CELORON – Republican James Quattrone accomplished on Tuesday evening what some have tried, but failed to do, for over twenty years. Quattrone defeated incumbent Joseph Gerace in the 2018 General Election to become the new Chautauqua County Sheriff.
Quattrone thanked all of his supporters during his victory speech on Election Night. The Sheriff-elect said he also seeks to undergo a smooth transition in preparation of taking office in January.
“I look forward to a transition that we can work together and really step forward to move our community in a positive, forward way, continue things that have been working, and look for new things that will be more effective in helping our county with the tax burden, as well as the inmates that are getting out, and helping them transition,” Quattrone said.
Quattrone added that he looks forward to working with those that are already employed within the Sheriff’s Office.
Gerace conceded the race shortly 10 p.m at the Democrat’s Election Night viewing party, thanking those who supported his campaign. Gerace said he’s proud of what was accomplished during his career as Chautauqua County Sheriff.
“The people have chosen somebody else,” Gerace said. “I’m going to walk out with my head held high because I did a lot for this county, I’ve dedicated my entire adult life to public service and I’m not going away.”
“I appreciate everything that everyone’s done. Thousands of people that supported me with their vote, and those that supported me financially. I’m really humbled by all the work that was done on my behalf.”
Gerace declined further comment when sought by WNYNewsNow reporter Bronson Rasmussen.
In 2006, Gerace defeated challenger Joe Genco by a vote of 22,255 to 9,054. In 2010, the Gerace was uncontested when he received 29,543 votes. In 2014, Gerace defeated Russell Payne by a count of 21,548 to 12,472.