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>Two businesses added to city's Empire Zone

JAMESTOWN -- The board of directors of the Greater Jamestown Empire Zone, during its year-end meeting Wednesday, approved Jamestown Metal Products and Jamestown Scientific for zone certification.

Empire Zone Director Sally Martinez said both businesses have new owners and are already located in the zone perimeter.

The board also approved zone capital tax credits for donors to the capital campaign of St. Susan's Center, which recently moved into the new Gateway Center near Brooklyn Square. The credits are available to groups or individuals who contributed $1,000 or more to the soup kitchen's campaign.

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>Deficit-plagued city gets $60,000 in grants

BATAVIA -- Batavia, financially troubled by three years of operating losses, got a bit of holiday cheer Thursday with news that three state grants totaling $60,000 are on the way.

State Sen. Mary Lou Rath, R-Williamsville, announced the Police Department will receive $15,000 toward the cost of a new patrol car. City policy is to replace two cruisers each year.

The Department of Public Works will get $25,000 for repairs to a Vac-Con sewer truck used to flush, clean and repair sewer and water lines.

A grant of $20,000 will go to the Neighborhood Enforcement Team, which focuses on quality-of-life issues. In a six-month period this year, the team operation arrested 34 suspects on 55 charges, including eight felonies.

City Manager Jason R. Molino said the funding will help the city, which is grappling with a $3 million operating deficit.

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