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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 …

Incumbent mayors won from Buffalo to New York City on Tuesday, except in Syracuse, where an independent candidate from a prominent Republican political family beat a Democrat who would have been the state's first Latina female mayor. Due to term limits, two-term Democratic Mayor Stephanie Miner couldn't run for a third term in Syracuse, setting up what became a neck-and…

Local News

The 2018 Niagara County Legislature will look exactly the same as the 2017 version as all incumbents won Tuesday. Only six of the 15 lawmakers had opponents, and the Republicans will continue to hold an 11-4 edge, with all four Democrats from Niagara Falls. The closest race was in North Tonawanda's 9th District, where Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt held off Democrat …

Nation and World

Danica Roem made history in Virginia Tuesday when she became Virginia’s first openly transgender elected official and one of just few in the nation, according to The Washington Post. What didn’t get quite as much attention was her Western New York connection: Roem is a 2006 graduate of St. Bonaventure University. It says so, right there on her Twitter profile. Ot…

Local News

Pendleton Town Supervisor Joel M. Maerten squelched a political comeback attempt Tuesday by the man whom he ousted two years ago. Maerten, a Republican, was re-elected by beating Democrat James A. Riester, 1,104 to 774, in complete but unofficial Board of Elections returns. The GOP also held two Town Board seats in Pendleton, with David I. Fischer and Justin M. Graha…

Local News

Democratic Alderwoman Anita Mullane, the prime focus of the City of Lockport's Republicans, was ousted from her 2nd Ward Common Council seat Tuesday by a fellow Democrat. Amanda E. Farrell, who received the Republican nomination, downed Mullane, 583-451, in complete but unofficial Board of Elections returns. Lockport Democrats missed their chance at payback, as 5th W…

Local News

One Democratic incumbent was re-elected and one was defeated in the race for three Niagara Falls City Council seats Tuesday. Councilman Andrew P. Touma won a second term, but another incumbent, Kristen M. Grandinetti, was last in the six-person field, according to complete but unofficial Board of Election returns. The leading vote-getter was Democratic newcomer Willi…

Erie County

Mayor Rick Davis won re-election to a second term, by a 57 percent to 43 percent margin, defeating Republican Timothy Toth in a campaign that became increasingly heated in its final days. Toth distributed flyers with disparaging claims about Davis and his ex-wife, which caused Davis to go on social media to write that Toth had "grossly distorted the facts"and he called …

Local News

Arthur G. Pappas, a Republican, has been re-elected mayor of North Tonawanda, winning his first four-year term. Pappas defeated Democrat James McGinnis by about 800 votes in complete but unofficial returns posted by the Niagara County Board of Elections. Pappas was appointed mayor to replace State Sen. Robert G. Ortt in December 2014 and won an election for a two-yea…

Buffalo

Now that Byron W. Brown has won a fourth term as mayor – something accomplished only once before in Buffalo’s history – he pointed to "bold" initiatives he said have transformed the city and said he will continue in that vein. That should come as welcome news to some critics and allies alike, who rarely associate that word with the buttoned-down mayor. But Brow…

Columns

Thomas Robinson began his Election Day by stopping at Tim Hortons. Long before dawn, he delivered coffee and doughnuts Tuesday to poll workers at the Pratt Willert Community Center, which he does each year to show his thanks for what they offer: "You vote," he said, "so at least you have a way of speaking out." After Robinson cast his ballot, he took a drive and coll…

Local News

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins and other Republican lawmakers portray their tax reform plan as a win-win for taxpayers and the economy, but the Clarence congressman Tuesday acknowledged another, swampier reason for him to back a rewrite of the tax code. “My donors are basically saying, ‘Get it done or don’t ever call me again,’ ” Collins said. Collins ma…

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 ra…

Erie County

Erie County owned approximately 1,000 obsolete lever voting machines when it was required to replace them with electronic machines in 2010. So what happened to the steel machines that weighed about 700 pounds each? All but 10 of the voting machines used for a nearly a century in Erie County were sold for scrap, said Ralph M. Mohr, Erie County's Republican elections…