County releases 19- district legislative map

By LIZ SKOCZYLAS

OBSERVER Mayville Bureau

MAYVILLE The new legislative district map is out and it’s leaving some districts without a representative.

The districts, which were approved by the County Legislature in October, represent two years of back-and-forth debates on downsizing and redistricting. The final plan was brought forward by Majority Leader Larry Barmore, R-Gerry.

Although the map is out now, it will not go into effect officially for another year.

“We have the election this coming November,” said legislative chairman Jay Gould, R-Ashville. “This becomes effective the first of the year, 2014.”

The portions of the map that are not currently covered, or are currently covered by two incumbents, will be appropriately covered following the next election.

District 1 represents the western portion of the town of Dunkirk and the city of Dunkirk.

Its incumbent is Keith Ahlstrom, D-Dunkirk, who represented the previous District 1.

District 2 represents the eastern portion of the town of Dunkirk and the city of Dunkirk. Its incumbent is Shaun Heenan, D-Dunkirk, who represented the previous District 2.

District 3 represents parts of the village of Fredonia and the town of Pomfret. Its incumbents are William Coughlin, D-Fredonia, who represented the previous District 25, and Bob Scudder, R-Fredonia, who represented the previous District 24.

District 4 represents the eastern portion of the village of Fredonia. It has no incumbent.

District 5 represents Sheridan, Arkwright, Villenova and both the town and village of Cherry Creek. Its incumbents are Robert Duff, R-Sheridan, who previously represented District 3, and Robert Steward, R-Ellington, who previously represented District 7.

District 6 represents the town of Hanover, including the villages of Forestville and Silver Creek. Its incumbents are Rod Rogers, D-Forestville, who previously represented District 5, and George Borrello, R-Irving, who previously represented District 4.

District 7 represents northeast Chautauqua, Stockton and Portland, including the villages of Cassadaga and Brocton. Its incumbents are Thomas DeJoe, D-Brocton, who previously represented District 23, and John Runkle, R-Stockton, who previously represented District 6.

District 8 represents Ellery, North Harmony and the village of Bemus Point. Its incumbent is Vince Horrigan, R-Bemus Point, who previously represented District 17.

District 9 represents the southeast portion of the city of Jamestown. Its incumbent is Charles Nazzaro, D-Jamestown, who previously represented District 16.

District 10 represents the village of Lakewood, part of the town of Busti, and the southwest portion of the city of Jamestown. Its incumbent is Paul Wendel, R-Lakewood, who previously represented District 18.

District 11 represents the northwest portion of the city of Jamestown. Its incumbents are Timothy Hoyer, D-Jamestown, who previously represented District 14, and Robert Whitney, D-Jamestown, who previously represented District 15.

District 12 represents the northern portion of the city of Jamestown. Its incumbents are Lori Cornell, D-Jamestown, who previously represented District 12, and Victoria James, D-Jamestown, who previously represented District 11.

District 13 represents the center portion of the city of Jamestown. Its incumbent is Paula DeJoy, D-Jamestown, who previously represented District 13.

District 14 represents Charlotte, Gerry, Ellington, North Ellicott and Sinclairville. Its incumbents are Larry Barmore, R-Gerry, who previously represented District 9, and Mark Tarbrake, R-Ellicott, who previously represented District 10.

District 15 represents the southern portion of Ellicott, including the villages of Falconer and Celoron. It has no incumbent.

District 16 represents the towns of Poland, Carroll and Kiantone. Its incumbent is Tom Erlandson, D-Frewsburg, who previously represented District 8.

District 17 represents the towns of French Creek, Clymer, Harmony and the southwest portion of Busti, as well as the village of Panama. Its incumbent is Jay Gould, R-Ashville, who previously represented District 19.

District 18 represents the villages of Mina, Sherman and most of Chautauqua, including the villages of Mayville and Sherman. Its incumbents are Fred Croscut, R-Sherman, who previously represented District 20, and David Himelein, R-Findley Lake, who previously represented District 21.

District 19 represents the towns of Ripley and Westfield, including the village of Westfield. Its incumbent is John Hemmer, R-Westfield, who previously represented District 22.

The Board of Elections announced Friday that the new 19-member County Legislature maps and descriptions are now available at www.votechautauqua.com.