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Board member on ballot despite resignation

FALCONER -- A member of the Ellicott Town Board has stepped down, even though his name will appear on today's ballot.

Supervisor Pat Tyler said the board recently accepted the resignation of Robert Pickett, who had moved out of the 4th Ward, which he represented.

Tyler said he will miss Pickett's experience and commitment to his ward and the town. He said Pickett helped out immensely during the budget process.

Because of the timing of the resignation, Pickett, a Republican, remains on the ballot, running against James Walker, a Democrat.

If Walker wins, he will fill the seat. If Pickett gets the most votes, Republicans likely would appoint George Beckerink, said Cecil Miller, a board member.


JCC Foundation given $1 million in stock

JAMESTOWN -- Jamestown Community College has received the largest individual gift in the history of its foundation with the donation of $1 million in stock.

The gift, which has appreciated to $1,045,239, is for the school's "Funding Excellence" campaign.

Fifty percent will support JCC's signature scholarship program, the Unified Student Assistance Endowed Scholarship, while the rest will be used to establish an endowment to support innovative academic programs.

The donor requested not to be recognized.

"Although the JCC Foundation has received generous gifts of this size in the past from foundations, this was by far the largest single gift received by an individual," said Larry Sorokes, executive director of the JCC Foundation.

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