County Executive Wendel Meets With UN Ambassador Living In Jamestown

Submitted by Justin Gould on Tue, 06/06/2023 - 13:00


JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – A United Nation’s Ambassador is calling Chautauqua County home settling in Jamestown, N.Y. and offering counsel to local leaders.

On Monday, Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel met with Ambassador Hugues Sanon at his north side Jamestown home, discussing the county’s needs over breakfast.

Wendel says it is great to have someone with his understanding and global perspective make our community home.

“He understands our opioid problems, he understands the poverty and homelessness, but he’s been to places like Nicaragua, Honduras, and Mexico, third world counties that have a much greater problem than we do here in Jamestown and Chautauqua County in particular,” explained Wendel. “But he brings the perspective.”

During the hour-long conversation, the County Executive and Ambassador agreed to collaborate moving forward, hitting at a so called “catalyst group” to connect young people.

“I think there is a much broader perspective of what we need to accomplish in Chautauqua County, there is no one thing, like increasing the overall positivity or our footprint when it comes to tourism, but really accentuating and collaborating together,” said Wendel. “What he focused on was the positive and how we bring the positive change.”

During the visit, Wendel was presented with a key for sustainability in revitalizing the economy in Chautauqua County and an award for Wendel’s efforts to combat drug addiction. 

Ambassador Hugues Sanon is the Special Envoy/International Relations to United Nations for the Council for Justice, Legality and Peace and he is also the International Ambassador for the Foundation for a Drug Free World.


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