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City Needs Vision For Future

January 13, 2013

Midway through his fourth term as mayor, Sam Teresi finds himself with a golden opportunity....

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Jan-13-13 10:57 AM

Good editorial with some good points. A couple of additional comments.

1. Lets hope the candidate pool to choose from is a good one with the "Super Hero" that both the Mayor and PJ are wishing for.

The City Council also needs to be on board and confirm that choice.

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Jan-13-13 11:08 AM

2. The editorial also mentions the need for new tax base from new development.

It would be extremely helpful if the County's IDA would knock off their pursuit of administrative slush fund revenue and stop the practice of taking away that new tax revenue by "selling" lucrative PILOTS to every new development that HAS been brought on line during recent years.

Examples of big, multi million dollar developments include 1)Covenant Manor Building 2)The Wellman Building 3)The Train Station 4) The WNY Urology Office complex on Foote Ave. 5) The medical buildings on Sherman St.

How can the City's new development person build that growing tax base if everytime they get a new project the County IDA takes it off the tax rolls?!

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Jan-13-13 11:42 AM

Jamestown has for too long gone in the direction of low paying service type jobs and entertainment. The use of a long dead, albeit funny, comedian to decorate the walls and pin hopes of a lucrative entertainment oriented city is fading fast. People under the age of forty have little knowledge or memories of a living Lucille Ball. We need to be appealing in so many other ways to even support the museum let alone a city. Parking meters, crime, poor lighting all need to addressed.

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Jan-13-13 12:19 PM

Until they tax structure makes it economical for businesses to come to NYS nothing will change. Bringing in minimum wage jobs from they early 2000' s is not riding a wave but going under it.

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Jan-13-13 1:55 PM

Good points made here. Another point I see as being a big deterrent towards attraction of both new industry & expansion of current industry is the lack of a good workforce. I hope JCC can be a big part of the solution to that problem.

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Jan-14-13 8:55 AM

I think the residents of Darfur and Nigeria should send Jamestown some aid.

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Jan-14-13 5:42 PM

Yes, but we need new attitudes to accept a new plan and business model. How many letters did we see last year about "business permit denied"? Beginning with the Department of Development and others so resistant to any plan that wasn't around in 1965, there are very few decision makers around here who are willing to try something different.

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Jan-15-13 12:07 PM

i've got a vision for the city of jamestown. most of it involves 'dozers, wreckingballs, jackhammers, & explosives. lol jk some parts of lamestown aren't that bad.

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