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It was a low-turnout primary election with few surprises but lots of twists and turns. Here are a few: • Jeremy Zellner feels good about his organization’s performance in Tuesday’s primary election. The Erie County Democratic chairman may be stretching by including candidates backed by town committees, but points to 15 out of 16 endorsed victories. “It tell…

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Amid the hoopla of Byron W. Brown’s middle-of-Court Street celebration Tuesday night, the Democrat headed for a fourth term as mayor of Buffalo was asked if voters had handed him a mandate. Did his healthy primary election win over Mark J.F. Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant bestow upon him a wealth of political capital, a reporter queried. In his best imitation of Co…

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A few takeaways from Tuesday's primary elections: Voters didn't show up: About one in four Democratic voters bothered to cast ballots in the mayoral primary. So if Byron W. Brown received a mandate on Tuesday, it came from only 13,346 residents of the City of Buffalo. Slight majority: Brown surpassed the magic 50 percent mark in the primary, an impressive feat again…

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Democratic voters awarded Byron W. Brown a convincing primary victory Tuesday and an all-but-guaranteed fourth term as mayor of Buffalo in November, giving their stamp of approval to the city’s rejuvenation under his leadership and rejecting the challenge of two well known opponents. Just one of four registered city Democrats turned out for the primary. Brown scored 5…

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THE LATEST: See live Election Day results from races throughout Erie County. After spending more than $1 million, devoting a summer to full-bore campaigning, and staking futures on their visions for Buffalo, the three candidates for mayor now wait for the people’s decision in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Incumbent Byron W. Brown and challengers Mark J.F. Sch…

While Buffalo's mayoral campaign has drawn a lot of attention, Tuesday’s ballot also features a Democratic primary in the Erie County Legislature’s 2nd District for the seat being vacated by Betty Jean Grant, who is running for mayor. The Legislature contest includes April N. Baskin, Charley H. Fisher III, David A. Martinez and Duncan E. Kirkwood. There also is …

Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams will face no opposition in Tuesday’s Democratic primary following a Monday court decision denying last-minute efforts by former opponent Khalil Cottman to make the ballot. James Ostrowski, Cottman’s attorney, said the one-time candidate for the County Legislature’s District 1 will not pursue qualifying for the ballot…

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As an Irish folk band blared ballads through Cazenovia Park a few days ago, Byron W. Brown stood out as the rare black face in an explosion of green garb. The mayor was following one of the first rules of Buffalo politics – attend every ethnic celebration on the calendar – as he worked the South Buffalo Irish Festival on turf usually claimed by his Democratic primar…

Nov. 19, 1931 ‑ Sept. 1, 2017 Raymond P. McGirr, a retired Buffalo firefighter and Navy veteran of the Korean War, died Sept. 1 at HighPointe Rehabilitation Center in Buffalo after a long illness. He was 85. An Old First Ward native, Mr. McGirr was graduated from South Park High School and attended Canisius College. Drafted into the Navy during the Korean War, he s…

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Some of President Trump’s conservative critics are lambasting him for even dealing with Democrats, but a Getty Images photo taken Wednesday portrayed a couple of New Yorkers buttonholing each other in the final stages of their deal. Happens all the time. But this agreement was hammered out in the Oval Office, and the photo showed President Trump and Sen. Charles …

Pre-primary points to ponder: • If any past primary inspires mayoral underdogs Mark Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant, it must be Lovely Warren’s surprise victory over incumbent Tom Richards in the 2013 contest for mayor of Rochester. Richards was leading the then-City Council president 63 to 27 percent in a Siena pre-primary poll, leading most experts to pronounc…

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East Side residents know exactly where to find Betty Jean Grant on the first and third Wednesday of every month. That’s when the county legislator from District 2 presides over neighborhood meetings at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library on Jefferson Avenue. The legislator might delve into the county budget, or  services offered by county government. But on a re…

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Almost anybody who has ever met Mark J.F. Schroeder recognizes the city comptroller’s longtime ambition to lead Buffalo as its mayor. As he takes on incumbent Byron W. Brown and challenger Betty Jean Grant in the Sept. 12 Democratic primary, Schroeder seems to revel in all that the city's top job entails – policy, leadership requirements, and even campaigning. Bu…

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When local politicians gathered to hear Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plans for cashless tolling at the Grand Island bridges nearly two weeks ago, one of the concept’s most vocal proponents proved conspicuously absent. Rep. Brian Higgins was not invited by the governor’s staff, though he has also loudly sought toll relief for Grand Island commuters. The congressman, o…

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If the old adage about voters ignoring campaigns until after Labor Day proves true, expect Tuesday to kick off a week of hyper-politics in Buffalo. The day after Labor Day will mark one week before the Democratic primary election on Sept. 12, and the sleepy, three-way contest for mayor may suddenly take on some energy. Maybe. Possibly. Could happen. Buffalo voters…