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South Buffalo's Dennis Manley, who is waging an aggressive campaign against incumbent South Council Member Bonnie Kane Lockwood in the Democratic primary, won the key backing of the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association today.

In a news conference outside the Southside Station, PBA President Robert P. Meegan called Council Member Lockwood "weak on crime" and praised Manley's potential.

"Dennis Manley is the best candidate to help protect the people of the South District," Meegan said.

Manley used the occasion to blast his opponent's record on police issues.

"Police protection for the people of the South District has been cut by 30 percent since she took office," Manley said. "Under (former Council Member) Brian Higgins, we had 113 positions; today we have 79, and we haven't heard a whimper of protest from my opponent. That's disgraceful."

Manley continued his claims that Council Member Lockwood "cut a deal" with Mayor Masiello not to fight cuts in police services and block grant funding in return for his support.

Mrs. Lockwood has denied Manley's charges.

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