Chautauqua County Executive Discusses COVID Reopening, Local Protests

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JAMESTOWN – Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel discussed the future of phase three reopening and law enforcement reform in Chautauqua County.

Wendel spoke with WNYNewsNow’s Justin Gould during our daily live broadcast on Wednesday.

He says restaurants will soon be able to reopen indoor dining, however, specific requirements have not yet been released by New York State.

“Those numbers, once they are out, I’m assuming they will come out in a timely fashion so businesses can prepare and make adjustments to their restaurants, whether it is taping off or moving tables out of the way, we will have to wait and see, but I feel confident that it won’t be too long before those numbers are set,” said Wendel.

The executive also expressed that he is proud of the Chautauqua County Community for remaining peaceful during recent Black Lives Matter protests.

Wendel is happy to see dialog between police and the community locally.

“I think it’s hard for community leaders right now, elected officials throughout New York State and throughout the nation are facing challenging times, but these individuals are the leaders of the community, they are the ones that our community looks to for guidance, I feel confident that understanding and the abilities of our local, village, town, and city governments, will all take the time to sit down and listen to one another, that’s the important thing is listening, you can’t have dialog if we are not willing to listening and share,” explained Wendel.

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