Gould Recognized By County Legislature For Years Of Leadership

Frank “Jay” Gould, middle, was recognized last week by the Chautauqua County Legislature for his years serving as chairman. He plans to serve one last term as a legislator. P-J photo by Jimmy McCarthy

Frank “Jay” Gould’s last meeting as Chautauqua County chairman brought recognition from legislators for his years of leadership.

During the final 2016 meeting of the legislature Wednesday, legislators Dave Himelein, Republican majority leader, and Charles Nazzaro, Democratic minority leader, approached Gould to present him with a commendation for his time as legislature chairman.

Gould, R-Ashville, has served in the leader capacity since 2012, overseeing the enactment of several county budgets, the sale of the County Home and many other matters dealing with the everyday lives of county residents.

Gould has served as county legislator since 2000. He acknowledged his intent to run for another two years once his term is up at the end of 2017. Gould represents residents in District 17, which include the towns of Busti, Harmony, Mina and French Creek.

As for the next chairman, Gould said Republicans are throwing their support behind Himelein, R-Findley Lake, as the next leader.

Looking back at Gould’s years as chairman, Himelein said he supported a progressive period of cooperative spirit among legislators while improving county services and maintaining a fiscally responsible budget. Nazzaro said the legislature commends Gould for his hard work, dedication, service and commitment to Chautauqua County.

County Executive Vince Horrigan remarked that Gould and he had a good line of communication, which brought good government to Mayville.

“He’s led a legislature that’s focused on getting things done in working with the executive branch. At the same time, I’ve done that too,” Horrigan said. “I call often, three to four times a week, just keeping him informed. I think that’s a secret to good government and getting things done.”

Gould thanked the legislature for the commendation as he expressed appreciation to fellow legislators for their work.

“This legislature has been easy to lead as was the last one. They were my favorite legislatures that I ever had up here. I’m very proud of every one of them,” he said.

With Himelein likely on his way to be the next chairman, Gould said he’ll be taking his spots on the Public Facilities and Audit and Control committees. P.J. Wendel, R-Lakewood, will move from assistant majority leader to majority leader. Mark Tarbrake, R-Jamestown, will become assistant majority leader.


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