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Retired city clerk joins mayoral race

JAMESTOWN A retired department head is in the running running for mayor of Jamestown.

Shirley Sanfilippo was introduced Thursday as candidate for mayor by City Republican Committee Chairman Brent Sheldon. Sanfilippo said she retired from city government as city clerk last year after becoming "disillusioned" by the lack of leadership and cooperation in the current city administration.

During her announcement in Tracy Plaza, Sanfilippo recalled learning at a clerks seminar in St. Paul, Minn., that clerks make excellent elected officials because of their in-depth knowledge of how government works. Sanfilippo has 30 years invested in city government.

"They know the statutes and have the experience of working in an environment of change," she said. "Laws and regulations are always changing, as are the people they work with."

Sanfilippo, who criticized the administration of Mayor Samuel Teresi for accumulating too large a surplus by raising taxes, said she would concentrate on greater economic development and reversing low morale among city employees.

Teresi, the Democratic incumbent, has held a couple of fundraisers and is expected to run again.


Legislature holds reception for Spitzer representative

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Legislature hosted a reception Wednesday afternoon to get acquainted with Tom Carpenter, Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer's regional representative.

Carpenter has been meeting with local governments and area groups to learn of issues in the region. He represents the governor in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties and has an office in Jamestown.

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