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October 24, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Call your county legislator urge a YES vote to sell the County Home - By Todd J. Tranum

President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier are very strongly in favor of Chautauqua County selling its County Home. With an offer on the table, now is the time for our County Legislature to approve this sale.

This issue has been a high priority advocacy issue for our Chamber/MAST Public Policy Committee and Boards for some time now. Selling the County Home is a clear, rational, and fairly simple step that Chautauqua County can take towards reducing its overall operating costs, cutting taxes, saving jobs and preserving important services for our elderly.

Chautauqua County has some of the highest property taxes in the United States ranking eighth highest out of 806 counties. (Source: Tax Foundation) This has to end. High taxes are deterring home owners from improving their property and preventing businesses from making investments that could create jobs.

The Chamber/MAST Boards have sent letters to thousands of registered voters, asking them to contact their County Legislator and encourage them to vote YES on the sale of the County Home. This is a critical issue and one or two votes can make a huge different when this measure comes before the Legislature on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

If you were a legislator and with one vote you could reduce county spending, lessen the burden on property tax payers, save jobs, grow the tax base and provide high quality care for our elderly, what would you do? A vote to sell the County Home is also a vote to save the County Home. Without a sale to a private operator, there is no guarantee that the facility will remain open, providing care to residents or jobs to local workers.

Whether you receive our letter or not, we urge you to contact your county legislator this coming week. Tell them that politics should not stand in the way of sound decision making and encourage them to vote YES to sell the County Home. It will reduce county spending, save jobs, save care for seniors, and save taxpayers money.

For a full list of county legislators with their contact information, visit the county web site at

Dine Often. Dine Local - For the first time ever the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer Restaurant Week Oct. 21-27 countywide. Sponsored by Merritt Estate Winery, Putnam Record Insurance Agency, and Maplevale Farms, this week-long event is designed to celebrate our cultural variety and fabulous dining establishments countywide, Restaurant Week will highlight participating restaurants from all around Chautauqua County. Each restaurant has been challenged to come up with a special offering for customers or a creative "signature" dish for the week.

Participating restaurants are: Andriaccio's Family Restaurant, Mayville; Big Jon's Southern BBQ & Fixins, Jamestown; The Brick Room, Fredonia; Calarco's Restaurant, Westfield; Celoron American Legion Herman Kent Post 777, Celoron; Colony Seafood & Steakhouse, Irving; P*Dubs, Fredonia; Eastside Grille, Fredonia; Gametime Sportsbar & Grill at JBC, Jamestown; JP's Chatterbox, Greenhurst; LaScala, Jamestown; Maria's Pizza, Fredonia; Red Lobster, Lakewood; Rocco's, Fredonia; Rookies on the Lake, Dunkirk; Sandy's White Horse Inn, Cassadaga; Scallion Bistro, Lakewood; Shawbuck's Press Room, Jamestown; Stockton Grill & Tavern, Stockton; Tom's Family Restaurant, Irving; The Trillium Lodge, Cherry Creek; Webb's Year-Round Resort, Mayville; Westfield Main Diner, Westfield; Squire's Table at The White Inn, Fredonia; White Village Restaurant, Dunkirk; Wing City Grille, Fredonia and Lakewood; and Zebro's Harbor House, Barcelona.

Please check your local newspaper for a complete list of participating restaurants and the specials they may be offering. You can also visit the Business Directory through the Chamber website for Google mapping to each of the participating restaurants.

Enjoy a meal out (or maybe more than one) breakfast, lunch, or dinner this coming week and please support local dining establishments during Restaurant Week in Chautauqua County.

A conversation with Congressman Tom Reed Nov. 8 - The Chamber of Commerce will once again provide an opportunity for area business people to meet with our Congressman, on Friday, Nov. 8. Rep. Tom Reed will participate in the annual Chamber Federal Congressional Luncheon, to be held at from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Moon Brook Country Club.

The cost of the luncheon is $18 for Chamber members or $21 for non-members. This event is sponsored by Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Jamestown Mattress Company, Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York, SKF Aeroengine North America, State University of New York at Fredonia, and WCA Hospital. Anyone who wants to attend may call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101 to register, or may register online at

Chamber can answer your health insurance questions - Still confused over health insurance issues? The Chamber can help. Over the past several weeks, our representatives have met with hundreds of local business people to review their options under our existing Bright Choices program, as well as new exchanges established in the state and region. We would be happy to work with you to identify the health insurance plan that best meets your needs. If you have questions give us a call at 716-366-6200 or 716-484-1101 or e-mail



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