Two days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo joked that millions in additional funding would be available for struggling cities, the Democrat is set to appear at the future home of the National Comedy Center.
The governor's office says he'll make an announcement Thursday afternoon at the National Comedy Center construction site in Jamestown. Cuomo's appearance comes during the start of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown, where the late television and film actress was born in 1911.
The governor's visit also comes two days after he said there would be second-, third- and fourth-place winners in a state program funneling millions of dollars to communities seeking to revitalize their downtowns. Cuomo's office afterward said he was joking about rewarding the also-rans.
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he understands the point President Donald Trump was trying to make last week when Trump said in an interview that people living in upstate New York should move elsewhere to find jobs.
Trump made the controversial statements in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that appeared on July 26th. He said that people in New York and some other states are going to have to move to Wisconsin, Iowa and Colorado where many new manufacturing jobs are going.
Reed, a Republican from Corning, says he loves the region and isn't going anywhere. He says he's going to continue to fight for the region, and says it's recognition that the "rust belt" has had it's struggles. Reed agrees that the upstate region needs a significant economic boost and, the loss of jobs and people can clearly be seen by the loss of 4 to 5 members of Congress over the past few decades.
Trump said new plants in some parts of the country are going to need people to work and, places like "upper New York" are getting "very badly hurt." An official with the Buffalo-Niagara Partnership told The Buffalo News that Trump's asserstion is wrong adding that Buffalo is "doing better than we've done in decades."
A Dunkirk woman accused of shooting and killing her boyfriend last month has been indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury.
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 28-year-old Rebecca Ruiz was indicted Wednesday in county court on one count of second-degree murder as well as two other charges, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and tampering with evidence.
Swanson says Ruiz was returned to the county jail in Mayville on $1-million cash bail, and $2-million property bond. Ruiz is accused of shooting and killing 21-year-old Julian Duman at her home at 141 Lake Shore Drive East back on July 6th.
Swanson says additional evidence was developed that allowed the grand jury to indict Ruiz on the two additional charges. He says the case will continue in October for motions in front of Judge David Foley. A trial date will then be set.
No one was hurt but, an apartment building in Dunkirk sustained extensive damage during a late morning fire Wednesday in the area of Maple Avenue, Route 60 and King Street.
That from Dunkirk Fire Captain Gary Latta who says they were called to the scene of the large structure that housed several apartments about 10:30 a.m. Latta says they checked twice to make sure that everyone was out of the burning structure and, then moved to knock down the fire and bring it under control before checking inside again.
Katta says crews hussled to the scene after receiving reports of smoke in the area. He says three of the apartments were occupied and, they checked those when they first arrived. He says they received mutual aid from nearby Fredonia and an engine from East Dunkirk.
The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team was called to the scene. A portion of Route 60 was closed late Wednesday morning through early afternoon due to the fire, and subsequent clean-up.
Two witnesses report seeing shots fired yesterday morning on Jamestown's northside but, no one was hurt.
City Police Chief Harry Snellings confirms that officers were called to the scene at Prendergast Avenue and Regent Street about 7:15 a.m. Snellings says two people were allegedly involved in a disagreement and, wound up apparently firing shots at each other.
However both ran off before police arrived. He says police interviewed the two witnesses there. Snellings says no shell casings have been found yet and, no buildings were hit. The investigation is continuing.
Gas prices in the Jamestown-area are holding steady this week while on the national scene they have increased over the past week.
The AAA's Fuel Gauge Report says the price locally is just over $2.44 a gallon this week. It's actually about about 2-10ths of a penny higher than it was last week.
AAA adds that the price across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions continue to join the pack of most expensive states in the country. Nationally, the price is up to $2.32 a gallon this week and, is at its highest price since June 15th.