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TAX DISPUTE SHUTS PART OF DUDLEY INN SALAMANCA -- THE LANDMARK DUDLEY MOTOR INN HAS BEEN CLOSED BY THE
STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE.

SALAMANCA -- The landmark Dudley Motor Inn has been closed by the state Department of Taxation and Finance.

The bar and restaurant were shut down Tuesday afternoon, but the hotel portion remains open.

Hotel spokesmen said that the closing was because of a "misunderstanding" about tax issues and that the facility could reopen today.

The hotel on Main Street, in operation for more than 100 years, is owned by Justin Development Corp., headed by Donn Krantz. He could not be reached to comment.

The are six outstanding state tax liens against the Dudley on file in the Cattaraugus County clerk's office in Little Valley. The liens, for unpaid sales taxes, total about $50,000 according to County Clerk James K. Griffith.

Salamanca appoints 3 new planners

SALAMANCA -- The issue of not reappointing members of the city's Planning Commission whose terms expired has been resolved with new appointments.

Mayor Carmen Vecchiarella and the City Council named Michael Zaprowski, Steve Gallo and Michael Krysick to seven-year terms.

They replace Tom McClune, Johanna Redeye and Hyler Gray, who have served for several years, including the process to update the city's comprehensive plan and zoning laws.

Krysick was also appointed to the Board of Assessment Review, replacing Anthony Rivetti. June Whitcomb also was named to the review board.

Thomas voted to board of state group

MAYVILLE -- Chautauqua County Executive Mark Thomas was elected to the board of directors of the New York State Association of Counties during meetings that recently concluded in Albany.

He will serve until the next board election in September.

Thomas is co-chairman of the association's legislative committee, which has the responsibility of establishing and advocating the association's annual list of legislative priorities.

Enhanced Internet comes to Jamestown

FREDONIA -- DFT Communications will offer enhanced Internet services in the Jamestown area through a five-year agreement with the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, the company announced Wednesday.

"The agreement will provide our service community with an advanced technology that will enable us to offer our customers higher-speed Internet connections, data transfer and streaming of media," said Kurt Maytum, executive vice president of DFT. "All these things help develop the infrastructure of our local economy and make this area a desirable place to conduct business."

"I applaud this collaborative effort between DFT and the BPU. Clearly, this is a key component in positioning our county as a leader in telecommunications technology," said Chautauqua County Executive Mark Thomas.

Senior citizens to get school tax relief

The North Collins School Board voted Wednesday to provide tax relief for senior citizens meeting income guidelines.

The board received petitions signed by senior citizens, urging the board to increase the minimum income exemption under the state's school tax-relief program, or STAR, from $12,000 to $15,000.

Anthony Rotella, the district's business administrator, said the tax relief would benefit 25 residents and put a total of $17,000 back into their pockets.

Said Superintendent Jack Mann: "I think it's a good idea, and with the pricing of fuel and everything else, we want to help those seniors keep in line with the ever-rising cost of living."

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