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State Senate seat formerly held by Cathy Young goes to George Borrello

Republican Chautauqua County Executive George M. Borrello enjoyed a better than 70% margin Tuesday as he rolled to a landslide victory over Democrat Austin T. Morgan in a special election to fill the vacant 57th District seat in the State Senate.

Borrello, a Silver Creek businessman and former county legislator representing the Town of Hanover who has been county executive since 2017, will complete the unexpired term of State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, who resigned in February after nearly 14 years in office to take a post with Cornell University.

The district covers all of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties and seven towns in Livingston County.

Unofficial totals reported Wednesday by boards of elections in all four counties showed Borrello with 41,410 votes to 16,454 for Morgan.

Borello, who also had Conservative, Independence and Libertarian Party endorsements, received 71.56% of the vote.

Morgan, a 22-year-old Cornell University graduate from Freedom in Cattaraugus County, also had Working Families Party endorsement.

In his home county, Borrello’s margin was 20,445 to Morgan’s 7,700. In Cattaraugus County, Borrello had 10,266 votes and Morgan received 4,796.

Allegany County gave Borrello 6,030 votes to Morgan’s 2,053, while in Livingston County, Borrello had 4,669 votes, while Morgan garnered 1,905. The totals did not include absentee ballots.


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