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News Headlines for Tues., Aug. 27, 2013


Schuyler says last Sunday's mosquito spraying, preliminarily, appears to be a success...

Preliminary reviews of last Sunday night's aerial spraying of infected mosquito pools in the towns of Kiantone and Carroll show the effort was a success.  Chautauqua County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler says one plane was used by Do-Flo Company of Lowville, New York.  Residents in the area say they heard the plane flying over... and, spraying it's insecticide over a significant area along the Conewango Creek where Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus... and, the West Nile Virus were found.  Schuyler says the plane spraying covered about 6,300 acres of land along with creek.  She eays county Department of Health and Human Services staff were on the ground... monitoring the situation... along with County Legislator Tom Erlandson -- who represents that area.  While the spraying is over... Schuyler says there are still precautions people in the area should take... including continuing to protect yourself against mosquito bites... and, wash vegetables from any gardens... and, children's toys that were outside.  Schuyler says the state health Department will collect samples from those Mosquito pools later this week... and, those will be analyzed in Albany.


City lawmakers approves new, Chautauqua County Land Bank's application for $3-million in state grant funding...

Jamestown city lawmakers are throwing their support behind the Chautauqua County Landbank's efforts to obtain a $3-million state grant to boost the new landbank's efforts.  New York state is making some of the money it obtained from last year's National Mortgage Settlement available to New York's eight landbanks... of which Chautauqua County has one.  City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says the grant is made up of two parts... the first half of the money would be used for demolishing old, delapitated buildings.  The second part will be used to re-develop that property, and, assist with foreclosures.  Dolce says it costs the city roughly $10,000 to $15,000 apiece to tear down an old structure... mainly because of the cost of removing asbestos.  Right now... he says the city can afford about 10 to 12 demolitions a year.  With the fact there are only eight Landbank Corporations in New York state... Dolce says the local landbank group is they're optimistic they'll get some money to help problems in Jamestown, Dunkirk, and elsewhere.


Erie, PA area man arrested for DWI following Ellery Accident... 
A North East, Pennsylvania man is jailed on one-thousand dollars bail for allegedly driving drunk when his car crashed into a ditch late last night in the town of Ellery.  Sheriff's officers say they responded to a report of a car off the road on Route 430 about 11:45 p.m.  Deputies say they determined that the driver... 36 year-old Theodore Applequist... was intoxicated when his car went into the ditch.  Applequist was arrested for driving while intoxicated... and, making an unsafe lane change.  Officers say the defendant refused to submit to a chemical blood test... and, he was arraigned in Ellery Town Court... and, sent to the county lock-up.


Findley Lake man jailed on number of charges after being caught traveling more than 90 MPH on I-86...

A Findley Lake man has been arrested on a number of charges... including a violation of Leandra's Law... for allegedly driving over 90 m.p.h. on Interstate 86 last weekend.  State Police in Jamestown tell The Buffalo News that 36 year-old James Spitale was pulled over for driving 94 m.p.h. in a 65-mile zone in Bemus Point early last Saturday night.  Troopers say Spitale was also found to allgedly be drunk... and, faces a charge of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated because there was a child under the age of 16 in the car with him.  Police add that he's also charged with a Felony DWI for having a previous conviction... and, unlicensed operation, and speeding.  Spitale was also allegedly with a woman who has an active order of protection against him... and, faces a Felony criminal contempt charge.  He was arraigned... and, sent to the County Jail on $2,500 bail.


Reed says he won't support "status quo" in upcoming budget talks, but, won't voice support of government shut-down if Obamacare is not defunded...

Local Congressman Tom Reed won't say if he supports a government shut-down over Obamacare... increasing the debt ceiling... and, cutting the size of government.  Reed says he believes there are other ways to deal with the Affordable Care Act... other than defunding it.  He says there are places where Republicans and Democrats have common ground.  First... Reed says he agrees with the president on postponing Obamacare provisions for businesses.  However... the Corning Republican says that provision should also be applied to individuals.  Reed says he wants to stand up for the people of the country, and see the individual mandate at least be delayed.  He adds, though, he wants to see those changes... because he vowed when elected to not support the "status quo."  As for other parts of Obamacare that the GOP and Democrats are finding agreement on includes the creation of an "Individual Payment Advisory Board...." which gives those members a lot of authority to make personal health care decisions.  Reed also declined to comment on reports that several GOP members of Congress will withdraw their support of Speaker John Boehner unless he put's up a measure to defund Obamacare as part of a new budget... or continuing resolution.


Comptroller's report shows state now has more than restored jobs loast in recession....

The state Comptroller's Office reports New York has more than restored the jobs lost in the recession, including 110-thousand added since last June.  The report shows 7.34-million private sector jobs statewide in 2012, up 1.5 percent from 2007, the year before the downturn.  Net job losses in manufacturing, construction, information and financial services and government were offset by gains in education, health, leisure and hospitality.  Based on federal date... New Yorker's personal income per capita was just over $52,000 last year... compared to nearly $42,700 nationally.  Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says New York's job growth rate slowed to 1.8 percent last year, trailing the national average of 2.2 percent. 

 

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