Jury selection has been delayed in the case of a Virginia man accused of fatally shooting a Chautauqua County school administrator nearly one year ago. Attorneys were scheduled to begin interviewing prospective jurors on Tuesday for the trial of Anthony Taglianetti... but, a last-minute question about some evidence halted the process. District Attorney David Foley says a hearing has been scheduled for today on the issue. Foley says jury selection is expected to resume on Thursday. Taglianetti is accused of driving from Virginia to Clymer last September 21st... and, shooting 51-year-old Keith Reed, Junior outside of Reed's home. He was the superintendent of the Clymer school district. Taglianetti has pleaded not guilty.
The absentee ballots have been counted... and, there were no changes in the results from Primary Day in four Chautauqua County Legislature races. There were two party lines too close to call on Primary Night. The big one in the South County area was in the new District 16. Past Repulican Legislators Ron Lemon and Tami Downey were separated by just two votes... but, GOP Elections Commissioner Brian Abram says Lemon expanded his margin of victory after the absentees and affidavits were counted. Lemon got 118 votes to Downey's 110. District 16 includes the towns of Kiantone, Carroll and Poland. Lemon will now face Democrat Tom Erlandson in the November General Election. In District 5... Susan Baldwin led Amy Farnham by four votes on Primary Night... and, wound up winning that Democratic contest by five votes... after getting 5 of 4 absentees. The final tally there was 81-to-76. Baldwin will face former GOP Elections Commissioner Terry Niebel in November. The other big winner on Primary Day was Clymer's David Himelein in the District 18 GOP race against Sherman's Fred Croscut.
As the area is mourning the death of a Brocton High School football player who suffered a serious head injury in last Friday night's game... the school district is reaching out to students and the community. 16-year-old Damon Janes succumbed to the injuries suffered in the varsity game against Portville yesterday (Monday) afternoon at Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo. Brocton School Superintendent John Hertlein says they have had some meetings with students. Hertlein says counseling services are available for students throughout the day. He says both the Brocton and Westfield school districts have been dealing with Damon's loss. Janes played on the combined Westfield/Brocton team. Hertlein says the communities are both close because they share several programs... including the football team. He says they're doing as much outreach as possible in both villages. In a printed statement... the Brocton school district called Damon "a unique, smart, athletic and friendly young man." The district looking to celebrate his life by holding a candlelight vigil, which has been tentative scheduled for Wednesday evening.
The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency has approved a package of tax breaks on construction... but, no PILOT agreement... for a new hotel in the town of Ellicott just north of Jamestown. In fact... County Executive Greg Edwards says the IDA never did consider offering a payment-in-lieu of tax agreement to Boxwood Hotels... which is looking to put up a Holiday Inn Express near the Interstate 86 and Route 60 interchange. Edwards says Boxwood DID ask the IDA for a PILOT agreement on property taxes... but, they only considered two others. Edwards says recent statements by city officials -- including Mayor Sam Teresi -- were "baseless" because while the IDA can give a local pilot... there was no intention to do so. They can apply to the state for one. He says package approved Tuesday by the IDA provides some tax relief in the construction-phase of the hotel. Edwards says the developer is ready to move ahead with the project. He estimates the hotel will pay 200-thousand dollars a year in occupancy and sales tax if they have 50-percent year-round occupancy. He adds there would also be 20 new jobs.
Another special meeting of the Chautauqua County Legislature could be called late this month... or in early October... to consider the latest proposal to buy the County Home in Dunkirk. That from County Executive Greg Edwards... who says he was updated Tuesday on negotiations with the potential buyer -- VestraCare of Long Island. Edwards says County Attorney Stephen Abdella indicated that he felt they would have a final contract in place very soon. Three of the four principles involved with VestraCare made about a 12-minute presentation to the county legislature at last month's meeting. The organization owns and operates two nursing homes in New York State. One of those is a private home in the Binghampton-area which has been nationally recognized. The other is the former Ulster County Home. VestraCare is offering 16.5-million dollars for the County Home in Dunkirk. The county executive adds they are ready to make a 1.65-million dollar downpayment on the home once a contract is in place. However... the legislature would have to approve any sale... and, a 17 vote supermajority would be needed.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) says corruption is rampant in New York politics. The prosecutor's latest commentary on government corruption cases that he and others have brought in the state opened the first public hearing of New York's latest anti-corruption commission on Tuesday. Bharara's written testimony to the commission says the ranks of those convicted in office have ``swelled to absolutely unacceptable levels.'' He's now moving to take away the pensions of state officials convicted in such cases.