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Voter Guide: Election Day 2019 in Buffalo Niagara

Voter Guide: Election Day 2019 in Buffalo Niagara

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Today is Election Day in New York State. Polls in Erie County are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Go to to locate your polling place and a sample ballot.

Results will be available on as soon as we get them. In the meantime, here's a look at some of the races and seats up for grabs throughout Erie and Niagara counties.

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Erie County

Executive: Incumbent Mark Poloncarz faces a challenge from current Legislator Lynne Dixon.

Legislature: Every member of the Erie County Legislature is up for re-election this year, with party control of the legislative body hanging in the balance. Read about who the candidates are and what their stances are on key issues.

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Town Board: Democrats swept into power in Amherst in the 2015 and 2017 town elections, winning all five seats on the Town Board including the supervisor's post. Now, Republicans are trying to rebound by picking off one or both of the seats on the ballot this fall.

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Buffalo comptroller: In a race that pits "independence" against public sector experience, interim Buffalo Comptroller Barbara Miller-Williams will face Republican Ross Kostecky, a senior legislative clerk for the Erie County Legislature.

Common Council: Niagara Council candidates differ on 'inclusionary zoning,' school funding: Incumbent David A. Rivera will face Republican Mark T. Supples.

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Town justice: Two-term incumbent Justice Paul S. Piotrowski is fighting for his political life in the race against Cheektowaga Police Detective David M. Stevens.

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Town justice: With Republican Robert Sillars not seeking re-election, Jonathan S. Hickey is taking on Ryan J. Mills.

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Grand Island

Supervisor, Town Board: Nate McMurray's announcement that he wouldn't seek a second term, as he again turns his attention to a congressional seat, has set up a wide-open race with three candidates vying to succeed him.

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Town board: Hamburg's ballot might give voters a sense of deja vu this year. That's because three of the candidates running for Town Board are children of former board members who served 18 or more years in the town.

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Town clerk: Lancaster Democrats have controlled the office of town clerk since 1966 when Republican Lucian A. Ferbet ended his 16-year run in the office. If they are going to continue that run, it will come with a fight that follows a bruising primary and campaign season.

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Orchard Park

Town Board: Voters will decide whether to increase the size of the board from three to five, by adding two council seats.

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Town of Tonawanda

Town BoardRepublicans confront a Democratic voter registration edge of 45% to 28% this year as they try to oust an incumbent supervisor, defeat a Town Board member appointed two months ago and win a rare open board seat.

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West Seneca

Supervisor: There hasn't been a Republican elected supervisor in West Seneca in half a century. Former FBI Special Agent Gary Dickson is hoping this is the year that breaks the pattern.

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Niagara County

Legislature: If Democrats, somehow, find a way to win in Lewiston, Porter and Wheatfield, control of the Niagara County Legislature could be within their grasp.

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Mayor: The Niagara County sheriff's statement on dispatching could play a role in the mayoral race.

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Niagara Falls

Mayor: Niagara Falls voters certainly have choices for mayor this election. Four names will be on the ballot, and a fifth candidate is seeking write-in votes.

The Buffalo News: Good Morning, Buffalo

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