Lake effect snow will be belting portions of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Southern Erie counties through Thursday.  A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 pm Thursday.  That from Forecaster John Rozbicki from the National Weather Service in Buffalo....

Rozbicki says additional snow accumulations of two to four inches are possible in the most persistent lake snows.  He says gusty winds will also be a problem, with northwest winds at 30 to 40 MPH at times.  The hazardous conditions will impact both this evening commute and the drive to work and school.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reports a number of minor accidents and cars off the road.  They urge people to slow down and drive with caution.


With real Winter weather back in Chautauqua County, motorists are being reminded to change their driving habits to deal with the conditions...  

That from Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone, who says motorists should take their time when driving in snowy conditions.

Quattrone says make sure the plan ahead when driving in Wintery conditions.  In fact, he says make sure to include some blankets, and water with you... and have a full tank of gas.  He says the weather can change quickly, and drivers need to be prepared.  Quattrone says roads are snow covered and slippery, so drive slower, and leave enough time to stop your vehicle.

 
Millions of dollars in additional state funding is available for expanding addiction treatment services across New York......  

Governor Andrew Cuomo says up to $10 million will support development of dozens of new withdrawal and stabilization or residential treatment beds. The Democrat says the funding is being administered by the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. The money will be distributed through a request-for-applications process.  State-approved withdrawal and stabilization programs are medically supervised. They offer medical assessment, information about recovery support, clinical services and medication to manage withdrawal symptoms. State officials say residential services programs offer three key elements of treatment: stabilization, rehabilitation and reintegration.  The state has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years on programs dealing with the ongoing opioid epidemic.


New York lawmakers are kicking off their 2019 session, a six-month work period expected to be dominated by debates about marijuana legalization, congestion tolls in Manhattan and making it easier to vote....  

Leadership was installed for the session and, local Assemblyman Andy Goodell will again have a prominant role for Minority Republicans in the lower chamber.  Goodell will again be floor leader for the caucus.

The GOP Minority Leader will again be Canandaigua's Brian Kolb and Democrat Carl Heastie will again be Assembly Speaker.  However, the Majority Leader will be Crystal Peebles-Stokes from Buffalo.  In the Senate, Andrea Stewart-Cousins will formally take over as leader following big Democratic gains in last fall's elections.  The Yonkers Democrat is the first woman to lead a legislative chamber in New York.  Democratic control of both chambers has raised the prospects for several bills that were blocked by Republicans when they held the Senate.


A city man was arrested early Thursday morning for allegedly threatening a person with a hammer....  

Jamestown police responded to West 6th Street shortly after 4 a.m. for the report of a male being hit with a hammer.  Further investigation revealed 48 year-old Johnny Nunez-senior allegedly threatened the victim with the tool, putting the person in fear for his life.  He was taken to the city jail without incident, pending arraignment on one count of second-degree menacing. 


The Chautauqua County Humane Society's annual "Hot Dogs and Cool Cats" pet photo contest is now underway....  

Community Relations Director Brian Papalia tells us that taking part in their 11 th contest is as easy as uploading your pet's photo for free by following the link on their website.  Brian says the contest is an 'essential' fundraiser for the shelter, which helps pets awaiting adoption.

Papalia says the final step is to encourage friends and family to vote for your pet's photo, as the 23 photos with the most votes will appear on at least two cards in a deck of playing cards.  Each vote is one-dollar apiece with a minimum of five votes, but you can vote as many times as you like.  The Hot Dogs and Cool Cats contest runs through the month, ending at 10 p.m. on February 1st.  For more information, contact Brian at 665-2209 or visit SPCAPets.com.


The city of Jamestown has been awarded a grant to help in the development of a second skate park in the city...  

Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley confirms this morning that Jamestown has been selected to receive a matching grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation.  Ciesla-Hanley says the funding will be between $50,000 and $250,000 and would match the amount the city is able to raise.  She says the new skate park will be constructed near the Parks Department garage, which is located near the underpass at the Sixth Street Bridge.  A more formal announcement is to be made later this month.
 

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