The Allegany County Legislature will name the successor to Alton Sylor, 74, the senior member of the Legislature, who died Sunday in Olean General Hospital.
Sylor, a Republican, served last year as chairman of the Public Works Committee and previously had been chairman of the Personnel Committee.
A resident of Allen, he was a town justice from 1975 to 1977, when he was elected to the Legislature.
He represented District 1, including the towns of Centerville, Hume, Granger, Rushford, Caneadea, Belfast, Angelica and Allen.
The Board of Elections said the Republican and Democratic committees in those towns will meet to recommend Sylor's successor.
Republican Deputy Elections Commissioner Elaine Herdman said the Legislature could either choose one of those recommended or someone else.
Whoever is selected will serve until Dec. 31. On Nov. 7, there will be an election to determine who will fill the vacancy next year, Herdman said, and the entire Legislature will be up for election in November 2001.