The Chautauqua County Legislature once again has 19 members after lawmakers approved the appointment of a Jamestown democrat during Wednesday night’s meeting.
Jamestown’s Beth Kresge of Lakeview Ave. was added to the panel by a unanimous vote of the other 18 members. The vote was a stark contrast to last month, when the legislature voted 10 to 7 against the appointment of Jamestown’s Chuck Cornell to the legislature.
Kresge will take over the District 12 seat that was vacated by Fred Larson in April, after he was appointed to serve as Jamestown’s second full time city judge. The stay-at-home mom previously worked at Keywell corporation in Frewsburg prior to it closing its doors and who’s also worked for both Congressmen Jack Quinn and Amo Houghton. She will remain on the legislature until at least November, when a special election will take place for the District 12 seat.
During Wednesday’s legislature meeting, County lawmakers also approved a new, five-year contract with for the sheriff’s department’s supervisors union. According to media reports, lawmakers voted 16-to-3 in favor of the agreement. It includes no retroactive wage increase for 2012, but does include staggered increases for each year after up through 2016.