Mazur to seek new term in 8th District seat
County Legislator Thomas J. Mazur said Thursday he will run for re-election in his Cheektowaga-based 8th District.
Mazur, a Democrat in his second stint in County Hall, said he considered retiring from the Legislature. But he said he is circulating Democratic petitions this week and will seek minor-party support.
The district is heavily Democratic. Mazur previously served in the Legislature from 1988 to 1993.
Rath's Legislature bid adds Conservative line
Republican Edward A. Rath III has won the Conservative Party endorsement in his effort to succeed Barry A. Weinstein in the Erie County Legislature.
Ralph C. Lorigo, chairman of the Erie County Conservative Party, said Rath easily won the minor party line earlier this week. Rath now enters the race with backing from the Republican, Independence and Conservative parties.
Buffalo Sabres broadcaster Mike Robitaille -- a member of the Independence Party -- had explored running for the seat on the Democratic line, but that effort appears to have cooled. Robitaille did not return phone calls seeking his comment, but Amherst Democratic Chairman Dennis E. Ward said federal requirements for equal time on the airwaves presented the biggest impediment to a Robitaille candidacy.
"The snag was the equal-time issue, and there doesn't appear to be a way around it," Ward said.
The party is now ready to offer Tom Weisback, an Amherst Democratic committeeman and National Grid employee, as its candidate for the 15th District, Ward said.
Conservatives, meanwhile, also endorsed Republican Molly Gondek Musarra for Erie County Court in what Lorigo called a spirited contest with Democrat Thomas P. Franczyk, an associate judge of Buffalo City Court. Musarra is deputy district attorney for felony prosecutions.
Improvement work begins at town playgrounds
Cheektowaga facilities crews have started dismantling the playground at Kelly Park before erecting new equipment. Nob Hill Park also will receive new equipment, said Facilities Director John J. Jaroszewski Jr.
It will take about two weeks to finish the installation at both parks. Work at Nob Hill is to begin in a week, he said.
The town is spending $150,000 to improve the four playgrounds, he said.