JAMESTOWN -- The City of Jamestown will receive $2 million in general purpose state aid two months early, it was announced Monday.
Gov. George Pataki ordered the state Division of Budget to release the funds so that the city can pay for municipal services for its residents.
"The early release of state aid to Jamestown will provide the city and its leaders with time to reassess and restructure the city's finances in light of the economic repercussions the terrorist attacks are having," Pataki said.
Mayor Samuel Teresi said, "For the second year in a row, this decision will significantly improve the city's cash flow, avoid the year-end layoff of essential personnel and represents another step in helping Jamestown to deal with its long-standing fiscal crisis."
The city faces belt-tightening and a major tax increase after financial managers reported recently there will be a revenue shortfall in 2002 because state aid will be capped at this year's level.
Cattaraugus Legislature sets hearing
LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Legislature will hold a public hearing at 3 p.m. Nov. 14 on amending the boundaries of the Cattaraugus Empire Zone.
The zone formerly known as the Cattaraugus County Economic Development Zone can now be expanded throughout the county based on a change in state law.
Previously, the zone has been located in the City of Olean and adjacent towns of Allegany and Olean.
The expanded zone will include 433 more acres in the City of Olean, eight acres in the City of Salamanca, 211 more acres in the Town of Allegany and 154 more acres in the Town of Olean.
New areas to be added in towns are: Ashford, 21 acres; Great Valley, 10 acres; Humphrey, two acres; Ischua, 23 acres; Little Valley, six acres; Portville, 73 acres.
Also in the villages of Allegany, four acres; Cattaraugus, three acres; and South Dayton, 42.
Olean General fund-raising drive begins
OLEAN -- The Olean General Hospital Foundation launched its annual fund-raising campaign for critical life-saving equipment last week by posting a "Wish List" of needs on its Web site and in its annual Community Report.
The Web site address is www.ogh.org.
Donors may purchase an item on the list, but if one item is chosen by more than one donor, the foundation will use the extra money toward other purchases on the list.
"Donors may also help by making a gift to the General Equipment Fund rather than selecting a special piece of equipment. No gift is too small," said Karen Fohl, president of the Hospital Foundation.
In a prepared statement, hospital interim CEO/President John Schreier said charitable giving will be more critical this year as Western New York remains one of the lowest reimbursement areas of the country and reimbursements continue to drop.
JCC to hold fall open house
JAMESTOWN -- Jamestown Community College's annual fall open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Highlights include academic presentations from 9:45 to 10:25 a.m. that examine the college's programs and areas of study. Campus tours will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Financial aid will be discussed from 11:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. The open house concludes with Destination: Success, a look at career and transfer opportunities after JCC from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. The program concludes with a session from 12:45 to 1 p.m. on admissions and financial aid.
Additional information is available at 665-5220, Ext. 2239.
Health insurance is Olean topic
OLEAN -- An open enrollment meeting to learn more about health insurance packages offered through the Greater Olean Chamber of Commerce will be held Nov. 8.
The session will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Old Library Restaurant to review 2002 upcoming health insurance options and rates.
Some members will be obligated to switch to new plans, and others will experience rate increases of 17 percent or more.
For more information, contact the Chamber by calling 372-4433.
Pupils win bookmark contest
OLEAN -- Bookmarks created by eight area pupils selected from an entry of more than 1,200 will be printed and distributed to local schools.
The contest was sponsored by the Friends of the Olean Library and Literacy Volunteers of America in Cattaraugus County.
Winning pupils are: Christine Malone, grade 5, Allegany- Limestone Central School; Holly Hardenbergh, grade 1, Southern Tier Catholic School, Olean; Jeffrey Zambanini, grade 5, North Hill Elementary School, Olean; Samantha Reed, grade 4, Ivers J. Norton Elementary School, Olean; Sonja Ortiz, grade 2, East View Elementary School, Olean.
Also, Rosemary Lanza, grade, 3, Ellicottville Central School; Collan Emley, grade 3, Portville Central School; and Brenna Gerwitz, grade 6, West Valley Central School.
Mental illness course offered
OLEAN -- A free, four-part course for families and friends of adults with mental illness will be offered in November by the Mental Health Association.
It will be provided through the Cattaraugus County Department of Community Services at the Mental Health Association's offices in the First Tier Bank Building.
Classes will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday to Nov. 29, except on Thanksgiving.
To register or for more information, call the association at 372-0208.