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A 22 year-old Salamanca man was killed when his car went out of control and slammed into a tree last Saturday morning in the Cattaraugus County Town of Dayton.....  

The Salamanca Press is identifying the man as Austin Elliott.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley says Elliott was eastbound on East Leon Road about 6:15 AM... and, missed a curve.  Deputies say the man's 2015 Chevy Cruze struck the tree.  Officers say Elliott was pronounced dead at the scene.  The vehicle was extensively damaged.  The accident remains under investigation.

For the first time in more than a year-and-a-half... the city of Jamestown's quarterly sales tax came in lower than it did for the first three months of 2018....  

That from City Comptroller Joe Bellitto in a memo to the City Council's Finance Committee last night.  Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says it was the first decrease in six quarters... but, adds it's not a big drop-off.

Dolce noted that the city's adopted budget still includes $6.2-million in sales tax revenues, which is about $200,000 less than what actually came in last year.  For the first quarter of last year, the city took in just over 24-percent of the total forecasted sales tax.  Dolce says they believe the loses of Sam's Club in West Ellicott... and, The Bon-Ton and Sears in the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood.

As part of Small Business Week... the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce held open houses at both of it's offices in Jamestown and Dunkirk.....  

Chamber President and CEO Todd Tranum says they wanted to high-light the services they provide as part of a membership drive that they are holding in conjunction with Small Business Week activities.

Tranum says the Chamber puts on more than 100 events each year... geared towards driving foot traffic through their members doors.  He says they are getting their new service to help make their members compliant with new Human Resource guidelines and regulations up and running.  Tranum says they currently have 900 members... and, they are trying to up that by 25-percent by the year 2025.

It's National Small Business Week across New York and the nation and, local business and government officials helped kick-it off Monday in Jamestown.....  

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce hosted the event at it's headquarters at the Manufacturing Technology Institute at Jamestown Community College.  Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum hosted the event... and, says small businesses continue to be the backbone of the region...and, nation.

Two proclamations were issued... the first from the county with Deputy Executive for Economic Development Mark Geise doing the honors in place of County Executive George Borrello.  Geise noted that small business remains big business in Chautauqua County.  He says there were more than 2,800 small businesses in Chautauqua County in 2016, doing just over $1.3-billion in business annually.  City Council President Marie Carrubba read a proclamation from Mayor Sam Teresi, who was in Albany for the state Conference of Mayors gathering.  Carrubba applauded small businesses for their investment -- and reinvestments -- in the city.

The operator of an Amish buggy was not seriously hurt but, the vehicle was heavily-damaged when a car struck it from behind on Route 957 in Warren County's Freehold Township yesterday morning..... 

State Police in Warren say the crash occured just after 7 AM between Lottsville and Sugar Grove.  Troopers say the driver of the car, 59 year-old Jerry Steadman, said heavy fog and a bright sun caused him not to see the buggy until it was too late.  Police say the buggy went into a ditch and car sustained substantial damage.  The buggy's operator, 26 year-old John Shetler of Sugar Grove, was taken to Corry Memorial Hospital for treatment of a minor head injury.

More than 100 arrests were reported during this year's "Not Fred Fest" activities in the village of Fredonia last weekend.... 

Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis provided an update Monday on the numbers from Fredonia Police.  She indicated that village police officers racked up more than 200 hours of over-time as a result of the activities that were not sanctioned by the village nor the university.

Dr. Landis says the SUNY College at Fredonia is very important to the village's economy, but she also indicated that "Not Fred Fest" is a burden on the village.  She says the people of the village "pay for..." though there is a lot that's good the college brings to Fredonia.  The mayor got a first-hand look at Not Fred Fest activities when she drove around the village with Police Chief Brad Meyers for several hours during the weekend. 

More than 200 mayors and other municipal officials are gathering in eastern New York to discuss what they say is a rising crisis in transportation infrastructure funding.... 

The New York State Conference of Mayors is holding its annual meeting Sunday through Tuesday in the Otsego County village of Cooperstown.  About 250 officials plan to discuss issues facing their communities, with repairing local roads and bridges among the top items on the agenda.  Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi is among them.

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