Local Assemblyman Andy Goodell says he's looking to also work to help reform the state's Welfare Program so that people can retain benefits while gaining meaningful employment...
 
During his first term in office, the Jamestown-area Republican began working on the issue, because the rules actually discourage many recipients from working lower, entry-level jobs because they lose all their benefits.  He says, if the state can get it's arms around the program better... it will help both recipients and taxpayers.  In Chautauqua County, about half of the entire local tax levy, or about $30-million, goes to pay for the local Medicaid program.
 
 
Local wind chills are expected to be about -15 this morning and with that, Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe is reminding parents and students about the district's "cold weather closing policy"... 
 
In a press release, Apthorpe noted that officials understand that most of the city district's students walk to school, and with that, parents should make sure that children are dressed warmly.  He adds that from this point to a wind chill of 25-degrees below zero, the National Weather service issues a Wind Chill Advisory.  Anything lower is a Wind Chill Warning.  However, he says temperature is one of "many variables" they consider in closing schools.  Apthorpe says he makes the final decision by about 5:30 a.m. most school days but, he says the final decision always lies with the parent and guardian if they are concerned about the child walking in frigid conditions.  To find if the schools have issued a school closing, follow Superintendent Apthorpe's Twitter @JamestownSupt. 
 
 
 
State police say one person has died and one is seriously injured after several crashes involving numerous vehicles on the snowy New York State Thruway east of Buffalo...
 
Troopers say all lanes are blocked between Exit 50 and Exit 48A at Pembroke going into the evening rush hour Tuesday.  Trooper Michael Cassella in Albany says 15 to 25 cars and 10 tractor-trailers were involved in a series of collisions starting shortly before 2 PM Tuesday.  He says weather was a contributing factor. 
 
 
 
It was bitterly cold most of the time but, skiing conditions on the slopes at Peek 'n Peak couldn't have been better this past holiday weekend...  
 
That from General Manager Brad Gravink, who says the Clymer-area resort was as busy as expected.  Gravink says all of their facilities were busy during both Christmas and New Years.  He adds they now have plenty of good snow.
 
Gravink adds that they're in the works of building the train park and should be fully open on Thursday. Current skiing conditions at the Peak include a packed-powder surface with 23 groomed and open trails... and, a deep base. For more information on snow sport conditions or information on booking a trip visit their website at PKnPK.com
 
 
A Falconer man is facing a felony criminal mischief charge following a domestic incident early Monday morning...  
 
Ellicott town police say they responded to a domestic disturbance call just before 12:30 AM.  Officers say 32 year-old Ronald Wilson allegedly destroyed property inside a residence and was disorderly.  Wilson was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal mischief.  He was arraigned and remanded to County Jail pending a preliminary hearing and court appearance.
 

WJTN News Headlines for Apr. 26, 2018

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