It was a big night for Republicans in Chautauqua County on Election Day, as they held onto top-elected positions and, a supermajority on the County Legislature.
Irving Legislator George Borrello took an early lead and, built it into a solid win in Tueday's election for County Executive. Borrello defeated Democrat Michael Ferguson, 63 to 37 percent.
Borrello received 16,455 to Ferguson's 9,586 tallies. He congratulated Ferguson for running a clean, issues oriented campaign.
During a victory celebration in Mayville last night, Borrello called the victory "humbling" and called it a "mandate" for his 10-point plan called "Elevating Chautauqua County." He said the time is now to take the county "to the next level." He would not say if he would retain any of current County Executive Vince Horrigan's cabinet and department heads, but said regardless of party, if you "do a good job for the people of Chautauqua County" you'll have a place in the administration.
Republicans did lose a seat on the Chautauqua County Legislature, but will still have an overwhelming, 14 to 5 edge on the panel next year.
Ironically, Democrats gained the seat Borrello gave up to run for County Executive. Silver Creek Democrat Kevin O'Connell won over Irving Republican Gary Cerne Tuesday, 902-to-806.
In other contested seats in the Jamestown-area, Republican John Davis defeated Democrat Terry Walker, 1,290 to 559 for the seat being vacated by Ron Lemon. County GOP Chairman David Wilfong of Jamestown held onto his seat with a 542-to-428 win over Democrat Frank Besse.
Another Republican incumbant from Jamestown, Elisabeth Rankin, held off Democrat Dave Reinhardt by less than 100 votes.
Other winners in contested races included Kevin Muldowney, Robert Scudder, Pierre Chagnon, David Himelein, and John Hemmer. The GOP will have a 14-to-5 majority in 2018.
The Chautauqua County Clerk for the past four years will remain County Clerk the next four years.
Gerry Republican Larry Barmore won what at times, became a testy campaign down the stretch. Barmore received about 58-percent of Tuesday's vote, while Cassadaga Democrat LeeAnn Lazarony got 42-percent.
It appears there will be two new members of the Jamestown City Council in the new year and, that the panel's current president has not been re-elected to the council.
Long-time Second-Ward Councilman Tony Dolce won his race against Joseph Scapelitte, 535-to-220. There were a couple of surprises in the at-large races, with Council President Greg Rabb currently sitting in fifth place out of six candidates.
Totals are pending the count of absentee ballots, but at this point, Dolce says it appears Democrats will hold a 5-to-4 majority in 2018. Republican incumbant Kim Ecklund was top vote-getter among the at-large candidates, with Democrat Vanessa Weinert second with 1,954 votes and, Republican Andrew Liuzzo was third with 1,952 votes.
Republican Michael Laurin was fourth, while Rabb was fifth. Back to the Ward races, Democrat Marie Carubba held off Republican Richard Elardo in the other contested race.
Two people have been arrested in Jamestown for allegedly being in possession of just under two pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop Monday afternoon.
City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says officers pulled over a car, driven by 26 year-old Ernest Cauley, at the corner of Hazeltine Avenue and Baker Street just after 1:30 PM. Samuelson says the stop was part of an ongoing investigation by the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force into the city's growing Meth problem.
Samuelson says both Cauley and 22 year-old Zackiel Fields were arrested for second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class-A-2 Felony and, additional charges and arrests are pending. He says if you have any further information on the case, or other illegal drug activity, there are two ways you can contact them anonymously call the JPD Tips line at 483-8477 or leave a message at the JPD Tips 4-1-1 app.
A Jamestown man was arrested for allegedly threatening a female victim with a knife on the city's west-side Monday night.
Officers say they were called to a West Fifth Street residence for a domestic dispute, where an investigation revealed that 46 year-old Bryan Livingston, Senior threatened the victim with a knife during the incident.
While in custody at City Jail, Officers say Livingston damaged property in the jail booking room. He is charged with first-degree menacing, aggravated family offense and, fourth-degree criminal mischief.
A Lakewood man will spend up to three-years in prision for second-degree vehicular manslaughter in a drunk driving related crash that claimed the life of a Stockton man in September of 2016.
Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says 29-year-old Jude Gagliano received the sentence on Monday in County Court in Mayville and, says he's pleased with the outcome.
Swanson praised the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department for it's thorough investigation of the case. The crash at the corner of Sinclair Drive and Route 380 last year in the town of Ellery claimed the life of 22 year-old Charles Clutter.
A family-owned supermarket chain that's more than a century old has been named one of the "Best Workplaces in Retail" by research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and FORTUNE magazine.
Wegman's, which opened its first store in 1916 has taken first-place for the second year in a row. It has grown into 95 regional stores spanning across New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia and, Massachusetts.
There is a store in West Ellicott. The ranking accounts for responses from 38,000 employees in the retail sector detailing more than 50 factors that shape their experiences at work including, work life, diversity and, programs.