Well, one of the most contentious and expensive campaign seasons in Niagara County history has come to an end. Below are my reflections and observations. I would love to hear what stood out for many of you...and let's not make this stuff personal. It's post-election now, and the community should come together to move forward at least for a few months.
1) Driver's licenses for illegal immigrants was a major campaign issue.
2) Supporters of the AES PILOT, particularly Henry Sloma, should feel very vindicated today. The voters have the last word on the issue and the message is pretty loud and clear.
3) While I'm a little surprised at the GOP success in County Leg races, I'm completely blown away by their margins of victory. Candidates like Andrea McNulty, Paul Wojtaszek and Pete Smolinski crushed their opposition in N.T. And that's Dan Rivera's backyard. Same thing in Lockport. Harry Apolito was demolished by Tony Nemi and McNall and Updegrove rolled. Jerry Farnham takes 60 percent of the vote when he ran close for so many years? Amazing.
4) Paul Dyster should be reminded that Vince Anello had a huge election night victory once. Seriously, good luck Paul, we hope you break the mold of failed one-term mayors.
5) Big win for Mike Tucker...can he move on to higher office?
6) That Family Court Judge race is very close.
7) Rich Meyers' victory may or may not hold on once the paper is counted, but winning off the I & C lines against an R&D opponent? Could it be the people of Somerset are tired of Ed Shoemaker bilking the town?
8) Lewiston Supervisor Fred Newlin is one savvy politician.
9) Clyde Burmaster's race was too close for someone in a leadership position...could there be a new chairman on the horizon for the County Legislature?
10) Maybe trying to vilify a man who regularly wins his own election with 70 percent of the votes (Senator Maziarz) isn't exactly the best campaign strategy for the Democrats.