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2018-11-08 / Front Page

Pilarski wins spot on town council

by BRYAN JACKSON and JULIE HALM
Editors

Democrat Brian Pilarski won a seat on the Cheektowaga Town Council Tuesday night, defeating Republican Doreen Friedrich by a 60 percent to 40 percent vote, according to unofficial results from the Erie County Board of Elections.

Pilarski garnered 16,130 votes, while Friedrich tallied 10,558. Pilarski will serve the remaining three years of former Councilman James Rogowski’s seat, which Rogowski was forced to vacate earlier this fall.

Currently, Pilarski is the president of the Maryvale Board of Education and the executive director of the Seneca-Babcock Community Association. He had said he would resign from his position on the Maryvale board if he were elected to the Town Board.

Turnout was 48 percent, according to the Board of Elections.

With all districts reporting, according to the Board of Elections, incumbent Monica Wallace defeated Republican Daniel Centinello Sr., to retain her 143rd District state Assembly seat. Wallace received 25,508 votes and her challenger garnered 18,575.

Incumbent Rep. Brian Higgins, a Democrat, won the race for the 26th Congressional District, which includes portions of Erie and Niagara counties.

He faced challenger Renee Zeno, winning 74 percent of the votes, totaling 144,206, in the Erie County portion of the district.

The seat carries a two-year term.

The race for county clerk has been exceptionally close. As of Wednesday morning, the Erie County Board of Elections indicated that with 98 percent of districts reporting, a meager 5,577 votes separated incumbent Mickey Kearns, who ran on four lines including Republican, and challenger Angela Marinucci, a Democrat. A total of 312,025 votes had been reported in that race.

The contest for governor was not nearly as close. Incumbent Andrew Cuomo tallied 51 percent of the vote with 98 percent of districts reporting. His challenger, Mark Molinaro, who ran on the Republican line among others, gained 45 percent of the vote. Three additional candidates accounted for the remaining percentage.

According to the Erie County Board of Elections, turnout was 54 percent.

In other voting, James Speyer Jr., former assistant chief of the Cheektowaga Police Department, won his uncontested bid for the position of Cheektowaga town justice. Likewise, incumbent Timothy Kennedy ran unchallenged for the state Senate in the 63rd district.

email: bjackson@beenews.com

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