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The search for a replacement Cattaraugus County legislator in District 9 will begin Thursday during a Democratic caucus.

Cattaraugus County Democratic Party Chairman Richard O. Stevenson said the 17 committeemen from the district -- comprised of the City of Salamanca and towns of Salamanca and Red House -- will meet at 7 p.m. at the Holy Cross Club to interview Democrats interested in the position.

The vacancy occurred Wednesday with the death of Benjamin J. Calabro, 77, of Salamanca, who was serving his second year of a four-year term.

The person chosen to succeed Calabro will serve until Dec. 31. In November the person will face an election to fill the remaining two years of the term.

The position pays $10,000 a year, with a 3 percent cost of living raise applied Jan. 1.

Any recommendation made Thursday after interviews will be forwarded to the full County Legislature for appointment March 14.

Stevenson said county rules require filling a vacancy within 30 days.

Applicants must provide 20 copies of their resume and cover letter for the caucus.

Several Democrats are thinking about applying.

They include three who serve on the City Council.

Council President James Mongillo, Alderman Jack Hill and Alderwoman Lana Riley each said they considered running for the office in 1999 but bowed out when Calabro announced his candidacy.

Several other names are being circulated among Democrats, Stevenson said.

Stevenson is seeking a person who is committed to serving at least three four-year terms, the limit under county law.

"We want someone who can be elected each time and who wants to stay around and serve that long," Stevenson said

For information, contact Stevenson at 557-8321, Salamanca Democratic Party Chairman Kenneth McClune at 945- 4150 or Salamanca Mayor Carmen Vecchiarella at 945-5111.

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