Comedy Center announces Schumer, Aykroyd, and Tomlin among those to be on hand for grand opening in August...
The National Comedy Center has a star-studded line-up in place to celebrate its grand opening this August.  Comedy Center officials late Tuesday announced there will be appearances by Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, Saturday Night Live original season alumni including Dan Aykroyd and more, coinciding with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival... which starts August 1 in Jamestown.  Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says the opening celebration will including Schumer performing at the Northwest Arena on Friday, August 3... and, Tomlin will perform at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Saturday, August 4.  In between... SNL original cast members Aykroyd, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris, along with original writer, Alan Zweibel, will come together at the Reg Lenna on Saturday, August 2nd to share stories and laughs in a conversation about the show's early years.  Tickets for ALL events go on sale at Noon, Friday April 27th for Comedy Center members... and, to the public on May 4th at www.NationalComedyCenter.org.
 
 
Gillibrand says it's time for Assad to go in Syria...
New York's Junior Senator is calling on U-S officials to work with thier  allies to get a permanent cease-fire in the Syrian civil war as a way to begin regime change in the Middle Eastern nation.  Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand made her comments during a conference call with state-wide media today.  Gillibrand is among those saying that strong-armed Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has to go after the latest chemical attack near Damascus.  She calls it a "heartbreaking" and horrific" story.  She says Assad's on-going atrocities are "an outrage."  Gillibrand says the U-S needs to engage it's allies and go to the United Nations to call for Assad's removal.  He has been Syrian president since July of 2000... and, was accused of severe crackdowns on citizens during the so-called "Arab Spring" several years ago.  The unrest is being attributed to starting the current civil war in that country.
 
 
Fredonia man arrested following high-speed chase through Lakewood and Panama...
A north county man has been arrested on some 30 charges after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase through the village of Lakewood... and, west into the village of Panama.  Lakewood-Busti Police say they were called to the Wal-Mart SuperCenter on Fairmount Avenue shortly before 8 pm Monday on a report of a person stealing several items, including clothing.  Officers say 22 year-old Tyler Elssesser of Fredonia allegedly drove off in a westerly direction with police in pursuit.  Officers say speeds reached 98 mph before Elssesser turned onto Route 474 and drove into Panama... where he was stopped.  Police say speeds on 474 reached more than 100 mph before the pursuit ended.  Elsesser is charged with larceny... reckless endangerment... and, he also faces drug charges.  He was arraigned in Busti Town Court, and sent to the county jail on $20,000 cash bail.
 
 
City of Jamestown ends 2017 with surplus, according to city comptroller...
The city of Jamestown finished 2017 with it's first budget surplus in seven years.  However... the city's chief fiscal officer is tempering that with the fact they still face several fiscal challenges.  Jamestown City Comptroller Joe Bellitto told the City Council at last night's work session that they wound up last year with an unaudited, $1.2-million surplus.  Bellitto says there were a number of factors that played into that... including some higher than expected revenues.  He says among the items that came in over-projections was sales tax revenue... as well as $614,000 in added state aid funding.  That includes the additional $1-million the city received to help with it's fiscal woes in 2017.  He says there is still concern about health care claims... all of which they may not have yet.  He says that means any claims could still be presented to their self-insured fund.  Bellitto says the windfall will likely help Jamestown in the years to come because whatever the surplus is can otherwise be applied to the city's currently low undesignated fund balance.
 
 
Borrello sets record straight on county's 2017 Budget Shortfall...
Chautauqua County officials have been able to plug a $6.3-million shortfall from the 2017 budget... and, are keeping a close eye on certain spending to prevent another one this year.  That from County Executive George Borrello... who says the shortfall is actually lower than what county finance officials projected late last year.  Borrello says that number was $6.8-million.  He says their fund-balance was more than enough to cover that... and, he says the actual deficit was about $500,000 less than they had projected.  Borrello says the biggest part of the shortfall was the unexpected, $3.8-million the state charged the county with for new, juvenile detention costs.  Those were mainly due to the new, "Raise the Age" initiative to house 16 and 17 year-olds separately from both juveniles and adult prison populations.  Otherwise... County Legislature Audit and Control Committee Chairman Pierre Chagnon says there was a $268,000 shortfall with the county's new, "Fly-Car" EMT service. 
 
 
Gas prices up local again this week...
Jamestown motorists will have to dig deeper into their pockets as gas prices have increased for the third week in a row.  That from the AAA's latest gas price report... which says the price per gallon of regular unleaded fuel is up a penny to $2.79.  Of 25 states in the country selling gas for $2.60 or more... AAA says half are in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast region, with New York being among the most expensive. Nationally.... gas prices have held at their highest price of the year for one-week at $2.66.
 
 

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