**(Alert)Jamestown Municipal Band concert for tonight called off...

There's a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for tonight... and, with that... tonight's Jamestown Municipal Band concert has been postponed.  City Parks Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says the band was to hold it's Children's Concert tonight... but, that's now been called off until July 24.  She says that had been an open date.


Cuomo lays out final details of "Start Up NY" business initiative at JCC...

Lowering state taxes isn't going to keep businesses or people in New York... but, eliminating taxes will.  That's why Governor Cuomo says his "Start Up New York" business initiative is a "game-changer.  Cuomo laid out his proposal in detail this afternoon before a crowd of more than 150 people at Jamestown Community College.  Cuomo says the program would eliminate income taxes for start-up businesses, and their workers... who locate on or near State University of New York... or private college campuses.  He says the idea is to keep New York's youngest and brightest here.  He says when you talk with young people... they're leaving for Florida, the Carolinas, and Texas "no income tax states."  To compete, Cuomo says you have to "be at zero."  Cuomo says the plan... which was initially called "Tax Free" Zones... were going to involve up to 200,000 square feet of space on... or immediately around SUNY 2 or 4 year colleges.  However... he says most SUNY and private schools will become "tax-free communities..." and, designated space within that community can also be tax-free.  That designation is key to local officials... because not only does space around Jamestown Community College become eligible for the "tax free" designation... but, so does the SUNY at Fredonia Technology Incubator in Dunkirk.


Dolce says he's running again for City Council, says there are two others joining he and Ecklund on ticket...

Long-time Jamestown City Councilman Tony Dolce will be seeking a 10th, two-year term this November.  Dolce recently made his run official... saying representing the people of the Second-Ward "doesn't get old" for him.  The Republican says that working to help his constituents is one part of the bigger picture when it comes to serving on a local council.  Dolce says the other is dealing with issues such as the city budget... which has been a major focus in recent years.  He says serving on the City Council is a perfect "blend" with his career.  He's been a long-time Government and Economics teacher at Jamestown High School.  Dolce and Ecklund are the only two Republicans on council right now.  He adds they expect to have a couple more people running, as well.  Dolce understands it's a difficult commitment to make.  Dolce feels being part of the City Council is important because he needs to set a good example to his students at JHS... as well as his own children.


DiNapoli says Medicaid overpaid health care providers over $11-million...

New York auditors say the state's Medicaid program overpaid health care providers $11.4 million, largely from overstated Medicare coinsurance charges and incorrect rate changes.  Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the state has recovered $3.8 million so far and the state's Medicaid system ``continues to be rife with waste."  Many of it's Medicaid recipients are also eligible for the federal Medicare program, which is the primary payer, with Medicaid paying the balance.  An audit of 2009 data shows Medicaid overpaid more than 210,000 claims by more than $7 million.  Auditors also examined the six months ending in March 2012, when the state health department's computer system processed 233 million claims paying providers about $25 billion.

 

 

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