City police are looking for the man who allegedly held up the 7-11 Store in downtown Jamestown at knife-point early Monday morning. City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says they were called to the scene at 518 North Main Street -- at Sixth Street -- shortly after 5:30 AM. Samuelson tells us the man was "uniquely" dressed... and, they're hoping that makes it easier to find him. In addition... Samuelson says the man hid his face with an orange-colored bandana... and, he also appears to have been wearing blue latex gloves. He says city police have released a still photograph from the robbery of the suspect to the media. It's in the Local News section of our website. Samuelson says if you have seen this person... or someone wearing the overalls, and hooded sweatshirt... to call the detective bureau at 483-7531... or their anonymous tip-line at 483-TIPS... that's 483-8477. No one was hurt in the robbery. Samuelson says they also got some additional information from a witness who walked into the store at the time of the robbery. Police are now pouring over videotape from the store.
Warren Area High School was under lock-down for about an hour and a half yesterday morning after a 15 year-old student allegedly left a threatening, hand written note in a boy's restroom stall. Warren County School Superintendent William Clark says the note was found... and, reported about 10:30 AM Monday. Dr. Clark says the high school was immediately locked-down... and, State Police were called in. Following a brief investigation... he says they found their suspect by late morning... and, the lock-down was lifted shortly after Noon.
The city of Jamestown's 2013 budget wound up being a "break-even" spending plan despite some expenses being up dramatically... and, most revenues staying flat. That from City Comptroller Joe Bellitto... who presented the final, unaudited budget figures at last night's City Council work session. Bellitto says the final spending plan was just over 33-million dollars... and, wound up with a just over 65-thousand dollar deficit. Mayor Sam Teresi says that's pretty much "on the numbers..." and, thanked council members for approving a "tight, realistic" budget.
Teresi says -- given the difficult Winter, and some equipment issues -- city employees did an "extremely good job" working within their budgets. Of note... Bellitto says the Gross Receipts Tax... franchise fee... parking meters and interest income ALL came in under budget for 2013. He also pointed out that spending on road salt to deal with the Winter road conditions was 180-thousand dollars over the original budget. Still... Bellitto says the city was able to bring in total expenses for the year nearly 121-thousand dollars under budget. Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce adds that overtime costs were held "well in check" overall... and, the fund balance has been brought back close to where it was five years ago.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York's legislative leaders are negotiating over property tax relief and pre-kindergarten funding a week before a new budget is due. Leaders emerging from closed-door talks Monday at the Capitol say they continue to make progress to get a deal by April 1st. There have been differences over how much money to devote to pre-K, a signature issue for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. There also has been legislative resistance to Cuomo's property tax relief plan, which would require localities to consolidate or share services for local homeowners to benefit. Cuomo says Monday more than 225 local officials support his plan. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he and the Cuomo have been discussing the Dream Act, which would open state education aid to students in the country illegally.
Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan will soon begin the search for a new Director and Chief Executive Officer of the county's Industrial Development Agency. Bill Daly, who has been IDA Director for the past eight years, Monday announced that he will be retiring at the end of May. Daly took over the helm of the County IDA in January 2006 under past County Executive Greg Edwards. He also serves as the director of the county's Department of Planning and Economic Development... and, will be leaving that post as well. Horrigan praised Daly for his service... but, did not seem to be completely surprised by the decision. Daly's decision comes less than a week after the announcement concerning the closing of the two Carriage House plants in Dunkirk and Fredonia. Asked if that was a factor... Horrigan says everyone was upset over the news, and declined to say any more publicly. Horrigan says he will form a search committee soon... and, will most likely appoint an interim director to ensure there is solid leadership throughout the transition process.
Thousands of New Yorkers are likely to see flood insurance premiums rise as the government phases out subsidized insurance nationally in some of the most at-risk areas. President Barack Obama signed a law Friday that put a halt to a 2012 overhaul of the National Flood Insurance Program. It was supposed to end the subsidies for homes and businesses that were built in flood zones years ago. The bill merely delays many rate increases. Data analyzed by The Associated Press shows about 49-thousand primary homeowners in New York state will face annual rate hikes of up to 18 percent each year. About 10-thousand-700 businesses and owners of second homes will face annual increases of 25 percent until they switch over to a risk-based rate.