Take a look at our coverage of the 2021 Erie County sheriff's race. Early voting begins Oct. 23. Election Day is Nov. 2.

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The campaign team for Hochul, who has remained on the sidelines in the heated Buffalo mayor's race, did not respond to an inquiry seeking comment.

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Each of this year’s active candidates for sheriff agree the road patrol needs diversity. All want to do better than departing Sheriff Timothy B. Howard has done in hiring minorities.

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Late-arriving donations reported to the state Board of Elections show the Democratic Party days ago threw almost $37,000 into Beaty’s campaign, which has been underfunded when compared to Republican John C. Garcia’s.

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Erie County sheriff candidate Kim Beaty suspects Sheriff Timothy B. Howard benefits from a contract that provides commissary and telephone services for inmates at the Holding Center in downtown Buffalo and the Correctional Facility in Alden.

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Only Beaty has the kind of command history to document a ready ability to lead so large and sprawling an agency, the News Editorial Board says.

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The hot contest for Buffalo mayor could bring out the city’s concentration of more than 100,000 Democratic voters in November, which bodes well for sheriff candidate Kimberly Beaty.

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The Nov. 2 general election represents what may be the most unusual slate of local contests in generations.

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The Police Benevolent Association says that issuing a star-shaped badge to well-known businessman and political donor Gerald A. Buchheit Jr. violates a contract provision.

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"I decided to step aside because I had no chance of winning the election on a minor party line and I don't want to be a distraction to the process," Healy-Case said.

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“How outraged is the Republican Party and John Garcia about what happened on Jan. 6?” candidate Ted DiNoto said in a statement. “That is the question many ask, myself included.”

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Garcia elaborated on the need to house and treat mentally ill defendants outside the county’s jails, or at least stabilize them in a clinical setting before placing them in a cell.

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Eugene Sibick, father of Thomas F. Sibick, said he donated to Garcia’s campaign because he sees him as the best candidate in the field.

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As major party nominees, Garcia and Kimberly Beaty are likely to pick up cash and support from their party organizations in the weeks leading up to Election Day.

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The recent decision to fire Corrections Officer Anil Kawal, while appropriate, is nonetheless unexpected, given that Howard has tolerated – and thus enabled – worse conduct in the past.

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While the two might benefit from differentiating themselves, they took similar stands on the mostly jail-related questions they faced.