Leaders of the bi-partisan caucus that local Congressman Tom Reed co-chairs has signed a discharge petition that would force floor votes on four immigration and border security bills...  
 
Reed says the action was taken by the "Problem Solvers Caucus" to get reluctant lawmakers to finally decide on the matter after last week's failed vote on a Farm Bill that also included immigration reform.  Reed says he was not happy with the actions of more concervative Republicans in that vote.
 
With defeat of the Farm Bill and, no further action on immigration, House Speaker Paul Ryan's leadership has been called into question. However, Reed believes he will finish out his term as speaker.  The new "discharge petition" would force a vote on the new bills which deal with DACA recipients, Immigration, and border security proposals.  Reed believes those bills take "a great step" to help those affected by DACA and, provide better border security.  The Problem Solver's group first called for the rule, also known as the "Queen of the Hill" rule, to be employed in a February 7 letter to Ryan. 
 
 
New York City Attorney Keith Wofford is the Republican Party nominee to run for New York attorney general...  
 
The party nominated Wofford on Thursday at it convention in Manhattan.  Wofford, a Harvard Law School graduate, was raised in Buffalo and is now the co-managing partner of the New York office of the law firm of Ropes & Gray.  Wofford defeated Joe Holland to win the nomination.  West Ellicott's Randy Elf had also thown his hat into the ring.  On the Democratic side, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James was nominated for attorney general Wednesday at the party's convention on Long Island.  The winner of the November election will succeed Democrat Eric Schneiderman, who resigned.  Schneiderman denies allegations that he assaulted four women he dated.  Lawmakers have tapped Barbara Underwood, previously the state's mumber-two legal official, to fill out the reminder of Schneiderman's term.
 
 
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James is the Democratic nominee for New York attorney general...  
 
Delegates picked James on Wednesday at the party's state convention on Long Island.  If elected, she'll succeed ex-Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned earlier this month after being accused of assaulting four women he dated.  James won 85-percent of the delegate count to win the nomination.  Lawmakers already have picked Barbara Underwood, previously the state's No. 2 legal official, to fill out the final months of Schneiderman's term. 
 
 
Media One Group's heritage radio station now has an 'FM' voice on the airwaves.....
 
Local listener Rolly Austin has been tuning into WJTN since he was a child and, was selected to press the button during our 'Launch Party' in the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood Thursday night.  WJTN-Jamestown will now be simulcast on 1240-AM and now the 101-3 FM frequency to provide listeners with News, Sports and Lite-Rock music courtesy of the Clearview Pools and Spas Studio. 
 
 
A lake organization that wants to use herbicides on invasive weeds in parts of the lower basin of Chautauqua Lake is repeating it's request to the county legislature to help them with funding...  
 
Leaders with the Chautauqua Lake Partneship were on hand at Wednesday night's legislature meeting and, renewed their request for $500,000 to help treat 181-acres of the lake's south and central areas.  The CLP's Jim Cirbus says the initial request was made leading up to the legislature's April 25 meeting. 
 
CLP President Jim Wuerfrenz says they have already raised $250,000 from other public and private sources, about $169,000 coming from the Chautauqua Region Community, and Lenna Foundations.  County Executive George Borrello says the request has not fallen on deaf ears.  At the same time, Borrello emphasized the need for the county to do it's "due diligence" in considering such a request because of the potential liability involved.
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CLP members also invited lawmakers to attend this Saturday's annual Rally they'll be hosting at the Village Casino in Bemus Point.  The event begins at 8 a.m..
 
 
The Robert H. Jackson Center will begin the search for a new president shortly with the announcement that Susan Murphy will be stepping down from the post later this year...  
 
The announcement was made by Jackson Center Board Chairman Stan Lundine, who says -- under Murphy's leadership -- the Center is wrapping up a successful three-year strategic plan.  Lundine says Murphy is "an outstanding executive who led us to a new level of excellence.  Sue has also significantly strengthened our programs, fundraising, branding, and financial position.  She was instrumental in securing a $1.5 million New York State Downtown Revitalization grant to renovate our historic building." 
 
 
A court order says a 30-year-old Syracuse area man who was evicted from his parents' house must move out by noon a week from today -- June 1...  
 
State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood signed the order on Thursday.  It sets a hard deadline for Michael Rotondo to peacefully leave his parents' home in Camillus before county sheriffs can be called in to forcibly remove him.  Rotondo had asked for at least 30 days to leave, arguing for a full six months during court arguments on Tuesday - which the judge called "outrageous."  The judge said Rotondo's mother was entitled to remove him right away, but wrote that she requested he be given until June 1st to vacate.  The story has garnered national attention.
 
 
Police took veteran NFL guard Richie Incognito to a Florida mental hospital after he allegedly threw weights and tennis balls at gym employees and another patron and told officers the government is spying on him...  
 
Boca Raton police released a report Thursday detailing officers' interaction with the 34-year-old Incognito after the other patron called 911 on Wednesday to report his behavior.  Incognito announced earlier this year that he was retiring from football after 11 seasons, the last three with the Buffalo Bills.  But, the Bills released him from their reserved/retired list Monday.
 

News Bulletin for Thurs., June 21, 2018

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