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Election Notebook

News and notes from Tuesday’s elections:

Pigeon on Zellner

The first call for the resignation of Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner following Tuesday’s election reverses came Wednesday from a not unexpected source – G. Steven Pigeon.

The former chairman, who represents a vocal opposition faction within the party to the Headquarters group controlled by Zellner, said the loss of the County Legislature and two county-wide posts necessitates a change.

“He needs to leave,” Pigeon said. “There is not time for another year of fighting.” Pigeon suggested Zellner’s departure should be negotiated in a way that would be acceptable for him.

“It doesn’t mean he can’t be accommodated,” Pigeon said. “That’s the way wars end.”

Zellner has maintained throughout his chairmanship that he will serve out his term and run for another in September.

“Listening to Steve Pigeon talking about the chairmanship is like taking boating lessons from the captain of the Titanic,” Zellner said.

And County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz also weighed in: “Steve is going to be out there throwing bombs no matter what.”

30.1 percent turnout

Erie County posted a 30.1 percent turnout in Tuesday’s election, just slightly higher than the last comparable election in 2009.

Republican Elections Commissioner Ralph M. Mohr said the figure marked a small improvement from 28 percent in the last “off-year” election where the county-wide ballot is topped by the offices of sheriff and comptroller.

Buffalo, Mohr said, recorded a 24.8 percent turnout.

Senate chiefs feel good

ALBANY -- Senate co-leader Dean Skelos, a Nassau County Republican, was taking a victory bow after some important local GOP victories around the state on Tuesday.

Skelos and his Republican colleagues are looking for any hints from voters that they might be willing to help keep the GOP in partial control of the Senate in the 2014 elections.

The words, or some of them, from Skelos:

“The resounding victories by Republican county executives in Nassau and Westchester counties; county executive candidates in Orange, Rockland, Montgomery and Chautauqua; as well as triumphs by a mayoral candidate in Binghamton; comptrollers in Nassau and Erie; along with turning a Democratic county legislature from Democrat to Republican in Erie and to a super-majority in Chautauqua, are all important victories for hardworking taxpayers and their families.”

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