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WJTN News Headlines/Election Results

Vince Horrigan will be the next Chautauqua County Executive. The current Republican County Legislator from Bemus Point defeated Democratic candidate Ron Johnson with a vote of 13,858 to 10,926 with 100 precincts reporting. Horrigan spoke to our Dennis Webster after the election was called. Horrigan will take over for Current County Executive Greg Edwards who did not seek a third term in office on January first. 


The results are in for County Legislature after yesterday's election.  With 100 election districts reporting these are the unofficial numbers:


In District 3, Democrat William Coughlin ran against Republican Bob Scudder.  Both are currently legislatures, but due to redistricing they ended up facing off.  Bob Scudder took the seat with 966 votes with Coughlin tallying in at 709.


Democrat Janet Keefe and Republican Michael Sullivan ran for the County Legislature position in District 4.  Janet Keefe was victorious with 450 votes while Michel Sullivan had 338.


In District 5, Terry Niebel, the Republican candidate, took on 2 people: Democratic candidate Susan Baldwin and Amy Farnham the Working Families Candidate.  Niebel...who is the former County Elections Commissioner...beat out both candidates with 925 votes.


Thomas DeJoe, the Republican candidate, took on Democrat John Runkle for the Countly Legislature seat in District 7.  Runkle had 850 votes and beat out DeJoe with 624 votes.


Republican Paul (P-J) Wendel was challenged by Democrat Sharon Lisciandro in District 10.  Wendel was victorious with 996 votes, while Lisciandro had 663.


In District 11, Robert Whitney, Democrat, took on Republican David Wilfong for County Legilature.  Whitney with 444 votes fell to challenger Whitney with 533 votes.


It was Democrat Fred Larson versus Republican William Pietro in District 12.  Larson was the victor with 647 votes and Pierto had 450 votes.


In District 15, Democrat Sam Ognibene withdrew from the race, but was still on the ballot opposed by Republican Lisa Vanstrom.  Vanstrom was victorious with 1020, but Ognibene still brought in 485 votes.


Democrat Tom Erlandson was challenged by Republican Ron Lemon in District 16.  Challenger Ron Lemon was the victor with 1077 votes.  Erlandson had 485 votes.


And the final race in District 18 was Democrat Edward Carutus challenging Republican David Himelein.  Heimelein had 882 votes and Carutus had 561 votes, making David Himelein the winner.

There 4 Republicans and 4 Democrats who ran unopposed for County Legislature in their respective districts.  So the County Legislature is now  made up of 13 Republicans and 6 Democrats...putting the Republicans at a supermajority.

With 100 precincts reporting these are the final numbers for the Jamestown City Council Races...

In Ward 1 Brent Sheldon defeated Tara Hall 328 to 300.
In Ward 3 Tamara Dickey defeated Regina Brackman 208 to 205.
In Ward 4 Maria Caruba beat Richard Elardo 587-417.

Wards 1 and 3 are to close to call and will be decided when Absentee Ballots are counted. Greg Rabb, George Spitale and Kimberly Ecklund ran unopposed for the 3 At Large seats.  Also running unnoposed in Jamestown were Anthony Dolce in District 2, Maria Jones in District 5, and Paul Whitford in District 6.


New York voters have authorized seven Las Vegas-style casinos to be built to boost the state's economy.  With 60 percent of precincts reporting, the constitutional amendment was approved Tuesday 57 percent to 43 percent.   One would be in the Southern Tier near Binghamton, two in the Catskills and Mid-Hudson Valley region, and another in the Saratoga Springs-Albany area.  A New York City casino would be built in seven years, although some casino operators say the law could allow for a New York City casino sooner.


Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has won his third term in a city where the Democrat's party holds a significant edge in enrollment.  Unofficial results show Brown won Tuesday's race against Republican Sergio Rodriguez, a former Marine with a masters' degree in organizational leadership. Brown had raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for his campaign and had wide backing from local Democrats, who dominate in this gritty city. Brown served in the state Senate before becoming elected Buffalo's first black mayor in 2005.


Bill de Blasio says his landslide victory in New York City's mayoral election shows that the people have chosen ``a progressive path'' forward, and pledged to make tackling income inequality a top priority. The Democrat delivered his victory speech Tuesday evening at an armory near his Brooklyn home. Throughout his campaign, de Blasio warned that the gap between rich and poor has become too large in the city, and he told cheering supporters that he was committed to ``making sure that no son or daughter of New York falls behind.'' He said New York faces a ``crisis of affordability,'' decades in the making. With 14 percent of precincts reporting, he was taking 73 percent of the vote in his race against Republican Joe Lhota.


Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards will not be using his veto power on any of the changes the County Legislature made to the 2014 budget he had submitted.  Edwards says the changes didn't amount to much when you consider the entire spending plan. Edwards says while the legislature decided to reduce the investment in senior programs from $500,000 to $250,000, he feels it's still a major accomplishment and will help many county seniors.


An informational forum addressing the new Common Core system will be taking place at Jamestown High School auditorium tonight (Wednesday). The Director of the Southwestern Region PTA...Erika Zielinski...says that the invitation to attend the forum extends throughout Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Alleghany counties.  Parents, educators, administrators, and community members are welcome to attend. The forum will include a presentation by Superintendent Tim Mains followed by a period of questions and concerns that will be addressed by Mains. 
The Common Core Forum will take place tonight (Wednesday) in the Jamestown High School Auditorium.  The forum will run from 6pm to 8pm...however if you have questions to ask during the forum plan on arriving at