Chautauqua County Leg-islator Fred Croscut is seeking re-election for Legislator representing the new District 18, which includes the Town of Sherman and most of the Towns of Chautauqua and Mina, and the Villages of Sherman and Mayville. Croscut seeks the Repub-lican nomination in the primary Sept. 10 in these towns.
Croscut has served on the Legislature for 16 years and as a county legislator, he has held numerous positions including chairman of the legislature and minority leader. He is also a former member of the Public Safety Committee and currently serves as chairman of the Planning and Economic Development Committee.
He presently is a liaison to the County Traffic Safety Board and is a member of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors, CCIDA Loan Committee, Agriculture Advisory Board of Sherman Central School, Farmland Protection Board, Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club, and Olive Lodge 575 of Free and Accepted Masons of Sher-man. He has also served on the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Mounted Division for 35 years, where he served several years as first lieutenant; has been Chairman of the Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation Dis-trict Board of Directors for the past four years, and is a lifelong member of the Farm Bureau, where he served as Director prior to becoming a County Legislator.
He continues to work hard for the agriculture industry through his membership on the New York State Association of Counties' Blue Ribbon Task Force and continues to recognize the importance of Chautauqua Lake as an economic driver and the need to protect the lake from erosion and sedimentation through his work on the steering committee of the Chautauqua Lake Management Group.
Croscut was the first legislator to meet with Depart-ment of Public Facilities Director George Spanos and the County Executive Greg Edwards when the discussion of the closing of the Sherman Shop was made public. Responding to his constituents concerns, Croscut met with the employees of the Sherman Shop and participated in a town meeting which has now led to the closing being reconsidered and a study to analyze all services provided by the village, town, and county to find the most economical and efficient way to provide these services.
Before being elected to the legislature, Croscut served 22 years on the Sherman School Board, where he served for two years as the Board President. He was also a member of the Chautauqua County School Boards, where he served two years as president and eight years as State Legislature liaison. In addition, Croscut is a former member of the Chautauqua County Red Cross Board of Directors, Cornell Co-operative Extension Board, and the Sherman Stanley Hose Fire Department, where he served as president for four years.
"All of the positions I have held in the County have given me great insight to the hard work it takes to create jobs in the county and to continue to maintain new and existing businesses," Croscut said. "My extensive knowledge of agricultural and lake issues have helped me represent the two biggest industries in Chautauqua County which are agriculture and tourism. I would consider it an honor and a privilege to continue to serve the residents of the Town and Sherman and the majority of the Towns of Chautauqua and Mina, and the Villages of Sherman and Mayville."
Croscut said that if elected, he will continue to work with Legislators without partisan politics to promote economic development, lower property taxes, and keep Chautauqua County a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
A lifelong resident of Sherman, Croscut continued the operation of his family's farm and owned and operated a 90-cow dairy operation for 40 years. He is a 1967 graduate of Sherman Central School and 1969 graduate of Alfred Ag &Tech with a degree in Animal Husbandry. He and his wife, Shelley, reside in Sherman. They have three adult children and two granddaughters.