Assemblyman William B. Hoyt has won an important endorsement in his campaign for mayor of Buffalo, and University Council Member Archie L. Amos has been designated for re-election in a district controlled by Mayor Griffin's supporters.
Hoyt, the endorsed mayoral candidate of the Democratic and Liberal parties, captured the support of the South Side Democratic Club Thursday evening in a secret vote.
The ballot asked members to choose between former Chief City Judge Wilbur P. Trammell, State Sen. Anthony M. Masiello and Hoyt, all Democrats, or vote for no endorsement.
The club, which has about 200 members, did not release the results of the voting, except to announce that Hoyt had won.
Although the club's membership is concentrated in South Buffalo, Mayor Griffin's home turf, the mayor was not considered because he did not ask for the endorsement, according to Bonnie Lockwood, the club's public relations director.
Griffin, a candidate for re-election, has his own club in the area -- the First Ward and South Buffalo Democratic Association.
Meanwhile, Democratic County Committee members in the University District voted unanimously to endorse Amos for re-election.
Michael J. Stachowski, a vice chairman of the committee, who presided, said only about 30 of the district's more than 100 committee members attended.
Council Member at Large Rosemarie LoTempio, a political ally of the mayor, said she told pro-Griffin committee members to stay away because the endorsement of Amos had been finalized Wednesday when the county Democratic Executive Committee broke with tradition and endorsed Amos and Delaware Council Member Alfred T. Coppola for re-election.
In addition, City Hall sources said the mayor's forces had decided not to oppose Amos' endorsement at the district meeting because he has at times aligned himself with the new majority in the Common Council.
The new majority, led by Council Member at Large Eugene M. Fahey, has supported Griffin on many issues.