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WBFO's Mike Desmond

Well into the evening on Tuesday, supporters of mayoral candidate Mark Schroeder hoped their guy had a chance to win. Vote totals seemed to take so long to come in. However, by the end of the night, it became clear their candidate had lost.

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While many who follow Buffalo politics consider Tuesday night's Democratic primary the race that effectively settled the campaign for mayor, Byron Brown stated he is focusing on winning the general election in November. The incumbent mayor, though, savored his primary win and what many believe is a clear path to his fourth term in office.


2017 Primary Election Results

Sep 12, 2017

WBFO followed key races in the September 12 Primary Election. See the results from local polls here.

Eileen Elibol

The Democratic primary election for Buffalo Mayor is Tuesday and the tension in the race seemed to make Wednesday night's debate in the WNED|WBFO studio a little angrier.

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On Wednesday night, the three Democratic candidates for Mayor participated in Decision 2017: The Race for Buffalo Mayor, live at the WNED|WBFO studios in downtown Buffalo.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

The old statement in political campaigns is, 'Let's look at the record.' At Thursday night's Buffalo mayoral debate, Incumbent Mayor Byron Brown liked his record and challengers Mark Schroeder and Betty Jean Grant did not.

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With the Democratic primary for Buffalo mayor only four weeks away, incumbent Byron Brown has a substantial lead over competitors City Comptroller Mark Schroeder and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant.

National Public Radio

Crime remains a big issue in Buffalo's mayoral campaign, with violence not going away. Wednesday night at the Merriweather Library, Mayoral Candidate and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant held one of her town hall meetings - this time on body and dash cameras, red light cameras and police checkpoints.

Mayoral debate to be held at WNED|WBFO

Aug 2, 2017
Christopher Hyzy

WNED|WBFO will host a debate involving three Democratic candidates for Buffalo mayor on Sept. 6.

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Protestors packed a conference room in the Central Library Downtown Thursday night to complain about the mysterious death of India Cummings after nearly three weeks in the Holding Center.


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Erie County Legislature Democrats have a new leader, as members chose Amherst member Thomas Loughran as minority leader. Betty Jean Grant says she just couldn't get the votes for another year as party leader.


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Declarations from City Hall that violence is down and the murder total is down from last year weren't enough for a meeting last night looking for solutions.


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The Erie County Legislature approved a ban on plastic microbeads Thursday. Legislators also wrangled over a state plan to raise the minimum wage in some fast food restaurants and over a demand that Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz meet with legislators about the problems in Child Protective Services.


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Erie County has a budget for next year, with most changes in County Executive Poloncarz' spending proposal approved unanimously.

While the gubernatorial struggle between Andrew Cuomo and Zephyr Teachout has been the most high profile, there are many Primary Day battles that could spark big voter turnouts today.

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Democrats are fighting over State Legislature seats in Buffalo. The candidates debated Tuesday night in the Burchfield Penney Art Center during an event sponsored by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists.

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When Republicans were the minority party in the Erie County Legislature, their top staffer had a county-issued cell phone. That issue is at the center of a growing controversy inside county government.

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A local lawmaker is proposing an alternative to Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to give prison inmates a free college education.

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This year's local elections will feature at least a pair of hotly contested races.

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Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant has announced her candidacy for a New York Senate seat.

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There are no easy solutions for the problem of young people going to prison. That was the message from a community meeting last night in the Merriweather Library.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is being urged to remove alcohol advertising from its public transportation vehicles.

The murders of two young people in December led to a meeting Monday in the offices of the Erie County Legislature under the new Buffalo Safe Neighborhoods Initiative Committee.

Two Erie County lawmakers are calling on the Department of Social Services to shed some light on the recent case of a 10-year-old Buffalo boy who was murdered by his stepfather.

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Tuesday's double-homicide in Buffalo has mobilized neighborhood activists. A local lawmaker is forming a new committee to help stop the violence.

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State Senator Tim Kennedy is declaring victory in his primary day contest against Erie County Legislature chairwoman Betty Jean Grant.  

The Erie County Board of Elections has spent the week counting absentee and affidavit ballots after a machine count showed Kennedy with a lead of less than 100 votes. 

Speaking in front of Board of Elections headquarters on West Eagle St. late Friday afternoon, the incumbent democrat says after the week-long ballot count, his lead is now "insurmountable."

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Somewhat predictably, a close State Senate primary race is now working its way through the courts.

State Senator Tim Kennedy and County Legislature Chair Betty Jean Grant are locked in a struggle over who won the newly re-districted seat, with at least two more days of legal wrangling going on.

On Wednesday, Grant went back to court seeking a ballot by ballot count from the election, claiming the voting machines didn't count some ballots for her and the legal fight at the Board of Elections is costing her votes with Kennedy less than 300 votes ahead.

State Senator Tim Kennedy's margin is rising slowly as absentee, affidavit, and military ballots are counted in the very tight race.

The race for the Senate seat spreading across Cheektowaga, Lackawanna and Buffalo has been tight since the ballot count began on September 13.

With a voter turnout far above the usual for a primary election, Kennedy came out of the unofficial voting machine count 271 votes ahead of County Legislature Chair Betty Jean Grant.

The official count put him 91 votes ahead.

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Monitors at the Erie County Board of Elections are resuming their count of ballots in the 63rd State Senate primary race between democrats Tim Kennedy and Betty Jean Grant. 

Entering the oversight process, Kennedy, the incumbent, held a lead of 91 votes over Grant, the chair of the Erie County Legislature. 

The Board is counting absentee and affidavit ballots today.  More than 1,100 such ballots have been counted, with about 400 left to tally.  Any disputed ballots will be left to the discretion of State Supreme Court Judge Joseph Glownia. 

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Absentee and affidavit ballot counting from last Thursday's primary race in the 63rd State Senate District will now be overseen by a State Supreme Court judge.

The Buffalo News reports that Justice Joseph Glownia today agreed to a request for the oversight by candidate Timothy Kennedy, who currently leads Betty Jean Grant by a 91-vote margin.

There are 410 affidavit ballots that have yet to be counted and many of them come from the city, near Grant's home in the Masten District. There is also a significant number of absentee ballots that are still untabulated.

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