Longtime Legislators Resign

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MAYVILLE, NY (WNY News Now) – Two longtime Chautauqua County lawmakers announced their retirement at the County Legislature meeting Wednesday night. 

District 17 representative Jay Gould and District 13 representative Paul Whitford were recognized by the legislature for their service.

Gould, who started at the legislator at the turn of the century, has represented the towns of Clymer, Panama, Harmony, and Busti. He also has served on numerous boards throughout his career.

He had an important message for the other lawmakers he’s leaving behind.

“I’d like to tell legislators, remember why you were sent up here,” explained Gould. “You were sent up here to watch your constituent’s money. That’s what you’re here for.” 

Paul Whitford, who represents the east side of Jamestown, began his service in 2014. In addition, he has also served on numerous committees.

While he was not able to make it to the meeting, County Executive PJ Wendel recollected on Whitford’s extraordinary service.

“I’ve known Paul personally now for well over 20 years,” stated Executive Wendel. “His exemplary service to the county, but also to the city of Jamestown on multiple boards and political positions he’s held. So Paul has definitely been a tireless servant for the residents of Chautauqua County both at the city and county level. So again, very sad he won’t be with us anymore but I’m sure he’s going to be enjoying his retirement after many, many years of dedicated service to the residents.”

County Attorney Stephen Abdella had also announced his retirement.

Lawmakers are expected to take a vote at their January 3, meeting to appoint new legislators for the two districts.


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