Election 2019

There were mixed reactions Wednesday from New York's politicians and political parties on this year's election results.

Bob McCarthy has been with The Buffalo News since 1982 and a political reporter for the paper since 1992. Election Day means little sleep for him, but he still found time to talk to WBFO's Howard Riedel about his Election Day 2019 takeaways.

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Erie County Board of Elections officials are still analyzing the impact of early voting, but Republican Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr reports overall voter turnout Tuesday hit more than 35%. That is higher than the local elections four years ago.

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Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is moving up in the political world, after his victory Tuesday to fill the State Senate seat vacated when GOP Sen. Cathy Young resigned to take a position with Cornell University.

It is good to be an incumbent in Cheektowaga, where all of them, including Supervisor Diane Benczkowski, were returned to office.

Gary Dickson for Supervisor

A new leader is on the way for the Town of West Seneca. For the first time in nearly a half-century, voters in the heavily Democratic town elected a Republican to serve as Supervisor.


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Buffalo's Common Council remains an all-Democratic body following Tuesday's election, with two newcomers winning the seats vacated by a pair of longtime council members.

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Democrats kept control of the Erie County Legislature in Tuesday's election, maintaining a 7-4 majority in the chamber.

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Democrat Robert Restaino will be the next mayor of Niagara Falls, easily defeating three other candidates in Tuesday's election.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz won re-election Tuesday, defeating challenger Lynne Dixon to win his third term in office.


WBFO's 2019 Election Night Coverage

Nov 5, 2019

On Election Night, WBFO’s special live coverage continued to be the in-depth source for results and analysis. With six reporters in the field providing live updates from across Western New York, a full in-studio production team, and Republican and Democratic joining News Director Dave Debo behind the mic, WBFO emphasized fact-based reporting over opinion and presented three hours of continuous, comprehensive coverage.


Updated at 2:45 a.m. ET Wednesday

Democrats had a strong election night on Tuesday, leading the race for governor in Kentucky and taking back full control of the Virginia legislature for the first time in nearly a quarter century.

Western New York election results by county

Nov 5, 2019

Election Day features several races of interest to residents who are casting their ballots on Nov. 5. Check here for election results starting at 9 p.m.

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It's just a matter of hours now before the votes will be tallied and candidates will know who will hold office. Many are coming out for the Erie County Executive race, pitting incumbent Mark Poloncarz against challenger Lynne Dixon, but there’s been several other factors which have impacted the polls this Election Day.

Voters in four states head to the polls on Tuesday for general statewide elections of note. These off-year contests may not be as high profile as the 2020 presidential and congressional elections will be a year from now, but they could offer some important hints on how voters are feeling about President Trump, impeachment, guns and more.

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As adults head to the polls Tuesday, WBFO takes a look at what students are learning about voting in the required half-year course called Participation in Government, commonly known as PIG.


Reality Check: 16 women on Buffalo's Common Council since 1832

Nov 5, 2019
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A record number of women ran for office in 2018, with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leading the way in 2016. The trend has continued for 2020, with a record six candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president. In Buffalo, however, the glass ceiling seems thicker and less penetrable than elsewhere.

On the eve of Election Day, Buffalo News politics reporter Bob McCarthy says voters are seeing "really nasty ads" from both sides in the race for Erie County Executive between incumbent Mark Poloncarz and Lynne Dixon. McCarthy also weighs in on the bigger picture in the City of Buffalo and how a lack of competitive races could affect turnout. And which are the county legislature races to watch on Tuesday?


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Mary Ann Basile, 72, cast her ballot at the Harlem Road Community Center in Amherst Friday afternoon, four days before Election Day. 

 

“I just thought it would be more convenient to come today than on Tuesday,” she said. “It’s too crowded on Tuesday. It’s nice to be able to come at your own convenience.”

 

Basile and other senior citizens took advantage of the convenience of New York state’s early voting more than any other age group in Erie County.

 

Erie County

Every two years, control of the Erie County Legislature is on the election ballot, seat by seat. However, two former county executives say it may not matter.

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A lot of Erie County voters took advantage of the new early voting system to cast their ballots before Tuesday's Election Day.

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Election Day is around the corner and for the City of Buffalo’s Common Council, five of the eight seats are up for grabs. Though some of the faces will change, the chamber will remain under Democratic control.

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For the first time in nearly a dozen years, Paul Dyster is not running for Mayor of Niagara Falls. After three terms in office, Dyster decided against seeking re-election. WBFO's Chris Caya profiles the candidates vying to become the city's new mayor.


Republicans are the dominant party in Genesee County. According to Howard Owens of The Batavian, Democrats have been dispatched to a distant second and that spot is finding a challenge from the Libertarian Party, which has three candidates on this year's ballot.


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Fresh from graduating from Cornell University this year, Austin Morgan earned the Democratic Party nod in the race for the vacant seat in the 57th Senate District. The native of the Cattaraugus County town of Freedom says he got into the race to help "those little towns that have been voiceless for too long."


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Over 130,000 New Yorkers have already voted in the November elections as part of the state’s first-ever early voting system. And those who are closely watching say so far, it’s been a largely successful rollout.


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Though Democrats control state government in Albany, Republican George Borrello says he's prepared to make a difference if he wins Tuesday's election in the State Senate's 57th district. He promises to build good relationships with other legislators from both parties, "but not lie down" while fighting for the district's interests. Borrello points to his current work as Chautauqua County Executive as a blueprint for how to work with others while achieving results for constituents. He explained his thinking during a recent sit down with WBFO in Irving, New York.

WBFO is getting ready for Election Day 2019 by asking around Western New York, "what's on the minds of voters in your part of the region?" Today, we go to Allegany County, where Wellsville Daily Regional Editor Chris Potter tells us that beyond the race for the State Senate's empty 57th District seat, it's a more quiet election cycle. But that doesn't mean there's a lack of issues.


Election Day is in six days and all this week WBFO News is looking at what's at stake as residents take part in early voting, or wait and go the traditional route next Tuesday. Today we hear from Tom Rivers, the editor of the news site Orleans Hub, for a perspective on the issues in Orleans County. 


With Election Day 2019 advancing, WBFO set out to ask people monitoring local races of note throughout Western New York to offer their observations. WBFO contacted Rick Miller, reporter for the Olean Times Herald, to learn more about races and thoughts of the voters in Cattaraugus County.

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