss electric power, and the fact the just over 20 year old gas turbine continues to be very reliable when the additional power is needed. Leathers says the BPU, though, is set for most of it's power coming from the Niagara Power project, through the New York Power Authority. We also discuss a new green energy program taking place in conjunction with local companies.

Community Spotlight for Apr. 18-25, 2021

Chautauqua County Office for Aging Services Director Mary Ann Spanos

April 18th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:25

This week, our Terry Frank speaks with the head of what was the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging. Director Mary Ann Spanos explains the name change to Office for Aging Services as being one that better describes what they do. The department mainly connects seniors with various agencies and programs that provide direct services, and that's a big part of what they've been doing during the pandemic. Dr. Spanos says it's been a "challenging time" but adds they've been checking in on local senior with phone calls, e-mails, and other on-line methods. She says they're beginning to do more now as more and more people are vaccinated against COVID-19. Spanos adds they hope to again have their Senior Picnic this year, possibly later in the Summer.

Community Spotlight for Apr. 11-18, 2021

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

April 11th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:30

Our Terry Frank discusses a number of topics with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist this week, including the recent passing of sitting City Councilwoman Vickye James. Sundquist says James was an amazing icon in the city... having served on both the City Council and Chautauqua Co. Legislature. He says she got him involved in public service by asking him to be on the Youth Services Board when she was director of Youth Services for the city. We also discuss replacing James for the near and long-term. Sundquist will appoint a new member from Ward-3, and that person will likely run again this Fall. We also discuss the recent visit by U.S Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer for the first time in that role. We further discuss how Jamestown can take advantage of the American Rescue Plan, and a new proposed infrastructure bill. We also discuss the city's parks reopening in the coming week. Some level of opening has already taken place, but a full re-opening is slated for Apr. 15. The parks remained closed last year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Community Spotlight for Apr. 4-11, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

April 4th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our Terry Frank talks with Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel on a number of topics this week, including the final figure of what federal aid will come from the recently approved 1.9-trillion, American Rescue Plan. Wendel says there are few limitations on the 24.6-million the county will receive. He also says the county's Industrial Development Agency will be announcing the third and final round of funding from the 10.5-million in CARES Act funding the county received last year. We also discuss where the county is in relation to COVID-19 numbers and vaccinations. He says the county is doing well after the spike earlier this year. He says he's frustrated over the fact the county remains in Phase-Four of the reopening. We also discuss drug overdose issues in the county, as those have spiked during the pandemic. In addition... we talk about his recent announcement that he's running again for the office this November.

Community Spotlight for Mar. 28-Apr. 3, 2021

NY State Senator George Borrello

March 28th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 12:45

With the 2021-22 budget deadline fast approaching, our Terry Frank speaks with State Senator George Borrello about the status of the new spending plan, which totals about 200-billion dollars. Borrello says talks have been complicated by the multiple-scandals and controveries surrounding Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo insists that he's discussing the budget with Legislature leaders. However, Borrello says, in reality, both the Senate and Assembly are working on their own budgets with little in the way of talks with the governor's office because Cuomo's credibility is in doubt. He also says that it's looking like this budget will be late, but, not by more than a few days. Borrello again takes issue with the legislature's push to legalize recreational marijuana, mainly because he feels all police officers would have to become trained "drug recognition expects." He's also concerned because people would be able to grow a limited number of plants in their homes. We also talk about farm legislation he's introduced with Democratic Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz of Queens to better connect farm goods with local food banks and pantries in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Spotlight for Mar. 21-28, 2021

Chautauqua County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler

March 21st, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:15

We reflect on the past year of the COVID-19 Pandemic with Chautauqua County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler, who speaks with our Terry Frank on the one-year anniversary of the county's State of Emergency, and first case of the novel coronavirus. Schuyler says she is hopeful that, with cases mainly down to low, daily numbers the past few weeks, that we may be coming out on the "other side" of the pandemic. She says the county has done a lot right... but, no one knew how big this was going to be. She was also critical of how New York state has handled it, because the state's pandemic response plan... which the counties have to respond to locally... was essentially thrown out. Schuyler says she is pleased to see people locally are going out and getting one of the three vaccines that's now available. Once people are fully-vaccinated, Schuyler says people can begin seeing their children, grandchildren, and others.

Community Spotlight for Mar. 14-21, 2021

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

March 14th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

The recently-approved, COVID-19 American Rescue Plan is the main focus of this week's program with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist. Sundquist tells our Terry Frank the city is slated to receive 29.87-million dollars from the plan for a variety of COVID-related expenses, including the cost of cleaning and other operational items. Sundquist says the city will also be able to pay off expenses related to lost revenues. The funding can also be used to help economic development, including businesses severely hurt by the pandemic. We also discuss the reopening of the city's parks this Summer, and bringing back the city's Parks and Recreation Coordinator's position part-time. Thirdly, we briefly discuss the end of the public comment period on the city's Police Reform and Reinvention Plan to be submitted to the state by the end of the month.

Community Spotlight for Mar. 7-14, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

March 7th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

This week, our Terry Frank talks on a variety of issues with Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel, first about the much improved COVID-19 numbers in the county the past few weeks. Wendel says not long ago, in January, the county's seven-day infection rate was 13.2-percent, and recently has fallen to 1.1 to 1.3-percent. He again praised residents, and businesses for adhering to County Health Dept. and CDC guidance. He also addresses the issue of vaccination clinics... with larger one's being held at Jamestown Community College's city campus, and Steele Hall at the SUNY College at Fredonia. We also discuss COVID-19 vaccine scams -- which there have been few reported in the county... and, the latest round of COVID-19 Heroes recognition. We also do a quick look back on Wendel's State of the County Address.

Community Spotlight for Feb. 28-Mar. 6, 2021

NYS Assemblyman Andy Goodell

March 1st, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our Terry Frank updates the many issues in Albany with State Assemblyman Andy Goodell. The Republican says the efforts to strip at least some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Executive Powers is continuing after failing last week. The effort comes in the wake of the state's nursing home controversy where COVID-19 positive adults were sent into homes, and spread the disease. The state Attorney General recently issued a report that as many as 15,000 nursing home residents died of COVID contracted in those homes. Goodell says majority Democrats in both the Senate and Assembly would not allow bills to come forward that would strip Cuomo's executive powers. However, he says there are a couple of possible ways to do it during the budget process. We also discuss where the budget is... with Goodell saying the process has been moving forward slowly. He says there may not be an on-time budget if the issue of striping some of the governor's powers away comes up. Goodell says there's just a minority number of Democrats looking to take away the governor's powers, and, they aren't a loud enough voice yet. Goodell also talks about being Minority Floor Leader again this year, and a couple of task forces he's been appointed to.

Community Spotlight for Feb. 22-28, 2021

Chief Clinical Officer Jeremy Rutter of Heritage Ministries

February 22nd, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 13:40

Our Terry Frank gets the nursing home perspective on the on-going controversy over COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes from the Chief Clinical Officer with Heritage Ministries, Jeremy Rutter. Rutter says the way adult homes in New York state report such deaths is complicated by whether a patient, who goes into a hospital for treatment, has what's called a "bed-hold" -- meaning they have a bed in the home to return to. Rutter says the situation has improved at Heritage's three nursing homes... including the recent closing of one COVID unit to keep those who are infected away from the general population. He says they've also had 85-percent of their residents vaccinated, and one-third of their staff. Rutter says they are hoping to see the state approve visitations for their residents soon. Nursing home visitation guidelines are expected to be released early this week.

Community Spotlight for Feb. 14-21, 2021

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

February 14th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist joins our Terry Frank this week to discuss his recent bout with COVID-19. Sundquist tells us that he apparently got it from one of his management team members when COVID was going through those members of his administration. He's now fully-recovered. We also discuss the decrease in the number of new cases in the city and Chautauqua County, and he's optimistic that -- with the new vaccine -- the trend will continue. He also says he's pleased to see the city of Jamestown appears to be in line for about 28-miilion dollars in COVID-19 relief monies from the federal government. Right now, Sundquist says that would be general aid, given to Jamestown because the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development has given the city "entitlement status" for the Community Development Block Grant program. He also reflects on his recent State of the City Address.

Community Spotlight for Feb. 7-14, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

February 7th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:45

Our Terry Frank gets the latest update on the COVID-19 situation with Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel. Wendel expresses frustration over the fact that there will be no more county, or state-run vaccination clinics announced until Mon., Feb. 8. He also takes issue with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who he says is "micromanaging" the response to the pandemic, including adding such people as Uber and other private drivers, and restaurant workers to those who can now receive vaccines. The problem is, there still aren't enough vaccines to give everyone in the first groupings the Pfizer or Moderna shots. We also discuss the county's new COVID-19 Heroes program to recognize those on the front-lines of the pandemic. We also preview his upcoming State of the County Address, set for the end of February.

Community Spotlight for Jan. 31-Feb. 6, 2021

Deputy Chautauqua Co. Executive for Economic Development Mark Geise

January 31st, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

Economic Development in Chautauqua County during the COVID-19 Pandemic is the focus of this week's program. Our Terry Frank talks with the county's Deputy County Executive for Economic Development Mark Geise, who talks about the most recent round of funding from the county's 10.5-million dollar CARES Act grant. Geise says there are a wide variety of businesses and organizations that have demonstrated both need and hardship that qualified for the 2.6-million dollars that was doled out. A total of 16 entities received funding. He says a third round of funding will be announced in late April, and applications are now being accepted. We also discuss the legislature's approval of transferring between 8 and 9 acres of land at the former Roblin Steel site for development by Fieldbrook Foods, as well as plans for the county's two airports. For information, call the county's Industrial Development Agency at 661-8900