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Allegany County District V Incumbents Announce Candidacies

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(BELMONT, NY) All three Allegany County legislators representing District V recently announced their intentions to run for reelection this November. District V is currently represented by Janice Burdick, (R, Alfred), Phil Curran (R, Alfred), and Brooke Harris (R, Alfred).

Janice Burdick is running for her second term on the Board of Legislators. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Human Services Committee as well as serving on the Budget, Planning and Economic Development and Personnel Committees. In addition, she is the Legislative Representative on the Office for the Aging Advisory Board and the Community Services Board.

“These past three years have been a true learning experience and very challenging, especially during the COVID Pandemic,” Burdick said. “It has shown the true dedication of our County employees and department heads, and it has been an honor to support them through this.”

“If reelected, I will continue to listen to all residents and be a voice for their concerns at the county level. I will continue to be fiscally responsible and, along with my colleagues, fight to get Albany to send the money directly to the counties that rightfully is theirs (such as sales tax), and to stop them from taking AIM money from the county’s sales tax revenues. The next four years will be challenging for the county, but good things are happening and I would be honored to serve the citizens of Allegany County for four more years.”

Phil Curran is also announcing his intent to seek re-election to the office of Legislator in District V. If elected, this will be Curran’s fourth term. He currently serves on the Ways and Means, Planning and Economic Development, and Public Works committees, serves as Vice-Chair of the Budget Committee, and is Vice-Chair of the Board.

Curran also chairs a not-for-profit tasked with building a wireless broadband system for the under-served and un-served in the county. Allegany County Telecommunications Development Corporation (ACTDC) provides internet services to the many residents and businesses who choose more rural settings for their locations.

“I’m thankful for your consideration for reelection this year,” said Curran. “If given the opportunity, I look forward to continuing my efforts to keep property taxes down and to maintain local control over local issues. I’m been very encouraged by the progress that we’re making with the ACTDC expanding broadband access to or under-served residents.”

Brooke Harris is seeking a second term in Belmont. He currently serves as Chair of the County Budget Committee and Vice-Chair of the Personnel Committee. In addition to his county leadership positions, Harris serves as President of the WNY Inter-County Association, is a member of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) Standing Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and the Southern Tier Extension Railroad Authority Board of Directors.

“I’ve been honored to serve on the Board of Legislators over the past three years,” Harris said. “It’s been a tremendous privilege to serve alongside such skilled and thoughtful public servants, and to support the County’s incredible workforce and management team. I’ve been incredibly encouraged by our recent successes in economic development, and I look forward to continuing that work.”

“If elected, I will reaffirm my commitment to lower property taxes, increase efficiencies in service delivery, and eliminate unfunded state and federal mandates.” Petitioning for this fall’s election is currently underway. If necessary, primaries will be held on June 22nd, 2021. Contact information for all legislators can be found at https://www.alleganyco.com/government/legislators/

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