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Brown will discuss the future of cities

CHAUTAUQUA -- Buffalo's mayor will join a former Cleveland mayor in a panel discussion Friday over the future of cities.

Mayor Byron W. Brown and former Mayor Jane L. Campbell will appear together at 2 p.m. in the Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua Institution to talk about what causes "some cities to thrive while others experience decay" in the 21st century.

Brown, the first African-American mayor of Buffalo, and Campbell, the first female mayor of Cleveland, are part of a weeklong series of lectures on how cities rise and fall over time and why some are rebuilt while others fail.

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Council plans vote on term extension

JAMESTOWN -- The City Council will vote Monday night on a local law to extend lawmakers' terms from two to four years.

Council members emphasized this week that this is not a "self-serving" proposal. While the City Council will vote on extending the term length, it must be put up for a public vote first.

Acting Council President Jim Ventura said that even if voters approve the measure this fall, it won't take effect until the 2012 mayoral term begins.

Ventura said if the Council votes in favor of putting the measure on this November's ballot, the mayor would still have to hold a public hearing and sign the local law first.

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Planning Board to hear request for rezoning

FALCONER -- Ellicott residents will get the chance to speak out tonight on a request to rezone about 50 acres of land north of Jamestown for commercial development.

The property in question is on the east side of Route 60, just north of Interstate 86.

Supervisor Pat Tyler said the proposal goes before the Planning Board at 7 p.m. today. The board will make a recommendation to the Town Board, which will take up the matter at its Aug. 6 meeting.

"And then we can decide if we'll go forward with the rezoning," Tyler said.

The request for rezoning initially came from landowners Jim and Debbie Carlson earlier this year as an alternative site for a "big box" development proposed for Fairmount Avenue. The Carlsons have about 14 acres of their own land along Route 60 in the area in question.

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