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Schumer backs national status for Jamestown comedy center

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer traveled to Jamestown Friday to announce he will  introduce a congressional resolution that would make the city's National Comedy Center officially "national."

Schumer, a New York Democrat, said the congressional designation of the site as the "National Comedy Center" will show the nation that it's a premier attraction.

"As the birthplace of the iconic Lucille Ball, and the home to the Annual Comedy Festival, Jamestown is an epicenter of comedy in the nation, and is the perfect home for the National Comedy Center," he said. "I know this organization will become a cultural institution, attracting visitors from far and wide, creating jobs, and injecting millions of tourism dollars into the region."

The 37,000-foot, $50 million facility will tell the story of comedy from its origins to the present, with more than 50 interactive exhibitions. Located at 203-217 West Second Street in downtown Jamestown, the facility will open Aug. 1

 

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