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This is what I’m thinking: WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) reporter Michael Wooten deserves praise for his balanced coverage dealing with the race for the congressional seat in the 27th district between incumbent Republican Chris Collins and Democratic challenger Nate McMurray. The huge difference in the bankrolls of the two candidates makes it imperative that local media fact-c…

Niagara County

Joseph "Joe" DiPasquale, a film producer, teacher and environmental activist, will announce his bid to be the Democratic candidate for the 144th New York State Assembly District at two press conferences on Tuesday in Niagara and Orleans counties. DiPasquale will outline his positions at 6 Bright St., Lockport, at 10 a.m., and again at 2 p.m. in Russell Park, Akron. D…

Erie County

Mayor Rick Davis announced Tuesday his administrative assistant Charles Rech would be leaving the job Friday, and he would appoint First Ward Councilman Charles Gilbert to take over the $55,000-a-year job. Gilbert, who ran unopposed for a fifth two-year term in November, said he will resign his Council seat Friday to take the position. He is one of two Republicans on th…

Town of Tonawanda

Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger will deliver a State of the Town speech at a luncheon sponsored by the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 9 at Classics V Restaurant, 2425 Niagara Falls Boulevard. Advance reservations are due by Feb. 6. The cost is $25 before that date and $30 afterward. Reservations can be made by calling the chamber office at 874-1202 …

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…