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Mohamed T. Albanna logged a 44-vote victory Tuesday over John Ingram to win a race for Lackawanna City Council. Albanna's victory occurred despite a 2006 felony conviction and three attempts to remove his name from the ballot because of his criminal record. Albanna and two family members were convicted of illegally sending $5.5 million to Yemen. The businessman, 66, …

Lancaster

The race for the Lancaster Town Board could be a costly one for Democrats -- with incumbent John M. Abraham Jr. losing his seat and 16-year veteran Ronald Ruffino Sr. holding on by 19 votes. Abraham fell short with 5,097 votes in the four-way race won by Republican Adam L. Dickman with 5,593 votes and Ruffino with 5,255 votes. Republican Robert E. Leary trails by 19 …

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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 …

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WASHINGTON – Republicans say their tax reform plan would make April 15 a lot simpler for millions of taxpayers, who in theory would be able to fill out their tax returns on a document the size of a postcard. Due to lower rates and other changes, a majority of families that earn more than $50,000 would get a tax break under the plan, according to a report issued this w…

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Republican Michael R. Young is clinging to an 8-vote lead over Democratic Councilmember Sean Rautenstrauch in the race for the Third Ward City of Tonawanda Common Council. Young has 521 votes, Rautenstrauch 513, according to the Erie County Board of Elections. And with at least 33 outstanding absentee ballots, the outcome is too close to call. The winner won't be …

By Tom Reed Special to The News When I read Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s column regarding tax reform (Buffalo News, Oct. 31), I was disappointed to see his negative attitude toward lowering taxes for hardworking people. For far too long, people of the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Western New York have been burdened with one of the highest tax bills in the country. Rathe…

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 ha…

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Angelo S. Natale is in Florida, but that hasn't stopped several fellow developers from calling him this morning to express concern about the results from Tuesday's elections in Amherst. Democrats swept the town supervisor's race and the two Town Board seats that were up for grabs, giving them all five seats on the board for the first time in recent memory. Natale, th…

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January will bring in a new political landscape in Hamburg, with four newly elected Town Board members and a new highway superintendent. And when Democrat Jim Shaw takes over as supervisor, he will be part of a two-member minority on the Town Board, since Republicans captured all three council seats. There were so many seats open this year - the most in recent memory…

Nation and World

By JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEXANDER BURNS FAIRFAX, Va. – Voters delivered their first forceful rebuke of President Donald Trump and his party on Tuesday night, with Democrats exploiting Trump’s deep unpopularity to capture the governorships in Virginia and New Jersey and make significant inroads into suburban communities that once favored the Republican Party. The D…

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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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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was defeated Tuesday night in a race that some Democrats view as a harbinger of New York politics in the Trump era. Republican Astorino was seeking a third term in the suburban New York City county, going up against Democrat George Latimer, a state senator who was running with support from Westchester County resident Hillary Cli…

Hamburg

Hamburg will have a Democratic supervisor for the first time in 12 years, and newly elected James Shaw will work with a Republican Town Board. Shaw, who has been a municipal attorney for several jurisdictions over his 42-year legal career, beat attorney Dennis Gaughan, 59-41 percent. The big upset of the night came in the highway superintendent's race, where Ted Cas…

Far more adult Western New Yorkers didn't vote Tuesday than did. Only 33 percent of the 624,281 registered voters in Erie County bothered to vote in the race for Erie County sheriff, for example. And there's more than 100,000 other adult Erie County residents who aren't even registered to vote. Here's how some Buffalo area residents explained their lack of intere…

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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…