When George Borrello was elected to the state senate in November, it set off a whirlwind of maneuvers in Chautauqua County government. Borrello vacated his post as Chautauqua County Executive, a position temporarily filled by Stephen Abdella as Acting County Executive. In December, County Legislator P.J. Wendel was nominated to take over as County Executive in 2020. While that promotion became official Thursday following a vote of the County Legislature, there could be more movement in the coming year.
Borrello's term as Chautauqua County Executive ran through the end of 2021. With Wendel's appointment ending on December 31, 2020, an election will be held in November to determine who will serve the final year of that term in 2021. Wendel tells WBFO that he will be a candidate in that race.