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News, notes and observations following Election 2019: Give Lynne Dixon credit – the unsuccessful Republican/Independence candidate for Erie County executive did pretty well. Dixon lost by seven points to Democratic incumbent Mark Poloncarz, close enough to pronounce that her candidacy was worth a shot. That seven-point difference, however, serves a sobering message t…

Erie County

The Erie County Board of Elections' plan was to post early voting results online by 9:15 p.m. Tuesday. But at 9:15, results were not online. That was when elections officials said results would be online by 9:30. At 9:45, they still were not online. That was around the time that a Board of Elections spokesperson told a reporter, “This isn’t about fast. This is abo…

Local News

1) A night of nail-biters The unofficial election results are in, but there still are some candidates wondering if they won or lost. There are 123 votes separating the candidates for supervisor in Lancaster, and the race for Town Board seats is close in Amherst, Orchard Park and Aurora. But candidates will have to wait at least two weeks. "Nothing is going to star…

Local News

The good fortune that swung to Erie County's Democrats on Tuesday could lubricate the party's machinery by protecting the patronage and filling the bank accounts as the party heads toward 2020. "It's not a bad thing tonight to be a Democrat in Erie County," said the Rev. Darius Pridgen, who will continue to lead an all-Democratic Buffalo Common Council. Mark C. Polon…

Amherst

Jeanne M. Vinal, a political newcomer, won election Tuesday to represent Amherst in the Erie County Legislature. Vinal, a Democrat, defeated Republican Shelly D. Schratz to capture the 5th Legislative District seat. The district is currently represented by Democrat Thomas Loughran, who did not seek re-election. Vinal, 55, an attorney in private practice, has been cam…

City of Tonawanda

Erie County Legislator Kevin R. Hardwick won another term in office Tuesday representing the 4th District. Hardwick, 62, a political science professor at Canisius College, defeated his Republican challenger Jacob J. McMahon, 23, a Grand Island firefighter and former Marine. The nine-year incumbent has been representing the city and town of Tonawanda and Grand Island …

Cheektowaga

Political newcomer Frank J. Todaro declared victory in his election bid for the Erie County Legislature on Tuesday. Todaro, a Republican who was also on the Conservative and Independence party lines, upset Democratic incumbent John Bruso to claim the seat in the 8th Legislative District representing Cheektowaga, Lancaster and Alden. Todaro, 40, is owner of Collision …

Erie County

Erie County elections officials had said prior to Election Day that all of the results from the nine days of early voting would be posted online by about 9:15 p.m. But no results at all appeared on the Board of Elections website until about 9:50 p.m. Officials downplayed the lag, noting that this was the first year of early voting and the technology that accompanied it,…

Erie County

Republicans came into Tuesday as the minority party in the Erie County Legislature, and the election did nothing to change that. Democrats will maintain control of the Legislature – as expected – while the Republican-supported caucus was unable to gain ground, according to incomplete election results available late Tuesday. Democrats would still hold a 7-to-4 edge in…

Erie County

Democrat Mark C. Poloncarz cemented his dominance of Western New York politics Tuesday with a convincing victory over Lynne M. Dixon, his Republican/Independence challenger for Erie County executive. Poloncarz joined fellow Democrat Dennis T. Gorski as only the second county executive to gain a third term,  notching a solid — but not overwhelming — win with all votes co…

Local News

Incumbent Justice Diane Y. Devlin, a Democrat, led Republican challenger Gerald J. Greenan III in a race for a seat on the State Supreme Court as of late Tuesday night. This was the only contested race for State Supreme Court in the Eighth Judicial District, which covers the eight counties of Western New York. Democrat Gerald J. Whalen, presiding justice of the Appel…

Erie County

Attorney John J. Gilmour won a wide-open race Tuesday in Erie County's 9th Legislative District, The Buffalo News declares. Gilmour, a Democrat and political newcomer, defeated another first-time candidate in Republican Ryan R. Stang to represent Hamburg, Lackawanna and South Buffalo in the Legislature. The two squared off for the seat being vacated by Lynne Dixon, w…

Local News

Republican Chautauqua County Executive George M. Borrello enjoyed a better than 70% margin Tuesday as he rolled to a landslide victory over Democrat Austin T. Morgan in a special election to fill the vacant 57th District seat in the State Senate. Borrello, a Silver Creek businessman and former county legislator representing the Town of Hanover who has been county execut…

Erie County

Erie County Legislator John J. Mills declared victory in his re-election bid Tuesday. The veteran Republican, whose seat is rarely threatened, defeated Democratic challenger Kathryn R. Eskew to retain his seat in the 11th District representing Orchard Park, Evans, Eden, Boston, Brant, Collins, North Collins, Concord and Sardinia. Mills, 72, is president of JMills Dis…

Hamburg

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. …