The state lawmaker who fought long and hard to keep the NRG Power plant up and operating in the city of Dunkirk is expressing her "profound disappointment" the company has "prematurely" pulled out of the repowering project...  
 
State Senator Cathy Young Wedesday afternoon said, in a printed statement, that NRG has "stuck a dagger in the heart of our community.  Our people have consistantly rallied on behalf of the company since they mothballed it in 2013, standing by them through thick and thin."  The Olean Republican adds that NRG "bailed out" before they had all of the information on interconnection costs.  Young says they are blaming the New York Independent System Operator, but adds they have "always have known full well the process that is required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and NYISO.  She adds that NRG lost it's interconnection rights because they didn't renew them, and that's why they would have to go through the whole process at this point.  We do have a call into Senator Young for direct comment.
 
 
The huge cost of interconnecting the NRG Power plant to the regional electrical power system has reportedly led company officials to "pull the plug" on the project... 
 
Multiple media reports said local elected officials were notifed earlier this week that the project was being scraped.  Local Congressman Tom Reed was among those Wednesday afternoon waiting for the announcement, but blamed "extreme environmentalists" for what was happening.
 
Reed says he remains supportive of the repowering effort, which has been supported by Governor Andrew Cuomo and, other state leaders.  He says that support is regardless of whether another company was involved.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.
 
 
A Jamestown man faces a handful of charges following a warrant check on the city's eastside Tuesday night... 
 
Officers were advised that  37 year-old Willie Graham was outside a residence on Bowen Street and had multiple warrants. Police report he also had a valid order of protection to stay away from the property. Upon the sight of police, Graham allegedly fled inside the house in an attempt to evade officers and refused to come out. A perimeter was set up by officers and with the assistance of K-9 Mitchell, the suspect was arrested. He's being held in city jail pending court appearance. 
 
 
Two Jamestown teenagers were arrested following a physical domestic violence incident Monday night....  
 
City police responded to Columbia Street at 7 p.m. and located the suspects, 18 year-old Andrew Pacitti and a 17 year-old female.  Officers determined that Pacitti allegedly obstructed the breathing of an unidentified female victim and damaged her property.  The 17 year-old is accused of hitting an unidentified male with a glass bottle, injuring him.  Pacitti is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and fourth-degree criminal mischief, while the female suspect was arrested for felony second-degree assault.  The teens are being held pending arraignment. 
 
 
Local Congressman Tom Reed has few problems with the confrontational style that President Donald Trump is using with America's NATO allies at their meeting in Brussels...  
 
However, his "disruptive style" is be interpreted in different ways by different people.  While some say his harsh tone is driving a wedge into relationships with our European allies, others -- including Reed -- believe it's important for NATO to understand that they have to pay their fair share.
 
President Trump says the U.S. commitment to NATO ``remains very strong'' despite reports that he threated to pull out in a dispute over defense spending. At a news conference Thursday in Brussels, he told 'people' that he would be 'very unhappy if they didn't increase their commitments'. Trump will be meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin early next week.  Reed says he expects U-S grievances against the Russians to be aired, including the alleged meddling in the 2016 Presidential election.  At the same time, he says there are common goals between us and the Russians, including how to deal with Iran and North Korea.
 
 
Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed an order that sets out to create new regulations on farms and cut the amount of fertilizer feeding Lake Erie's huge algal blooms....  
 
The executive order signed by Kasich on Wednesday comes after the state has said voluntary steps farmers have taken to scale back fertilizer runoff aren't working fast enough.  Ohio, along with Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario, have pledged to significantly cut how much phosphorus enters the lake by 2025.  The new rules would force an estimated 7,000 farms across two-million acres in northwestern Ohio to reduce the fertilizer and manure that flows into streams.  Farm groups have been pushing back against calls for increased regulations, saying it's not clear what approach will solve the algae problem. 

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