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Labor pacts top priority for mayor

Mayor Sam Teresi says he believes the future of Jamestown is bright and elaborated on that conclusion Monday night in his annual State of the City address.

Teresi, who delivered his eighth State of the City message before the City Council's first voting session of the year, said last year produced "legitimate and sustainable" results toward recovery, including accumulated reserves exceeding $1.6 million and a new urban design plan.

The mayor said this year brings the challenge of pursuing "the bold, hard, sometimes unpopular, but always right things, that will truly make a positive difference."

He singled out settling labor agreements as one major task and pointed out that all but one of the city's five union contracts will expire this year.

"I assure you that it will remain our intention . . . to bargain hard and bargain fair toward what will hopefully be contract resolutions that adequately compensate our workers for their tremendous efforts and contributions, but also contracts that our struggling taxpayers will be able to afford," he said.

Teresi also took note of efforts to restructure the Fire Department.

"We must now aggressively build upon past efforts by attending to the equipment and facility needs that are impacting the efficiency," he said.

Teresi also urged a study of regional policing and called on Council President John Calamunci to appoint Council members to a committee to "address this matter once and for all."

He also praised what he described as Council members' ability to work with one another.

"I believe, in both my head and my heart, that the objectives put forth in this message are realistic and attainable during the coming year if we, the elected leaders of city government, truly believe in and want them to happen," he said.

Calamunci praised the mayor's address and predicted lawmakers would embrace the goals.

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