Erie County Sheriff John Garcia says it’s a short-term arrangement, but insists he needs former Sheriff Timothy Howard’s assistance for up to six months.
Erie County Board of Elections spokesman Derek Murphy said if officials meet their goal of tabulating all absentee votes on Tuesday, close races such as sheriff may be determined.
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.
The Nov. 2 general election represents what may be the most unusual slate of local contests in generations.
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.
Depositions given by Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard – who looms large over this year’s sheriff’s race – and former deputy Kenneth Achtyl shed light on their thoughts about what happened during the incident that led to the charges against Achtyl, and in the courtroom.
The primary results raise a key question: Can Kimberly Beaty pull in enough votes from her Buffalo base in the fall election to offset John Garcia's strengths in places like Orchard Park, Hamburg and Lancaster?
Ted DiNoto is an Amherst police lieutenant who chose not to run in the Republican primary and instead established a line for himself by circulating an independent nominating petition.
Petitions to appear on independent ballot lines had too few valid signatures to meet the requirements, the Elections Board staff found.
"It wasn’t a good election for the party bosses in Erie County," writes The News' Editorial Board.
Democrat Brian J. Gould, who had been the Democratic Party’s favorite, pledged his support to the candidate who beat him in the party primary Tuesday, Kimberly Beaty, and will no longer seek the office.
A victory by John Garcia would put him on the Republican line, but with Karen Healy-Case retaining the Conservative spot they could split November’s vote from the county’s right-leaning residents.
In a routine review of county expenses, Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. said he is scrutinizing payments of $282,037 since 2015 to 716 Security and Investigations, partly owned by Republican candidate John C. Garcia.
Detective John C. Garcia, now retired, wielded the battering ram in the raid eight years ago and played a central role in the course of events.
Brian Gould, assistant chief and a 24-year veteran of the town force, looks to secure the Working Families committee endorsement, which activist Myles L. Carter is also seeking.