JAMESTOWN – Mayor Sam Teresi Monday night presented would could be his most ambitious state of the city address in his 15 years as mayor.
Teresi’s speech followed a theme of “the best is yet to come…” – with the mayor saying that while the city has made progress in recent years, there is more than can and will be done in 2015 and beyond.
The mayor said it’s time the city pursue the establishment of a four-year college, noting that Jamestown is the only city out of the top 10 in Upstate New York that does not have a college or university.
The mayor also said that he and other community leaders throughout the county would begin the process of trying to improve Route 60 – the north-south corridor of the county that connects Jamestown to Dunkirk, but is only two lanes and has been plagued with auto accidents over the years. He said by improving the roadway, it could help to make the city more attractive to business development.
Is for Public Safety, the mayor said that he plans to double down on the effort to fight drug trafficking in the city, as well as work with local agencies toward providing more treatment options for those currently fighting addiction. He also said the city will be stepping up its effort to stop arson, in the wake of 2014 having the highest incident-rate of arson the city has ever seen.
The mayor also said that he would continue to push state leaders to provide increased state aid to deal with a growing number of unfunded or underfunded mandates, along with reforming the state’s real property tax system.
For more information on Teresi’s address and to see a detailed summary of activities and accomplishments in the city in 2014, visit www.jamestownny.net. The State of the City will also be featured Thursday night during WRFA’s Community Matters program, which airs at 6 p.m.