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Action elsewhere: Voters eject Erie executive
Despite divisions inside his own party, Mark Polancarz, the Democrat, defeated incumbent Erie County Executive Chris Collins, a Republican who had tested the waters for governor and was on a short list for other statewide offices.
The Buffalo News has the story and victory-speech video here.
As with Suffolk's Steve Bellone, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (along with Sen. Charles Schumer) appeared on Poloncarz' behalf, as he did with Mike Spano in Yonkers, who won. Spano, a Republican-turned-Democrat, is the brother of former Republican Sen. Nick Spano. He succeeds Republican Phil Amicone who could not run again due to term limits.
Not all the good news last night belonged to Democrats. In Broome County, executive Barbara Fiala's post was filled by Republican Debbie Preston. Fiala left a few months ago to become commissioner of the NY Motor Vehicles Department.