Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight | The Weekly Local Public Affairs Radio Program

By Terry Frank

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..

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Community Spotlight for May 20-27, 2018

Alex Foulk Foundation founder Kim Carlson

May 20th, 2018 07:52pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks this week with Kim Carlson, who is the founder of both the Alex Foulk Foundation, and the "Fresh Start" program in Jamestown. Alex Foulk is Carlson's son, who died of an overdose of Heroin cut with Fentanyl in Feb. of 2016. Carlson started the foundation and Fresh Start programs to help local people with addiction issues to get the help they need. Most recently, she has helped bring the Oxford House program to Jamestown to provide "Half-way" house services for people who need it. The first house was named "Alex's House." There is also a second house for men, and one that's just opened for women and children dealing with addiction issues.

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Community Spotlight for May 13-20, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

May 13th, 2018 05:09pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week about a number of topics... first being his trip to the recent State Conference of Mayor's annual conference in Saratoga Springs, where a new slate of officers was elected, and new lawmakers were able to attend meetings about what to expect in their positions. We also discussed the kick-off meeting regarding the state's Regional Economic Development Councils, and the application process for 750-million dollars in funding for various projects. We also discuss the deer overpopulation issue in some parts of the city, and the city's Urban Design Plan getting national recognition.

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Community Spotlight for May 5-12, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

May 6th, 2018 08:09pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello this week about several topics, the main one being his recent State of the County Address -- which focused mainly on economic development and filling some 767 jobs he's aware of at 115 businesses he's visited. He further discusses trying to set up a "one-shop" location to help fill those jobs. We also discuss new Industrial Development Agency Director Mark Geise's decisions on moving IDA meetings in different locations across the county. We also discuss Chautauqua Lake, and a meeting in Rochester where more was outlined about the 65-million dollars the state will spend to help it and 11 others eliminate Blue-Green Algal Blooms.

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Community Spotlight for Apr. 27-29, 2018

Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe

April 30th, 2018 08:17am | Duration: 14:27

We welcome Jamestown School District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe to the program, to talk about the 2018-19 school budget proposal. The public votes two weeks from tomorrow on the 86.6-million dollar school budget approved by the Jamestown school board for the 2018-19 school year. T he proposed budget includes a stable tax levy of 14.6 million dollars and an additional 1.1-million dollars in aid. In addition to "fiscal stability..." District Superintendent Bret Apthorpe highlighted a 'support intiative' the budget will set the stage for in 2019. The full budget presentation will be available May 1st on the school district's website at JamestownPublicSchools.org under the "Budget and School Board" tab.

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Community Spotlight for Apr. 22-29, 2018

State Assemblyman Andy Goodell

April 22nd, 2018 05:27pm | Duration: 14:58

We welcome Chautauqua County's representative in the New York state Assembly, Andy Goodell, in this week to talk about state issues. We discuss whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo has the legal authority to issue an executive order allowing some 35,000 parolees in the state the ability to vote again. Goodell says he's not sure yet if Cuomo "sidestepped" the legislature on the matter. We also discuss a package of bills approved by the Assembly that would allow up to seven-days of early voting across the state. Goodell opposed most of the measures. But, he did support a bill to allow on-line voter registration, and making absentee balloting more flexible. We also discuss the newly adopted state budget, and other matters.

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Community Spotlight for Apr. 15-22, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

April 15th, 2018 05:03pm | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi this week on several topics, including the recently approved 2018-19 New York state budget. Teresi says it's a "good news - bad news" spending plan. He says there was no increase for the eighth year in a row in "general purpose" municipal aid. However, he adds there is no decrease, either. He says they have not heard yet whether the special aid line for 1-million dollars for Jamestown is in the spending plan. He says there was an increase in funding for road repairs from the recently concluded Winter months. We also discussed the possibility of the Chautauqua Area Rural Transit System moving it's main hub in Jamestown away from the entrance to the Gateway Train Station because of the opening of the new National Comedy Center, and the West Second Streetscape project getting underway shortly. However... Teresi says they've received no official notice yet from CARTS. He also talk about the city's unaudited, 1.2-million dollar surplus from the 2017 budget.;

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Community Spotlight for Apr. 8-15, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

April 8th, 2018 09:13am | Duration: 14:58

Our Terry Frank talks with Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello on several topics this week, including the final, 168.3-billion dollar, NYS Budget. Borrello agrees with local state Assemblyman Andy Goodell that it's a mixed bag for the county. It includes more money for Chautauqua Lake to deal with invasive weeds, and harmful Algal Blooms. There is also more funding for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program - or CHIPS funding. It also spends more on public school education... but, Borrello believes spending is too much for the results. We also discuss an ending shortfall in the county budget for 2017. However, that's due mainly to an additional 3.8-million dollars having to be spent on the "Raise the Age" initiative that creates a new segment of the court system for 16 and 17 year-olds.

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 30th-Apr. 1st, 2018

Shane Hakwins, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center

April 2nd, 2018 08:15am | Duration: 14:41

Our Noel Blackhall sits down with Executive Director Shane Hawkins of the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center. Hawkins explains the history of Infinity as it transitioned from a "music-only" program to art, dance, theater and more. She also discusses the importance of art education for student empowerment, social and confidence building. For more information, visit InfinityPerformingArts.org or call 664-0991

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 30th-Apr. 1st, 2018

Shane Hakwins, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center

April 2nd, 2018 08:10am | Duration: 14:41

Our Noel Blackhall sits down with Executive Director Shane Hawkins of the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Center. Hawkins explains the history of Infinity as it transitioned from a "music-only" program to art, dance, theater and more. She also discusses the importance of art education for student empowerment, social and confidence building. For more information, visit InfinityPerformingArts.org or call 664-0991

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 25-Apr. 1, 2018

Congressman Tom Reed @ CCCC Luncheon

March 25th, 2018 05:01pm | Duration: 14:59

We don't have an "in-studio" guest this week... but, we do have comments from local Congressman Tom Reed during the Chautauqua Co. Chamber of Commerce's annual Congressional Luncheon at Chautauqua Inn and Suites in Mayville. Reed spoke with Chamber President Todd Tranum a lot about the omnibus, 1.3-trillion dollar continuing resolution, which he voted against. The Corning Republican says it spends too much money now through Sept. At the same time...he says it does include some good things for Chautauqua County... including more money for the Great Lakes Initiative, and the Community Development Block Grant Program. He also talked about the recent tariff order signed by President Trump, which he says will have a "disruptive effect" but, will help down the road because some nations are now taking the U-S serious in it's desire to renegotiate trade deals.

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 18-25, 2018

Prendergast Library Director Tina Scott

March 18th, 2018 07:53pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 12-19, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

March 12th, 2018 07:53am | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Mar. 6-13, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

March 5th, 2018 11:23am | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Feb. 24th-Mar. 2nd, 2018

Chautauqua County Humane Society

February 26th, 2018 07:54am | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Feb. 18-25, 2018

New leadership at Jamestown Renaissance Corp.

February 19th, 2018 09:13am | Duration: 14:59

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.

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Community Spotlight for Feb. 10-18, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

February 10th, 2018 11:49am | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Feb. 4-11, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

February 4th, 2018 05:28pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 29 - Feb. 4, 2018

Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe

January 29th, 2018 08:04am | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 22-29, 2018

Chautauqua Striders Mentoring Program

January 22nd, 2018 08:28am | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 16-23, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

January 17th, 2018 03:15pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 8-15, 2018

Chautauqua Co. Executive George Borrello

January 7th, 2018 05:31pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Jan. 1-8, 2018

2017 Year in Review

January 1st, 2018 08:16am | Duration: 15:00

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.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 25, 2017-Jan. 1, 2018

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

December 25th, 2017 01:11pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 17-24, 2017

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Executive Dir. Randy Sweeney

December 17th, 2017 05:04pm | Duration: 14:59

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.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 10-17, 2017

Chautauqua Co. Executive Vince Horrigan

December 10th, 2017 06:07pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Dec. 3-10, 2017

Jamestown City Council Pres. Greg Rabb

December 3rd, 2017 05:18pm | Duration: 14:59

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.

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Community Spotlight for Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2017

St. Susan's Center Exec. Director Jeff Smith

November 26th, 2017 08:38pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Nov. 19-26, 2017

Mary Ann Spanos and Chris Cheronis of the Chaut. Co. Office for the Aging

November 19th, 2017 08:37pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Nov. 12-19, 2017

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

November 12th, 2017 08:25pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Nov. 5-12, 2017

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan

November 5th, 2017 08:18pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2017

Alex Foulk Foundation founder Kim Carlson

October 29th, 2017 05:31pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 22-29, 2017

Dem. Chautauqua County Clerk candidate LeeAnn Lazarony

October 22nd, 2017 06:10pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 16-23, 2017

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

October 18th, 2017 03:53pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 8-15, 2017

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan

October 8th, 2017 05:16pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Oct. 1-8, 2017

Local Puerto Rican relief efforts

October 1st, 2017 05:41pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2017

Chautauqua Co. Clerk Larry Barmore

September 25th, 2017 02:36pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Sept. 17-24, 2017

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

September 17th, 2017 05:42pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Sept. 10-17, 2017

Chautauqua Co. Executive Vince Horrigan

September 10th, 2017 08:34pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Aug. 27-Sept. 3, 2017

Democratic County Executive Candidate Mike Ferguson

August 28th, 2017 08:52am | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Aug. 21-28, 2017

Chautauqua Co. Executive candidate George Borrello

August 21st, 2017 07:50pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Aug. 14-21, 2017

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

August 14th, 2017 09:07pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for Aug. 7-14, 2017

Chautauqua Co. Executive Vince Horrigan

August 7th, 2017 03:03pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for July 30-Aug. 6, 2017

Hispanic Comm. Council of Chaut. County President Max Martin

July 30th, 2017 12:13pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for July 23-30, 2017

Chautauqua Co. Fair Board member Dave Wilson

July 23rd, 2017 05:05pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for July 16-23, 2017

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

July 16th, 2017 07:59pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for July 11-18, 2017

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan

July 11th, 2017 02:27pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for July 2-9, 2017

Chautauqua Co. Sheriff Joe Gerace

July 3rd, 2017 08:13am | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for June 25-July 1, 2017

Tina Scott and Tom Rankin with Prendergast Library

June 26th, 2017 03:59pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for June 18-25, 2017

National Comedy Center Director Journey Gunderson

June 19th, 2017 10:48am | Duration: 14:58

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.

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Community Spotlight for June 12-19, 2017

Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi

June 15th, 2017 04:57pm | Duration: 14:58

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.

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News bulletin for Tues., May 22, 2018

(**Bulletin)Carpenter's Body found in Chadakoin River Tuesday The body of the Jamestown man reported missing just over a month ago has been found in the Chadakoin River -- just off Harrison...

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