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Two New York City office holders running for statewide posts will campaign in Buffalo Saturday during the annual Juneteenth Festival. Jumaane Williams, a Brooklyn Council member and candidate in the September Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, will attend the Juneteenth parade beginning at 11 a.m. and then deliver remarks from the festival stage in Martin Luthe…

Erie County Conservatives registered no surprises in granting endorsements for state and local offices Thursday. The party announced support for: State Senate: Republicans Patrick M. Gallivan, Christopher L. Jacobs and Michael H. Ranzenhofer. State Assembly: Republicans Michael J. Norris, Angelo J. Morinello, Raymond W. Walter and David J. DiPietro, and Democrats …

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Niagara County Legislator Richard L. Andres Jr. of North Tonawanda was elected chairman of the county Republican Committee at an executive committee meeting Tuesday night in Wheatfield. He succeeds Adam VanDeMark of Lockport, who became first vice chairman. James D. Heuer of Wheatfield, moved from first to second vice chairman. Andres said he was asked to run last we…

The Chautauqua County Women’s Action Group will sponsor a congressional meet-the-candidates discussion and coffee from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Fredonia Presbyterian Church, 219 Central Ave. The event will feature five candidates competing in the June 26 Democratic primary for the right to challenge Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, in November. They include Linda Andrei, …

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A State University of New York trustee from Amherst on Tuesday announced his candidacy for the state Assembly on the steps of Town Hall. Marc J. Cohen, 23, said he will seek the Democratic endorsement for the 146th Assembly District seat currently held by Ray Walter, a Republican. Cohen serves on the governing body of the SUNY system, and is president of the SUNY Stu…

Cheektowaga

There will be contested political races in four villages, including East Aurora, where three trustees are running for mayor, when voters go to the polls March 20 in nine Erie County villages. Angola Incumbent Trustees John A. Glascott, United Party for Justice, and John W. Omlor, Hands On Party, are running unopposed for trustee. Both were appointed to their positions. …

Buffalo

"The Final Year," the documentary account of former President Obama's final year of office, will be screened at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave. The film -- which includes unprecedented access to the White House and State Department -- is the highlight of the President's Day Weekend Film Festival. The film features Obama's Se…

Erie County

Democratic leaders from the eight counties of the 27th Congressional District officially endorsed Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray late Thursday as their candidate to challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Chris Collins in November. Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner said the conference call of party chiefs unanimously settled on McMurray, an attorney…

The Village of Blasdell is looking for candidates for village trustee. The opening came as a result of former Mayor Michael Petrie winning election to the Hamburg Town Board. Petrie resigned Wednesday as mayor, and the Village Board appointed Trustee Rob Hefner to succeed him. Hefner will accept letters of interest accompanied by resumes from village residents who ar…

It was a bit of musical chairs in the Village of Blasdell Wednesday night as the mayor resigned, the deputy mayor took over, then the board appointed a new mayor. Mayor Michael Petrie, who joined the Hamburg Town Board Jan. 1, submitted his resignation during the mayor's report section of the meeting, where he said he was pleased to have been able to serve the villa…

Erie County

Deputy City Attorney S. Michael Rua was named city attorney on an interim basis by the Tonawanda Common Council on Tuesday. He replaces Ronald C. Trabucco, the city attorney for 22 years, who announced his retirement. Rua will serve in the position until the end of December, but will need to run for election in November to remain in the position. Tuesday was Trabu…

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Dan DeLano doesn't look like your run-of-the-mill politician, and he doesn't have the typical background, either. The new 51-year-old mayor of Williamsville works in construction, plays music professionally, owned a tavern in Kenmore and was a stay-at-home dad. And his ample coif of rock-star hair makes him stand out from other Village Board members. But DeLano, who …

Buffalo

The WNY Peace Center is organizing a bus trip to Seneca Falls on Jan. 20 and a march in downtown Buffalo on Jan. 21 to mark the first anniversary of the historic Women's Marches held throughout the U.S. on the day after President Donald J. Trump took office. The #STILLRESISTING bus to Seneca Falls leaves at 7 a.m. Jan. 20 from the University at Buffalo South Campus Park…

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The Amherst Town Board and new Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa made a number of appointments at the board's reorganizational meeting Tuesday night. Kulpa named Francina Spoth, who was elected to the board in 2015, as deputy supervisor. The board approved Kulpa's selection of Julie Yates, the wife of Williamsville Trustee Al Yates, as the supervisor's secretary, at a salary…

Erie County

Democratic Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke posted an unintentionally funny Instagram video, featuring his 7-year-old son, to make it official: He's running for the State Assembly seat vacated by Michael Kearns after Kearns was elected to serve as county clerk last year. The independent-minded South Buffalo resident was elected to the Legislature in 2013 without par…