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News Update for Wed., Jan. 1, 2014

Horrigan sworn in as new County Executive...

Chautauqua County officially has a new executive.  County Court Judge John Ward administered the Oath of Office in Mayville Wednesday to Bemus Point Republican Vince Horrigan before dozens of supporters and friends.  Now that he's County Executive... Horrigan announced the theme of his administration will be "Working Together to Grow Chautauqua County."  He says he came up with that after talking with previous executives Jack Glenzer, Andy Goodell, Mark Thomas, and Greg Edwards.  Horrigan then recalled a note Edwards left for him on his desk that said -- "don't focus on the problem... focus on the solution."  He says by "working together" they will find solutions.  Horrigan was upbeat as he addressed the people on hand at the County Courthouse... saying there a number of "neat things" underway that need to be seen through to fruition.  He says that doesn't mean there won't be challenges, though.  But... he also believes the county's best days lie ahead.  In addition to Horrigan... new County Clerk Larry Barmore and incumbant District Attorney David Foley were also sworn-in during Wednesday's inauguation.

Eleven members of County Legislature also sworn in Wednesday...

In addition to Vince Horrigan... Larry Barmore... and, David Foley... 11 members of the new Chautauqua County Legislature were also sworn-in by Surrogate Court Judge Stephen Cass.  Incumbant Legislature Chairman Jay Gould of Ashville was among the lawmakers sworn-in during the ceremony at the County Courthouse.  Both the Republican and Democratic leadership have met... and, Gould has been voted in as chairman again this year.  State Assemblyman Andy Goodell and State Senator Cathy Young addressed lawmakers after they took their oath of office... and, Goodell gave them three words of advice from Ghandi.  First... he said "be truthful... courageous... and, "be gentle."  He congratulated each lawmaker on their election or re-election... and, told them they have an "awesome responsibility."  Senator Young also congratulated each... and, called the day a "joyous celebration."

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