From the Morning Memo:

Southern Tier Republican Rep. Tom Reed is renewing his effort to federally designate Jamestown’s National Comedy Center as THE National Comedy Center.

Reed, who is now in the minority in the House, re-introduced a bill in Congress that would recognize the museum as the only of its kind in the country. This measure passed the House last year, but did not get through the U.S. Senate before the end of session.

“We care about ensuring Jamestown is to comedy as Cooperstown is to baseball and Cleveland is to rock and roll,” Reed said. “We find it unfortunate our colleague in the Senate declined to give the National Comedy Center a fair shot at the recognition it deserves last year.”

The congressman helped connect the center with federal tax credits, and acted as a liaison to the Economic Development Agency to help secure funding. New York State also provided significant funding to the $50 million facility, which officially opened over the summer.

As Reed also pointed out in his press release, USA Today names the museum one of the Best New Attractions Of 2018. The winner of the contest will be announced January 18.