The Weekly Local Public Affairs Radio Program
The Community Spotlight Local Public Affairs Program airs on all five of the Media One Group radio stations each weekend.
News Director Terry Frank sits down with Government and Community officials to get the answers to your questions.
The Chautauqua County Executive appears the first week of each month and City of Jamestown Mayor appears the second week of each month. The other weeks will feature a variety of community leaders and special guests.
The Program airs on WJTN Saturday's at 8:40 A.M. and again on Sunday morning at 8:45 A.M.. Airs on WWSE Sunday's at 7:00 A.M., WHUG on Sunday at 6:30 A.M., WQFX on Sunday at 5:30 A.M., WKSN on Sunday at 6:30 A.M..
This week, our Terry Frank talks with James Prendergast Library Director Tina Scott about how the library is doing in the wake of a major budget cut by the city of Jamestown. The city reduced funding to the institution by about 75-percent to 50,000 dollars in the wake of it's own budgetary issues. Scott says the four recent auctions of some of the artwork belonging to the library were successful in raising about 815,000 dollars for their endowment fund. However, due to the city's huge cut, they had to use about 44-percent of the endowment for this year. In recent years, she said the library had been using about one-third of the available funds. She says there will be one more auction later this year. Scott adds that the library has cut it's budget about 26-percent over the past few years. We also discuss upcoming and on-going events... such as the annual Jim Roselle Read-a-Thon coming up in June.
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi joins our Terry Frank this week to discuss a number of projects slated to begin shortly in the city -- including pothole patching. Teresi says the temporary cold-patch is being put on trouble spots right now until Jamestown MacAdam opens later in the Spring. In addition... he says there is a new place on the city's website to report potholes across the city. The "Pothole Portal" can be found at www.jamestownny.net. We also discuss some of the planning construction projects for the upcoming season. Teresi says those will include the total reconstruction of West Fourth Street between Washington and Lafayette Streets. He says that one-block section has had to be repaved four times since he's been mayor, but, they have found the problem is with the concrete sub-base, which will be replaced this time. Other major reconstruction is also planned for North Main Street between Third and the South Main St. Bridge after the road was undermined by two water main breaks.
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello joins our Terry Frank this week to discuss a number of topics -- mainly economic development. Borrello further explained his plans for the county's Planning and Economic Development Department, and, Industrial Development Agency. Former Senior County Planner Mark Geise will take over the lead role as Deputy County Executive for Economic Development. Both he and Deputy Director of Planning and Community Developent, Don McCord, will answer directly to Borrello. We also discuss the fact Borrello has now visited 65 local businesses to find out what help the county can be. He also plans to visit the Massena Int'l Airport in April to check out their Essential Air Carrier to see if one may work out at the Chautauqua County Airport near Jamestown.
Our Noel Blackhall talks with Executive Director Kellie Roberts and Community Relations Director Brian Papalia of the Chautauqua County Humane Society on several topics, including the "Pennies 4 Paws" campaign. Papalia says they hope to raise 2.3-million pennies or 23,000 for day-to-day care of the pets at the Humane Society. Roberts tells Noel that "kitten season" is almost here and that there is a need for community support in fostering mother cats and their kittens. Fosters are also needed for pets with special medical needs, and "senior" pets that could benefit from a human friend.
This week, our Terry Frank talks with new leaders and staff at the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation -- including the new Public Market Manager. Lisa Hatch is the new Executive Director, who was hired last July to head up the economic development arm of the Gebbie Foundation. Hatch comes from Buffalo, and says she looks forward to supporting many of the current on-going projects in downtown Jamestown. Zach Agett is the new Marketing and Events Manager, who helps with putting on the events the JRC supports downtown. The new Public Market Manager is Linnea Carlson, who is a Frewsburg native. She most recently helped with the Farmer's Market and other food programs in the Dunkirk-Fredonia-area.
Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week on several topics, including his recent State of the City Address, in which he says the city's fiscal condition has improved. Teresi says, budgetarily, the city is in good position for 2018. He adds that, with a number of economic development and other projects set to come to fruition this year, the outlook there is improving. He also talks about the start of the city's new owner-occupied Property Tax Abatement Program this past week. Teresi also discusses the state Budget proposal, which was just released by Governor Andrew Cuomo... and Sunday's start to the annual State Conference of Mayor's Winter Legislative Session in Albany, where he will make a joint presentation with the mayor's of Olean and Glens Falls on winning one of the state's 10-million dollar Downtown Revitalization Initiative awards.
We welcome back Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello for his second visit since taking office. We look back on the past week's New York State Association of Counties Winter Conference in Albany, where the new "Raise the Age" mandate was discussed. Borrello says Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vowed the state will pay the entire cost, but, few details have been released yet. Borrello says, given the 1,000 cost the county has to pay for each prisoner between 16 and 18 years of age, it will be fairly expensive. We also discuss proposals on both the state and federal level to support infrastructure projects, including providing broadband across the state.
For the first time, we welcome Jamestown School Superintendent Dr.l Bret Apthorpe to Community Spotlight. Our Terry Frank talks with him about three major topics, the first being school safety and security in the wake of another school shooting last week in Kentucky. He says the security includes having to be buzzed in through two sets of doors in each building. He says they also have School Resource Officers in the middle and high schools, including off-duty "red shirt" SROs. We also discuss bullying, and the influence of social media. Thirdly, we discuss how Jamestown did in school aid in Gov. Cuomo's 2018-19 budget proposal.
This week... our Noel Blackhall hosts Community Spotlight for the first time, and speaks with officials from the Chautauqaua Striders Mentoring Program. She talks with High School Mentoring Coordinator Lorraine Walker, and Elementary and Middle School Coordinator Mary Ann Mason about January being National Mentorship Month. They discuss how people can become involved, what's required, and the process -- including a background check. Both say there is a real need for young men to help mentor Middle School Boys. For more information, go on-line to www.chautauquastriders.org.
Due to his week's holiday, we are a little late putting in this week's program with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi. The mayor and our Terry Frank look back on the City Counncil's reorganizational meeting where history was made. Teresi says he's pleased to see Councilwoman Marie Carrubba elected as Council President, and the new, female majority sworn-in. He also talks about the approximately 42 appointments that he made that night... which included appointing former Council President Greg Rabb to the Board of Public Utilities... where he previously served when he was on council. Teresi says continuity is important because the BPU has a number of issues in the new year, including the proposed 16-million dollar sale of the wastewater treatment plant to the Jamestown Local Development Corporation to raise money for capital projects, purchases and tax stabilization.
New Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is our Terry Frank's first guest of 2018, and they discuss a number of topics. First is Borrello following through on his pledge to visit 100 local businesses in his first 100 days in office. He visited Rand Machine Products on Allen Street in Falconer, and found they want to expand to meet demand. However... finding the qualified work force has been a challenge. We also discuss problems with the County Airport's Essential Air Carrier, and possible loss of a federal subsidy to Southern Airways. Borrello says they are trying to get an extension for the program, but, also develop a plan for sustainability. We also discuss his first-week in office, and the governor's State of the State Address.
This week, our Terry Frank and Noel Blackhall look back on the past year with the highlights of 2017. We look back at several stories, including the rash of arson's early last year -- including the major commercial buildling in Falconer last March. We also look back on the several court cases from 2017, including sentencing in two major cases, the proposed. controversial annexation of Board of Public Utilities' property in Falconer to the city of Jamestown. That process began last year.
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi is my guest this week to talk about three topics. The major one is the proposal to sell the Board of Public Utilities Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Jamestown Local Development Corporation to raise about 16-milll. dollars in capitol funding for a number of projects, and tax stabilization. He says the funding is needed to upgrade a lot of older infrastructure they can't borrow money for right now. We also talk about the city and entities in the city receiving about 320,000 dollars in funding through the state's Regional Economic Development Council awards. He also discusses last week's final City Council meeting for outgoing Council President Greg Rabb, and retiring Councilman George Spitale.
Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Executive Dir. Randy Sweeney
December 17th, 2017 05:04pm | Duration:
We look back on his 20 years of heading up the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Executive Dir. Randy Sweeney. Our Terry Frank talks with Sweeney about the fact the foundation has grown tremendously in terms of both the number of funds administered, as well as the amount of money involved. In 1997... there were about 200 funds with about 30-milllion dollars. It now has about 750 funds, and about 94-million dollars in total funds. Sweeney says they appreciate the trust the community had in the CRCF's ability to administer the funds, and dole them out to worthy recipients. Sweeney is working with his successor Tory Irgang, to make what he expects to be a smooth transition on January 1, 2018.
Our Terry Frank talks with outgoing Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan for the final time, as his 4-year term comes to an end on December 31st. Horrigan says the transition to new Executive-elect George Borrello has gone well... mainly because Borrello has been a legislator for the past several years, and knows the issues very well. He says a resolution regarding a new "umbrella" organization for Chautauqua Lake is on the docket for this month's legislature meeting. Horrigan says it will help in pursuing grant and other funding to fight the invasive weed issue. We also look back on his accomplishments, and frustrations while in office.
Our Terry Frank speaks with Jamestown City Council President Greg Rabb on several topics, including the recently approved, 35.7-million dollar, 2018 budget. Rabb says while they're received a verbal commitment from New York state to help plug a projected 947-thousand dollar shortfall, the new council will have to continually work -- and keep an eye on -- the spending plan in 2018. He also talks about a "Trump-style" Campaign of negativity that hurt his re-election bid last month. However, Rabb says there were also other issues involved, and he takes responsibility for the outcome. He also talks about a busy December for city lawmakers coming up.
This week, our Terry Frank talks with the head of the Jamestown-area's largest soup kitchen. St. Susan's Center Executive Director Jeff Smith talks about their most recent fund-raiser. He says they are selling bags of their "Three Sisters Corn Soup" for 5-dollars each, and they have about 500 bags to sell. He also discusses the upcoming, fourth-annual "Holiday Haul" on Dec. 14-15 hosted by Jamestown Community College Athletic Director Keith Martin. Smith says they're hopeful of having another great event to raise money, and bring in needed supplies for St. Susan's. He says they appear on track for another record number of people served at about 125,000 meals. The record was set last year with 122,406 meals served. For more information on volunteering or donating, call them at 664-2253.
Mary Ann Spanos and Chris Cheronis of the Chaut. Co. Office for the Aging
November 19th, 2017 08:37pm | Duration:
Two officials with the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging talk Medicare Enrollment with our Terry Frank this week. OFA Executive Director Mary Ann Spanos says the enrollment period runs now through Dec. 7 for new recipients, and for those looking at changing Medicare Advantage, Supplimental and Part D Prescription Drug Coverage. Cheronis, who is Health Care and Insurance Coordinator for the OFA, says it's important for people to get the information they need -- especially on prescription drugs -- because those costs have gone up. Spanos says they have certified Medicare Advisors who are objective because they aren't tied into a health care provider or plan. For more information, call their NY Connects number.
Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week about this past Election Night, in which two new members of the City Council were elected. Teresi says the election of Democrat Vanessa Weinert, and Republican Andrew Liuzzo was a "mixed bag" because incumbant City Council President, Democrat Greg Rabb, was not re-elected. Teresi says while the city's proposed Annexation of the property where the Board of Public Utilities' Dow Street Substation is located may have been a contributing factor, it wasn't the only one because everyone else who was on City Council that voted for it was re-elected. We also discuss the budget proposal council has been reviewing, and the good news that the police budget may wind up being under-budget for the year, and the third-quarter sales tax receipts were better than expected. We also talk about the Tracy Plaza Rehabilitation Project.
This week, our Terry Frank talks with Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan about final approval given to a 2018 budget that cuts the full-value tax rate by 4-cents per 1,000 dollars. Horrigan proposed a spending plan that increased the rate by 10-cents. However, he says lawmakers worked well together, and additional savings were found that also stays within the five-year budget plan Horrigan's administrative team came up with. We also discuss municipal consolidation and shared services efforts in the county, led by the effort to make the towns of Gerry and Charlotte and village of Sinclairville one governmental entity. In addition, we update the Athenex project, and preview next Tuesday's general election.
The mother of Alex Foulk, who died in February of 2016 from a Heroin-fentanyl overdose, joins us this week to share her son's story, and her efforts to help addicts in recovery. Kim Carlson talks with our Terry Frank about starting up the Alex Foulk Foundation at the Chautauqua Regional Community Foundation, the "Fresh Start" fund at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital, and the "Fresh Start" program to help support long-term treatment options in the Jamestown-area. She also talks about starting up "Alex's House" in Jamestown with the help of Oxford House, a national organization.
Dem. Chautauqua County Clerk candidate LeeAnn Lazarony
October 22nd, 2017 06:10pm | Duration:
We conclude our preview of the November general elections across Chautauqua County by featuring Democratic County Clerk candidate LeeAnn Lazarony. Lazarony says she's running in an effort to bring better customer service to the clerk's office, and touts her experience working in the Dunkirk City Drug Court, as well as 10 years as the Mayor and a board trustee in the village of Cassadaga. She says she strived to do that in her previous public service work. Lazarony says she would work hard to get bi-lingual people to apply for work in the Dunkirk Dept. of Motor Vehicles to service the expanding Puerto Rican population there. We spoke with Republican candidate Larry Barmore last month.
Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week about the 35.7-million dollar, 2018 budget proposal he has presented. Teresi says there are a number of challenges -- including the loss of some revenue sources, and others that remain stagnant. He says the 2018 proposal does include a slight tax increase due to a slight increase in the total taxable property in the city. Jamestown would again be at it's constitutional taxing limit. We also discuss installation work on two, new pedestrian bridges being put up near the Washington St. Bridge, and the Board of Public Utilities' campus for the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk. Those should be ready for use once the weather breaks next Spring or Summer.
We talk this week with Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan about his proposed 2018 budget, and recommended changes by the county legislature. Horrigan presented the 236.4-million dollar spending plan in late September. The Audit and Control and other home committees last week were able to reduce the proposed tax increase of 10-cents per 1,000 dollars to a 3-cent per 1,000 decrease. Horrigan says he's optimistic that once those numbers are further crunched, that the final plan approved will be at least a "no tax increase" budget. We also discuss a new "Smart Growth" grant that's been approved for the city of Dunkirk, and other matters.
We had planned to have Co. Clerk Candidate LeeAnn Lazarony on the air... however, there was a mix-up on the date, and we'll have her on next month. Instead, our Terry Frank welcomed in Hispanic Community Council Director Max Martin, and the pastor of the Hispanic affiliate of First Covenant Church in Jamestown, Alfonso Pagan, to talk about local relief efforts for Puerto Rico. Martin says the effort began with a group of about 15 local Hispancs wanting to do something, and they worked with the Salvation Army of Dunkirk. Those efforts later trickled into Jamestown, and Pagan's church became involved. Both say the outpouring -- especially from the non-Hispanic Community -- has been tremendous. Pagan, who is a native of Puerto Rico, will be traveling there later this week.
This week, we begin a look at the other county-wide race in this Fall's election... the race for Chautauqua County Clerk. Incumbant Republican Larry Barmore talks with our Terry Frank about the position he has held over the past four years. Barmore talked about starting a program to e-file State Supreme Court documents, as well as moving the Jamestown Department of Motor Vehicles from the South County Office Building to a location on West Third Street that has off-street parking. He also talks about having to replace all but 12 of the 28 people that work in the Clerk's Office or DMV due mainly to several retirements.
We focus on city of Jamestown issues this week with Mayor Sam Teresi. Our Terry Frank talks with Teresi about the 2018 budget proposal, which he is required to present to the City Council and public in early October. Teresi says they have a number of challenges they're still dealing with, and are again looking at starting the budget process with a shortfall. He adds that the 1-million dollars they were to get from the state to help out in 2017 has not yet been sent. He also discusses his new Director of Admin. Services/City Clark, Todd Thomas, and, issues surrounding the quick stop to the fireworks at the end of the Labor Day Festival.
County Executive Vince Horrigan joins our Terry Frank this week to update the final push to get the county's 2018 budget in place. It will be Horrigan's final budget, as he is not running for re-election this Fall. He says he and his Budget Team are into the last stages of getting clarification from the state on a couple of costs that may be added. The budget is due by the county legislature's Sept. 27 meeting. We also discuss shared services, and where that plan stands right now. In addition, we also talk about the recent problems with Blue-Green Algal Blooms in Chautauqua Lake this late Summer.
Democratic County Executive Candidate Mike Ferguson
August 28th, 2017 08:52am | Duration:
This week, our Terry Frank talks with Democratic Chautauqua Co. Executive Candidate Mike Ferguson about his candidacy, and, reasons for running. Ferguson says he's contemplated running for about three-years, and finally took the plunge at the urging of his wife, and daughter. He says he wants to take on a number of initiatives similar to what Mark Thomas did in the 1990s... namely finish upgrading the county's Industrial Parks so that they meet current needs, including Internet access. He also says he's looking more into combining herbicides and harvesting in Chautauqua and the county's other lakes. He also wants better treatment options for people addicted to Heroin and opioids and stronger enforcement of laws regarding drug abuse.
Chautauqua Co. Executive candidate George Borrello
August 21st, 2017 07:50pm | Duration:
We begin our previews of the upcoming Fall elections this week by talking with County Executive Candidate, and current County Legislator George Borrello from the Silver Creek area. Borrello is finishing up his fourth-term on the legislature, and current heads up the county's Municipal Consolidation and Shared Services Commission. Our Terry Frank talks with Borrello about his vision for the county, and laying out his 10-part "Elevating Chautauqua County" plan to get the county going with a multi-faceted approach to economic development... from tourism to manufacturing. He says he would build on the good work current executive Vince Horrigan is doing before his term in office ends next Dec. 31.
We talk this week with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi on a number of topics, including the first-ever meeting of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council in Jamestown. The WNYREDC panel held it's August meeting at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts Monday to begin the process of determining which projects will be ranked highest for funding from New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will announce the projects and the amounts they'll receive by the end of the year. We also discuss the recent Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, and Gov. Cuomo's appearance at the new National Comedy Center to announce that the "I Love NY" Campaign will use 500,000 dollars to promote the new Center.
Our Terry Frank speaks with Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan on several topics, including the county legislature recently approving 100,000 dollars for the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance to pay for weed management and shoreline clean-up in areas -- including the Bemus Bay shoreline. The legislature voted to keep any money from going to herbicide application. We also talk about he and two others making their formal presentation to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's panel determining the winner of a 20-million dollar Municipal Consolidation and Government Efficiency grant. We talk about some of the proposals -- including one to merge the towns of Gerry and Charlotte, and dissolve the village of Sinclairville. We also talk about summer activities heating up with the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and Gerry Rodeo on town, and more coming.
Hispanic Comm. Council of Chaut. County President Max Martin
July 30th, 2017 12:13pm | Duration:
We get a fresh perspective on Chautauqua County's growing Hispanic population from Hispanic Community Council President and Chief Executive Officer, Max Martin. Martin tells our Terry Frank that about 99-percent of the Hispanic community members come from the troubled-territory of Puerto Rico, and those who come here are born with all the rights of American citizens, so they are -- in effect -- able to travel "state-to-state." He says they love the Jamestown-area for the education, and health care opportunities. However, he says there are still barriers including the language, good housing, and job opportunities. He urges people to give them a chance, and work with them for the betterment of the region. The Community Council is a passion and mission of Martin's... who supports the program with his own money, and other donations.
This week, we preview the 135th annual Chautauqua County Fair, which begins at the Dunkirk Fairgrounds Monday, July 24th, and runs through Sunday, July 30th, with fair board member Dave Wilson. Wilson says they'll have the traditional cannon shot to officially start the festivities at 10 a.m. Wilson says they have a number of new shows at the Arthur Maytum Mini-Stage this year, including the Kenya Acrobats. He says Southern Tier Wrestling will also be putting on a show this year. Bates Brothers Amusements is again back to put on the midway rides. There will also be tractor-pulling, and two Demolition Derbies in the main grandstand area.
Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week about a number of topics, including the need for the city to make it's first purchase of a new paver for the Dept. of Public Works in many years. Teresi says the cost is 420,000 dollars, and, the city will lease-purchase it using a bond anticipation note -- or a BAN. He says the move will avoid the need to buy a used paver, or have to rent one. We also discuss the ribbon cutting on the new, and upgraded McCrea Point Park and Municipal Boat Landing off Jones and Gifford Avenue... which is also part of the new Riverwalk system. We also discuss the tremendous season for the Jamestown Jammers of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.
This week, our Terry Frank speaks with Chautauqua Co. Executive Vince Horrigan on a number of topics. Horrigan provides a little more detail on the county's application entry for the 20-million dollar first-prize in the state's Municipal Consolidation and Government Efficiency competition. In addition to the proposed merging of police services in Jamestown to the county, there would also be a study of merging services between the Lakewood-Busti and Town of Ellicott Police Departments. We also discuss the state legislature recently approving the county's additional 1-percent sales tax, and that playing into forming the county's 2018 budget proposal. Horrigan says most items are falling into place for that. We also talk more about the 100 Days of Summer Safety, and the start of the LECOM Health Challenge Golf Tournament at Peek 'n Peak Resort and Conference Center in Clymer.
We speak with Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace this week about Fourth of July safety, on the roadways, waterways, and, in dealing with fireworks. AAA is projecting a record, 44.2-million people will be traveling during the holiday period through 12 a.m. Wednesday. Gerace says his department is taking part in the state's Stop DWI Crackdown over the long weekend, and are on the look-out for drunk, drugged and distracted drivers. They are also stepping up water patrols, and, dealing with fireworks calls.
Tina Scott and Tom Rankin with Prendergast Library
June 26th, 2017 03:59pm | Duration:
Our Terry Frank talks with Prendergast Library Exec. Director Tina Scott, and Library Board President Tom Rankin about the board's recent decision to sell about 40 artworks to raise funding for the cash-strapped library. Scott and Rankin says that Sotheby's Auction House personnel were on hand last Tuesday to begin moving the artwork out, and they completed work on Wed. We also talk about the need to raise revenues in the wake of 20 to 25-percent cuts the past couple of years. Library officials have been working to close a 165,000 dollar deficit in the wake of a 250,000 dollar cut from the city. We also talk with Tina Scott about recent and upcoming events.
We talk this week with National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson about progress being made on funding, and constructing the new facility on West Second St. in Jamestown. She tells our Terry Frank that they have all the funding in place now for the approximately 30-million dollar effort. She says most of the outside work is completed, and they're beginning work on the exterior exhibits. We also talk with her about the upcoming week on Comedy at Chautauqua Inst. July 31 - August 6, 2017, and the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival on Aug. 3-6.
This week, Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi joins us to talk about the 10 projects awarded about 9.7-million dollars in state Downtown Revitalization Initiative Funding. Teresi tells our Terry Frank that he's pleased and excited by the recent announcement, but, he also expressed disappointment over the two projects that were not funded in the DRI. He also previews this week's public hearing on the proposed annexation of 4-acres of land the Board of Public Utilities' Dow St. Substation is located on from Falconer to the city. We also discuss the city's annual Summer Concert Series returning to the Allen Park Bandshell this year, beginning June 14th.
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan talks with our Terry Frank this week on a number of issues, including the good news that 10 projects will share in just under 10-million dollars in funding through the state's Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Horrigan says when the county's cities are doing well, the county is doing well. We also discuss the start of Horrigan's "100 Days of Summer Safety" which began Memorial Day Weekend. He says there will be safety programs put on during the summer months focusing on safe driving, boating and others to try and avoid tragedy this Summer.
Chautauqua Co. Office for Aging Director Mary Ann Spanos
May 29th, 2017 09:32pm | Duration:
We talk this week with Chautauqua County Office for the Aging Director Mary Ann Spanos about local activities for National Older American's Month in May. Spanos updates our Terry Frank about how their annual Plant Sale went to raise money for the OFA's Mac McCoy Fund. She says the outside funding is important with state and federal money either being cut or stagnant. She talks further about how certain programs, including the Senior retraining program, are being completely cut in Pres. Trump's 2018 budget proposal. We also talk about the potential future of Medicare.
This week, we talk with Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin about several issues, but, primarily the proposed annexation by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities to move the 5-acres of land the Dow Street Substation is located on in Falconer to the city. McLaughlin says it would severely hamper the town, village of Falconer, and the Falconer School District. In particular, he says the school district would lose about 153,000 in tax revenue. A public hearing on the matter has now been set for June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Falconer Central Middle and High School. We also discuss the Ellicott Police Dept. decision to take an officer off the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force, and renovations being undertaken at the town's Burtis Park -- just outside of Celoron.
We talk this week with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi about several topics, including the new, 5-million-dollar Graduate to Homebuyer Program which is part of the city's Downtown Revitalization Initiative program. Teresi says the program will be able to use low-interes loans, and other means to promote homebuying by recent graduates. He adds the city should also learn by early June which projects will be funded in the DRI Program. He also talks about the some of the approximately 100 road and bridge projects the city is undertaking during this construction season.
We welcome Chautauqua Co. Executive Vince Horrigan this week to talk about a provision in the new, American Health Care Act, which was approved last Thursday. The measure includes the so-called "Collins Amendment" which prohibits states from asking local governments (counties) to pay up to a quarter of their Medicaid costs. Horrigan says -- if it's in the legislation -- it would save county taxpayers about 30-million dollars. We also discuss the first meeting of the year for the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, and road and bridge projects in 2017.
The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County is getting ready to launch a new program designed to reduce poverty in the city of Jamestown. United Way Exec. Director Tori Irgang says they were tapped last November by Mayor Sam Teresi to head up the local Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative. Irgang says they've done a lot of prep work to roll-out the program, and this week they'll host a special, public meeting to get input from residents on the new program, and what it will look like. The ESPRI Program provides 1-million dollars to help the local agency heading up the program put it into motion. The meeting on Wed., May 3, will run from 6 to 8 PM at the St. Susan's Center on Water Street in Jamestown.
We talk the program on the road this week to the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities to talk with General Manager Dave Leathers. The BPU begins is annual Spring Flushing of the water mains through-out it's distribution area. However, it will be done during the day-light hours after being an overnight program since the division was moved to the BPU. Leathers says they'll start as usual this weekend in Falconer. However... flushing there will occur during the overnight hours. The day-light hours begin Monday, May 1 on the city's eastside. Leathers also talks with our Terry Frank about the BPU's 3.85-million dollar coal-fired boiler dismantling project that's now underway on the board's Steele St. campus. We also discuss the BPU's LED light replacement project in the city.
We speak this week with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi to look back on the rash of arson fires in the Greater Jamestown area last month that culminated with the arrest of 19 year-old Jonathan Young in Butler County, Pennsylvania. Teresi calls it a tragic situation all the way around. We also discuss the 2017-18 budget, and what Jamestown will see out of it. While there is no increase in General Municipal Aid, the city will receive it's 2.5-million dollars in assistance from the state to help it's bottom line while further consolidation takes place, and the city tries to implement a new, Medicare Supplimental Insurance plan for it's retirees. We also discuss the ever-present pothole problem, but, he says the "hot-patch" plant is now open, and repairs are underway.
We talk with Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan this week about the great local effort in fighting the huge Falconer commercial and residential fire on West Main St. on Mar. 22. Our Terry Frank also talks with the County Exec. about the police effort to find and arrest the local man accused of setting that fire, and 11 others in the area. We also discuss the state budget -- which was still late at that time -- and his concerns over it. On the economic development front, we talk about the closing down of MVP Plastics, and the county's Industrial Development Agency not being able to recoup about 900,000 dollars in loans to the company. Horrigan says it's a difficult situation, but, adds there is still some good that's come out of it... including saving the old Sysco Building and getting a significant tenant for the property.
Meals on Wheels of Jmtn-area Director Barrie Yochim
April 2nd, 2017 08:25pm | Duration:
The man who has headed up Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown-Area for the past 17 year, Barrie Yochim, joins us on the program for the first time in that capacity. He talks with our Terry Frank about the fact their numbers have steadily increased about 10-percent each year over the past six years to 154,000 over the past year. We also discuss the recently national interest in Meals on Wheels with reports the national agency stands to lose funding in Community Development Block Grant funding. However, the local agency does not get money from that source. Yochim says they are concerned about losing money through potentilal sequestration, through, with other cuts in the offing.