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2014-09-17 / Front Page

Stocker beats Grisanti in Republican primary


Stocker Stocker Attorney Kevin Stocker upset incumbent Mark Grisanti in Tuesday’s Republican primary for the 60th New York State Senate District, which includes Ken-Ton.

Stocker, a former prosecutor for the Village of Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda, received 5,093 votes, while Grisanti had 3,806 votes, according to the Erie County Board of Elections’ unofficial primary results.

Grisanti, who is serving his second term as a member of the State Senate, will be on the ballot in the November general election, but he will be on the Independence Party line.

In the Democratic primary for the 60th Senate District, Marc Panepinto defeated opponent Alfred Coppola. Panepinto, a Buffalo attorney, had 7,257 votes, while Coppola received 6,644 votes. Coppola is a former state senator and Buffalo Common Council member.

Panepinto also ran on the Working Families Party line, where he took 96 votes.

The results remain unofficial at this time, as write-in votes and some absentee ballots have not yet been counted.

The Erie County Board of Elections will compile and release the official results within 25 days.

The candidate elected to the 60th district seat in November’s election will serve a two-year term.

In addition to Ken-Ton, the district also includes the Town and Village of Hamburg, Orchard Park, the towns of Evans, Brant and Derby, and the Village of Angola. It also covers Grand Island, the Village of Kenmore, Town of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda and the City of Buffalo districts that include North, Delaware and parts of Niagara and Ellicott.

The general election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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