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Sandra Tan

Cityside reporter primarily covering Erie County government. Previously covered Buffalo Public Schools and other community and issue-oriented beats.


Erie County

If mid-term Legislature elections are a referendum on his performance as Erie County executive, Mark Poloncarz said, then the Democratic victories Tuesday mean he's doing a good job. "That must say we're doing something right," he said. The Erie County Legislature in January will revert to Democratic control for the first time in four years, and Poloncarz already has…

Erie County

Democrats will retake control of the Erie County Legislature in January after four years in the minority. The Republican-supported majority, which managed to keep a slim, one-vote lead since 2014, lost a key seat Tuesday night. That race made all the difference, as Democrats now will have a one-seat majority. Incumbent Republican Ted Morton lost his seat in the 8th D…

Politics

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon won re-election to her 9th District seat, which encompasses part of South Buffalo, Lackawanna and Hamburg, where Democrats have the majority. Dixon is the Independence candidate who usually votes with the Republicans. She was challenged by Democratic Hamburg town Councilman Michael P. Quinn Jr. Dixon, 52, who was a journalist for 22…

Erie County

Incumbent Republican Ted Morton lost his seat in a key Erie County Legislature race in the 8th District, which includes the towns of Alden, Cheektowaga and Lancaster, as well as the villages of Lancaster and Depew. The race between the two-term incumbent and John Bruso, a Democratic newcomer, played a pivotal role in determining which party controls the 11-seat body. …

Amherst

Veteran Erie County Legislator and Minority Leader Thomas Loughran defeated well-financed, two-time challenger Guy Marlette to win a seventh term in the Amherst-based 5th District. This district encompasses some of the town's most densely populated neighborhoods, including Eggertsville, Snyder and Williamsville, and is one of those that helped determine which party cont…

Erie County

Joseph Lorigo, legislative leader of the Erie County Legislature's Republican-supported majority, staved off an aggressive challenge by Democrat Michelle Schoeneman to win re-election in the 10th District, which includes West Seneca, Elma, Marilla, Aurora, Wales, Colden and Holland. Lorigo, 35, has risen to majority leader in the Legislature. He's a lawyer who works at …

Local News

Pam Gilham remembered her son's birthday for more than 40 years, even though she never was able to celebrate one with him. Two years ago in December, when he turned 40, she opened a drawer in her Texas home, and pulled out his baby pictures and the rosary that the sisters at Our Lady of Victory Home for Unwed Mothers had given her. Just like on every birthday before. …

Erie County

An anti-Albany assemblyman and a former newsman – both with mixed political histories – are spending more than $250,000 combined in their race for an administrative job that processes motor vehicle, real estate and pistol permit transactions. The TV commercials for the Erie County clerk's race this fall may offer the best back-to-back contrast to how the two candidates …

Erie County

Sheriff Timothy Howard drives an 11-year-old Chevy Suburban once owned by a drug dealer. It's a testament, he said, to his down-to-earth and frugal nature, to his sense of stewardship as head of the county's high-profile law enforcement and jail management organization. Thanks to increased county support, he said, jails are better staffed and managed, resulting in the r…

Erie County

In recognition of the changing youth sports landscape, Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke has launched a new Youth Sporting Goods Drive, which will collect lightly used sports equipment for children in need. "There was once a time when neighborhood kids would grab a ball and play outside for hours," Burke, D-Buffalo, said in his news release. "In recent years, this ha…

Erie County

Vanessa Glushefski is betting that professional experience and her credentials as a certified public accountant and lawyer will matter more than  Stefan Mychaliw's name recognition, campaign wealth and careful cultivation of community connections in their race for county comptroller. "Over and over again what I see, and in the responses from the agencies he's audited, h…

If you've been watching your local nightly news, you'll see that commercials in the Erie County clerk's race are now receiving plenty of airtime two weeks prior to Election Day. Republican-backed Mickey Kearns' commercial features a unusual setting – a boxing ring – with the message "I'll never stop fighting for you.' Steve Cichon, the Democrataic challenger, highlig…

Local News

Stefan Mychajliw, the incumbent Republican comptroller, has a glossy campaign commercial now running in prime time and he said he's had TV commercials going since Oct. 10. But the campaign manager for Democratic challenger Vanessa Glushefski said her team is putting their money on social media and other "mixed media," including radio and billboards and other peer-to-pee…

Three Erie County legislators with the Republican-supported majority voted last week against extending Erie County's additional 1.75 percent additional sales tax, part of the 8.75 percent sales tax all county residents pay that must be reauthorized every two years. Had one more more legislator voted against extending the sales tax, County Executive Mark Poloncarz said t…

There are a lot of Quinns involved in the 9th District Erie County Legislature race, a seat currently held by incumbent Lynne Dixon, I-Hamburg. First, there's Dixon's challenger, Hamburg town Councilman Michael P. Quinn Jr., whose last name is gracing lawn signs throughout the district, which covers Hamburg, Blasdell, South Buffalo and Lackawanna. Quinn, a lawyer, is th…