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WJTN News Headlines for Nov. 4, 2020

It was a big night for Republicans in the major Election Day races in Chautauqua County Tuesday... as the GOP won most of the county-wide races.  Interim County Executive P-J Wendel was a big winner in the Special Election for that race to fill the position through 2021.  Wendel... who was appointed to the post at the beginning of the year... received 33,633 votes... to Dunkirk Democrat Rich Morrisroe's 13,126.  He says, with the COVID-19 Pandemic, it required a lot of hard work.

In the Chautauqua County District Attorney's race... Jason Schmidt defeated incumbant Democrat Patrick Swanson, 29,925 to 17,122.  While he won by more than 12,000 votes... Schmidt didn't want to get ahead of the process.  Schmidt says he also wants to talk with local police departments about how the D-A's office can better support and work with them.   Also Tuesday... there were also two County Legislature runs offs to fill vacancies.  Republican Ken Lawton won the District 10 race to replace Wendel... and, Dunkirk Republican Kevin Muldowney won the District 1 contest.

Chautauqua County's two Republican members of the State Legislature will be going back to Albany in the new year after big wins on Election Night.  150th District Assemblyman Andy Goodell was a big winner over Democrat Christina Cardinale... with a better than 20,000 vote victory.  Goodell had 34,627 votes to Cardinale's 12-thousand-514.  He says his victory along with State Senator George Borrello is heartening, because their voices are being heard in Albany.

Goodell also praised the efforts of the GOP "team" including Borrello... whom he has worked with on legislation and the campaign.  Borrello defeated Democrat Frank Puglisi in the 57th District Senate Race, 78,047 to 24,940.  He outpolled Puglisi in Chautauqua County, 35,717 to 11,367.

In the race for the 23rd Congressional District seat.... Democrat Tracy Mitrano jumped out to an early lead, but, incumbant Republican Tom Reed finished strong... and appears to have won re-election.  The Corning Republican led Mitrano last night 156,589 to 90,064. Additionally.... while it's still too close to call .... it appears Republican Gerald Greenan-the third has a lead for New York state Supreme Court District 8. With 98-percent of the precints reporting Tuesday night, Greenan had 246,688 votes to Democrat Amy Martoche's 181,674 votes. 

It was a near perfect Election Day in Chautauqua County Tuesday with fair weather and a hotly-contested Presidential race.  With that... turn-out was very good.  In fact... Democratic Elections Commissioner Norm Green says more people voted by Noon today than did during all of Early Voting.  Green says the polls were open at all 49 polling sites... and, turn-out was steady to very good at most all locations.

There are a dozen new cases of COVID-19 and one death of a resident of Tanglewood Manor near Jamestown being reported Tuesday.  That from Chautauqua County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler... who says the resident was a man in his 80s, who "succumbed to complications of this infection."  Schuyler adds that the 12 new cases include 4 in Jamestown... and two each in Clymer, Fredonia, and Dunkirk.  She says there are 134 active cases... with three of those among employees of Tanglewood Manor, and, among 14 residents there.  Schuyler says 25 people are hospitalized... and, 15 have now died from the virus.  There are now 1,116 total confirmed cases.

A man being sought by federal authorities on drug trafficking charges, has been found in Jamestown after a several day search.  City Police say 28 year-old Michael Murphy was found after police received tips through Crime Stoppers of Western New York that he was hiding in the attic at 31 Linwood Avenue.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says city police, members of the Metro Drug Task Force, U-S Marshalls, and Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force began looking for Murphy last Thursday.  He was arrested yesterday afternoon without incident.