(WNY News Now) – Village of Falconer Mayor, James (Jim) M. Jaroszynski, is announcing his re-election. Mr. Jaroszynski was born and raised in the Village of Falconer, and he raised his two daughters, Hannah and Kate together with his wife, Sally, who also share a profound love for the community.
FALCONER – An associate degree in Applied Sciences from JCC laid the foundation of James's understanding of local needs. His more than 30 years of service with the Ellicott Police Department is a testament to his dedication, perseverance, and commitment. He proved his willingness to go above and beyond in the line of duty and was awarded Police Officer of the Year in 2013. His keen eye and swift
response even saved the historic Old Apple Inn from a devastating fire, a feat for which he received commendations. In addition, for 16 years he served as the Falconer School Resource Officer, safeguarding our children and mentoring the future of Falconer.
Before assuming the role of Mayor, James served as a Falconer Village Trustee for four years. His
hands-on experience in managing the Village’s affairs equipped him with a deep understanding of
the community’s needs and gave him insight into how to better the Village for the future. Before
becoming a Village of Falconer Trustee, he also served on the Falconer Public Library Board.
In another collaborative effort, the Mayor worked with various organizations, including Chautauqua County, the Town of Ellicott, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, Chautauqua Water and Soil, and Jamestown Container officials to address a Chadakoin River flow problem that was impacting Jamestown Container’s main driveway due to a buildup of logs and debris. Simultaneously, Mayor Jaroszynski and Millrace Park residents consulted with the county to address drainage issues related to flooding. County officials have announced plans to add new picnic tables and trails to the park in 2024.
Besides his focus on local businesses, Mayor Jaroszynski submitted two grant applications for Falconer. One is intended for aesthetic improvements to the downtown corridor and parks, while the other is the NY Forward Grant application, which holds the potential for a 2- or 4-million-dollar grant award. To enhance the grant-seeking process, Mayor Jaroszynski hired a grant writer for the village, marking the first time the village has had such a role.
Mayor Jaroszynski has consistently opposed the annexation of the BPU Power substation on S. Dow St. to the City of Jamestown, stressing the importance of preserving the village’s tax base. He continues to advocate for Falconer’s interests in this ongoing matter.
Furthermore, Mayor Jaroszynski and other village officials successfully negotiated a new water/sewer agreement with The City of Jamestown/BPU, rectifying a situation where the previous agreement had been expired for an extended period.