Cornell Approved For BPU Position

Charles Cornell has been approved for a city position following his Chautauqua County Legislature rejection last month.

On Monday, Cornell, along with several other mayoral appointments, was unanimously approved to fill the empty position on the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities. During the Jamestown City Council meeting, Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, requested 12 board, council and commission appointments, with Cornell being one of them. The vacancy on the BPU board came when Fred Larson was appointed in April to be the second full-time city judge.

Last month, Cornell was nominated by the county Democratic Committee to fill the empty position in the County Legislature, which was vacated by Larson when he was appointed to his new job. Cornell’s nomination was defeated by a 7-10 margin for the District 12 appointment when a majority was needed for approval.

Teresi said Cornell is well-qualified for the BPU board position, which he said must have been City Council’s opinion as well as he was unanimously approved.

”He is a good fit and brings a unique skill set to the board,” Teresi said. ”He will be a tremendous asset on the board.”

Cornell is the current director of the Center for Regional Advancement at SUNY Fredonia. Cornell has a masters in public administration from the State University of New York at Albany. He is a past board member of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency; Manufacturing Technology Institute; Grater Jamestown Empire Zone; Chautauqua County Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Task Force; and Chautauqua County Parks Commission. He also served on the County Legislature from 2006-10 and was the clerk of the legislature from 2004-06.

Teresi’s other appointments included Cathy Whitford, Howard Brook and Gregory Lindquist to the Property, Rehabilitation and Conservation Board of Appeals; Timothy Magnuson and James Tumminia to the Salary Review Commission; and Kimberly Ecklund, Tom Franco, David B. Anderson, Russell E. Diethrick Jr., Skyler Gore and Cameron Hurst to the Riverfront Management Council.

In other business, City Council approved Weber Knapp officials’ decision to refinance loans it had with Cephas Capital Partners. The loans will be refinanced with Five Star Bank in the amounts of $1.6 million and $2,465,725. City Council had to approve Weber Knapp officials’ decision to refinancing the loans because the city also has a loan with Weber Knapp through the Jamestown Local Development Corporation.