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>Nazzaro defeats Ventura in Legislature contest

MAYVILLE -- Following final absentee ballot counting Monday, Charles C. Nazzaro was declared the winner in the race for the District 16 seat in the Chautauqua County Legislature.

Nazzaro, a Democrat, narrowly defeated James J. Ventura, the Republican candidate, 621-609.

A former Jamestown councilman, Nazzaro works in the finance department at WCA Hospital. He said he was relieved the race was over and was looking forward to working with his fellow legislators and County Executive Gregory J. Edwards.

The county's Board of Elections said other races may be decided in court, including District 23 in the Brocton area, where Thomas DeJoe, a Democrat, now leads Harold Smith, the Republican candidate, 445-439, with 10 ballots in dispute.

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>Rochester firm chosen to do new zoning plan

FALCONER -- The Ellicott Town Board has chosen a firm to do a new zoning plan and is applying for a state grant to help fund it.

Supervisor Pat Tyler said the board took both actions during Monday night's meeting. The board picked Clark-Patterson Associates of Rochester, the low bidder at $40,000.

Tyler said the town will also apply for a $36,000 grant through the state's Shared Municipal Services Incentive Program.

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>Mental Health Court debuts with six cases

JAMESTOWN -- A 10-year effort to establish a court for cases involving people diagnosed with a mental illness came to fruition Monday when six cases were heard on the first day of Mental Health Court here.

Court officials, local law enforcement agencies, mental health advocacy groups and others were on hand for the session.

The county's chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill was among the group's pushing for the court.

Sylvia Trusso, president of the alliance locally, credited Judge John L. LaMancuso for helping to obtain key approvals.

Mental Health Court defendants will have to have nonviolent criminal charges pending and a mental health diagnosis requiring further treatment.

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