Former Erie County Executive Chris Collins has clearly glided past former Iraq War veteran David Bellavia in the Republican primary for the 27th Congressional District.
In Erie County with 94% of the votes counted, Collins held a major lead with 74% to Bellavai's 26% of the vote.
After losing a hard-fought race for a second term as Erie County executive, Collins earned vindication Tuesday night in the race for the GOP nod against Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Hochul in what is a heavily-Republican district.
Although the Erie County Executive's office was open to the public on Sunday following Mark Poloncarz's oath of office, Tuesday was his first official day in his new job. Poloncarz marked the occasion by signing and issuing five executive orders.
The very first order he signed begins the process of finding legal assistance as Erie County prepares to negotiate a new Ralph Wilson Stadium lease with the Buffalo Bills. The current deal with the football team ends later this year.