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>Figures show Anderson wins highway superintendent race

The final numbers are in.

Incumbent Amherst Highway Superintendent Robert Anderson defeated challenger Kathy Kaminski by 1,002 votes. The final tally, tabulated Friday by the Erie County Board of Elections, gave Anderson 16,603 votes to Kaminski's 15,601.

The figures include a corrected voting machine count, which gave Anderson an 888-vote lead early last week, plus the addition of provisional ballots and about 1,400 absentee ballots, which gave Anderson 51.6 percent of all votes cast.

Heading into Election Day, Anderson was considered the clear favorite, carrying the endorsements of the Republican, Independence, Conservative and Working Families parties, as well as half a dozen unions.

He also raised five times more money than Kaminski for his campaign.

Kaminski, a town Highway Department crew chief and political newcomer, defied expectations by running a competitive race with far less campaign money and the endorsements of only the Democratic Party and the Women's TAP Fund.

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>Restored building to open at Old Fort Niagara

YOUNGSTOWN -- A newly renovated powder magazine built 250 years ago at Old Fort Niagara will open to the public at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The building, known as the French Powder Magazine and built in 1757, has been renovated to look the way it did in the mid-1700s.

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