Zona won't seek re-election to focus on county Dem post

Jason Zona

Jason Zona, a firefighter in the City of Niagara Falls who served four terms as a Niagara County legislator, has announced he will not seek reelection next year.

Zona, a Democrat representing the 5th District, said Tuesday he will instead focus on his role as chairman of Niagara County Democratic Committee, a seat he was elected to in September.

In a prepared statement, Zona said he was "honored" to have represented the Town of Niagara and parts of the city since 2012. It went on to describe Zona's experience serving in the legislature's minority caucus with three other Democrats from the Falls.

"I’ve always felt the one party dominance in the county has led to many instances of bad government which has hurt the residents of this county," Zona said.

"It’s the reason I decided to take on the county chairmanship," he continued. "Until we balance out this legislature, and eliminate the super majority in county government, were just asking for many of the problems we have."

Following November's elections, Niagara County Republicans maintained a 11-4 margin in the legislature.

Minority Leader Dennis Virtuoso, D-Niagara Falls, praised Zona's time in the legislature and said he was "confident he’s going to be successful running the party," describing it as an "important" duty.

"We know he’ll have a strong replacement for his seat as well," Virtuoso said.