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Barbra A. Kavanaugh received the Erie County Democratic Committee's unanimous endorsement for Buffalo comptroller Wednesday.

Andrew A. SanFilippo, acting comptroller, withdrew his name after learning Wednesday afternoon that he wouldn't receive the endorsement. A spokesman for SanFilippo -- who replaced Anthony R. Nanula when he resigned last year to accept a post with State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi -- said he will continue to examine his options.

Kavanaugh is a former assistant state attorney general and former Common Council member.

"We think Barbra Kavanaugh represents change," said committee Chairman Leonard R. Lenihan. "We think she's got a fresh perspective, a fresh viewpoint."

Other Democrats vying for the party endorsement were Common Council President James W. Pitts and Donald A. Van Every, a member of the Buffalo School Board.

Pitts has indicated he's committed to running with or without party backing, and Van Every, according to Lenihan, said he would support the endorsed candidate.

In other action Wednesday, the Democratic Committee endorsed Debra L. Givens for City Court.

Relay challenge to take place Sunday

The annual All Day/All Night Relay Challenge for Amherst youth kicks off Sunday at the North Campus of the University at Buffalo.

Attractions, including an "Amherst Teen Idol" contest, music, guest appearances and more, begin at 2 p.m. Sunday and run until 10 a.m. Monday, officials said.

During the main event, teams of 10 people will conduct a continuous one-mile relay for the entire 20-hour period. Registration is $40 per team member, and proceeds will be used for Amherst Youth Board events, according to organizers.

Amherst Democrats endorse two

Amherst Democrats have endorsed Town Justice Geoffrey Klein and interim Highway Superintendent Robert Anderson in the September primary election, according to Dennis Ward, chairman of the town's Democratic Party.

More than 60 party committee members took part in the balloting, which resulted in a unanimous vote for Klein. Only one vote was cast against Anderson, who already has received the endorsements of the Republican and Conservative parties, Ward said.

As a result, Anderson is expected to win his race easily. He was sworn in Tuesday as interim superintendent, succeeding Thomas J. Wik, who resigned to take an engineer's job with the Erie County Water Authority.

Kerlikowske ends court fight on pay

Former Buffalo Police Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske is giving up his court fight to get $12,000 in unused vacation pay the city promised when he resigned as police commissioner in 1998 but then failed to pay him.

Kerlikowske's lawyer, David P. Marcus, said the former police commissioner, who now has a similar position in Seattle, has decided not to pursue the case after the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court unanimously ruled against him earlier this month.

Marcus said it is undisputed that city officials promised him his vacation pay if he resigned seven weeks early so Rocco J. Diina could take over immediately as police commissioner.

Marcus had presented a letter authorizing the payment from Vincent J. LoVallo, former chief of staff for Mayor Anthony M. Masiello, as well as a letter from Common Council President James W. Pitts, saying the Council had no problem with the arrangement.

But the city balked at paying Kerlikowske, after the Civil Service Commission said the city had no precedent for paying non-union employees for unused vacation time, and the Council refused to approve it.

The Appellate Division approved the city's motion to dismiss the action, ruling there was no statutory authority to approve the payment.

Fitzmaurice joins Buffalo Place board

The Buffalo Place board of directors will have a new face next month.

Stephen P. Fitzmaurice, property manager with Marine Buffalo Associates, owner of the HSBC Tower, won a two-year term in the annual election for the 15-member board.

Fitzmaurice has been engineering director for the Hyatt Regency Buffalo and is a former member of the Cheektowaga Conservation Advisory Council. He will succeed Eric S.P. LeFebrve of Main Place-Liberty Group, who served for four years on the nonprofit board.

Keith Belanger, senior vice president of M&T Bank; C. Stuart Hunt of Hunt Real Estate; and Charles P. Malarkey, vice president of HSBC Bank USA, were re-elected to two-year terms.

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