MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is reporting that he’s submitted double the mandatory required petitions to the New York State Board of Elections to become the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party candidate in the upcoming election for the 57th State Senate District.
This seat recently became open with the resignation of former Senator Cathy Young (R-Olean), who opted to leave Albany at the start of a new term in order to take a position with Cornell University.
Borrello has been Chautauqua County Executive since January 2018. Before that he was a member of the Chautauqua County Legislature.
If Governor Cuomo had set a date for a special election to fill Young’s vacated seat, then Borrello would be the automatic Republican candidate, due to his being endorsed by a majority of the County Republican Committee chairs in the 57th district.
However, the governor never set a date, meaning the special Senate election will be held at the same time as the November General Election. As a result, Borrello will likely have to run a primary for the Republican nomination – and perhaps other parties as well. That’s due to Allegany County Legislature Chairman Curtis Crandall has also seeking the Senate office. He told WRFA last week he was well on his way to collect the required number of signatures to force a party primary.
Borrello has been endorsed as a candidate by the Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Livingston County Republican Committees. Crandall has been endorsed by the Allegany County Republican Committee.
The winner of the likely primary in June will go on to face Democratic candidate Austin Morgan of Cattaraugus County in November.