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2010-09-16 / Front Page

Kennedy ousts Stachowski

Delano defeats Vallone in town justice race
by MATT KRUEGER
Editor

Timothy M. Kennedy celebrates his win over New York State Sen. William T. Stachowski in Tuesday’s 58th District Democratic primary with supporters at the Ironworkers Hall in West Seneca. Photo by Patrick McPartland Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Timothy M. Kennedy celebrates his win over New York State Sen. William T. Stachowski in Tuesday’s 58th District Democratic primary with supporters at the Ironworkers Hall in West Seneca. Photo by Patrick McPartland Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Tim Kennedy rode a wave of promised change in Albany throughout his campaign, and it paid off for him Tuesday night.

The Erie County legislator defeated longtime New York State Sen. William Stachowski, D-Cheektowaga, in Tuesday’s 58th District Democratic primary. And he has vowed to continue his message of change through November’s general election as the “people’s candidate.”

“The difference between this campaign and others was we listened to the people of Western New York, and the people of Western New York’s voice was heard,” Kennedy said during his victory speech at the Ironworkers Hall in West Seneca. “And we’re going to take that message Western New Yorkers gave to us to Albany. It’s a message of change, it’s a message of taking on the status quo, it’s a message of challenging the party lines.”

State Sen. Bill Stachowski thanks all his supporters Tuesday, as he gives his concession speech at his election headquarters in Cheektowaga. Photo by Patrick McPartland Purchase color photos at www. BeeNews. com State Sen. Bill Stachowski thanks all his supporters Tuesday, as he gives his concession speech at his election headquarters in Cheektowaga. Photo by Patrick McPartland Purchase color photos at www. BeeNews. com According to unofficial results from the Erie County Board of Elections, Kennedy received 14,007 votes (63 percent), while Stachowski received 5,834 (26 percent). Thomas Casey finished third in the race with 1,305 votes (6 percent), followed by Michael Kuzma with 1,135 (5 percent).

Stachowski said one of the reasons for his downfall after 28 years in office was the tide of change that Kennedy and several other politicians around the state used.

“It’s pretty difficult when you’re a long-term incumbent, and everybody is running on change, and you have to say, ‘Yeah, we had two bad budgets and a coup,’” Stachowski said during his press conference at his headquarters in Cheektowaga. “But we did the best we could in trying to sell the message that we’re different and that we weren’t the problem, we were part of the solution. Unfortunately, that didn’t resonate.”

Stachowski found himself at the center of the state budget crisis this past summer as he held up the process in fighting for the UB 2020 plan.

“That was worth fighting for,” Stachowski said. “And if that’s part of the reason I wasn’t successful, that was worth losing for.”

Kennedy will now face State Assemblyman Jack Quinn III, R-Hamburg, in November’s general election.

“Albany incumbent Jack Quinn III has been a part of the Albany disfunction along with Bill Stachowski for a combined total of 35 years,” Kennedy said. “Well, I think 35 years is long enough. They’ve had their chance to change Albany, but now it’s our turn.”

Stachowski is still listed on the Independence and Working Families lines for the general election, but there is a possibility he could withdraw.

In the Cheektowaga town justice race, retired Buffalo Police Detective Dennis A. Delano Sr. defeated incumbent James M. Vallone in three primaries.

Delano won the Republican primary, 2,027-1,364; the Conservative primary, 103-66; and the Working Families primary, 12-10. All numbers are unofficial results from the Erie County Board of Elections.

“I was real pleased with the outcome,” Delano said on Wednesday. “We still have a lot of work to do for November, but the difficult part is overcoming the political machine in Western New York. I think we’ve done that.”

The two will square off again in the general election in November, as Vallone is the candidate on the Democratic and Independence lines.

“The accomplishment here is that we took 40 percent of the Republican vote,” Vallone said in a phone interview Wednesday morning. “I think that bodes well, because I’m not a registered republican. We are grateful for the Republican, Conservative and Working Families people who voted for me. I hope they vote for me again in November.”

Among Erie County Republicans, Carl Paladino defeated Rick Lazio 42,979 to 3,075, according to unofficial results posted Wednesday by the Erie County Board of Elections.

Statewide, Paladino held a 67-33 percent margin over Lazio with 85 percent of the precincts reporting. Paladino, a developer from Buffalo, will face Andrew Cuomo in the governor’s race in November.

In the separate GOP race for lieutenant governor, Thomas Ognibene topped Gregory Edwards 30,772 to 11,356.

In the Conservative primary for governor, Ralph Lorigo defeated Lazio, 1,193 to 308.

Kathleen M. Rice lead the five-way race for the Democratic primary for attorney general in Erie County with 37 percent of the vote. Statewide, she was second with 98 percent of the precincts reporting, behind Eric Schneiderman by 13,507 votes, according to the New York Times.

In the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Erie County, Kirsten Gillibrand defeated Gail Goode, 37,488 to 12,750. Gillibrand had 76 percent of the vote across the state. David Malpass won the three-way race for the Republican endorsement in Erie County with 46 percent of the vote. However, Joseph DioGuardi captured 47 percent statewide to win the endorsement.

Jay Townsend defeated Gary Berntsen, 28,919 to 11,305, in the U.S. Senate Republican primary for the race against incumbent Democrat Charles Schumer. Townsend had 56 percent of the vote statewide.

Managing Editor David F. Sherman contributed to this stor y.

e-mail: mkrueger@beenews.com

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