TWO TORNADOES IN CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY MONDAY NIGHT
WESTFIELD – A team of investigators from the National Weather Service has determined two EF-2 tornados touched down in Chautauqua County on Monday. The National Weather Service says the first tornado touched down in Fredonia at 5:10 p.m. The second touched down a short time later in Westfield.
They, along with officials from the Chautauqua County Emergency Services, announced their findings at a news conference on Tuesday morning, after surveying the storm damage.
Winds in excess of 100 mph did extensive damage across many parts of western New York Monday night, with power lines were downed, trees uprooted and at least one structure was knocked from its foundation.
So far there have been no reports of anyone actually seeing a funnel cloud, but the height of the storm and resulting damage happened after nightfall. The national weather Service had issued a total of 11 tornado warnings Monday night.
NATIONAL FUEL RESPONDS TO ACCIDENT AFTER AUTO STRIKES HOME IN JAMESTOWN
JAMESTOWN – A car running into a house on Fairmount Avenue in Jamestown prompted a massive response by the city’s emergency personnel on Tuesday afternoon. City police say an SUV veered off the road and into the side of a house at 245 Fairmount Ave. A gas leak occurred due to the accident, and the neighboring houses were evacuated as crews from national fuel responded to the scene to shut down the gas to the home. The driver of the vehicle, who’s name was not released, was taken to WCA Hospital and then flown by Starflight helicopter to the ECMC in Buffalo. Charges are pending. The Jamestown Fire Department, the Jamestown Police Department, Alstar Ambulance and other emergency personnel all responded to the scene.
COUNTY LEGISLATURE TO CONSIDER COUNTY HOME, HUNTING LEGISLATION
MAYVILLE – Due to Thanksgiving taking place next Thursday, the Chautauqua County Legislature will be holding its monthly voting session tonight in Mayville, starting at 6:30 p.m. Several items are on the agenda for tonight, including the final approval of the 2012, along with establishing the various rates throughout the county, which is required after the county executive signed off on the plan earlier this month.
The legislature will also act on a resolution to which would name the Marcus & Millichap firm as agency that will assist in the marketing of the potential, sale, lease, or other disposition of the Chautauqua County Home. The resolution states that commission will be owed to the firm unless a sale, lease, or other disposition is approved by the County Legislature.
And lawmakers will act on a motion calling for a revision of the recently approved state law regarding hunting with a rifle in Chautauqua County. Legislators Bob Duff and Rudy Mueller have introduced the motion, which calls for all hunters using a rifle to be at least 1,000 feet from any residence, no matter where they are hunting in the county. Currently, the 1,000-feet stipulation is only applicable to areas north or Route 20. If the motion is approved, it would be sent to Albany as a request for state lawmakers to amend the current hunting law.
YOUNG, GOODELL RECOGNIZED BY NYS BUSINESS COUNCIL
ALBANY – The New York State Business Council is giving Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R-C Chautauqua) and Senator Cathy Young high praise in their annual list of the top rated lawmakers in New York. Goodell was selected as one of the best members of the state Assembly based on his voting record in favor of promoting job growth and improving the business climate in New York. In fact, only one of the 150 Assembly members ranked higher than Goodell. The organization also recognized Senator Young for working to adopt several jobs and economic growth measures and reforms that were signed into law.
The Business Council is the leading business organization in the state, representing large and small firms. Its membership is made up of thousands of companies, as well as local chambers of commerce and professional and trade associations.