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Kelly Fitzpatrick becomes first female chair of Steuben County Legislature

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Steuben County, NY, marks a historic moment as Kelly H. Fitzpatrick becomes the first female chair of the Steuben County Legislature.

Fitzpatrick, representing Bath in the legislature, narrowly won the position against former Chairman Scott Van Etten with a 9-8 vote during the January 2 reorganization.


Fitzpatrick’s victory is not only a milestone for gender equality but also signals a potential shift in legislative style and focus. Her primary goal for her two-year term is to capitalize on the “opportunities” present in Steuben County, citing recent growth and developments like the new LP plant and Amazon facility.

However, she also acknowledges the challenges, including the situation with Steuben County Sheriff indemnification.