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Erie County

At Connect Church in Hamburg, democracy was served – with a slice of pie. By 7:35 a.m., voter turnout had set a brisk pace, with 92 voters from three precincts choosing among their favorites. “It’s a fabulous place to vote,” said voter Ann Fox, with a cherry pie in hand. “It was a tough choice,” she said of the pies – not candidates. “I come early so that there’s a g…

Erie County

More than a dozen Buffalo News reporters and six photographers are providing live coverage in tweets below of the first election in New York State where early voting will help decide the winners. https://twitter.com/TheBuffaloNews/lists/election-day-2019 Who's on the ballot The biggest races in Erie and Niagara counties include: Erie County Executive Mark Pol…

Local News

It was supposed to be a “quiet” election in 2019. The contest for Erie County executive always produces the lowest turnout of the four-year election cycle, and the ballot greeting voters Tuesday features only a few competitive County Legislature races along with just two contested races in the City of Buffalo. Still, the county executive faceoff between incumbent Dem…

Erie County

It was easier to vote early in Erie County than anywhere else in the state, with 37 polling places to choose from and residents permitted to vote at any of them. By and large, though, most of the people who voted early in Erie County probably would have voted anyhow this year, even if the state hadn't introduced early voting. Fewer than 1% of Erie County’s early vote…

Local News

As James Niwinski and Gordon Wyntjes lined up their shots at the Cheektowaga Senior Center pool table a few days ago, talk turned to Tuesday’s big election for county executive. Both are Democrats, and both plan to vote. Wyntjes, a retired store manager and insurance executive, seems to represent the solid suburban voter that incumbent Democrat Mark C. Poloncarz needs t…

Erie County

Election inspectors in Brant have been busy ever since early voting began a week ago. One is crocheting a table runner. Another, an afghan. A third is cross-stitching a Christmas pillow.  The fourth? Well, she’s been crushing it on Slotomania, her favorite app. Of the 37 early polling centers in Erie County, the slowest has been the one in Brant. On average, eight…

Lancaster

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. Incumbent Diane M. Terranova, a lifelong Democrat who worked in the clerk's office since 2005, lost her part…

Local News

Niagara County Legislature candidate Anita Mullane has accused her opponent, Legislature Chairman W. Keith McNall, of telling "an out-and-out lie" in a campaign flyer mailed to Lockport voters. The unattributed flyer said Mullane tried to get her sister, Lena Villella, appointed city assessor when Mullane was on the Lockport Common Council in 2016. “Leave my family o…

Courts

For years, Western New York’s party chairmen always found a way to fill their campaign coffers with major contributions from the candidates they anoint for State Supreme Court. Some candidates forked over $7,500 two decades ago for the “expenses” of judicial nominating conventions. Others diverted thousands from their own campaigns for causes dear to party chairmen – th…

Local News

Perhaps the most influential person in this fall's Grand Island elections isn't on the ballot. Town Supervisor Nate McMurray, a Democrat, is a polarizing figure, drawing strong support from progressives but criticism from political opponents who call him out of touch with his Grand Island constituents. McMurray's announcement that he wouldn't seek a second term, as h…

Buffalo

Interim Buffalo Comptroller Barbara Miller-Williams will face Republican Ross Kostecky, a senior legislative clerk for the Erie County Legislature, in the Nov. 5 election. Miller-Williams, a Democrat, was appointed to the position in April by the Common Council to fill a vacancy. She said she is running for a full, four-year term because "numerous years in elected publi…

Buffalo

Incumbent David A. Rivera will face Republican Mark T. Supples in the Nov. 5  election for the Niagara District Buffalo Common Council seat. Rivera said his accomplishments since taking office in 2008 include expanding affordable housing options, advocating for more infrastructure dollars spent on the West Side and leading the effort to implement "language access" initi…

Erie County

When Mark Poloncarz was campaigning to unseat former Erie County Executive Chris Collins in 2011, he pointed to deteriorating roads as an example of Collins' "record of failure." Now, his political opponents are saying the same thing about his leadership. Republican-endorsed challenger Lynne Dixon has aired a TV attack ad for weeks, with her behind the wheel, talking ab…

Local News

Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour says Alderman David R. Wohleben, the Republican candidate for Lockport mayor, is the one who produced an agreement to shift Lockport police dispatching to the Sheriff's Office. Mayor Michelle M. Roman, a Democrat facing Wohleben Nov. 5, contests Voutour's statement. The issue has been among the most heated in the election campa…

Hamburg

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. There's a Best, a Hoak and a Connolly, all from well-known political families in Hamburg. There's also a Mosey, a McKnight and a Celani running. Two Council s…