I would like to express my gratitude to Chris Collins for his service on behalf of Erie County residents. This was a very hard-fought campaign and I wish him well in his return to the private sector. A lot has been made of our disagreements over the course of this campaign and I believe our views on the issues provided a stark contrast for voters to choose between. However, we have always been in absolute agreement that the County Executive is here to serve the people of Erie County to the best of his or her ability.

In keeping with that spirit, I am confident that Chris Collins will do everything in his power to ensure a smooth transition for my administration and for the people of Erie County. I hope that includes the dutiful maintenance of relevant documents and records as well as his valuable insight into the ongoing and upcoming issues that will require my immediate attention.

I look forward to meeting with Mr. Collins and his staff in the coming days to begin that process. I hope to develop a good working relationship as we proceed forward. Regardless of who wins or loses a campaign, it is our responsibility to work together to ensure the people of Erie County always win.