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There's been considerable interest in the "StartUp-NY" program in Chautauqua County... but, the county's Industrial Development Agency wants to increase it even further.  County Executive Vince Horrigan announced this week that the County has created an informational portal on the County IDA website.  Deputy Director Mark Geise with the county's Department of Planning and Economic Development says they want to get word out about the program that is affilated with both SUNY Fredonia and Jamestown Community College. The Start Up-New York link on the CCIDA webpage both as a flash screen at the top of the home page and as a static link near the top of the homepage.  Geise says this should make it easier for people to learn more about the opportunities in Chautauqua County because it has "anything you want to know about this program."  He adds it's too early to tell how active the website has been... since the link has only been in place for a few days.  You can view link on the County IDA's website at ccida-dot-com.

 

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says changes to federal tax rules could prevent companies from sending jobs overseas -- and potentially prompt some businesses to bring jobs back to New York state.  The Democrat says that's why he's supporting legislation that would provide a 20-percent tax credit to businesses that bring outsourced jobs back to the U-S.  The bill would also eliminate incentives for companies to move jobs out of the country.

 

A Celoron man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for allegedly trafficking, and possessing one-kilogram or more of Heroin.  U-S Attorney William Hochul, Jr. has announced that the sentence was handed down in U-S District Court in Buffalo to 31 year-old Victor Anguiera.  Hochul says Anguiera was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin... and, possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking activities.  Hochul says Anguiera was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin... and, possession of a firearm in relation to drug trafficking activities.  He says the defendant was also ordered to forfeit 100-thousand dollars in proceeds from his drug-dealing activities.

 

City police are still looking for the man who allegedly stabbed another man during an altercation on Jamestown's northside.  However... City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the injuries suffered by the victim are not life-threatening.  Samuelson says officers were called to the scene at 823 Prendergast Avenue just after 3 AM on a report of an argument... and, a person possibly being stabbed during an argument inside the residence.  Samuelson says the male victim was taken to WCA Hospital for treatment of his injuries... while police have a warrant for the suspect's arrest.  He says the suspect... who police also aren't identifying... fled the scene before officers arrived.  Again... he remains at-large at this time.  He says the victim suffered stab wounds to the upper chest and shoulder area.  The suspect faces a charge of Felony second-degree assault.

 

Organizers for the annual Cents for St. Susan's Campaign were hoping to break the 14-thousand dollar mark again this year.  But... in the 15th year of the effort... they didn't just break that old record -- they shattered it!  The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Thursday morning officially wrapped up the annual fund-raiser... and, announced they had raised 17-thousand-260 dollars for the city's biggest soup kitchen.  BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins thanked the community for it's support. Robbins says they are pleased that residents have responded so well to the need at St. Susan's... first by donating food... and, money.  But... now strictly money because the soup kitchen can leverage seven-dollars of food from each dollar they use with the Food Bank of Western New York.  St. Susan's Director Sue Colwell says they served 10-thousand meals last month... a 17-percent increase... so the money is much needed.  Robbins says they were helped by more sponsors this year... with 18 giving at least 500-dollars each.

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo's re-election campaign and prominent Democrats have created a new Women's Equality ballot line for the fall election.  Cuomo's running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul, announced the third-party ballot line today in New York City.  New York election law allows major party candidates to also run on third-party ballot lines.

 

Local businessman Miles Lasser is being remembered as a man who had a passion for his hometown of Jamestown... and, had as much passion for giving back to the community.  Lasser died this past Tuesday at the age of 92.  Lasser followed his father's footsteps... and, became an accountant at BDO Seidman his entire career.  He not only loved his community... but, supported it's education.  Lasser served for over a decade on the Jamestown Community College Board of Trustees... and, JCC Spokesman Nelson Garifi says the college benefitted from Lasser's long-time service. Garifi says it wasn't long before Lasser's talents were spotted by the State University of New York... and, he was tapped to serve for many years on the SUNY Board of Trustees.  He's the only Jamestown resident to ever serve on that panel.  In addition to education... Lasser also served on the Jamestown City Council... and, several civic boards and panels.  A memorial celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

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