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..

Community Spotlight for Dec. 28-Jan. 3, 2020-21

In our final program of 2020, our Terry Frank speaks with Ellicott Town Supervisor Patrick McLaughlin about how the town has been faring during the year -- especially with COVID-19. McLaughlin says they've been able to continue the needed services for town residents with little or no interruption. However... he says finances are tight. He adds town residents have also been dealing with the uptick in cases, as demonstrated by the spikes reported in recent days in the Jamestown 14701 zip code. McLaughlin says that includes West Ellicott, where the late Summer outbreak at Tanglewood Manor and Memory Garden senior and assisted-living facilities occured. We also talk development with Honest John's looking to open a second location on East Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott, and what's happening on Fluvanna Avenue just outside the city of Jamestown.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 25-30, 2021

Jamestown City Council President Tony Dolce

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

Our Terry Frank interviews Jamestown City Council President Tony Dolce about his first-year as head of the panel, and the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dolce feels the council and Mayor Eddie Sundquist, while disagreeing at times on policy, were able to work well together for the most part. Heading into the new year, he says the city will continue it's efforts to help local businesses that have been hit hard by the pandemic through loans, and loan forgiveness. Dolce says the city is facing a deficit, but, not likely the 1-million one announced recently -- due mainly to better than expected sales tax revenues from on-line sales. He says they're also discussing making an anticipated 2-percent pay increase from a few years ago to the city's policeman's union after an appeals court dismissed their case.

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Community Spotlight for January 17-24, 2021

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

January 17th, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 14:15

This week, our Terry Frank speaks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist on a number of topics, including the ongoing increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the city. He emphasized the need for people to avoid large gatherings, wear a mask, and socially distance from people outside your family. He did note that with a vaccine being rolled out, there is optimism... and, he says there will likely be vaccination points in the city, once there's more supply. We also talk about the city's Police Reform plan, which is being developed by the City Council's Public Safety Committee, and Jamestown Police. He says they've just wrapped up several stakeholder group sessions, and all that information is being put together into a final proposal for the community to look at. Sundquist says they expect to be completed before the April 1st deadline. He says having more police on the streets is a common theme. With the Biden Administration taking office this Wednesday, Sundquist speaks optimistically about the possibility of local, and state aid being included in a new COVID-19 Stimulus bill.

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 11-18, 2021

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

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

This week, our Terry Frank talks with Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel about a number of topics... including last Wednesday's storming of the Capitol, and rioting in Washington, D.C. Wendel says he was "appalled" by what he saw, and says historicially there had not been anything like it since the British burned down the capitol building in 1814. He adds, though, that this is not like 1775-76 when we were trying to break away from a tyrannical empire. We also discuss the most recent COVID-19 numbers, and, the fact they are spiking. Wendel says we are going in the wrong direction, and says people need to make sure to wear masks in public, socially distance, and avoid large gatherings. Wendel says, while the vaccine is here, the rollout and distribution has been spotty. He adds that part of the problem is having enough qualified people to administer the two doses people need to be fully immunized.

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 3-10, 2021

2020 Year in Review

January 3rd, 2021 12:00am | Duration: 15:05

This week, our Terry Frank and Noel Blackhall take a look back on the top stories of the past year. 2020 started on an optimistic note with the swearing in of a new, Interim Chautauqua County Executive, P.J. Wendel, and new Jamestown Mayor, Eddie Sundquist. However, by early March, it became evident that the new coronavirus, COVID-19, was taking hold in the country in both New York City, and Washington State. States of Emergency were put in place in NYS and the county. A number of local events and activities, including the County Fair, Babe Ruth World Series, and the Gerry Rodeo, had to be cancelled. To date, Chautauqua County has exceeded 3,700 confirmed cases, and 32 deaths from the virus. In late November, there was great news with new vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna in New York state, and the vaccines are being distributed at UPMC Chautauqua, the Heritage Ministries nursing homes and others. We also look back on economic development, and notable people who passed away in 2020.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 28-Jan. 3, 2020-21

Ellicott Town Supervisor Patrick McLaughlin

December 28th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:45

In our final program of 2020, our Terry Frank speaks with Ellicott Town Supervisor Patrick McLaughlin about how the town has been faring during the year -- especially with COVID-19. McLaughlin says they've been able to continue the needed services for town residents with little or no interruption. However... he says finances are tight. He adds town residents have also been dealing with the uptick in cases, as demonstrated by the spikes reported in recent days in the Jamestown 14701 zip code. McLaughlin says that includes West Ellicott, where the late Summer outbreak at Tanglewood Manor and Memory Garden senior and assisted-living facilities occured. We also talk development with Honest John's looking to open a second location on East Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott, and what's happening on Fluvanna Avenue just outside the city of Jamestown.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 20-27, 2020

Deputy Dir. of Housing and Community Development, Amanda Straight of COI

December 20th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

Our Terry Frank talks this week with the point-person at Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc., Amanda Straight. She is the Deputy Director of Housing and Community Development at COI. Straight says she's been with COI for eight years, and is in her fifth position before transitioning to housing and working with the homeless. She says it's "more of a problem" than most people think. Straight says most homeless here are out during the day, but, have to find a place to stay at night. For the past year, Straight says 777 people sought homeless assistance last year. However, she says there is a potential problem at the end of the month if a moratorium on evictions is not continued. Straight says there are a number of local shelters in Chautauqua County... the largest being the UCAN Mission in Jamestown, which is a men's homeless shelter.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 13-20, 2020

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

December 13th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist about his two vetoes in the city's 2021 budget. The first would restore the City Parks and Recreation Coordinator's position to the budget at a cost of just under 54,000 dollars. The second would add that amount of money to the amount of money the city would use from it's undesignated fund balance to balance the 34.8-million dollar spending plan. However... lawmakers will need a 2/3rds majority to override the veto at this Monday night's Special City Council Meeting. That would mean six of the nine members would have to approve the overrides. The amendment furloughing the position was approved Nov. 30 by an 8-1 vote. We also discuss the decision by City Arborist Dan Stone to take down 43 of the remaining 46 "Cathedral Oak" trees on West Third St. due to their age and root deterioration. We also look back on Sundquist's first year in office after being elected in November 2019 to replace the retiring Sam Teresi.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 7-14, 2020

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

December 7th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

This week, our Terry Frank discusses a number of topics, mainly COVID-19 related, with Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel. We ask him about the county's change in reporting COVID-19 cases, tests, hospitalizations, ete. Wendel explains is provides as much information as the daily updates they had been doing, and lessens the pressure on staff in the Department of Health and Human Services Dept. We also discuss the county's low infection rate, which he says is a credit to local businesses and individuals. We also discuss vaccine distribution, but, Wendel says there has been no further information given, other than there will be 174,000 doses from the initial distribution. We also discuss the county's move to acquire the Jamestown Hub for the Chautauqua Area Transit System's bus service. Wendel says the city had been renting the location... which is across the street on East Third St. from City Hall.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 2-9, 2020

Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Pres. and CEO Todd Tranum

December 3rd, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 15:05

Due to technical issues earlier in the week, we were unable to immediately upload this past weekend's program. Our Terry Frank talks about a number of business matters with county Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum. We discuss the start of their new website, call "ShopLocalCHQ..." which ties in more than 50 county businesses, and offers people the chance to do their holiday -- and other shopping -- done on-line. We also talk about the need for another round of COVID-19 stimulus funding because many businesses, and area residents, are struggling during this holiday time period.

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Community Spotlight for Nov. 22-29, 2020

Chautauqua County COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall

November 22nd, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 15:00

With no guest scheduled this week, we present comments from members of Chautauqua County Executive P-J Wendel's COVID-19 Response Team, including Sheriff Jim Quattrone, Health Department Epidemiologist Breeanne Agett, Public Health Director Christine Schuyler, Public Health Physician Dr. Robert Berke, and other Physician Dr. Brian Walters. They discuss a number of areas, from enforcement of current restrictions, and those being imposed for Thanksgiving Day holiday gatherings, county COVID-19 numbers, isolation and quarantine facts, and the fact that two vaccines are now in the process of getting FDA approval.

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Community Spotlight for Nov. 15-22, 2020

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

November 15th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 15:00

Our Terry Frank speaks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist this week about a number of matters, including Monday (11/16) night's public hearing on the proposed 2021 budget. The 34.8-million dollar spending plan includes a slight tax rate decrease. However, it may not include total elimination of free parking. Sundquist outlined his compromise measure that would re-install meters in the current free zones. However, all metered parking spots would have the first 20-minutes be free, and the motorist would pay 1.00 an hour after that. We also discuss the city's Christmas Tree being in place on Tracy Plaza, and a new "Downtown Holiday Crusin" the city will be holding with the Jamestown Renaissance Corp., and others, instead of the annual Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration. This would be a "reverse" parade with people in their cars driving east on Third Street to Tracy Plaza to see the lighted Christmas Tree, and Santa. Businesses would be able to decorate a parking space on the street for residents and their children to see. The event will be held on Friday, Dec. 4th from 6 to 7:30 pm. We also give the latest on the search for a new Police Chief/Director of Public Safety.

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WJTN News Headlines for Nov. 8-15, 2020

Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

November 8th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

This week, our Terry Frank speaks with Chautauqua County Executive P-J Wendel... who loses the "interim" moniker after winning last Tuesday's election. Wendel says he's both excited and humbled by the results, and thanked county voters for coming out in such large numbers. He also discusses his decision to sign the 2021 County budget, which includes a 4.6-percent tax increase, which amounts to a 5-cent per 1,000 full value rate increase. He says the legislature wanted to be "more cautious" than he was -- given the on-going COVID situation. We also discuss the loans doled out to nearly 30 businesses from the 10.5-million dollar CARES Act loan funds. More than half of that has been given to local businesses. We also discuss the idea of a three-state "wine, craft beer and distillery" trail from Northeast Ohio to the Finger Lakes.

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Community Spotlight for Nov. 5-12, 2020

Preview of 23rd Congressional District Race

November 6th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our apologies that, due to technical issues, we were unable to provide the past weekend's program. However, we do have it now. Our Terry Frank takes a look at the two candidates vying for the 23rd Congressional District seat in the waning days of the campaign. Incumbant Republican Tom Reed and Democratic Challenger Tracy Mitrano criss-crossed the district over the final few days before Election Day on Nov. 3. Both candidates tout their record, and, the tone of the campaign, which has gotten nasty at times. Reed claims Mitrano is an extreme left-wing candidate who wants to defund police, while Mitrano says Reed has run nothing but a smear campaign.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 25-Nov. 1, 2020

Incumbant Chautauqua Co. District Attorney Patrick Swanson

October 25th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our Terry Frank concludes Media One's programs focusing on the candidates for local and regional office in Chautauqua County and Jamestown this week. He talks with Democrat Patrick Swanson, the incumbant District Attorney. Swanson discusses his background, and defends his record against criticism by Republican challenger, Jason Schmidt. Schmidt has attacked Swanson for having a 17.4-percent success rate of convicting accused Felons last year. Swanson says his office's overall conviction rate remains better than the statewide average, and, has done so having to navigate new and changing laws -- especially bail reform this year. Swanson also says his very understaffed office has been able to do that with only 12-and-a-half staffers. He also touted having the New York State Police Trooper union's endorsement in his re-election bid.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 19-26, 2020

Republican County District Attorney candidate Jason Schmidt

October 19th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:15

Our Terry Frank begins a two-part look at the candidates for Chautauqua County District Attorney with an interview of Republican challenger Jason Schmidt. It's a rematch of four-years ago when Schmidt ran against Democrat Patrick Swanson for the seat. Schmidt says most recent statistics show the county has only a 17.4-percent conviction rate on Felony cases. He also rebutts Swanson's argument that the county's conviction rate is better than most others in New York state. Even though the county D-A's office has a staff of less than half the state average, Schmidt says the county is not doing as well as it should be. Schmidt has been endorsed by the Dunkirk Police Officers organization in his run for D-A.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 11-18, 2020

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

October 11th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:40

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist about his proposed 2021 budget... which totals 34.8-million dollars, and includes a slight tax decrease. Sundquist says, though, that it was an "extremely challenging" spending plan to put together. However... he believes people will be pleased with the 70,000 tax levy decrease, and 17-cent per 1,000 dollar cut to the tax rate. City Council will soon begin discussing the proposal. We also discuss the city's Parking Ticket Amnesty Program, which has already brought in a large number of donations of canned goods, and school supplies for local agencies and schools. We also discuss pending changes to Freedom of Information applications, and a second downtown restaurant, Labrynth Press Co. and Brazil, applying for a Parklet for outdoor dining.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 3-10, 2020

Interim Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

October 4th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:50

Interim County Executive P-J Wendel joins our Terry Frank again this week... this time in his official capacity. We mainly talk about his 2021 budget proposal... which includes about a 3-percent increase in the tax levy, but, has a 5-cent per 1,000 dollar reduction in the tax rate to 8.41. Wendel says actions his administration took earlier this year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic have helped them in getting this budget in place. While it exceeds the state's 2-percent property tax levy, it does not use any undesignated fund balance. We also discuss the need for people to complete the Census, as Monday is the deadline. Wendel also says the county has already received a lot of interest in the 10.5-million dollar CARES Act funding to help small businesses locally that have been hurt by the COVID-19 shut-downs.

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Community Spotlight for Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2020

Interim Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

September 28th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

This week, we discuss the race for Chautauqua County Executive with Interim Executive P-J Wendel, who has been in the seat since Jan. 1 of this year. Wendel says 2020 has been a huge challenge, but, says he's made the best of a difficult situation. He further explained the county's response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, which has seen significant upticks since the beginning of September. He says the outbreaks at both Fieldbrook Foods in Dunkirk, and the SUNY College at Fredonia, have now been pretty much contained. He says the county was also able to get New York State to keep Rapid Testing machines in the county to deal with hot-spots. We also discuss economic development, which the Lakewood Republican feels will be aided by the recent announcement of 10.5-million dollars from the federal CARES Act to help local businesses that have been heavily-impacted by COVID-related shut-downs. We heard from his Democratic challenger, Richard Morrisroe on last week's show.

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Community Spotlight for Sept. 19-27, 2020

Democratic candidate for Chautauqua Co. Exec. Rich Morrisroe

September 19th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:45

This week, our Terry Frank speaks with the Democratic challenger in the race for Chautauqua County Executive, Rich Morrisroe of Dunkirk. Morrisroe has been Dunkirk City Attorney for the past three years, and has worked in a variety of capacities during his life. He says the county should have been quicker in it's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially regarding the announcement of the outbreak at Fieldbrook Foods. Morrisroe says he and his family came to the north county area a few years ago from Buffalo. He says he wants to work to improve economic opportunities here, and, bring back more young adults, and attract new residents. He says the move to attract an Amazon warehouse is a positive, but, questions what kind of incentives it may take, and how many real jobs will be created versus robots. We'll hear from current interim Executive, Republican P.J. Wendel, next weekend.

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Community Spotlight for Sept. 13-20, 2020

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

September 13th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:15

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist joins our Terry Frank this week to discuss a number of topics, including the announcement that 10.5-million dollars in federal CARES Act funding it coming to Chautauqua County from the U-S Economic Development Administration to help small businesses struggling in the COVID-19 pandemic. Sundquist also revealed that the city was receiving another 300,000 dollars in CARES Act funding from HUD to do more for both small businesses and renters, in addition to the 705,000 the city received earlier in the pandemic. We also discuss contract negotiations, the latest project in the city's illumination program, and that city council will hold it's work session this Monday night in the lobby of City Hall to allow social distancing, but, the public is not invited to attend. It will be streamed on-line.

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Community Spotlight for Sept. 7-14, 2020

Interim Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

September 7th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:30

Our Terry Frank gets an update from Interim County Exec. P-J Wendel on the COVID-19 numbers from the two clusters of cases in the North County. Wendel says the numbers have eased up at both Fieldbrook Foods in Dunkirk, and the SUNY College at Fredonia. He says the number of actual employees at Fieldbrook testing positive was 58 by the weekend, with 21 "Close Contact" cases. At SUNY Fredonia, the cases over the weekend increased 56. Wendel also says the county has been successful in having four of the "Rapid Testing" machines left by the state here during the outbreaks... along with up to 1,000 test kits. We also discuss the tentative county budget, which Wendel says is done. He says they still have some unknowns to work on, but, believes people will be happy with what he and his administration has been able to craft. The spending plan is due by Sept. 25th, and the County Legislature meets on Wed., Sept. 23rd, which is the likely date the budget will be presented.

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Community Spotlight for Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2020

Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy Exec. Dir. John Jablonski, and Board Pres. Rebecca Nystrom

August 30th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 12:35

Our Terry Frank high-light's the 30th anniversary of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy with Executive Director John Jablonski, and Board President Rebecca Nystrom. They discuss the beginnings of the organization, which a group of people began work on after seeing the rise of invasive weed growth, and other issues stemming from run-off into the lake. They say the conservancy first started with an emphasis on Chautauqua Lake, but, has also done work to preserve natural shorelines along Cassadaga, and Findley Lakes. The conservancy uses grants to acquire available land to act as natural buffers to keep sediment from getting into the lakes. The Conservancy's 30th anniversary program was held last Thursday night via Zoom conferencing.

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Community Spotlight for Aug, 23-30, 2020

Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone

August 23rd, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:15

Our Terry Frank speaks with Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone this week about a number of topics and issues, including the need for local police and sheriff's departments to put a reinventing, and police reform plan with community input. Quattrone says they've been able to meet with local entities and discuss that. He believes they will have a plan by next April, as ordered by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. We also discuss the number of calls received this year, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Quattrone says they've seen definate increases in mental health, domestic violence, and drug overdose calls. He adds all five lakes in the county have been very busy this Summer. We also discuss bail reform impacts, and county jail population, which is down drastically with it.

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Community Spotlight for Aug. 16-23, 2020

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

August 16th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

This week, our Terry Frank discusses a number of topics with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist, who discusses his first half-year in office, and that it's been nothing like he expected, due mainly to COVID-19. However... he says he enjoys the challenge. We also discuss budget discussions, and how soon city lawmakers may have to look at a second-phase of cuts. Sundquist says they are waiting for the state to tell how much they'll be getting in municipal aid first. He also discusses the first business to take advantage of the new Food Truck Pilot Program in the downtown-area, along with the process of getting a new Police Chief/Director of Public Safety in place, as well as a new Human Rights Commission.

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Community Spotlight for Aug. 9-16, 2020

Interim Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

August 9th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our Terry Frank gets updates on Chautauqua County's situation during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the frustration over lack of state guidance for reopening gyms, fitness centers, and bowling alleys. Interim County Executive P-J Wendel says many of those places are struggling right now -- and some may be on the verge of closing -- because they've had no income since mid or late March. We also discuss where the county is after about 150 workers took voluntary furlough to save the county about 1-million dollars. We also discuss the 2021 budget, which Wendel and his finance team is working on, and will present in late September. We also discuss changes in county government with the resignation of Human Resources Director Jessica Wisniewski and retirement of Director of Environmental Health Services, Mark Stow. Wisniewski is being replaced by Jean Riley. Stow, who is leaving after 22 years with the county, is being replaced by Water Specialist, Bill Boria.

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Community Spotlight for Aug.2-9, 2020

State Senator George Borrello

August 2nd, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

This week, our Terry Frank speaks with 57th State Senator George Borrello about his first six months officially being on the job, and the outcomes of the most recent State Legislative session. He says the Democratic majorities in both the Senate and Assembly approved a number of left-leaning measure, and while there was some amending of the bail reform measure approved last year, he says it doesn't go nearly far enough. Borrello also discusses a letter he sent Gov. Andrew Cuomo, calling on his to rescind his special order that stopped the Prompt Payment Law for services the state contracts with for services from local non-profits and not-for-profit organizations. He also talks about his re-election campaign that'll get fully underway next month.

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Community Spotlight for July 24-26, 2020

Jamestown Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Whitaker

July 27th, 2020 06:09am | Duration: 14:55

This week, Noel Blackhall discusses plans and actions with Dr. Kevin Whitaker in regards to the nickname and imagery associated with the Jamestown High School "Red Raiders". Whitaker tells us that the district is in the information-gathering phase to collect responses from both sides of the argument, while also trying to balance a plan for re-opening schools in the Fall.

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Community Spotlight for July 19-26, 2020

Democratic 150th Assembly District candidate Christina Cardinale

July 19th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 15:10

This week, Terry Frank speaks with the Democratic challenger for the 150th District State Assembly seat, Christina Cardinale of Jamestown about her candidacy. She says she is running because she's been helping people in her line of work, and would like to represent them in Albany. She also feels that incumbant Republican Andy Goodell has not been doing his job representing people, and helping businesses to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic the way he should. She supports most of the recent police reforms approved in Albany, but, says she does have problems with bail reform measures approved by the legislature last year, and feels judges should have more discretion on keeping certain suspects in jail. She also gives Gov. Andrew Cuomo mixed reviews on how he's handled the pandemic.

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Community Spotlight for July 12-19, 2020

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

July 12th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:57

This week, our Terry Frank interviews Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist on a variety of issues, including his decision to name Lt. Timothy Jackson to be Acting Police Chief with the retirement of Harry Snellings. Snellings' last day was last Friday. We also discuss safety concerns given the recent increase in violent crime in a number of spots across the county. However.. a recent stretch of two stabbings and a shooting incident, Sundquist says, appear to have been caused by a number of factors, and arrests have been made in each. The search for a new permanent chief will begin shortly. We also discuss City Council looking this Monday night at a new pilot program for food trucks to be allowed in the downtown area. It would be part of ordinances that allow outdoor dining to help local restaurants deal with indoor seating restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Community Spotlight for July 5-12, 2020

Interim Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

July 5th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank speaks with Interim Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel on three main topics... the first being the county moving into Phase-Four of "NY Forward." While that's good, Wendel says not everything has reopened from the COVID-19 shut-down. He says malls, gyms, and some other places are still not opened yet... and, he says he has written Gov. Andrew Cuomo about possibly having a Phase-Five and even Six to give people goals to strive for. He also says he's open to looking at the possibility of opting the county back out of "non-aerial" fireworks sales leading up to the Fourth of July. He says he's aware of the recent increase in complaints and other issues surrounding fireworks that are mostly brought in from Pennsylvania. We also discuss the county budget, and work beginning on that with department heads for 2021.

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Community Spotlight for June 28-July 4, 2020

Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano

June 28th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:40

Our Terry Frank has parts of a recent inteview with Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano of Penn Yan. Mitrano, who won a five-way primary to face incumbant 23rd District Republican Tom Reed two years ago, was able to avoid a primary this time around, and is thankful for that. She says it's allowed her to focus on the general campaign, and she has 250,000 in the bank to run against Reed, compared to the 8,000 she had to start with in 2018. Mitrano feels the Democratic ticket is strong from top for bottom. She also reiterated her support of the region's Black Lives Matter movement, has attended some -- including the recent one in Jamestown. As for the rioting and vandalism that has occured in some places, she says those committing criminal acts needed to be arrested and punished. She adds that she has seen nothing like that from protesters in the 23rd District.

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Community Spotlight for June 21-28, 2020

State Assemblyman Andy Goodell

June 21st, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our Terry Frank speaks with New York state Assemblyman Andy Goodell about a number of state issues... including the most recent extension of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of Emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic. He says he and other lawmakers are looking at various ways to curtail that power either before or after the pandemic ends. We also discuss his votes on recently approved Police Reform legislation. Goodell says he had "mixed votes" on the issues... voting for allowing recording of encounters with police. However... he voted against complete repeal of Civil Law allowing police records of disciplinary action -- substantiated and otherwise -- to be made public. We also discuss the fact he is running this Fall for re-election to a sixth-term in office.

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Community Spotlight for June 21-28, 2020

State Assemblyman Andy Goodell

June 21st, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

Our Terry Frank speaks with New York state Assemblyman Andy Goodell about a number of state issues... including the most recent extension of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of Emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic. He says he and other lawmakers are looking at various ways to curtail that power either before or after the pandemic ends. We also discuss his votes on recently approved Police Reform legislation. Goodell says he had "mixed votes" on the issues... voting for allowing recording of encounters with police. However... he voted against complete repeal of Civil Law allowing police records of disciplinary action -- substantiated and otherwise -- to be made public. We also discuss the fact he is running this Fall for re-election to a sixth-term in office.

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Community Spotlight for June 14-21, 2020

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

June 15th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:05

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist this week about a number of topics, including the recent retirement of Deputy Fire Chief Sam Salemme, and Police Chief and Public Safety Director Harry Snellings' pending retirement in July. Sundquist says he now has a "couple of big shoes" to fill. He says Battalion Chief Matt Coon is currently the Acting Deputy Fire Chief until a formal decision is made on a replacement. We also discuss the city's financial situation after City Council approved 1.15-million dollars in cuts to the 2020 budget due to the COVID-19 outbreak and shut-down. He says officials want to see how revenues and state aid starts coming in before deciding on moving to Phase-2 of cuts. We also discuss the need for people to fill out the 2020 Census if they have not already, and the status of City Courts during the pandemic, and now going forward.

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Community Spotlight for June 7-14, 2020

Interim Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

June 7th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank speaks with Interim Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel this week on a number of topic related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this week, the county got the good news that it -- and all of the Western New York region -- entered Phase-Two of reopening, which allows hair salons and barbershops to reopen. In addition, some additional retail can open. A day later, though, outdoor dining was allowed -- with social distancing -- for local restaurants. We also discuss budget matters and getting nearly 150 county workers to take a voluntary furlough to help save the county money. Most revenue areas -- mainly sales tax -- are expected to be way down this year due to cancellations from the pandemic.

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Community Spotlight for June 1-7, 2020

St. Susan's Center Executive Director Bonnie Scott-Sleight

June 1st, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:05

Our Terry Frank talks this week with St. Susan's soup kitchen Executive Director Bonnie Scott-Sleight about the challenges they're facing due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Scott-Sleight says they're doing as well as they can, but, they're kitchen's not open due to the shut-down, and they are distributing bagged lunches through a make shift "drive-thru" for local people in need." She says they have been hampered by a loss of the ability to fund-raise on the eve of the upcoming "Cents for St. Susan's" drive headed up by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities. Scott-Sleight says they welcome donations of food and other items they can put in their lunches, along with monetary donations. For more information... go to their website or facebook page, or call 664-2253.

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Community Spotlight for May 25-June 1, 2020

Blue Star Mothers local Vice-President Kathy Collver

May 25th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:35

With most Memorial Day programs cancelled or scaled-back, the Blue Star Mothers, Lake Erie Chapter-4 is holding a "drive-in" Memorial Day program in the parking lot of the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood. Vice-President Kathy Collver talks with our Terry Frank this weekend about the program, which begins at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon, with a special stage set up next to the former Ruby Tuesday restaurant off Fairmount Avenue. Kollver says she got the idea from a similar "drive-in" program held using a special radio frequency for the National Day of Prayer at the mall -- near the former Sears Auto Center. Today's program will feature several dignitaries, with the keynote address given by current Chautauqua County Veteran's Services Director Major Greg Carlson, and two local students will also be taking part. People are encouraged to bring flags, but, observe social distancing by staying in your cars. Collver says the Lakewood Fire Department will also be flying a huge flag off their ladder truck. The program, which begins at 1 p.m. can be heard in the parking lot, or anywhere in the region, on WJTN 1240 AM or 101.3 FM, or at wjtn.com.

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Community Spotlight for May 17-24, 2020

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist

May 17th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:25

As part of our ongoing coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic locally, our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist, who is one of two elected officials named to the Western New York Regional Control Room group. They will oversee, and help troubleshoot the region's reopening, once it starts. Sundquist is joined on the panel by Chautauqua County Executive P-J Wendel. Sundquist says the region is "very close" to being allowed to go to "Phase-One" of the reopening, which would allow more manufacturing, construction, and more curbside retail. WNY -- as of Sunday night -- met six of Governor Andrew Cuomo's seven benchmarks for reopening. We also talk about the Census, and where those numbers are for the 2020 Complete Count. In addition, we talk about the fact the city is now accepting input on two uses for an additional 700,000 dollars in Community Development Block Grant funding from the federal government.

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Community Spotlight for May 10-17, 2020

Interim Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel

May 10th, 2020 12:00am | Duration: 14:55

This week, our Terry Frank talks with Interim County Executive P-J Wendel about the COVID-19 Virus outbreak, and plans to reopen sometime in the near future. Governor Andrew Cuomo's "Pause NY" stay-at-home order runs through May 15, so discussions are taking place about opening up some low-risk manufacturing and construction work in the region. Wendel says, the good news is, that testing is being ramped up to the governor's guidelines for reopening, which he says will be a big help in the effort to reopen. We also discuss the county airport, and the fact a proposal for restart commercial air service is making it's way through the U-S Dept. of Transportation.

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Community Spotlight for May 1-3, 2020

Misty Pennington, Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene

May 4th, 2020 05:00am | Duration: 15:29

This week, our Noel Blackhall is joined via telephone with Mental Health Program Coordinator Misty Penningston, to discuss the effects of the Novel Coronavirus and its impact on the mental health of Chautauqua County residents. We know COVID-19 is leaving its mark across the globe, but Pennington tells us that there's no shortage of helplines in the county for treatment and support. More information can be found online at the county's website, CombatAddictionCHQ.com and by calling 716-753-4104.

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