Despite pleas from neighbors in the area against abandonment... the Jamestown City Council has agreed to allow the Ben Weitzman Company to take over part of Outlet Avenue. Lawmakers voted 7-to-2 in favor of the measure... which will allow the "paper street" to be upgraded by the scrap metal firm... which will soon begin a major upgrade of the facility. However... during an earlier public hearing... Rhonda Swanson of Lafayette Street said she's strongly opposed to Ben Weitzman being given property to expand. City Council President Greg Rabb says lawmakers understand the neighbors concerns... but, he feels Weitzman's owners should meet with the neighbors. Rabb says... if Weitzman does what it says they're going to do... they'll be investing in the city, providing more economic activity, and protect the river and Riverwalk areas. Third Ward Councilwoman Tamara Dickey, and At-Large Councilman George Spitale voted against abandoning the street.
Jamestown's second, full-time City Court Judge is a long-time resident who has served both the legal community... and, in local politics. Mayor Sam Teresi last night appointed current County Legislator Fred Larson to take over the new, full-time position... left open after Associate Judge George Panebianco turned down the post so he could continue his law practice. City Council then confirmed the appointment in an 8-to-1 vote. In announcing his decision... Teresi told the city council that he decided on Larson in "anything but a light and cursory fashion...."
Larson... who is also a former City Councilman... has also been a citizen member of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities in recent years. Teresi says deciding on Larson was "very difficult" because there were several other outstanding city attorneys he considered. Only Councilman Brent Sheldon voted 'no.' The state approved Jamestown for a second, full-time judge because of the current caseload in City Court. Larson will have to give up his seat on the county legislature... and, BPU prior to becoming the city's second judge.
A former Stateline Speedway racer... and, area businessman... has made an offer to purchase the one-third mile speedway, and all the land it's on in Busti. Westfield native Bill Catania, Jr. confirmed for Media One News Monday that he has made a "fair market" offer in Warren County District Court for the Kortwright Road facility. It's been presented to current operator Jennifer Seamens... and, the children of late owner Fritz Seamens. Jennifer Seamens' and her attorney are respresenting Seamens' estate. Catania... who now owns a business and race team in Winston-Salem, North Carolina... says he hopes to announcement later in the week whether the offer has been accepted.
New York state lawmakers are proposing measures to help combat the resurgence of heroin, including increasing penalties for selling opioids that result in death, equipping first responders with overdose-reversal drugs, and requiring health insurance providers to cover rehab programs and anti-addiction medication.
Congressman Tom Reed held three more town hall meetings this past weekend -- two in the Jamestown-area -- and there was a constant theme to each of them. During his weekly conference call with Southern Tier Media Monday... Reed said he held his first session in the Mayville-area Saturday... and, another one near Randolph. The Corning Republican says he's now held 137 town hall sessions... and, the overriding sentiment was to curb federal spending. Reed says the Republican Majority in Congress has already been able to cut discretionary spending to pre-Korean War Era levels. For example... he says the GOP Caucus has reduced Foreign Aid spending from 53-billion to 47-billion dollars a year.... and, he believes they can cut even more. Reed says it didn't take long after his special election in 2010 to the Southern Tier District that he saw the need for changes. He had just gone to the floor of the House for a vote on a bill sponsored by then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi... however... no information on the measure was available prior to the vote.
A Clymer woman known affectionately as "Grandma" around WCA Hospital has been named as it's "Volunteer of the Year" for 2013. Ann Legters received the award at the 10th annual Volunteer of the Year Luncheon at WCA Monday afternoon. Legters is a retired employee of the U-S Postal Service... and, was Postmaster her last 12 years in DeWittville. When she decided to volunteer at WCA 13 years ago... she wanted a position where she could interact with people. She told the former Volunteer Coordinator Sue Sawyer that she wouldn't take a job filing papers. Legters says she began working at the snack bar... then began transported patients from their rooms for tests. Current Volunteer Coordinator Elizabeth DeRosa says Legters is a "great choice" for Volunteer of the Year. DeRosa adds they have 107 volunteers right now... and, need more... especially in two areas. DeRosa adds they also need volunteers in Physical Therapy to transport people to and from therapy... and, the Radiation Department also needs volunteers.