Quick response by Jamestown fire crews prevented serious damage to a bar and apartment building in the city's Brooklyn Square-area. 

 

City Fire Battaliion Chief Sam Salemme says firefighters were called to Sneakers Bar at 100 Harrison Street shortly after 2 this morning and, traced the flames to an indoor storage room.

 

Salemme says there was heavy smoke inside the bar when crews arrived.  He says firefighters had the blaze under control within minutes.  Salemme says a tenant in an upstairs apartment called in the fire and, everyone was out of the building when they arrived. 

 

Salemme says an off-duty shift of eight firefighters and a shift commander was called in to assist at the scene.  He says no one was hurt fire damage was confined to the storage room near the bar. 

 

Salemme says the cause of the blaze is under investigation.


Police in Western New York are investigating fatal shooting. 

 

The Erie County Sheriff's Office responded to a call at the Spring Wood Trailer Park in Collins around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday.  Police say a male was killed.  No further information is available.


Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo's approval ratings are slipping amid transit problems in New York City.  46% of those surveyed in a just-released Quinnipiac University poll say they approve of Cuomo's performance, the lowest rating for the governor in the Connecticut college's polls since September 2015. 

 

Respondents gave Cuomo low grades for New York City transit, with nearly a third awarding a "D'' or "F."  The city's subway and commuter train systems have been plagued by mounting delays and breakdowns, prompting Cuomo to warn of a "summer of hell" as emergency repairs begin. 

 

Cuomo is a possible 2020 presidential contender but Tuesday's poll indicates 55 percent of New Yorkers don't want him to run.


Proposed cuts to Medicaid in New York state have raised concerns that money will be taken away from the fight against the Heroin and opioid drug crisis. 

 

However local Congressman Tom Reed says the money "is there" in the Republican health care bill approved by the House of Representatives.  Governor Andrew Cuomo voiced those fears in a weekend Op-Ed piece in a New York City newspaper. 

 

However Reed says Cuomo's fears are unfounded because it has a priority designation.  He says Cuomo and the state legislature need to make the tough decisions on either covering the reduction, or cutting the program.  However Cuomo says the House bill will cut Medicaid funding to New York by $2.3-billion something he says has to be made up somewhere in the state budget. 

 

Reed says a move towards private insurance is a better solution.  However the Corning Republican acknowledged the fact that many with addiction issues aren't able to hold a job and, don't have coverage.  Reed made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier media.


A House committee has unveiled legislation to fund President Donald Trump's long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

 

The $1.6 billion-dollar appropriations for a down payment on building a physical wall and other blockades matches Trump's request, but comes after the GOP-controlled Congress failed to deliver the money when passing an omnibus spending measure earlier this year. 

 

Democrats objected to the funding and the Trump administration and congressional Republicans took a pass on forcing the issue.  But the fight over funding the wall is a major obstacle to funding government agency operations for the budget year beginning October 1st

 

Some conservatives are threatening to shut the government down if the wall is not included.  The wall money is embedded in a $44 billion homeland security funding bill released Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee.


The mayor of Dunkirk says progress is being made on two major economic development projects that will have an impact on the Dunkirk area. 

 

Willie Rosas says that he met with State Senator Cathy Young on Monday and she assured him that NRG is moving ahead with the repowering project.  However the issues are more with the federal government right now. 

 

Young says repowering is on track, and the state has a written, and sign agreement with NRG.  Rosas says he also has news regarding the new Athenex plant planned for property on Route 5 just outside the city limits.  He says they are close to scheduling a groundbreaking for the plant. 

 

He says they are waiting for Governor Cuomo to open up his schedule so he can be here for the event.  Back to the NRG Repowering project, Senator Young is continuing to work on having the city made whole by the state on any tax revenue losses caused by the delay in repowering plant.  The NRG plant has been moth-balled since January of 2016.


Gasoline prices in Chautauqua County are holding steady this week and are hovering around $2.44 a gallon for regular unleaded fuel. 

 

That from the AAA's Fuel Gauge Report which says the average price locally is now $2.43.9.  That's 4-tenths of a cent less than last week.  During the week New York and Vermont saw prices drop by one penny.  On the week, AAA says gas stockpiles decreased by 2-million barrels and, currently sit 5.6 million barrels below levels this time last year. 

 

Nationally... for the first time in five weeks, the national average gas price is increasing.  At $2.26 a gallon today’s price has been moving higher since July 6th and, is 3-cents more than last week.

 

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