OLEAN, NY — James J. Snyder, Jr., a Republican incumbent; Kip A. Morrow, a Republican challenger; Eric Firkel, a Conservative challenger, and Anthony Costa, a Libertarian challenger, are running for the two District 7 seats in the Cattaraugus County Legislature.

Only Snyder and Morrow are actively campaigning.  

Incumbent Dan M. Hale is not seeking re-election.

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Snyder, of Olean, said he wants to continue giving back to his local community. 

“I think we all have [that] responsibility. This is one way I can contribute,” Snyder said. 

Morrow, of Olean, wants to create more communication between citizens and Cattaraugus County’s government. 

“I think all governments need to have a sense of transparency to them. I don’t feel Cattaraugus County has that,” Morrow said.

Attempts to contact Firkel and Costa were unsuccessful.

Snyder, over his eight years as a legislator, has helped develop a budget management program, made progress on improving roads and created a land bank for dealing with abandoned buildings.

Morrow, a foreman at National Grid US,  has no political experience. His work history includes employment as a welder and a truck mechanic. He also volunteers for the American Legion, Sons of the American Legion and Toys for Tots. At Alfred State College, he gives electricity safety talks to students. 

Snyder said that If he wins the election, he plans to improve infrastructure and economic issues in Cattaraugus County. 

“I aim to hold county property taxes to no increase, continue to fund improvements to our roads and buildings and bring a new approach to our economic development efforts,” Snyder said.

Morrow said that if he wins, he plans to help support local businesses, decrease the drain county nursing homes have on the county’s budget, increase energy conservation and increase collaboration between surrounding county governments.

The winner of Tuesday’s election will serve a four-year term. County legislators are responsible for managing county government business, which has approximately 1,300 employees and a $260 million budget. 

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