A reported sale of much of Keywell Corporation's stainless steel and specialty scrap metal processing operation is likely behind a decision to close at least one of the company's local plants. That from County Executive Greg Edwards on a report that Keywell recently informed the state Labor Department of the decision to close the Frewsburg plant... which employs 49 people. However... up to 132 jobs could end up being affected at Keywell's Frewsburg and Falconer plants. On last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program... Edwards said they're still find out exactly what happened... and, help those workers who'll be displaced. Edwards says not only were county officials caught by surprise... but, officials at the local Keywell plants were also caught off-guard. He says no one -- including suppliers of the former Vac-Air Alloys -- were aware of the pending sale. The Labor Department notice stated that that facility will be closing on October 24th. Lay-offs would be handed in two rounds... with the first one underway. Edwards says he and other county officials visited the Frewsburg plant about a year ago... and, at that time... they were looking at an expansion.
Police from four local agencies are on the look-out for the driver of one of two vehicles involved in a head-on crash Friday afternoon at a busy Lakewood intersection. Lakewood-Busti Police were called to the scene of a serious, personal injury crash at East Fairmount Avenue and Fairdale Avenue just after 5 PM. When they and fire rescue crews arrived... officers were told that one of the drivers ran off on foot. Officers from the Sheriff's Office, Ellicott Town Police, and, State Police assisted in searching for the driver. However... they were unable to find that person. No description of the driver was released... but, if you have any information on the driver... call Lakewood-Busti Police at 763-9563.
An out-of-state man is jailed on 2-thousand dollars bail for allegedly driving drunk with a suspended license in the town of Kiantone this past weekend. Sheriff's Deputies say they pulled over 29 year-old Jose DeJesus of Providence, Rhode Island on Route 60 just after 4 AM Saturday for a traffic violation. Upon further investigation... DeJesus was found to be intoxicated. Officers say a check of his Rhode Island driver's license showed that his privileges to drive had been suspended. DeJesus was taken into custody... and, arraigned in Kiantone Town Court... on charges including driving while intoxicated... DWI with a blood alcohol content of point-0-8 or greater, and unlicensed operation. He was then sent to the county lock-up.
The former number-two man in New York state government believes a "shake up" is needed when it comes to economic development in Chautauqua County... and, he believes a Fredonia man has the right approach. Former Lieutenant Governor Stan Lundine is backing Democrat Ron Johnson for County Executive. Lundine says things are not bad, but they could be better. The man who served as the number-two man under former Governor Mario Cuomo believes the elder Cuomo's son, Andrew, is headed in the right direction when it comes to economic development in the state. Lundine attended the "official" opening of Johnson's campaign headquarters in Dunkirk late this past week. Johnson is running against Republican Vince Horrigan for the county's top public office. Johnson is expected to unveil his economic development plan in the next two weeks.
Deployment ceremonies were held last weekend for more than 300 New York Army National Guard members who are headed to Kuwait. Two of the ceremonies are being held Saturday... one for a unit in northern Chautauqua County... and, the other for a unit based on Long Island. Fifty members of "Company A" of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion based in Dunkirk will head to Fort Hood in Texas for training before deploying to the Persian Gulf. They serve in support of U.S. forces stationed there... and, will be joined by another 175 soldiers from the battalion's companies based at McArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma. Also heading to Kuwait are 100 soldiers assigned to the battalion's headquarters based at Rochester International Airport. Their deployment ceremony is Sunday morning at the airport.
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer vowed when he visited Dunkirk last month that he would continue to push for the Dunkirk NRG plant repowering project. And... Schumer has apparently kept that promise. In a news release... the New York Democrat indicated that he's spoken with the new chair of the state's Public Service Commission, Aubrey Zibelman. Schumer says he made a personal phone call to Zibelman... urging the P-S-C adopt the repowering plan. That plan calls for converting the plant from coal to natural gas. Dunkirk Mayor A.J. Dolce says he appreciate's Schumer's support. Dolce says they are still not sure when the Public Service Commission is expected to make a decision on repowering. He says the best estimate is sometime in October.