Chautauqua Showcase

CHAUTAUQUA – Representatives from 12 New York state counties had the opportunity to cruise Chautauqua Lake on Friday.

Of the 19 counties represented in the Western New York Inter County Association, 12 traveled to Chautauqua Institution for a monthly meeting Friday. Following the meeting, representatives had an opportunity to board the Summer Wind for a luncheon and boat tour.

The Inter County Association meets each month, excluding July and December, in different host counties. It discusses issues affecting each county and often has an opportunity to meet with state representatives.

Fred Croscut, R-Sherman, is Chautauqua County’s Inter County representative.

“I’ve been going to several of these over the course of the last year,” he said. “I volunteered to host this meeting two, three months ago. So, with the help of Chautauqua Institution, The Summer Wind and the county executive, we’ve been able to pull this off. So far, so good.”

The meeting began with a continental breakfast at the Turner Center at Chautauqua Institution, followed by a welcome from County Executive Greg Edwards and Legislature Chairman Jay Gould, R-Ashville. The association also heard presentations from Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Chautauqua County, and state Sen. Cathy Young, R-C-I-Olean, who spoke of their efforts in Albany to improve upstate. Additionally, Patrick Cummings, assistant counsel for the New York State Association of Counties, spoke of updates.

Croscut said the association met at Chautauqua Institution for two reasons.

“Obviously, No. 1, this is my district,” Croscut said. “No. 2, we wanted to showcase Chautauqua Institution, show off what we have here, and of course, the lake. The boat ride is a climax for me, because I don’t think even the people in this county realize what is around Chautauqua Lake until they’ve had the opportunity to get on a boat, or take a tour like this. I remind people, 26 percent of this county’s wealth is around Chautauqua Lake.”