Erie County Democratic Party Chairman

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Now that primary season is over, Erie County Democrats embark on a general election campaign in the midst of a leadership crisis. 

Party chairman Len Lenihan is leaving his post without a clear front-runner in place to succeed him. 

For a while, it looked like former Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello would be the new Democratic Party leader.  But he pulled his name from consideration last week, saying he is now committed to the lobbying firm he's a part of. 

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A potential conflict of interest could prevent former Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello from becoming the Erie County Democratic chairman.

Masiello's lobbying firm is favored by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in bids the Authority has received for a three year lobbying contract. Legal rules would prevent Masiello from acting as party chair and as an Albany lobbyist. Governor Andrew Cuomo supports Masiello as party chair.

The NFTA will be reviewing its contract possibilities on Monday.