Chautauqua County Legislator Lori Cornell recently spoke to the Fredonia United Senior Citizens about her candidacy for Chautauqua County Clerk. Cornell is making her second attempt at the clerk's office. She told those gathered that her goal is to continue the progress that has been made to modernize the office, continually seek ways to improve customer service, and cut the costs to county taxpayers.
"The County Clerk's Office is about superior customer service, innovation, and providing service at the lowest possible cost," Cornell said. "It's not about Democratic or Republican leadership, it's about strong administrative leadership and who has the qualifications and experience to deliver the optimal service at the lowest possible cost. As your County Clerk, I pledge to manage the office with energy, dedication and integrity."
Cornell, who was introduced by United Senior Citizens President Charlie St. George, spoke about increasing opportunities in Chautauqua County to allow more young people to stay or relocate to Chautauqua County.
"Many of the seniors I speak to lament the fact that their children and grandchildren live elsewhere due to a lack of employment opportunity here in Chautauqua County. I love Chautauqua County. It's a great place to live and raise a family, and I have dedicated my professional life to public service to improve the place where we live, work and play," she said.
Cornell is currently serving her second term in the Chautauqua County Legislature, having held a leadership role for three of those years. As a county legislator, Cornell has worked to improve declining housing in the county and has been a strong advocate on behalf of Chautauqua Lake and the 4-H program. As a proactive policymaker, she pushed for the reduction of the size of the county legislature to 15, and has consistently opposed every tax increase that crossed her desk. She has also led the charge in support of numerous cost-cutting measures and has called for stronger economic development. In 2012, she initiated the effort to form an independent, non-partisan redistricting commission to redraw county legislature districts.