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Republican challenger Michael R. Young declared himself the winner Tuesday of the City of Tonawanda Third Ward Common Council seat after absentee ballots were counted and his slim lead over Councilmember Sean Rautenstrauch grew slightly. Young was ahead by 11 votes after absentee ballots were counted at the Erie County Board of Elections two weeks after the Nov. 7 elect…

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A coalition of citizens groups will gather at 4:30 p.m. Monday outside the Saturn Club in Buffalo to protest Rep. Chris Collins' appearance there -- and the Clarence Republican's support for a GOP tax reform plan. The groups said they oppose the plan because it will raise taxes for some state residents. The bill cuts the deduction for state and local taxes. The group…

Amherst

Use of the Amherst town seal in campaign material could be prevented if a proposed law is passed. The issue came up in the days before Election Day when a letter carrying the town seal went out from Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein in which he endorsed Guy R. Marlette, a candidate for the Erie County Legislature's 5th district. Now, the restriction is among a series of…

Politics

Now that Brian J. Kulpa has been elected Amherst town supervisor, who will take over as mayor of the Village of Williamsville? Kulpa on Wednesday said he plans to submit his resignation in December, and his departure will be Dec. 31. After the New Year, the Village Board's four trustees would select a new mayor -- either from among themselves or another village resi…

Amherst

Amherst voters on Tuesday gave Williamsville Mayor Brian J. Kulpa a promotion to town supervisor, as Democrats gained full control of the five-member Town Board. On Jan. 1 Kulpa will go from representing the roughly 5,200 residents of the village to representing the nearly 126,000 residents in the entire town. Kulpa said he felt he was the "underdog" entering the ra…

Buffalo

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday to pick Erie County's next sheriff and county legislators, town supervisors and mayors in both Niagara and Erie counties. Our reporters and photographers have been visiting polling sites, talking to voters and candidates, and will bring you results after the polls close. You can follow the live coverage below in tweets from Buffalo N…

Amherst

Amherst voters will choose two new council members from among five candidates on Election Day. They will replace Deputy Supervisor Steven D. Sanders, who is barred from running for re-election because of term limits, and Ramona D. Popowich, who decided not to seek a second term. Here's a primer on the candidates based on their responses to a questionnaire: Erin K.…

Politics

Democratic Erie County Legislature candidate Michelle Schoeneman on Friday filed a notice of summons against her opponent Legislator Joseph Lorigo, accusing him of defaming her in robo calls and social media and television ads regarding the opioid epidemic. Schoeneman filed the summons in State Supreme Court, indicating Lorigo's campaign falsely alleged Schoeneman "want…

Amherst

Amherst voters have two distinct choices for the next town supervisor. Most town residents who know Marjory H. Jaeger know her as the town clerk to whom they make their property tax checks out to. Residents who know Brian J. Kulpa know him as mayor of the Village of Williamsville, population 6,000. The winner on Election Day will lead the town for the next four years…

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A campaign mailer residents received Thursday about the Erie County Legislature's 5th District raised some eyebrows for its use of Amherst's town seal. The mailer is a letter written by Amherst Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein in which he endorses Guy R. Marlette, a candidate for the legislature seat in Tuesday's election. Weinstein's glowing endorsement of Marlette came a…

It looks like this year's race for Hamburg highway superintendent is the most expensive highway superintendent's campaign in Hamburg history. Incumbent Tom Best Sr. has spent $89,357 on his race against Ted Casey, the town's traffic safety coordinator, according to financial disclosure records on the state Board of Elections website. Did Best, a former police captain…

Amherst

One candidate for Amherst town supervisor wants to see the former Westwood Country Club preserved as a park. The other wants to play golf there. But they both agree a developer’s plan for a mix of housing, retail and commercial space and park needs to go back to the drawing board. A lack of sanitary sewer capacity for the site between Maple Road and Sheridan Drive …

With a week to go before the election, more than $150,000 has been spent on the race for Hamburg supervisor. Dennis Gaughan has raised $78,259 and spent $94,850, according to state campaign finance filings. His opponent, James M. Shaw, has spent $59,962 and raised $61,960. Gaughan has contributed $49,200 to his own campaign, and his wife, Mary Rose, has contribute…

Amherst

Democrat Thomas A. Loughran might have lost his last campaign for the Erie County Legislature if it wasn't for the 1,000 votes he received on the Conservative Party ballot line. But in his rematch against Republican challenger Guy R. Marlette, Loughran won't be able to count on the 1,000 votes he received from Conservatives two years ago, making this race likely to be o…

Buffalo

Area women will celebrate the 100th anniversary of New York granting women the right to vote at a ceremony at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the grave of Mary B. Talbert in Forest Lawn cemetery. Women's suffrage passed on Nov. 6, 1917 in New York, three years before the 19th amendment granted the vote to women across the country. Talbert, born in Oberlin, Ohio, was an or…