Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown City Council is expected to vote on a more than twenty-page resolution continuing the legal effort to annex a Board of Public Utilities electric substation on Monday night.Over the weekend, city officials amended the public agenda of the monthly voting session to include the 28 page resolution that would allow the city’s legal team to continue the case to annex the Dow Street Substation in the Town of Ellicott.Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist asked the council in November 2019 to table the move to allow his new administration time to review details of the case. City lawmakers voted 7 to 1 to move forward with the second attempt.The pervious attempt to annex failed after Rochester’s Supreme Court Fourth Department Appellate Division denied the City of Jamestown’s petition to annex. BPU officials say the proposed annexation would save the utility approximately $173,000 in property tax payments to the Town, Village and School District annually.The City and the Jamestown Public School District each would have received tax equivalency payments of around $80,000 a year from the utility, officials said.The substation sits on property in the Town of Ellicott and the Village of Falconer on Dow Street between Tiffany Avenue and south of East Second Street.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN Stock ImageWASHINGTON – Local municipal aid remains a hot topic during the COVID-19 pandemic for local officials as many municipalities, including the City of Jamestown, are already operating on a tight budget.Congressman Tom Reed is one of the officials who’s been on record throughout the pandemic as a supporter of increased municipal aid, saying last week during his teleconference with reporters that he’s in disagreement with a recent statement from U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) saying certain states and communities should declare bankruptcy during the pandemic.Reed said during his teleconference Tuesday that he is continuing to push for local municipalities, as well as states, to receive aid during the pandemic.“I am a big proponent of direct local government assistance in this package when we ultimately get the state and local aid,” Reed said. “I’m not opposed to state aid, and one of the things I’m very adamant about when it comes to direct local aid to our local governments is that the governors are not in a position to manipulate, from the state capital, those budget lines that they typically do even outside the COVID-19 crisis so that the commitments made to the local governments are maintained and the efforts that the states have promised to the local governments are continued and maintained going forward.” Reed says he’s been working with Senators Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) and Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) to finalize a bipartisan legislative agreement involving municipal aid.“I stand with the local governments, and I stand in making sure — we took care of the large local governments of 500,000 and more (with previous legislation) — it is now time to stand with the local governments with populations below that,” Reed said. “And as we go through the debate, as I indicated, I’m not opposed to state aid, and I’ll let that fight take its own course, but I’m very much in favor of that direct local government assistance and protecting that obligation of efforts from the state budgets to the local governments going forward.”“I think now is the time to really have the public debate as to how we can achieve relief to our local governments, and also make sure any type of state aid is appropriate and tied to the COVID-19 situation.”Reed says the Problem Solvers Caucus has met virtually to discuss and debate various issues during the pandemic. He says Congress may be called back to Washington, D.C. next Monday, but there’s a chance that may change.Reed adds that if Congress as a whole doesn’t work virtually, they should convene on Capital Hill.WNYNewsNow will continue to cover the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, putting facts over fear.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),They also said the same thing was going to happen to Twitter headquarters yesterday. It was hilarious to watch the Law Enforcement take down all the barricades because NO ONE showed up.Except 2 Pro-Biden supporters.There is more love at a Trump Rally than at the Blue Heron …. ( and way less drugs ) …FACT(John Sullivan-Activist, Founder of Assurgance USA spotted in DC front lines, caught at Hotel afterwards)(Adrian De Los Rios- Portland & Minneapolis Riots) Cropped Tyler Merbler / CC BY 2.0 WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is warning of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C., in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, stoking fears of more bloodshed after last week’s deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol.An internal FBI bulletin warned, as of Sunday, that the nationwide protests may start later this week and extend through Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, according to two law enforcement officials who read details of the memo to The Associated Press. Investigators believe some of the people are members of extremist groups, the officials said. The bulletin was first reported by ABC.“Armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the U.S. Capitol from 17 January through 20 January,” the bulletin said, according to one official. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.The FBI issued at least one other bulletin — they go out to law enforcement nationwide on the topic — before the riots last week. On Dec. 29, it warned of the potential for armed demonstrators targeting legislatures, the second official said. “While our standard practice is to not comment on specific intelligence products, the FBI is supporting our state, local, and federal law enforcement partners with maintaining public safety in the communities we serve,” the bureau said in a statement. “Our efforts are focused on identifying, investigating, and disrupting individuals that are inciting violence and engaging in criminal activity.”The FBI said it wasn’t focused on peaceful protests but “on those threatening their safety and the safety of other citizens with violence and destruction of property.”Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told reporters Monday that the Guard is also looking at any issues across the country,“We’re keeping a look across the entire country to make sure that we’re monitoring, and that our Guards in every state are in close coordination with their local law enforcement agencies to provide any support requested,” he said.The riots followed weeks of online calls for violence in the nation’s capital in the waning days of Donald Trump’s presidency. There have been several arrests, and at least two Capitol police officers, one who took a selfie with rioters, and another who put on a Make America Great Again hat, were suspended. At least a dozen more are under investigation, according to lawmakers.Cropped Tyler Merbler / CC BY 2.0A tweet in which Trump promised that last Wednesday’s event in Washington, D.C., “will be wild” fueled a “month-long frenzy of incitements, strategizing, and embrace of violence against lawmakers,” according to a research group that tracks online extremism activity, In a report issued Saturday, the SITE Intelligence Group also warned that the Capitol attack has emboldened Trump-supporting extremists.“No matter how all this plays out, its only the beginning,” posted a user on TheDonald message board, according to the report.Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow at the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, said authorities in state capitals and other major cities besides Washington should prepare for the possibility of violent protests next week.“A lot of people were energized by what happened last week,” he said. “State capitals are a natural place where people might want to show up, especially assuming that they think there might be a huge presence of police and military in D.C. because of what happened last week.”Pitcavage tracks militia, white supremacists and other far-right extremists, but he said the Capitol siege demonstrated the emergence of a new movement of ”Trumpist extremists, so caught up in the cult of personality around Trump that they may be willing to break the law or engage in violence purely in support of Trump and whatever he wants.”The talk of armed marches next week isn’t limited to “radicalized” Trump supporters. State capital events on Jan. 17 appear to be promoted by supporters of the anti-government, pro-gun “boogaloo” movement. Boogaloo followers advocate for a second civil war or the collapse of society, and they don’t adhere to a coherent political philosophy.Posts on social media sites also have promoted a “Million Militia March” on the day of Biden’s inauguration. Pitcavage said the event, apparently organized by a promoter of the pro-Trump “QAnon” conspiracy theory, appears unlikely to draw a massive crowd.Javed Ali, a former FBI senior intelligence officer who teaches courses in counterterrorism at the University of Michigan, said it can be challenging for law enforcement to identify the line between people exercising their constitutionally protected rights to bear arms and free speech and those who pose “a real operational threat.”“The FBI just can’t passively sit in websites and forums and social media platforms, waiting to see who’s going to present a direct threat versus just someone who is being highly radicalized,” he said. “There has to be an investigative predicate for the FBI to then start even the lowest form of an investigation.”David Deitch, an attorney who was a prosecutor in the Justice Department’s counterterrorism section from 2003 to 2007, said law enforcement must recognize a “tenuous balance” between protected free speech and speech that intends to incites violence.“It’s a very fact-based, case-by-case determination,” he said. “There’s no one factor that’s going to determine all of it. It’s certainly going to be a judgment call on the part of law enforcement about whether and when to intervene.”
View Comments We are seriously stoked for the Golden Globes this weekend, and while we’ll tune in to see who grabs the top prizes, we are most looking forward to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s second year as co-hosts. We can’t wait to see what the hilarious pair has in store (after all, this is the duo that brought us “drunk Glenn Close” last year!) We love this real-life friendship so much we can’t help but wonder what it would be like to pair them up in a big Broadway show. It’s been a big week for besties, with Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele looking hot and sunkissed on vacation, while over at the Cort Theatre another set of BFFs have extended their runs in No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot. So in honor of best friends everywhere, we want to know: Which pair of real-life Hollywood besties should come to Broadway?
John Ellison Conlee Star Files Laura Osnes Betsy Wolfe View Comments Andrew Samonsky Betsy Wolfe, Andrew Samonsky, John Ellison Conlee, Ann Harada and more will join Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana for the Transport Group’s concert presentation of The Music Man on August 11. The one-night-only event, helmed by artistic director Jack Cummings III, will play the Irene Diamond Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center.The cast will also feature Jessica Hershberg, Jonathan Hammond, Bob Stillman, Bob Walton, Jason SweetTooth Williams, Richard Costa, Robert Lenzi, Michael Di Liberto, Bob DuSold, Diane Findlay, Jim Fyfe, Jim Hindman, Danette Holden, Tina Johnson and Susan Blair Ross. The 24 member ensemble will include Zach Bencal, Whitney Brandt, Michael-Shane Brewster, Sarah Dacey Charles, Clinton Clark, Vivienne Cleary, Michael De Souza, John Dewey, Tim Dolan, Erika Henningsen, Dylan Jackson, Susan Lehman, Christiana Little, Ivory McKay, Conor McGiffin, Kristen Michelle, Becky Moyes, Molly Nordin, Conor Ryan, Sydney Shepard, Ryan Speakman, Tara Tagliaferro and Maureen Taylor.The Music Man features music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and a book by Willson and Franklin Lacey. It centers on Harold Hill, a traveling con man who poses as a band leader—despite not knowing the first thing about playing an instrument. Marian Paroo, the town librarian, sees through his act, but as the two fall in love, Hill risks being revealed as a fraud. The musical includes such famous songs as “Good Night My Someone,” “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Gary, Indiana,” “Shipoopi” and “Til There Was You.”Original choreography will be by Jeffry Denman. As previously reported, the cast will also include Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Alexandra Silber, Mary Testa, Jill Paice, Heather Mac Rae, Jeffry Denman, Stanley Bahorek, David Greenspan and D.C. Anderson. View All (4)
It’s back-to-school time, and Broadway.com is rolling out a series of tips from esteemed Headmistress Agatha Trunchbull (Christopher Sieber) of Broadway’s Matilda for incoming maggots. Learn how to get good grades and stay out of Chokey! Watch the intro to the series below and check back here throughout August for more of Miss Trunchbull’s rules! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Related Shows Matilda Star Files Christopher Sieber View Comments
Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Brennan made her Broadway debut in Dancing at Lughnasa, for which she won a Tony Award. Hutchinson has appeared on screen in Anonymous and Mrs. Henderson Presents. Kolotouros’ New York stage credits include Her Majesty the King and Blue Window. Rauch has appeared on Broadway in The Merchant of Venice and on screen in The Wolf of Wall Street. Redmond was recently featured in the Broadway revival of The Cripple of Inishmaan. Roddy’s screen credits include The Fall and Love is the Drug. A Particle of Dread is a dark, modern-day take on Oedipus Rex. The play premiered in Ireland. The play is presented as part of Signature’s Legacy program, which features works of past Signature Playwrights-in-Residence. The play will feature scenic design by Frank Conway, costumes by Lorna Marie Mugan, lighting design by Michael Chybowski, sound design Jill BC Du Boff and music by Neil Martin. View Comments Casting is now set for the U.S. premiere of Sam Shepard’s A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations). Joining the previously announced Oscar nominee Stephen Rea in the Signature Theatre production are Tony winner Brid Brennan, Lloyd Hutchinson, Jason Kolotouros, Matthew Rausch, Aidan Redmond and Judith Roddy. Performances will begin on November 11 at Alice Griffin Jewel box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. The production, directed by Nancy Meckler, will officially open on November 23. A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations)
Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014 “It’s not very often you get to do a musical. Even though I was terrified of doing it, I kind of had to,” Diaz said. “The two things I’m most terrified of are heights and singing in front of people. I’ve jumped out of airplanes and scaled sides of cliffs—not to get over my fears, but to address them. I just felt like this is something that needed to be addressed. I cried uncontrollably. Everybody was so supportive and having fun with it because I was so pathetic, but the only way to get through scary things is to have a sense of humor about it.” The new remake of Annie, which features Quvenzhane Wallis in the title role as well as a starry cast that includes Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale and more, opens on December 19. Broadway.com asked Love Letters star Carol Burnett, who memorably played the Miss Hannigan in the 1982 movie version of Annie, her take on Diaz as the boozy orphanage caretaker. “Oh, I think she’ll be wonderful! I’ve been a fan of hers since My Best Friend’s Wedding, that one with Julia Roberts where she stole the movie,” Burnett said. “I don’t mean that disparagingly for Julia Roberts because I’m a big fan of hers, but [when I saw Diaz], I said, ‘Whoa! Who is this girl?!’ She was so funny. I think she’s going to be great.” Cameron Diaz is a hard-ass Miss Hannigan in the upcoming movie remake of the beloved Broadway musical, but the actress had to face her fears to play the role. In the November issue of Marie Claire, Diaz explains why she was terrified but had to say yes. Love Letters View Comments
The recent American Repertory Theater production of the musical in Cambridge, Massachusetts, starred Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan as J.M. Barrie and Olivier Award winner Laura Michelle Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davis. The Harvey Weinstein-produced musical overhauled its creative team in 2013, bringing on board Paulus, Barlow and Graham. Related Shows Based on the 2004 film written by David Magee, Finding Neverland follows the story of Barrie and his relationship with the family of widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Llewelyn Davies’ children eventually became Barrie’s inspiration to write Peter Pan. Star Files View Comments Laura Michelle Kelly Finding Neverland Jeremy Jordan The production will feature choreography by Mia Michaels, scenic design by Scott Pask, costumes by Suttirat Larlarb, lighting by Kenneth Posner and sound design by Jonathan Deans. After months of speculation, Tony nominee and Glee star Matthew Morrison will star as J.M. Barrie in Broadway’s Finding Neverland. The production, directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus, features music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham. It will begin previews on March 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Opening night is now set for April 15. Morrison, who is widely known for playing Will Schuester on Glee, starred in an industry-only workshop of Finding Neverland in New York in late March. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in The Light In The Piazza in 2005. His other Broadway credits include Footloose, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hairspray and South Pacific. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016
Glenn Close Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015 Related Shows Star Files A Delicate Balance There is virtually nothing we want more right now in this New York weather than a fake version of Glenn Close’s Cruella de Vil coat. The Tony winner stopped by LIVE with Kelly and Michael on February 3 to discuss her return to Broadway in Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, but not before letting Ripa and Strahan show off her fabulous outerwear from her cinematic past. Anything can happen with live theater, and Close has the stories to prove it. Watch as she recalls one time during the production when she had to stop the show due to a bloody nose, as well as her own personal ice bucket challenge (not related to this). Close, along with a cast that includes John Lithgow, Lindsay Duncan and Martha Plimpton, will run at the Golden Theatre through February 22. View Comments