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Ground broken on new Signature Center in downtown Jamestown...

Ground was broken Friday afternoon on the $3.5-million purchase and renovation of the vacant M-&-T Building in downtown Jamestown.  The three-story, 30,000 square-foot building at the corner of Third and Main Streets was bought in 2014 by local businessman the George Patti Development Company.  The project has been headed up by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation... and, Executive Director Greg Lindquist says the project is being financed by Patti, grant funding, or state Tax Credits.  Lindquist says use of those tax credits is the first time they have been within the new, Downtown Jamestown Historic District.  He says the project is just another example that the downtown economy has made the turn and is on the "upswing again."  He adds that another major reason the project is able to move foward is because Patti already has an anchor tenant once the building reopens this December.  Digitell... which has been at another downtown location... will be occupying the upper two floors of the building... which will now be known as the "Signature Center."

City teen hurt after being struck by truck in Brooklyn Square...

A teenaged girl from Jamestown is being treated for non-life threatening injuries after she was struck by a truck at the corner of Main and Harrison Streets Friday afternoon.  City police were called to the scene shortly before 3:30 p.m. on a report of a car-pedestrian accident.  Officers say they learned that two girls -- one a 15 year-old -- tried to run across North Main against the traffic light.  Police say one girl saw the southbound truck on North Main and stopped... but the 15 year-old did not and ran in front of the vehicle.  The truck driver had an obstructed view, and was unable to avoid the girl.  She was taken to WCA Hospital for treatment.  No charges have been filed.

Jamestown woman arrested for allegedly stealing identity of local couple to get credit cards...

A city woman is accused of stealing the names of an elderly couple that she was caring for, and obtaining credit cards fraudulently.  U-S Attorney William Hochul, Jr. says that 37 year-old Alicia Wilson was taken into custody Thursday on a criminal complaint for access device fraud.  Hochul says the complaint resulted from an investigation by the U-S Postal Service.  He says the charge carries a penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  The complaint says that Wilson, an in-home health care aid, applied for credit cards in the names of the elderly couple she cared for.  She allegedly used the credit cards on-line and at local retail establishments in the region... and, withdrew cash from local banks.  Wilson made an initial appearance yesterday in U-S District Court... and, was later released.

Teresi says lower gas prices, and pension rates, should help 2016 Budget...

There is some good news for the city of Jamestown as Mayor Sam Teresi prepares his final, 2016 executive budget to be presented early next month.  Teresi says he and his budget team have now received all of the requests from department heads... and, they're in the process of updating numbers.  One of those sets of numbers will be fuel costs... which have been going down over the past month.  While that's good news... Teresi says they have to look at a corresponding drop in sales tax revenues.  He says, in a "strange kind of way," the loss of revenues in sale taxes offset any savings they get from lower fuel costs.  Teresi says he's also happy to see the state's 2016 pension rates have dropped by 2.7-percent for general employees... and point-4-percent for Police and firefighters.  However... he says their contributions are based on the salary for that year, and if those numbers go up... the cut may be negligible.  One piece of strictly good news is a $250,000 grant from the state for installing energy-efficient windows and other projects at Tracy Plaza.  The city borrowed $3-million for those projects.  Teresi's budget must be presented on or before Oct. 8.

County sales tax increase proposal on the Governor's desk...

Even though he hasn't signed the legislation yet... Chautauqua County officials are closer to having Governor Andrew Cuomo's signature on a bill that will allow the county to raise its sales tax from 7-and-a-half to 8-percent in December.  County Executive Vince Horrigan says the request for the higher tax has made it to the governor's desk.  Horrigan is hopeful it will be signed in about a week -- sometime on or around Sept. 26.  He says the state Association of Counties has confirmed that along with State Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell.  Horrigan... who who presents his budget next Wednesday night... is asking legislators to approve the final step of the process...even without Cuomo's signature.  Horrigan says his 2016 budget proposal will comply with legislation allowing the sales tax increase, since it also requires that the county reduce its property tax rate by at least 3-percent.  That would be a $2-million reduction in taxes.


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