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Rivera re-elected as two new faces join Buffalo Common Council

David A. Rivera was re-elected to a fourth term on the Common Council to represent the Niagara District, one of the city’s most diverse districts.

Majority Leader Rivera, 61, easily defeated longtime business owner and Republican Mark T. Supples, 60, and Green Party candidate Charley Tarr.

The Council remains an all-male body after Tuesday's elections, but now it has two newcomers – Bryan J. Bollman and Mitchell P. Nowakowski.

Bollman, 35, won the Lovejoy District race, while Nowakowski, 28, won in the Fillmore District. Each faced only minor-party opposition.

Bryan Bollman speaks during the Democratic Party's election night celebration at Statler City, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

In his first run for elected office, Bollman succeeds Richard A. Fontana, who represented the Lovejoy District for 21 years before announcing in February that he would not seek re-election. Bollman had been Fontana's chief of staff for 11 years.

Nowakowski was elected to the Fillmore District seat that David A. Franczyk had held for 32 years. Franczyk also announced earlier this year he was not seeking re-election.

Buffalo Common Council Member-elect Mitch Nowakowski speaks during the Democratic Party's election night celebration at Statler City, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Nowakowski was a legislative assistant to Rivera for about 3½ years and then was promoted to legislative assistant for the Council for the past two years.

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Buffalo Common Council: Niagara District

100% of districts reporting

  • David A. Rivera, D, I 2,873 votes 76.5%
  • Mark T. Supples, R, C 702 votes 18.7%
  • Charley Tarr, G 181 votes 4.8%

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