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Supervisor Nathan McMurray, the lone Democrat on the Grand Island Town Board, said he "campaigned hard" to fill two open board seats with Democrats. But Republicans Peter J. Marston Jr., the chairman of the Planning Board and owner of Marston Power Equipment, and Jennifer Baney, a former Williamsville elementary teacher, easily took the two spots, which were left open 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 …

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 …

City of Tonawanda Democratic candidates will hold a forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in City Hall, 200 Niagara St. The forum was originally planned as a debate, but the Republican candidates declined the invitation. Republican mayoral candidate Tim Toth said the Republican candidates will interact with the public in a door-to-door campaign. Toth, the current Fourth War…

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Chuck Sankey, Damon Piatek and Paul Christian have been endorsed by the Town of Tonawanda Republican Committee to run for Town Board seats. The Republican committee recently announced its slate of candidates, saying it will "take on the Democratic monopoly" on the Town Board. Three Democratic incumbents on the board, John A. Bargnesi Jr., who also serves as deputy s…

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Cyndy Montana announced Monday that she will resign as Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray's secretary at the beginning of June and try to gain a seat on the Grand Island Town Board. Montana said she already has received the Democratic endorsement and will seek endorsements from the Working Families and Women's Equality parties. Montana has worked as secretary for Town S…

A month after Councilman Tim Toth announced his plans to run for mayor, the City of Tonawanda Republican Committee has announced its lineup of endorsements for the entire City Council, with Toth at the top of its ticket. Toth, currently serving his first term as councilman representing the Fourth Ward, is a retired 24-year veteran of the City of Tonawanda Police Depar…

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Buffalo attorney Steven Cohen, litigation chair at the law firm of HoganWillig, announced his candidacy for State Supreme Court on Sunday. Cohen has practiced law for three decades and said in his announcement that after suffering a serious illness, he came to the realization that as a lawyer he was helping people seek justice one case at a time, but as a judge he could…