County Executive Borrello Won’t Make Commitment To Replace Senator Cathy Young

Stock image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.

MAYVILLE –  County Executive George Borrello (R-Hanover) remained non-committal towards a decision to run in a special election for the replacement for State Senator Cathy Young (R-57th District), who announced Thursday that she would be resigning on Mar. 11 to accept a position in Cornell. 

Borrello hosted a Facebook Live session called the”Late Lunch Town Hall.” During the session, WNYNewsNow asked Borrello if he’d be interested in replacing the Olean Senator. Borrello said he’s not ready to give a committment, one way or the other.

“The only way I’d think I would consider it is if I truly felt I could better represent Chautauqua County in that position than as County Executive,” Borrello said. “Right now, this is so fresh, the ink is barely dry on this. I’m certainly not going to make any commitments, one way or the other.”

The County Executive reiterated that he remains dedicated to his current job while toting the work that his administration has accomplished.

“I love what I do as the County Executive here in Chautauqua County,” Borrello said. “I feel we are making great progress, we’ve got a lot of great initiatives. We planted a lot of great seeds here.”

Borrello became the County Executive after defeating Mike Ferguson (D) in the 2017 election. Borrello previously served as a county legislator.

Dave Wilfong, the Chautauqua County Republican Chair, told WNYNewsNow that the process to fill Young’s seat is long and complicated. Wilfong said he hopes that New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo calls for a special election to fill her seat.

“Myself and the other chairs from Catt. County, Alleghany County, and Livingston County would get together and take a look at the candidates that would like to run,” Wilfong said. “In our area of course, the number one candidate would be (current State Assemblyman) Andy Goodell. We would see if he would like the job.”

Reporter Justin Gould contributed to this report. 

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