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BuffaloNews.com is the place for thorough election coverage this evening. The News, which has the region's largest news-gathering staff, will be hosting a 2 1/2-hour live video broadcast beginning at 9 p.m. There will be analysis, interviews and updates from Democratic and Republican headquarters in Erie County. The News will also provide up-to-date results as the v…

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Democrat Peter McMahon, left, and Republican Mary Cooke The race for Town Supervisor in Grand Island was too close to call, but as of late Tuesday night, Republican challenger Mary Cooke was leading incumbent Peter McMahon by 54 to 46 percent. Two incumbent town board members, however, held on to their seats with Gary G. Roesch receiving 35 percent of t…

Call it the great sign caper. Barely a local election goes by without an allegation of political sign stealing, and the race for county executive is no exception. It all started Monday, according to the Collins camp, when campaign spokesman Stefan Mychajliw stopped by headquarters on Main Street in Amherst along with Republican candidate Chris Collins. Outsi…

BuffaloNews.com will be hosting a 2 1/2-hour live video broadcast Tuesday, providing updates from Democratic and Republican headquarters in Erie County with the largest news reporting staff in Western New York. The News will also provide up-to-date results as the votes are tabulated. BuffaloNews.com is also running a live chat, beginning at 7 p.m. with a lineup of reporter…

Later tonight, the results of the latest Buffalo News/WGRZ-Channel 2/Siena College Research Institute poll in the Erie County executive race will be released. An October poll by Siena showed Collins leading 49 to 46 percent, within the margin for error of 3.4 percentage points. The results of the latest survey will be made public during Channel 2's 11 p.m. newsca…

BuffaloNews.com will be hosting a 2 1/2-hour live video broadcast next Tuesday, providing updates from Democratic and Republican headquarters in Erie County with the largest news reporting staff in Western New York. The News will also provide up-to-date results as the votes are tabulated. BuffaloNews.com is also running a live chat, beginning at 7 p.m. with a lineup of rep…

ALBANY -- Erie County Executive Chris Collins this year has spent the second most amount of money of all candidates competing for local offices across New York, a new report out this morning finds. Collins has spent $1.1 million since January, according to the New York Public Interest Research Group. Placing ahead of Collins, a Republican running for re-election against Ma…

ALBANY –- The mantra of state politicians is pretty singular: jobs, jobs, and more jobs for New Yorkers. But for the state Democratic Party, its hiring spree is taking place out of state. Over the past couple months, the New York State Democratic Committee has spent $1.3 million on various campaigns around the state. More than 95 percent of the expenditures -- $1.24 m…

   Democrat Mark Poloncarz and Republican Chris Collins spent Tuesday conducting dueling press conferences that showed while they are not breaking much new ground, they certainly are sticking to their tried-and-true themes.    Poloncarz kicked off the proceedings with a session at his Cheektowaga headquarters where he claimed to be the candidate wi…

   Back on Oct. 21, the Erie County Sheriff's Office issued a press release from Undersheriff Mark N. Wipperman indicating an arrest was "imminent" in the ballot tampering case it was investigating at the Board of Elections.    By last Thursday, spokeswoman Mary Murray said sheriff's investigators planned an arrest "in the near …

ALBANY -- In the time just before and just after its contract talks this summer with the Cuomo administration, the state's largest public labor group had an obvious neutrality agreement with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. That appears to over today. It started when a coalition representing business and local government entities this morning called, once again,…

ALBANY –- Prepare for the second annual millionaire’s tax battle. Refusing to let go of the issue, the Legislature’s top Democrat believes the governor and his allies in the GOP-led Senate will buckle to public pressure in the months ahead and impose a surcharge on people making more than $1 million annually. “I think the public is clearly with us,’’ Assembly Speaker Sheld…

Republican Chris Jacobs' television ad touting the work of a nonprofit he founded has caused a stir in the Erie County clerk's race. Here's the ad: I wrote about this ad and donations to Democrat Maria Whyte's campaign in this story published today. --Aaron Besecker