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News Update for Thurs., Nov. 14, 2013

(**News Alert-CORRECTED)Edwards names County Attorney as Acting Co. Executive...

A man very familiar with Chautauqua County government operations has been named as Acting County Executive once Greg Edwards officially steps down next Monday.  Edwards has announced that County Attorney Stephen Abdella will serve in the role from Nov. 18 through Dec. 31.  County Executive Elect Vince Horrigan will begin his term of office once he's sworn-in on Jan. 1.  Edwards says Abdella's latest stint as Counsel to the county legislature began in 2008.  He says Abdella understands county operations, and has been "a trusted advisor."  Asked if he considered naming Horrigan as Acting Executive... Edwards says he did... but, he says Abdella was "clearly the best choice."  Horrigan has said he's going to need the just over one-and-a-half months to make the transition to the county's top-elected official.  Abdella was first County Attorney in 1992-through-1997.  Under the County Charter... Abdella was designated by Edwards in 2006 to be Acting County Executive in his absence and was confirmed by the County Legislature at that time.  With that... Edwards says no additional legislative action is necessary.  He is leaving to become the new director and Chief Executive Officer with Jamestown's Gebbie Foundation.


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