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Election dissection

  To sum up political season in the region's largest suburbs ...

   As of January, there will be no Republicans on the Tonawanda Town Board, completing a seismic power shift in what had been an historically Republican town.

   Democrats = Cheektowaga.

   Orchard Park voters liked Mary Travers Murphy enough to elect her supervisor two years ago, but not enough to give her even one supporter on the GOP-controlled Town Board.

   In Hamburg, Supervisor Steven Walters will have at least one ally to vote with him - and maybe two once the absentee ballots are countted - after voters put a non-Democrat on the Town Board for the first time in nearly 20 years.

  Amherst voters neither affirmed nor repudiated the always-interesting two-year tenure of Supervisor Satish Mohan. It's anybody's guess as to whether the reconfigured Town Board will back him. And also, given the chance to spend $15 million on open land and a golf course, the voters politely declined.

  --- Bruce Andriatch

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