County Home Sale Vote Pending

Once again the Chautauqua County Legislature is at a crossroads over the County Home. A vote this coming Wednesday will either sell the County Home to a private investor, assuring that it will remain open providing both care and jobs in our community; or it will keep the facility in its current state, burdening county taxpayers while also struggling to maintain jobs and an acceptable level of care for its residents.

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier have long been advocates of selling the County Home.

We sincerely feel it is the best move for its employees, its elderly residents, and the taxpayers of this county. The reality is that without a private purchaser, there is no guarantee that the County Home can be maintained as it is for the foreseeable future.

It is only due to infusions of public, taxpayer dollars that the County Home has stayed afloat this long.

County-operated nursing homes are quickly becoming a thing of the past. They have been legislated out of existence.

Subject to different operating criteria than private nursing homes and reimbursed at different rates, municipally operated homes are simply not able to remain profitable.

They are not allowed to offer the myriad of services and continuum of care that private facilities can provide.

They can offer only residential skilled nursing care – not assisted living, rehabilitation stays, medical daycare, or other housing options for seniors.

The County Legislature must act in the best interests of all county residents when it votes this coming week.

Selling the County Home is a clear step toward reducing taxes, preserving jobs, and still providing care for residents.

We are looking for our legislators to stand up and be counted on this issue. If you have not already contacted your County Legislator, please do so now.

Call or email them today and urge them to vote yes on selling the County Home. For a full list of County Legislators with their contact information, visit the county website at

Questions For Our Congressman? Get Lunch And Answers Nov. 8

In the wake of the recent federal government shutdown and restart, what questions do you have for Congressman Tom Reed? How about questions surrounding the Affordable Care Act, the economy, transportation, tax reform, the debt ceiling, and more?

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is providing you with an opportunity once again to hear directly from our local Congressional representative.

Congressman Tom Reed will be our guest at the Chamber’s Federal Congressional Lunch, scheduled for noon, Friday, Nov. 8 at Moon Brook Country Club in Jamestown. The cost of the luncheon is $18 for Chamber members or $21 for nonmembers.

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

Oktoberfest In November At Southern Tier Brewing Company

One of the Chamber’s most popular Experience Chautauqua Networking Events is back.

Join your friends for Oktoberfest at Southern Tier Brewing Company from 5-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Southern Tier Brewing Company offers unique, specialty beers in a beautiful setting.

It’s a relaxed evening, time for fun and prizes, a little learning about the making of delicious beers, and some networking with other Chamber members.

This event is sponsored by Affinity One Federal Credit Union, Blackstone NEY Ultrasonics, Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, Casella Waste Services, DFT Communications, Jamestown Jammers baseball, Jamestown Mattress Company, Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, Liazon Corporation and UBS Financial Services.

You can register online now for this event at or by calling the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101.

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 366-6200 or 484-1101 or email