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LOCAL PARTY TO COORDINATE CUOMO WNY RACE

Gov. Cuomo's re-election campaign in Western New York will be run out of the Erie County Democratic Headquarters in Buffalo, it was announced Saturday.

The governor's bid for a third term will be coordinated with the campaigns of local Democratic candidates, said Vincent J. Sorrentino, the Erie County Democratic chairman.

Sorrentino made the announcement after a meeting here with John A. Marino, the Democratic state chairman.

Marino was in the Buffalo area Friday, when he met with Erie County Executive Gorski, and Saturday when he huddled with Democratic Party and labor leaders at a series of closed-door meetings.

The plan to coordinate the Cuomo campaign through Democratic Headquarters here indicates the governor and the local party have mended their political fences and are prepared to work together.

Sorrentino and his party organization complained recently that they were being largely ignored by the Cuomo administration in the distribution of state patronage.

One of the major slights occurred May 1 when Cuomo appointed Timothy J. Trost, a former Republican county legislator and GOP town leader, to fill a vacancy on the Erie County Family Court.

In naming Trost, now an enrolled Democrat, Cuomo ignored the Erie County Democratic organization, which had recommended Timothy R. Lovallo, a longtime Democratic activist, for the judgeship.

Lovallo, Trost and three other candidates will be competing in the Sept. 11 Democratic primary for the Family Court nomination.

Democrats also were miffed by Cuomo's appointment last week of David N. Greenfield of Lockport, a Republican, to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Board of Commissioners to replace Glenn S. Hackett, a Lewiston Democrat.

Sorrentino said Cuomo is expected to attend a fund-raiser in the Buffalo area during the summer and that the proceeds will be shared by the local and state Democratic committees.

The joint state-local campaign planned for Western New York will conduct a voter registration drive, sponsor telephone banks and mount a major get-out-the-vote effort, said Sorrentino.

Marino met privately with Sorrentino at breakfast Saturday in the Ramada Renaissance Hotel, Cheektowaga. Later, Marino met with Democratic officials and candidates and union officials.

Marino was en route to New York City late Saturday and was not available to comment.

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