Chemung County, N.Y. (WENY)-- For the first time since 2000, Chemung County will have a new Executive in office.
With an overwhelming margin, current Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss beat out Elmira businessman Jerome Emanuel, and current Chemung County Deputy Executive Mike Krusen with 55% of the vote. Emanuel finished with 29% of the vote, Krusen with 15%.
Moss will replace current Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, who is retiring at the end of his term in December after holding the seat for 18 years. Prior to being elected to the Executive position in 2000, Santulli served as Chemung County Deputy Executive for almost 10 years.
Executive-elect Moss spent the evening at his home with close friends and family as the results poured in. Moss credited the high voter turnout for his election win.
"We were watching the numbers all day long, we saw they were big numbers coming out and we knew if we could drive out big numbers that we thought it'd be beneficial to our campaign. So obviously again, Ii thank all of the voters, no matter who you voted for, for coming out and exercising your right. We'll work hard for everybody regardless of your political affiliation," Moss said.
County executive is a four-year term, and Moss will begin serving in January. He went on to say he expects a quick transition, and will review the 2019 budget so they can hit the ground running at the beginning of the year.