LITTLE VALLEY — Cattaraugus County Republican Election Commissioner Michael M. Brisky resigned his post Friday afternoon, saying he intends to run for Cattaraugus County Legislature.
Brisky told the Olean Times Herald late Friday he had been nominated Friday afternoon after District 3 Legislator Robert Breton, R-Franklinville, announced he would decline the nomination. District 3 includes the towns of Ellicottville, Farmersville, Franklinville, Lyndon, Machias and Mansfield.
“I was nominated to the vacancy late this afternoon after I resigned my post,” Brisky said. “I’ve been thinking about it since Bob decided to get out of the race. I decided to take a run for the County Legislature and pursue some other interests. I plan to run a spirited campaign.”
Brisky, who is in the last year of his four-year appointment, is the second county official to step down to seek a seat on the County Legislature since the end of February.
On Feb. 27, then-County Attorney Eric Firkel resigned amid an investigation into harassment claims by two county employees but has since filed nominating petitions to run for County Legislature, sparking a Republican primary in District 7.
A report on the investigation by the Rochester law firm Harris Beach is expected to be completed soon and made available to legislators.
Cattaraugus County Republican Party Chairman Robert C. Keis Sr. said Friday night Brisky informed him he would be stepping down as election commissioner before he submitted his resignation earlier in the day.
Brisky had expressed interest in being nominated by the Committee to Fill Vacancies on Breton’s petitions, Keis added.
“Mike is a very bright young man who did the election commissioner job very well,” Keis said. “I hope his future plans work out for him and he’ll continue to help us out. He did an excellent job.”
Brisky is a former Franklinville supervisor and a former aide to Assemblyman Joseph Giglio, R-Gowanda. He also ran unsuccessfully for county clerk before his appointment to the Board of Elections post.
Brisky said that while there are a lot of “decent legislators,” a lot of legislators seem to be there for “self interest.”
“We need to right the ship. We need to do some things different in Cattaraugus County to look out for the taxpayers,” he said.
He added, “I’ve wanted to run for the Legislature since the so-called coalition was formed to serve a handful of self-important legislators, a move that has had only a negative effect on the taxpayers of this county.”
Keis said the full county Republican Committee would meet soon to recommend a candidate for Republican election commissioner.
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