BELMONT — The political winds are picking up as candidates eye a run for the vacated New York State Senate seat in the 57th District, which covers Allegany, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and southern Livingston County.

Longtime representative Cathy Young resigned effective March 10 to take a position at Cornell, and the District has gone unrepresented in Albany ever since.

Allegany County Board of Legislators chairman Curt Crandall, a Republican hailing from Belfast, is moving through the petition process.

On the other side of the aisle, Nancy Bargar of Chautauqua County has decided to withdraw her name from contention. 

“It’s been a pleasure to participate in the robust conversation with fellow Democrats about raising a new voice for this region," Bargar said. "My decision shows my respect for the political process and I appreciate and am encouraged by the interest in my entering this race. I have full confidence that the Democratic perspective has excellent representatives in our community, and I stand ready to help the eventual nominee.

"I remain dedicated to the people of this region and I want to help elect a Democrat to the State Senate. I’m grateful for all of those who supported me as I considered running, and I know they will be ready to join me in enthusiastically campaigning to bring new representation to this district."

History suggests whoever wins the Republican nomination will likely have the inside track for the Senate seat. Young has often run unopposed, including in 2018. In 2016, she handily defeated Democrat Lee Hyson with 83 percent of the vote.