WASHINGTON – The inauguration ceremony of Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone Tuesday confirmed that he has the support of friends, family and officials alike.
Congressman Tom Reed doubled down on his support for Quattrone during a teleconference with reporters Wednesday. WNYNewsNow asked Reed what he saw in Quattrone that inspired him to support the new Sheriff.
“I do believe that Sheriff Quattrone represents a new sense of leadership, brings a new voice to the Sheriff’s Office,” Reed said. “Knowing him, and knowing the commitment that he has to the local community, I’m very confident that we will not only have strong relationship, but we’ll have a new vision coming out of the Sheriff’s Office that will be full of energy and commitment to implementing reform that will put the residents, first and foremost, to keeping them safe.”
Quattrone defeated longtime Sheriff Joe Gerace back in November. Reed said that he did, indeed, have a working relationship with the former Sheriff.
“With Sheriff Gerace and others across the district, we did have a working relationship, and we should have a working relationship when it comes to taking on the opioid crisis and the criminal activity that’s taking place across the district with violent crime and non-violent crime,” Reed said.
State Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R-Jamestown), State Senator Cathy Young (R-Olean) and Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello spoke and pledged support, along with Reed, of Quattrone during the ceremony. Other county and law enforcement officials were also in attendance.