ALBANY, NY – George Borrello, who won the Nov. 5 special election to fill New York’s 57th State Senate District seat, took his oath of office Tuesday and has been officially seated by the Secretary of the Senate.

Celebratory swearing-in ceremonies in the district and Albany will be scheduled and announced near the end of the year.  

“It is an incredible honor to assume my new role as state Senator for the 57th District,” Borrelllo, who will leave his post as Chautauqua County Executive, said. “This immediate seating means that I can begin my Senate responsibilities even as I continue to assist with the transition efforts in the County Executive’s office. I approach this new opportunity with enormous gratitude for this privilege and a deep sense of responsibility to every resident I have sworn to serve.”

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Borrelllo, a Republican, defeated Democrat Austin Morgan in the special election, which was called to fill the seat vacated by Sen. Catharine Young, who resigned in February to accept a job as the director of New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech.

“Never before has it been more important that we have a strong voice in Albany, advocating for our region, our rights and our way of life,” Borrello said. “Over the past year we have seen radically irresponsible policies come forward that have made New York State more expensive and less safe for its residents, taxpayers and visitors. As realization of the negative effects of these policies gains momentum, I will be working with my conference colleagues, to reverse many of these misguided efforts and advance truly workable solutions.

“Locally, we have many promising, emerging economic development efforts that need continued support in order to succeed. We have younger generations that deserve an education that prepares them for today’s jobs and a bright future. And we have communities – big and small, rural and urban – who are full of wonderful people who work hard, support their families and care about their neighbors. Their goals are my goals. Today, our work begins.”

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