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FORT ERIE , Ont. – A Democratic  fundraiser with close ties to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo sees tranquil days ahead for the once bitterly divided Peace Bridge Authority as he takes a leadership position on the bi-national panel. Kenneth A. Manning, an engineer by training and partner in the Phillips Lytle law firm, succeeds Sam Hoyt as vice chairman of the bridge governing bod…

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An Albany County judge has denied former Sen. George D. Maziarz’s motion to dismiss three counts of election law felonies in a scathing decision that points fingers at some of the top names in Niagara County Republican politics. The decision brings to light much of what top Niagara County GOP figures disclosed to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s grand jury back i…

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More news, notes and observations: • The eyes of New York are upon Texas, at least GOP eyes. Republican sources say Harry Wilson made his way to Austin for a mid-week meeting of the Republican Governors Association in another sign that the Westchester financier continues to seriously explore challenging Democrat Andrew Cuomo next year. Wilson is only a semi-famili…

The final tally for Erie County sheriff should be completed on Monday, according to Erie County Board of Elections officials. About 8,000 absentee ballots will be tabulated during the Monday session, with final results expected the same day, Republican Elections Commissioner Ralph M. Mohr said. “We should be able to run all 8,000 that day,” he said, “and if it’s not …

Erie County

On the face of things, Erie County appears as a most hospitable place for Democrats seeking office. Upstate New York’s largest metropolitan area boasts a strong Democratic tradition, unified party leadership and – most of all – 133,756 more Democrats than Republicans. But voters once again on Tuesday showed that anything can happen in Erie County. Despite the overwhe…

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A most interesting election: • Erie County Democrats should reward their newly elected legislator from Lancaster, John Bruso, with a nice big office in County Hall. Back in February, the UPS veteran mentioned to Congressman Brian Higgins that he would soon retire and might run for office. Higgins, according to sources, suggested the County Legislature. Bruso won, …

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It was supposed to be a “quiet” election, marked by low turnout and lots of yawns over offices like county clerk and comptroller. But voters thought differently. A host of experts say passion over a proposal for a state constitutional convention  — along with other dynamics — sparked a relatively strong turnout Tuesday, far more than anyone anticipated for an off-yea…

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Bernard A. Tolbert called Sheriff Timothy B. Howard today to congratulate him on his "apparent win" but Tolbert did not concede the election between the two. "I placed a call to Sheriff Howard earlier this morning to congratulate him on his apparent win and also to tell him that, given the extraordinary closeness of the race, I believe it is prudent and sensible to awai…

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Republicans claimed the countywide posts of clerk and comptroller Tuesday, while incumbent Republican Sheriff Timothy B. Howard claimed victory while holding a razor-thin lead of 3,850 votes over his Democratic challenger Bernard A. Tolbert. The contest may yet be decided by about 12,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted. https://twitter.com/bobmccarthybn/status/928…

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Republican Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr., the former television reporter turned politician, beat Democrat Vanessa Glushefski on Tuesday to win a second full term as Erie County comptroller. The winner was leading with 53 percent of the vote compared to 47 percent for Glushefski with 71 percent of the vote counted. Mychajliw, 43, had been considered the front-runner from th…

History

Lurking at the corner of countless Western New York sports bars you’ll find them: the trivia nuts. You know the kind — the walking encyclopedias who recite Joe Ferguson’s passing yardage in 1980 or Tony McKegney’s junior hockey totals. But as any real Buffalonian knows, our spectator sports extend beyond the Bills, Sabres and Bisons. Keeping score in politics ranks as a…

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After initially avoiding questions about the departure of economic development chief Sam Hoyt, state officials have responded with reaction and details of how a case of alleged sexual harassment was handled. The Buffalo News posed several questions to the Cuomo administration last week after Hoyt, a former assemblyman who was regional president of the Empire State Devel…

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Voters will go to the polls Tuesday to pick Erie County's next sheriff and county legislators, town supervisors and mayors in both Niagara and Erie counties. Our reporters and photographers have been visiting polling sites, talking to voters and candidates, and will bring you results after the polls close. You can follow the live coverage below in tweets from Buffalo Ne…

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You would think that when Erie County Democrats plan their Election Night gathering at Statler City on Tuesday, it automatically would qualify as a “victory party.” Democrats, after all, outnumber Republicans by almost 135,000 voters in Erie County. Winning the three countywide races as well as control of the Legislature should be a sure thing for the Democrats. But …

Erie County

As Bernard A. Tolbert travels Erie County this fall in his campaign for sheriff, he sports a lapel sticker that simply reads “22.” The sticker works. Just about everyone asks Tolbert what it means, and he immediately replies that "22" represents the number of inmates who have died in Erie County jails on the watch of his opponent – Republican incumbent Timothy B. How…