Forum: market, morals discussed

first_imgNotre Dame staff attempted to answer difficult questions about moral development at the panel discussion “Morals and Markets: Being Catholic in a Global Economy,” one of the first large events for this year’s Notre Dame Forum.  “Our theme for the Forum this year is the global marketplace and the common good,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in his opening remarks. “I think that it is a specific calling for Notre Dame to address these issues with expertise.” The panel featured Dr. Margaret Pfeil, assistant professor of moral theology, Dr. Bill Evans, professor of economics and Dr. Douglass Cassel, professor of law and director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the Notre Dame Law School. Mary Hirschfeld, a Ph.D. student in moral theology at the University, moderated the panel. “[Forum] issues are complex and demand a discussion on morality from a variety of perspectives,” Hirschfeld said. “In modern times, we tend to specialize in our one form of knowledge and we may miss the other sides of the issue, which is why a discussion like this is so important.”  Each panelist was given 12 minutes to deliver their views on the interplay between morals and the market, using Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 encyclical, “Caritas In Veritate” as a foundation for how the Catholic Church should respond to the issues raised by the financial crisis and their effect on the developing world.  “‘Caritas In Veritate’ is about people-centered economics,” Pfeil said in her speech. “The encyclical tells us that social justice is possible.” Pfeil said Pope Benedict relied heavily on the concept of the universal destination of created goods throughout “Caritas,” and this should be a guiding concept for all people when concerning the role of the marketplace in today’s economy. “God is the giver of all creation and humans respond to his gifts, primarily the gift of life,” she said. “He tells us that humans need to exercise responsibility in the world.” Pfeil said signs of the current times speak to a disregard for universal responsibility, which elicits the need for more than a change in perspective. “The ongoing crisis shows there is an urgent moral need for a new solidarity, especially between developing and industrial nations,” she said.  While Pfeil focused on building a social conscious, Evans approached how the market system itself can be used to achieve the goals laid out in “Caritas.” “‘Caritas In Veritate’ picks up on the importance of trade after the ferocious development we’ve seen over the past 40 years,” Evans said. “Much of this trade is coming from the developing world.” While “Caritas” may be viewed as an attack on markets, Evans said Benedict actually expounded on the benefits of globalization and how it brought a new level of awareness to the world’s poor that had not previously been seen. The rapid development of trade combined with more global awareness of world poverty brought about an opportunity where economic development and globalization can be used to actually improve the lives of those living in poverty, Evans said.  “In a lot of circles, the phrase ‘economic growth’ is considered to have a dirty connotation,” he said. “But for others in the developing world, it can mean the difference between going hungry or not, or watching your child reach his first birthday.” Evans told the students that it was their job to think about what effect their “everyday decisions” have on the developing world, but he also addressed the negative aspects that inevitably come as a result of globalization. However, he said there is no easy answer to these problems and the simplest solution may lie in the development itself. Cassel said he believed the greatest way for students to address these issue was to be truly informed about the global economy and to understand the relationship the Catholic Church has with the market. “There has always been a balance between the Church and the market,” he said. “The Church has never worshiped the market as a cure-all to the world’s problems, but they have also never declared it to be an instrument of pure evil either.” Cassel said he thinks “Caritas In Veritate” stated that the market is subjective to communicative justice. “We admit the market can be a negative force bus only because a certain ideology can make it so,” he said. Cassel focused his talk on real-world examples and how specific marketplaces hurt global development when they try and further their own country’s interests by unethical and even illegal means. “You should not for a single second believe China is the success of the free-market system, because it is not free,” he said. “China purposely keeps its currency weak, thereby creating a false trade market. When countries do this, they prevent other countries from access to markets that they desperately need.” Knowing the truth about China’s market system is one example of several instances where Cassel believes students need to be educated in order to succeed at understanding morality’s role in the global marketplace. “Part of the answer to these problems is what you’re doing tonight,” he said in his closing remarks. “You need to be informed. You need to use your faith so that you care. And most importantly, you need to act.”last_img read more

Movement opens campus dialogue on GLBT issues

first_imgThrough the 4 to 5 Movement, the Progressive Student Alliance (PSA) is trying to bridge the gap between students that identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT) and their straight allies, said senior Jackie Emmanuel, co-president of PSA. “Sometimes a lot of straight students really aren’t aware of the problems that GLBT students face, or if they are aware and want to be supportive, don’t necessarily know where to go or how to be supportive in the correct way,” Emmanuel said. Senior Joanna Whitfield, vice president of PSA, said the Movement aims to inform students about GLBT civil rights and mobilize them to action. “PSA [in general] tends to be about large gatherings, and 4 to 5 is more about awareness, education, more minor changes around campus,” she said. Although the 4 to 5 Movement officially began in August, Whitfield said it was sparked by a campus visit on March 28 from Brian Sims, the first openly gay college football captain in the NCAA. Sims told attendees that four out of five college students or college-educated people between the ages of 18 and 30 in the United States support the general package of gay civil rights, but believe only one out of three support that package. Emmanuel said this creates the illusion that supporters of GLBT rights are in the minority. “The remaining fifth person is often very loud, and because there’s almost this silent majority, they don’t necessarily think their peers will agree with them if they stand up to the fifth person,” she said. Emmanuel said PSA hosted a panel presentation about how allies can support members of the GLBT community in December. PSA also sponsored Notre Dame Coming Out Day in October, created informational signs and posters, co-sponsored events with the Core Council for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Questioning Students and distributed promotional T-shirts and pins. PSA plans to host another speaker or panel discussion this semester, Emmanuel said. “We’ll probably do at least one person-to-person event like cookouts [or a] picnic on the quad to invite people to open up discussion with each other,” she said. “Often, having a place to have dialogue is a big step. We’re probably going to have another education session sometime this semester.” Emmanuel said these events are meant to ease the sensitivity of GLBT issues, especially in a conservative campus atmosphere that poses challenges for PSA. “Occasionally, there are a couple of people that are outspoken against us, but overwhelmingly, the campus is supportive,” she said. Whitfield added that some people did not support their view, but ultimately their combative actions helped PSA in the end. “When we put up the ‘Did you know?’ posters [to promote GLBT civil rights], there were a few locations where people tore them up, but the counter-response was so supportive,” she said. PSA members also checked with teachers and campus administrators to ensure the language used in their programs was appropriate, accepting and not confrontational, Whitfield said. Emmanuel believes the way students perceive GLBT issues has changed since she came to Notre Dame three-and-a-half years ago. “Since PSA has been working on changes, we’ve definitely seen a difference in general in attitudes on campus,” she said. “We had a couple of goals last year that were eventually realized, like Core Council getting a space on campus in [the LaFortune Student Center].”last_img read more

Housing development to open

first_imgEditor’s note: This article was edited May 3 to correct the omission of Memorial Hospital as a funding partner of the NNRO. Continuing the recent trend of land development near Notre Dame, the Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization (NNRO) has begun work on its Triangle housing development near Eddy Street Commons. Located in the area north of State Road 23, south of Notre Dame’s woods and Napoleon Blvd., and east of Eddy Street, the Triangle is a mixed-income, single-family home development that comprises part of a plan created for the Northeast Neighborhood in 1998, Associate Vice President for Public Affairs Tim Sexton said. “The plan emphasized the want of residents for more single-family homes. There was a large exodus from the neighborhood in the 1970s and 1980s, and many homes were neglected or turned into rentals,” he said. “There’s a push for single-family homeownership, a safe community and beautifying the neighborhood.” The Triangle features 53 single-family home development lots available for purchase by the public, provided the buyers plan to occupy the home as their primary residence, said Phil Byrd, South Bend Heritage Foundation director of real estate. Currently, 45 lots have been claimed. Byrd said 30 percent of the Triangle’s lots are set aside for low to moderate-income buyers who earn less than 80 percent of the county median income, adjusted for family size. The remaining lots are available to buyers of any income level, which will contribute to the diverse character of the Northeast Neighborhood, Sexton said. “The intent is to replicate and continue the wonderful diversity of the Northeast Neighborhood,” Sexton said. “That intent has been received extremely well.” Construction has begun on one home in the Triangle, and there could be 10 homes under construction by August, Sexton said. The development has a projected completion date in 2014. The infrastructure of the Triangle development will be completed by mid-August, including streets, curbs, sidewalks, sewers, water and electric systems, Byrd said. “State Road 23 will be expanded from Twyckenham Drive to Campeau Street, so all the houses on the south side of the street will be demolished to make room for the expanded new road,” he said. “The Triangle will fit in nicely with this area.” Byrd said the project has involved close collaboration between the residents of the Northeast Neighborhood and the five funding partners of the NNRO: Notre Dame, the City of South Bend, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hospital and the South Bend Clinic. “For everything we’ve done in the neighborhood, we’ve had countless meetings to maintain a good relationship with the neighbors and residents,” Byrd said. “Our relationships with all the partners are excellent … we get tons of help from them both financially and in guidance.” Sexton said this partnership between the NNRO and the neighborhood’s residents facilitates constructive collaboration on projects like the Triangle development. “Each funding partner has at least one member on the NNRO board, and seven long-term residents are on the board as well. They have equal say with the funding partners about all decisions,” he said. “It’s a unique model that could be replicated in other communities. The corporate partnership-neighborhood aspect has been a huge win.” Notre Dame has been a funding partner of the NNRO since its inception in 2000, and the University is working with the South Bend Heritage Foundation to develop the Triangle, Sexton said. “Notre Dame helps fund the NNRO, which enables us to help divide the land and develop the project,” he said. Similar to the partnership between Notre Dame and Eddy Street Commons, Sexton said the Triangle development will strengthen Notre Dame’s relationship with South Bend. “I had a meeting with Mayor Pete Buttigieg this morning, and from his perspective, we have a great opportunity to have a campus-downtown connection … through the Triangle, Eddy Street Commons, the new Saint Joseph’s High School on Notre Dame Avenue and a new development in the East Bank Village area,” Sexton said. “It’s a great win for the city of South Bend, and since they’re a funding partner of the NNRO, they’re thrilled about the Triangle project.” Sexton said continuing to develop land near Notre Dame’s campus will be beneficial to both students and community residents. “I perceive Eddy Street [Commons] as a benefit for students because restaurants and businesses have relocated there,” he said. “The more people we can build homes for in the neighborhood, the more chance we have for businesses to relocate and benefit students.”last_img read more

ASA honors professor’s career

first_imgThroughout sociology professor Christian Smith’s career, he has written on the influence of morality on human life. This summer, the American Sociological Association (ASA) honored Smith for his influence as an academic on his own field. The Altruism, Morality and Solidarity section of the ASA selected Smith as the recipient of its Distinguished Career Award in July. The honor, which is awarded annually, recognizes a scholar who has significantly contributed to the section’s areas of focus. “Over the course of my career, the main thing covered in many of the books I’ve written has been the importance of morality in people’s actions,” Smith said. “I think the award acknowledges this emphasis of mine on morality in human lives.” As he reflected on his career, Smith said he is most proud of his work analyzing and debunking conventional models of human personhood. “In the different work I’ve done, I think a lot of my theorizing has challenged or critiqued mainstream sociological models of human beings,” Smith said. “I’m proud of challenging these assumptions and trying to provide alternatives I think are better.” The award put his life’s work in perspective, Smith said, but it has not altered his concrete priorities as a researcher and professor. “It helped create a kind of background awareness that all the research one does ultimately adds up into a larger project that can have some influence, but didn’t change anything day to day,” Smith said. “I’m still focused on finishing projects and not getting buried by piles of work.” Receiving the Distinguished Career Award from the ASA was an unexpected and deeply gratifying experience, Smith said. “I certainly wasn’t anticipating it,” Smith said. “There are awards out there that you think, ‘I could win that someday,’ but I wasn’t really thinking about this one, so it was a true honor.” Smith said he was not able to attend the August ceremony in person, instead sending a Notre Dame graduate student to accept the award in his place. “I was moving into town here, into a new house, and I just couldn’t travel,” Smith said. “I apologized profusely, but it was just impossible at the time.” He is currently studying the religious and spiritual lives of young Americans, and he said he intends to launch a new project on parenting in the near future. However, Smith said he hopes his work on personhood will become his professional legacy. “In a decade, the youth and religion stuff will likely be outdated,” Smith said. “Ideally, my theories of human personhood will still be influencing people after I’m dead.” Moving forward, Smith said he hopes to shed some of his administrative responsibilities and spend more time teaching Notre Dame undergraduates. “Teaching is one of the great joys of my life,” he said. “I wish I could do it more often.”last_img read more

9/11 haunts national conscience

first_imgTwelve years after the World Trade Center tragedy on Sept. 11, 2001, the United States’ foreign policy remains affected by the attack’s lingering effects and “oversensitivity to terrorism,” according to experts. Michael Desch, Notre Dame political science professor and fellow at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace, said the Sept. 11 attack was catalytic and disproportionate in its political impact. “One of the real consequences you see is the willingness of the American public to do things in the name of preventing another 9/11 that they would otherwise not agree to, including two long wars overseas and some pretty significant restrictions of our civil liberties at home,” Desch said.  The American public perceives the possibility of a repeated attack as much greater than it truly is, Desch said. “I think the magnitude of the threat of international terrorism historically is very low, a lot lower than the probability of dying in a car crash or from domestic gun violence or other things like that,” he said. “And yet, we tend to remain fixated on the possibility of another terrorist attack in a way that’s out of sync with the real danger it presents to us.” Daniel Lindley, a Notre Dame political science associate professor and a fellow with the Kroc Institute, said he sees two major ways the memory of Sept.11 still affects today’s politics. “First of all, we see it in the general sensitivity to terrorism. We still spend a lot of money trying to combat terrorism, in particular through intelligence programs,” Lindley said.  “Second, you see a huge amount of war wariness in America. The opposition to a Syrian strike right now is unbelievably huge on Capitol Hill, and that’s partly because of the wars we were involved in after 9/11.” Lindley said the United States’ response to the attack in 2001 had major consequences, including becoming involved in two wars, hurting relations with some armed members of the Muslim world and “getting bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan.”  Marc Belanger, chair of the Saint Mary’s Department of Political Science, said American intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan damaged relations with some of the United States’ allies and created problems for foreign policy with respect to the Middle East.  “The tendency of the United States to expect others to accept our definition of the War on Terrorism, especially in the wake of the Iraq War, in particular, undermined the reputation of the United States globally, especially in the Arab world,” Belanger said. “You can see that right now with the nation dealing with a response to Syria and the use of chemical weapons.” Belanger said he often wonders whether or not it is really possible to fight a war on terrorism.  “You can fight a war on Al Qaeda, but can you fight against a political method?” Belanger said. “It is such an imprecise, slippery concept – a misnomer which has led to a lot of confusion.” Desch and Lindley said the public’s tendency to overreact to any suggestion of terrorism has adversely affected today’s international relations policies.   “I think the general proclivity has been to overreact, and I think it’s a function of the fact that 9/11 involved an event that was unexpected and surprising and certainly horrific in its consequences,” Desch said. “But not more horrific than other wars or other things that kill people or cause grievous injury.  “Inasmuch as we overreact, the ghost of Osama bin Laden is smiling because a key objective of terrorism is symbolic, and the symbolic force of a terrorist attack is magnified when a target overreacts.” Lindley said any act of terrorism, from 9/11 to the Boston Marathon attack, “wakes people up,” but not overreacting is crucial. “It’s of course prudent to take reasonable steps against terrorism, as with any national security threat,” he said. “However, … we have to put things in historical perspective and be confident that the United States will survive almost any crisis.” Belanger said attacks on the twin towers did impact the way the United States “faced the enemy.” “For a time, there was this sense that with facing an enemy like this we have to take our gloves off and are going to have ‘to go over to the dark side’ like Cheney famously said,” Belanger said.  Belanger said this notion undermined the legitimacy of the United States when it comes to human rights concerns. “Certain methods used under the Bush administration made it harder for us to speak from a moral high ground as a country and made it harder for us to challenge human rights abuses in other places in the world,” he said. Belanger said when a country of the United States’ prominence violates its own standards, the nation becomes vulnerable. “9/11 took us down some different paths,” he said. “Some of the different methods we have used are in clear violation of human rights and that makes us vulnerable as a nation. I would not necessarily say this makes us vulnerable to foreign attack, but rather makes us vulnerable to losing our reputation as a nation with diplomatic good will.” Desch said he would advise a “keep calm and carry on” approach to terrorism. “For us, terrorism has been a source of panic,” he said. “The contrast between a sensible, reasoned assessment with prudent steps versus what we’ve done is quite striking.”last_img read more

Incoming Editor-in-Chief names new supporting staff

first_imgJack Rooney, Lesley Stevenson, Mary Green and Wei Lin will help oversee The Observer’s Editorial Board operations in 2015-2016, incoming Editor-in-Chief Greg Hadley announced Sunday night.Rooney will take on the Managing Editor position, the paper’s No. 2 spot, while Stevenson, Green and Lin will all serve as Assistant Managing Editors. They officially begin their new roles March 15.Rooney, a junior political science and American studies double major and journalism, ethics and democracy minor, has worked in The Observer’s news and viewpoint departments, most recently serving as Associate News Editor.The Chicago native is currently studying abroad in Dublin and lives in Alumni Hall on campus. During his time at The Observer, Rooney has reported on Ann Coulter’s visit to campus, changes to the Student International Business Council (SIBC) and various student government issues. This summer, he will intern at The Concord Monitor in Concord, New Hampshire.“I consider The Observer an indispensable part of the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s community, and I will work to make sure it continues to provide relevant, impactful stories about issues that matter to my fellow students,” Rooney said.Stevenson, The Observer’s current News Editor, is pursuing a double major in film, television and theatre and American studies. She hails from Memphis, Tennessee, and lives in Breen-Phillips Hall. With Rooney, she spearheaded coverage of the 2014 Mental Illness Awareness Week and expanded the News department’s corps of writers in addition to writing on Notre Dame admissions and the Irish Guard.“The Observer exists to serve Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s in a way no other group can,” Stevenson said. “With this team in place, I know we will maintain top-quality coverage and find innovative ways to increase our readership in the coming term.”Green currently serves as The Observer’s Sports Editor and is majoring in English and film, television and theatre with a minor in journalism, ethics and democracy. The Tampa, Florida, native and Pangborn Hall resident has covered Notre Dame football, baseball, women’s soccer and men’s swimming and was part of the paper’s coverage of the Notre Dame women’s basketball team’s tournament run in 2014.“While we have always offered strong reporting and coverage in recent years, I’m excited to see the new lengths we can go to with more multimedia and social media incorporation,” Green said.Born and raised in New York City, Lin is a junior majoring in accountancy, economics and Chinese. A resident of Knott Hall, Lin currently serves the 2014-2015 Editorial Board as the Photo Editor. He has worked on the Irish Insider covers during the past football season. Lin occasionally travels to provide photo coverage for away games and also writes for the news department.“When I first joined The Observer, I never imagined I’d be where I am today,” Lin said. “I’m thankful to have such great mentors and really excited to continue working with such a talented group of friends to provide the best experience for our readers.”Tags: Editorial Board, new positions, Observer stafflast_img read more

Boy Scouts Of America Files For Bankruptcy

first_imgShare: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) Stock Photo: US ArmyIRVING, TX – The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy.The youth organization filed on Tuesday as it faces a wave of sexual abuse lawsuits.It listed its assets between $1 billion and $10 billion and estimated $500 million to $1 billion in liabilities.According to its website, it filed chapter eleven to “equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in scouting.” Local councils are not filing for bankruptcy as they are legally separate and distinct organizations.“While we know nothing can undo the tragic abuse that victims suffered, we believe the chapter 11 process — with the proposed trust structure — will provide equitable compensation to all victims while maintaining the Boy Scouts of America’s important mission,” said Roger Mosby, Boy Scouts of America’s President and Chief Executive Officer.last_img read more

Jamestown Man Charged With Murder To Appear In Court Next Month

first_imgShare: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) MAYVILLE – A Jamestown man charged in connection with a Sherman murder will appear in court for a conference on Apr. 13, according to the Chautauqua County Court.A court clerk told WNYNewsNow that Julio E. Montanez, 25, was indicted on charges of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder. Montanez was previously charged with first-degree manslaughter by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, who say Montanez allegedly shot and killed Justin M. Gibbons, 29, of Mayville, following a dispute in an alleyway near 114 W. Main St. just after 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 6.Gibbons was shot multiple times while he was attempting to flee the area in a vehicle, investigators said.He was transported to Westfield Memorial Hospital by the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance where he was later pronounced dead. Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson previously confirmed to WNYNewsNow that Montanez appeared in Town of Sherman Court for a preliminary hearing in front of Judge Douglas Neal. Swanson said Montanez was held over for grand jury action, but couldn’t discuss specifics of the case.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Chautauqua County District Attorney, the Chautauqua County Forensic Investigation Team, the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department, New York State Police and the Chautauqua County Coroners Office.According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office inmate list, Montanez is currently in county jail on $250,000.last_img read more

Pre-Applications Now Accepted For New York State Forward Loan Fund

first_imgShare: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) Cropped Photo: Nick Youngson / Alpha Stock Images / CC BY-SA 3.0ALBANY – Pre-applications are now accepted for the New York Forward Loan Fund.Businesses are asked to apply on the state’s website. These working capital loans are aimed at helping small businesses, non-profits and small landlords that did not receive a loan from either the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for COVID-19.The program targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, nonprofits and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income.The working capital loans are timed to support businesses and organizations as they proceed to reopen and have upfront expenses to comply with guidelines (e.g., inventory, marketing, refitting for new social distancing guidelines) under the New York Forward Plan. Priority will be given to industries and regions that have been reopened.  This is not a first-come, first-served loan program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as regions and industries reopen.The loans are not forgivable in part or whole.  The loans will need to be paid back over a 5-year term with interest.Five Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) will be processing pre-applications on June 1.The New York Forward Loan Fund is supported by Apple Bank, BNB Bank, BlackRock Charitable Fund, Citi Foundation,  Evans Bank, Ford Foundation, M&T Bank, Morgan Stanley, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and Wells Fargo.last_img read more

Chautauqua County COVID-19 Cluster Concerns Jamestown’s Mayor

first_imgShare: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) WNY News Now Stock Image.JAMESTOWN — The rise in positive COVID-19 cases, including several at a north county business, has Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist voicing concerns because many of the employees live in Jamestown.Sundquist issued a letter urging the public to cooperate with contact tracers investigating the outbreak.Chautauqua County officials announced 15 new cases of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County, with more than half related to Fieldbrook Farms on Monday.The number of cases were reported throughout the weekend. They include a male and female young adult, a male and female in their 20s, two males and three females in their 30s, a male and two females in their 40s, a male and female in their 50s, and a male in his 70s. Officials said there are 31 active cases, with 21 of the active cases are related to Fieldbrook Farms.“My office has been in communication with the Chautauqua County in regards to the latest numbers of new coronavirus cases in Chautauqua County following this weekend,” Sundquist reported. “A high number of the positive cases at a Dunkirk-area manufacturer are workers who live in the Jamestown area. This is a serious matter and we urge anyone who is contacted for tracing to fully cooperate with the County Health Department so that we can isolate these cases and prevent the spread to more people.”Sundquist said the current situation is a crossroads in that it is crucial to follow guidelines.“We’re at a crucial juncture with COVID-19 and we need each and every citizen to remain diligent in following health directives, including wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate social distancing. The City remains committed to updating all residents on any new information we receive. Please stay positive, stay healthy, and do your part to help reduce the spread,” Sundquist said.Fieldbrook says four percent of employees at the Dunkirk plant have tested positive, a total of 30. Twenty-four of those cases were workers and six were identified close contacts of the workers.Chautauqua County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler says she has the ability to file cease and desist orders for businesses and citizens who are violating the various executive orders issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo.Schuyler says, on August 16, her department became aware of the first positive case at Fieldbrook Farms. Her department continued to “increase its response” throughout the process, but Schuyler says the origin of the infection at the business isn’t known.She says “it’s safe to say” they’ll see more cases, she’s just not sure how many. Schuyler adds that the department will be hosting a clinic to provide testing for employees.Matt Hummel contributed to this story.last_img read more