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1.6 million moved out of state in past decade

ALBANY -- A think tank reports that New Yorkers moving to other states in the last decade totaled more than the populations of Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, White Plains and West Babylon combined.

The Empire Center for New York State Policy found 1.6 million New York residents moved to other states between 2000 and 2010.

Percentagewise, that's the greatest loss of residents to other states than anywhere else in the nation.

While many New Yorkers continued to seek out hotter economies and warmer retirements, U.S. Census Bureau numbers show the state's population grew by 2 percent over the decade to 19.4 million. That was largely fueled by immigrants moving to New York City.

All eight Western New York counties lost residents to other states during the past decade: Erie County lost 46,514; Niagara County, 5,407; Allegany, 1,866; Cattaraugus, 5,386; Chautauqua, 6,051; Genesee, 1,401; Orleans, 2,253; and Wyoming, 2,012. See the report online at


Board of Elections keeps three on Conservative line

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Board of Elections, by the narrowest of margins, kept John G. Accardo, Councilman Robert A. Anderson Jr. and Glenn A. Choolokian on the Conservative Party ticket Tuesday.

Accardo, running for mayor, had seven of his Conservative nominating petition signatures challenged by City Democratic Chairman David C. Houghton, and the same challenges were filed against Anderson and Choolokian, running for the City Council.

The elections commissioners disallowed four signatures on each petition, leaving the candidates with the bare minimum number of 16 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Houghton, in case his challenge failed, had already brought suit against the board; the case is to be heard Thursday in State Supreme Court, Niagara Falls.

The board has yet to rule on Houghton's challenge to Accardo's Democratic petitions.


Ruling on Cole petitions will go to State Court

LOCKPORT -- A judge will decide whether Matthew M. Cole will be allowed to run for Niagara County legislator in Niagara Falls' 3rd District.

The county Board of Elections upheld Cole's Democratic Party nominating petitions Tuesday, but his primary opponent, John P. Briglio, already had filed suit in case the board kept Cole on the ballot. State Supreme Court Justice Ralph A. Boniello III is to hear the case Thursday.

Cole had submitted 272 petition signatures, 29 more than the minimum. Briglio challenged 46 signatures, mostly claiming the signers weren't registered to vote at the addresses they gave. However, the elections commissioners threw out only 15 signatures and disagreed on the rest, meaning they count.

The Republicans have a primary in that district, which covers most of LaSalle, between appointed incumbent Cheree J. Copelin and Michael S. Gawel.

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