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Democrats take control of Hamburg Town Board

Hamburg's Town Board will have a new look next year, with the election of two newcomers.

The race took shape earlier in the year, when incumbent Republicans Tom Best Jr. and Michael Mosey lost the Republican primary to Amy McKnight, director of activities at Autumn View Health Care Facility and a former part-time worker for the town, and law student Daniel N. Celani.

That opened the way for two Democrats: Karen Hoak, a bridge safety instructor and construction inspector, and Shawn Connolly, a partner of wealth management firm Jensen, Marks, Langer & Vance to take the lead, giving the Town Board a Democratic majority.

Hoak is the daughter of former Supervisor Patrick H. Hoak. Connolly is a former Zoning Board member and son of former Councilman and Highway Superintendent James Connolly. (Shawn Connolly is also the brother of Brian Connolly, a vice president of The Buffalo News.)

They beat the Republican candidates, Amy M. McKnight and Daniel Celani, as well as Best and Mosey.

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Hamburg Town Board
Electing two
100% of districts reporting

  • Shawn P. Connolly, D, G, SAM 7,229, 22.3%
  • Karen L. Hoak, D, G, SAM 7,569, 23.3%
  • Amy M. McKnight, R, I 5,266, 16.2%
  • Daniel N. Celani, R, I 5,130, 15.8%
  • Thomas Best, C, W 4,156, 12.8%
  • Michael Mosey, C, W 3,100 9.6%

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