People’s column: Voices on the vote

Quattrone has record to lead

Editor, OBSERVER:

I am a lifelong Chautauqua County resident. In 2017 I retired as a lieutenant from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office after 32 years of service. I currently serve as the mayor of the village of Falconer.

I have known both sheriff candidates for more than 30 years. It is time for Jim Quattrone to serve as sheriff of Chautauqua County.

Over the 30 years those of us who worked as sheriff road patrol on nights, weekends, holidays, and rotating shifts, had the opportunity to serve with Quattrone. We witnessed the professionalism, responsibility, leadership, compassion, dedication, and service to the public, that was exemplified by Jim throughout his whole career. Quattrone does not dictate and direct. Jim Quattrone listens, learns and leads.

I am not alone in my sincere support of Quattrone for the next sheriff of Chautauqua County. The Chautauqua County Association of Police Chiefs recognizes the quality candidate the county has in Jim Quattrone and that is why they took the rare step of endorsing him. The New York State Police Troopers PBA and the New York State Police Investigators Association are endorsing Jim Quattrone to be Sheriff of Chautauqua County. The New York State Deputies Association also feels it is time for Quattrone to be sheriff and are endorsing him.

Quattrone has also proven himself to be a compassionate leader in the underserved homeless community in Chautauqua County. I had an opportunity to tour the United Christian Advocacy Network (UCAN) Mission (A homeless shelter for men). In short, the goal of the mission is to motivate guests to work their way out of the homeless shelter environment by participating in numerous mandatory life skill sustaining programs.

The UCAN Mission was run on a very tight budget under the direction and leadership of Quattrone. Upon leaving the UCAN Mission Directorship to campaign for sheriff, Quattrone left the mission with a positive fund balance.

It is rare that we have had a candidate who has so uniquely proven himself qualified for the office of sheriff. Quattrone is ready to serve the residents of Chautauqua County as their next Sheriff. Quattrone puts service to the residents of Chautauqua County first.

Quattrone’s career accomplishments are respected in the law enforcement community. Chautauqua County is fortunate to have Quattrone seeking the office. I would encourage the voters of Chautauqua County to support and respect those law enforcement associations who know what is best at this time for the safety and security of Chautauqua County, and vote for Quattrone as the next Chautauqua County Sheriff on Tuesday. Quattrone is the right person at the right time to be our Sheriff.

JAMES R. RENSEL,

Falconer

Mitrano has

healthy answers

Editor, OBSERVER:

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You can vote in your best interest. Choose the future, choose Tracy Mitrano.

MARIE TOMLINSON,

Fredonia

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