Local legislator received 80 percent of Allegany County vote

BELMONT — Allegany County stood behind one of its own in Tuesday’s Republican primary in the 57th state Senate District.

Curt Crandall, a Belfast native and the longest serving Chairman in the history of the Allegany County Board of Legislators, took eight of every 10 votes in the county as he faced George Borrello for the Republican nomination.

In the end, though, the election came down to the support Borrello received in his home county. The Chautauqua County Executive grabbed 91 percent of the vote in the district’s most populous county on his way to securing the primary victory.

“The numbers out of the (Allegany County) area are something to be proud of. I appreciate the support from the local citizens and those that know me,” Crandall said Wednesday. “I found it interesting, someone pointed out that without Chautauqua County I would’ve won by 896 votes, taking the numbers in Cattaraugus, Livingston and Allegany counties. The district is what it is. We knew going into this race that the numbers out of Chautauqua would certainly be difficult to overcome. Last night proves that was certainly the case.”

Crandall ran a grassroots campaign and made a point to contrast his effort with the support Borrello received from the state GOP in Albany. The issue became a point of contention during the campaign.

“Once everything is all tallied they probably outspent us five or six to one,” Crandall noted. “Support from out of the area played a part, but the important thing is people had a choice. Our hat was in the ring for all the right reasons. I had a lot of good people support and put their faith in me.”

Crandall said he called Borrello Tuesday night and wished him well in November’s election, where Borrello will face Democrat Austin Morgan to determine who fills Cathy Young’s former seat in Albany.

Crandall, meanwhile, said he will continue his duties in Belmont leading county government. He wouldn’t rule out a future run for office.

“I have obligations that will continue in the county. As far as anything in the future, we’ll have to play those cards as they’re dealt,” Crandall said.

The county legislator went on to thank all those that supported his run for state Senate.

“I would like to thank all the folks that helped in my campaign, those that got signatures on petitions, made financial contributions, that volunteered with mailings and putting up yard signs, and especially those who turned out and voted for me. I’m very appreciative and humbled by the support,” Crandall said. “I’m really thankful for the opportunity to have participated in this process. I met a lot of new people and made new friends across the district. I spent a lot of time traveling, seeing all corners of the district. There’s a lot of great people in the 57th and it is a great place to call home.”

Borrello also thanked his supporters Tuesday night following the primary win.

I’d like to thank all my supporters for turning out and voting for me in the primary for State Senate,” Borrello said. “Because of you, I will be on the ballot in November and I’m so grateful for all your efforts on my behalf.

"I’d also like to take a moment to acknowledge everyone who voted in this primary, even if it wasn’t for me. Your showing up to take part in this election is a sign of just how strong and passionate the Republican Party is right now,” he added. “It’s time now to unite the Republican Party in the region and join together with everyone in the 57th Senate District who recognizes that we must stand up for our shared values and beliefs to push back against the radical agenda in Albany.“

Incoming NYGOP Chairman Nick Langworthy echoed those sentiments in a statement congratulating Borrello on the win.

“George Borrello’s incredible victory, with more than 90% of the vote from his home county, proves he is a true force with the full support of the voters behind him,” he said. “We need his common sense leadership and policies in the senate now more than ever where the New York City dominated radical left just implemented a disastrous agenda for Upstate taxpayers. We look forward to helping elect George Borrello as our next state senator to restore fiscal sanity to New York State.”