AUTO ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF CHERRY CREEK MAN
POMFRET – An elderly Cherry Creek man was fatally injured late last week after getting into an accident with a tractor-trailer in the town of Pomfret. Chautauqua County Sheriff Deputies say 83 year-old Harry Loomis reportedly pulled out in front of the tractor-trailer at about 8:40 p.m. Friday night on Route 5. The driver of the rig, 31 year-old Jason Gage of Buffalo, was unable to avoid the collision and Loomis was ejected from his vehicle after it went into a ditch. Loomis was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital, where he died of his injuries. Gage was ticketed for driving with a suspended registration, according to police.
The investigation is continuing, as investigators try to determine the cause of the vehicle crossing into the truck’s path.
EDWARDS REACTS TO GOVERNOR’S CALL FOR MEDICAID REFORM IN 2012-13 BUDGET
MAYVILLE – When Governor Andrew Cuomo released is budget proposal last week, County leaders were relieved to hear issues such as Medicaid and pension reform being talked about by the state’s leader. However, ideas mentioned by Gov. Cuomo don’t look to translate to any immediate cost-savings for counties. According to an article in today’s Jamestown Post-Journal, the cost of Medicaid will still increase for counties in 2013 and 2014 under the governor’s proposal – just not as much as counties were expecting.
County Executive Greg Edwards is quoted as saying “The good news is, counties won’t have to raise property taxes quite so much to keep up with Albany, but the state can do better.” For the past few years now, counties have been calling for an end and a reversal to the Medicaid mandates which they say drive up the local county property tax rates.
CITY COUNCIL TO HOLD COMMITTEE, WORK SESSION MEETINGS TONIGHT
JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown City Council will hold another round of committee meetings followed by a work session tonight in city hall. Both the Council’s Finance Committee and Public Safety Committee will review an Intermunicipal Agreement Referral for the Town of Busti. In addition, the finance committee will also review the city’s conflict of interest policy and its whistleblower policy.
The Public Safety Committee will meet at 6:45 p.m. tonight in the Police Training Room on the 4th floor of City Hall, and the city finance committee will meet at 7 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room of city hall. The full council work session will begin at 7:30 p.m. The January voting session will be held next Monday night.
PRENDERGAST LIBRARY ANNOUNCES NEW CLASSES IN FEBRUARY
JAMESTOWN – The Prendergast Library will offer four new classes this spring for the community. A series called Professional Skills includes three 10-hour courses on Teaching Adult Learners, Effective Communication, and Workplace Skills.
The other series, Role Model Readers, offers classes for adults who want to read to their children or grandchildren and help them be successful readers.
All instruction is free and open to the public. Classes begin in February. For a specific class schedule or to sign up, call 484-7135 – Ext. 225, or stop at the Prendergast Library information desk.
The classes are being held in cooperation with Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES and with support from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services grant program.
JCC ANNOUNCES NON-PROFIT CLASSES IN FEBRUARY
JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Community College’s Jamestown Campus will offer a seven-part series focused on non-profit management, beginning February 8.
The series meets from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, February 8 through March 21. The registration fee is $215 for the series, or $45 for individual sessions.
Sessions include: Introduction to Non-Profit Management, February 8; Strategic Planning for Non-Profits, February 15; Building An Effective Board of Directors, February 22; Recruiting, Maintaining, and Managing Volunteers, February 29;
Also, Grant Writing, March 7; Fundraising and Marketing for Non-Profits, March 14; and Conducting Meetings Using Technology, March 21.
To register, for for more information, call JCC’s Center for Continuing Education, 338.1005.