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Republican Borrello moves up from county executive to state senator

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Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is moving up in the political world, after his victory Tuesday to fill the State Senate seat vacated when GOP Sen. Cathy Young resigned to take a position with Cornell University.

“I can’t wait to begin this crucial work and I am beyond grateful for this new opportunity to serve our region," he said. "In the weeks ahead, I will be working with our county government officials to facilitate a smooth transition and ensure that ongoing projects and efforts are supported and remain on track."

It was the only state legislative contest Tuesday. Borrello was immediately welcomed by Senate Republican Leader John Flanagan.

"George is an extraordinary public servant and local leader who will make an outstanding state Senator," Flanagan said. "He will join the ranks of our Senate Republican Conference immediately."

Borrello ran on the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party lines against Democrat Austin Morgan in a special election for District 57. The Senate district covers much of the Southern Tier, an agricultural area of thin population.

Borrello spoke with WBFO's Mike Desmond after the votes were tallied.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.
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