Bernie Tolbert

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Tolbert, who challenged incumbent Timothy Howard in the Erie County Sheriff's race, has contacted his opponent and offered his congratulations for the latter's apparent win. But Tolbert isn't conceding the race just yet.

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Sheriff Timothy Howard received the support of thousands of Western New Yorkers today.

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With the primary in less than three weeks and the November general election soon after, political campaigns are heating up. The two candidates for Erie County Sheriff are making strong complaints about each other.

Six protestors arrested at Sheriff fundraiser

Jul 14, 2017
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Six people were arrested at an Orchard Park fundraiser for Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard Thursday evening.

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Former FBI Agent Bernie Tolbert made it official on Tuesday: He is running against Tim Howard in his re-election bid as Erie County Sheriff. A graduate of Lafayette High School and the University at Buffalo, Tolbert enjoys a lengthy resume which includes a stint as Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo FBI office and time as a Vice President in charge of security for the NBA.


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A uniformed Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard spoke at a political rally in Buffalo's Niagara Square on Saturday and Democratic County Chairman Jeremy Zellner says he should resign because of the tenor of the event.


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The FBI hosted an employment workshop on Buffalo's East Side Thursday, as it looks to further diversify its workforce. 

Tolbert running for school board seat

Jan 30, 2014
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Bernard Tolbert, who ran unsuccessfully for Buffalo mayor in 2013, has now turned his political sights on the Buffalo Board of Education.

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It is Primary Day 2013 across New York State. In Erie County polls opened for voters at 6 a.m. Among the races of note are Democratic primaries for Buffalo Mayor and Erie County Sheriff.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown's standing among likely primary voters shows him riding a strong wave of support.

Endorsements announced as Primary Day approaches

Sep 2, 2013

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown's bid for a third term in City Hall continues to attract endorsements from some key players.

Mayoral candidates take part in contentious debate

Aug 28, 2013
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The three candidates for mayor of Buffalo debated the issues during an hour-long forum at the WNED studios Tuesday night. The candidates traded attacks throughout the program.

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"No knockout punch was thrown," says Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, though he says he believes the three candidates performed well in Tuesday night's mayoral debate at the studios of WNED-TV.

All three Buffalo mayoral candidates will be facing off Tuesday evening in a WBFO & WNED-TV debate. Incumbent Democrat Byron Brown will face off against Democrat Bernie Tolbert and Republican Sergio Rodriguez. WBFO's Eileen Buckley explores their campaign styles with a Buffalo State political science professor.

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Democratic mayoral candidate Bernie Tolbert is criticizing the Buffalo Board of Education on the presentation of their turnaround plan for failing schools.

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Familiar issues like crime, education and economic development were debated as the Mayoral candidates met Thursday night in an event hosted by the Parkside Community Association.

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With the Democratic primary only weeks away, there were some harsh words exchanged Wednesday night during a Buffalo mayoral debate at The Buffalo News.

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The mayoral race in Buffalo has gotten a bit more competitive.

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Former FBI special agent-in-charge Bernie Tolbert appears to be ready to announce a run for mayor of Buffalo. Tolbert says he will be making an announcement Saturday morning.  But as WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports, Tolbert would not confirm that he will be launching a campaign.

Bernie Tolbert ready to join mayor's race

Apr 2, 2013
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Though he enjoys the power of incumbency, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown will face an ever-growing field of challengers as he seeks a third term at the top of city government. The Buffalo News reports Bernie Tolbert will make his first official step today toward entering the race as a  Democrat.

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The Buffalo News is reporting that Mayor Byron Brown is expected to officially launched his reelection bid for a third term this weekend.

Tolbert expected to challenge Mayor Brown

Mar 5, 2013
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The former special agent in charge of the Buffalo FBI office, Bernie Tolbert, will reportedly run for mayor.

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Mayor Byron Brown held a fundraiser Thursday night in Buffalo. Brown has not launched his re-election campaign, but the fundraiser is an indication that he is gearing up for another campaign. 

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With an Albany fundraiser this week adding to his million dollar campaign treasury, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown appears ready to run for a third term in November.