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>Teresi announces race for another mayoral term

JAMESTOWN -- Mayor Sam Teresi announced Thursday he will seek another term.

Teresi, a Democrat, has served as mayor since January 2000 after defeating the incumbent, Richard A. Kimball Jr., in November 1999. He defeated Kimball again in 2003.

Teresi will square off this fall against the endorsed Republican candidate, Shirley Sanfilippo. Teresi is endorsed by both the Democratic and Working Families parties.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity of spending the next four years doing the job that I love, for the city that means the world to me," Teresi said in his announcement.

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>Funding to combat weed clears Senate committee

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has moved along proposed funding to help control an invasive aquatic plant choking Chautauqua Lake.

The development was announced Thursday by Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, both D-N.Y. If eventually approved, $1 million would go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which would use it on projects targeting Chautauqua and two other lakes.

Eurasian milfoil is choking the southern basin of Chautauqua Lake, clogging waterways used by recreational boaters.

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>Veterans Service visits suspended for July

OLEAN -- Area visits by John B. Sampson, director of the Cattaraugus County Veterans Service Agency, will be suspended in July because of scheduling conflicts.

Sampson will be available in his Olean office, at 1 Leo Moss Drive, Suite 6510, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, except on legal holidays.

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>Empire Zone board approves 3 applications

JAMESTOWN -- A Jamestown-area human service agency and two businesses have been approved to be part of the Greater Jamestown Empire Zone.

The zone's administrative board Wednesday approved the applications from Jamestown Development Company, Miles Machine on Jones and Gifford Avenue, and T-J's Plumbing and Heating at 31 Water St.

Empire Zone Director Greg Lindquist said Jamestown Development is a real estate holding firm for a property at 402 Chandler St., which is where Chautauqua Opportunities is looking to consolidate its administration and training center.

"Their intent is to locate out of that site and employ 60 people, servicing about 10,000 clients on an annual basis, with services ranging from home and energy assistance programs all the way through job skills training."

Lindquist said the building involved also has been approved for a $300,000 Restore New York grant.

He added that Miles Machine on Jones and Gifford Avenue is looking to expand its supply machining operations, while T-J's is a new business that has been set up in the Gateway Center.

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