Tonawanda News

November 6, 2013

Dems falter in bid to retake Niagara Legislature

Staff reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — "I think all the walking and debating door-to-door with the residents of LaSalle was huge," Grozio said after results were announced late Tuesday. "I think the people were hungry for change to be honest. I'm happy and proud to serve the residents of LaSalle. The people of LaSalle voted and they wanted change."

Majority Leader Richard E. Updegrove, R-Lockport, was re-elected to his sixth term, beating challenger Anthony Molinaro by a 1,355 to 888 vote.

Updegrove was thankful for the support, saw Tuesday's results as confirmation that voters are behind what the Legislature has done over the past few years.

"I see it as a vote of confidence," he said. "I appreciate that the community has confidence in the Legislature and its polices that have been implemented."

Legislature Chairman William Ross, C-Wheatfield, downed Democratic challenger and Unifrax employee Sean O'Laughlin, 1,344 to 1,052 in the county's Second District.

Also in Wheatfield/North Tonawanda, GOP incumbent Kathryn Lance turned away challenger Michael NeMoyer, 1,513 to 808.