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News Updates for July 5, 2013


Coast Guard officials talk boating safety for Fourth of July holiday...

It's been a fairly safe Fourth of July holiday weekend on area waterways... but, a representative of the U-S Coast Guard Auxiliary is reminding boaters to play it safe by practicing safe boating.  Doug Hamernik says you should wear a life jacket anytime you take to the water.  Hamerick says if you don't already have it on... you likely won't have time to put it on in the case of an emergency.  He says about 80-percent of the people who die in boating accidents did not have a life jacket on.  The coast guard will be holding a vessel safety check station held this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sunset Bay Marina.  You can learn more about safety boating on the US Coast Guard Auxiliary's website at www.wnyboatsafe.org.


Edwards says projected deficit at much more managable $5.5-to-$6-million...

Chautauqua County has a much more "managable" $5.5-million to $6-million dollar deficit to deal as work begins on the 2014 budget.  That from County Executive Greg Edwards... who says budget discussions began with department heads within the past few days.  Edwards says two-years ago... their multi-year projections had the county looking at a $14-million to $16-million dollar shortfall.  However... the county did get about $10-million in Medicaid reimbursements last year.  He adds that department heads have also been able to find more cuts.  Edwards says thats' cut the projected deficit in about half.  Edwards credited department heads, and County Finance Director Sue Marsh, and Budget Director Kitty Crowe.  He adds that other unexpected revenues... including $350,000 from the Methane-to-Energy plant... have also helped close the projected deficit.  However... Edwards adds that if the county had been able to sell the county home to a private interest... they would be looking at NO deficit for 2014.  Edwards says they are closer than they were two weeks ago to having a new offer for the Dunkirk-area facility.  More with Edwards on this weekend's "Community Spotlight" program.


Two Jamestown-area women arrested for alleged trespassing at Hotel Lenhart...

Two women have been arrested for allegedly being caught trespassing behind the counter of the Hotel Lenhart in Bemus Point.  Sheriff's Deputies were called to the 20 Lakeside Drive location about 3:20 a.m. Thursday... and, were told the two women had run off from the scene.  Officers later located the pair... 25 year-old Amanda Overbeck of Jamestown... and, 23 year-old Abbey Benton of Frewsburg... who were identified by hotel staff.  Their intentions were unclear... but, both were arrested for criminal trespass... and, released pending a future appearance in Ellery Town Court.


Toll-Free phone line set up for NYS flood victims...

New York officials say they have activated a toll-free telephone line that flood victims can call to find help.  Residents can call for local contact information for the Red Cross and Salvation Army, health and safety advice, locations for receiving tetanus shots, guidance on dealing with oil spills or power outages, mental health assistance and other recovery needs.  New York State Flood Helpline number is 1-888-769-7243.  They advise calling 911 for life threatening emergencies.  State officials listed nearly three dozen road closures Tuesday from flooding, washouts and mud slides Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Madison, Essex, Cortland and Chenango counties.  Red Cross shelters were open in Utica, Herkimer and Oneida counties.

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