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Trump’s state leadership team has strong WNY ties

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s New York campaign leadership team has extensive Western New York connections.

Nicholas A. Langworthy, the Erie County GOP leader, David DiPietro, assemblyman from East Aurora, and Tim Howard, the Erie County sheriff, will “drive” Trump’s Western New York effort, the campaign announced. The three are among the 14 co-chairs named for Trump’s statewide effort.

Rep. Tom Reed of Corning and former Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards will also serve as co-chairs.

Additionally, two of Trump’s three “honorary co-chairs” are from the region: Rep. Chris Collins of Clarence and Buffalo developer Carl Paladino.

Trump also picked up the endorsement of 33 Republican county chairmen, including from Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.

“New York is my home and I am so proud to have been able to assemble such an incredible team,” Trump said in a statement. “I have watched and known these people for so many years.”

Trump will rely on his campaign leadership team to help get out the vote on primary day, which is April 19.

Trump is scheduled to speak at a rally in First Niagara Center next Sunday.

His rivals are also making appearances upstate. John Kasich spoke in suburban Rochester on Saturday, and Ted Cruz is expected in Buffalo on Friday.