JAMESTOWN – Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello bested political newcomer Democrat Austin Morgan in the race for New York’s 57th State Senate Seat Tuesday night.
Unofficial numbers showed Borrello with 27,376 votes (67.8 percent) to Morgan’s 10,708 (26.5 percent).
The candidate spoke with WNYNewsNow’s A.D. Simko at the conclusion of the night.
“I’m so grateful for the tremendous support across the 57th Senate District and I’m so grateful for Cathy Young, the great leadership that she’s shown, she set a great example for all of us,” said Borrello. “We have new and very dark times in Albany right now, so the challenge is great, but then we’re going to show them what we do here in Chautauqua County, work together collaboratively and cooperatively, and I believe we will make change there, and I’m looking forward to representing the entire 57th Senate District as the next state senator.”
Morgan, when reached by phone, told WNYNewsNow he could not be more proud of the race he ran.
“I sincerely wish George well in the Senate, and I hope for the people’s sake he is successful. Our farmers, our families, and our future depend on it,” said Morgan. “My deepest thanks to those who supported this campaign—we have built the beginning of a movement—we have lit a torch that will one day be passed on to the next generation. Our work together has not been wasted, and has changed so many lives.”
Borrello won in all counties that make up the district. The tallies were as follows: Allegany County, Borello 64.1 percent, Morgan 27.5; Cattaraugus, Borrello 63 percent, Morgan 32.3 percent; Chautauqua County, Borrello 69.9, Morgan 26.3; Livingston, Borrello 62, Morgan 25.3 percent.
He will replace former senator Catharine Young who suddenly stepped down earlier this year.
WNYNewsNow Rory Pollaro and A.D. Simko contributed to this report.