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Erie County Executive Candidates Spar at Debate

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By Eileen Buckley

Kenmore, NY – The candidates running for Erie County Executive appeared for a Thursday morning debate at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Kenmore.

Democratic candidate James Keane and Republican Chris Collins offered their views on county government, job creation and future business for Buffalo. A panel of seniors from the high school asked the questions. Among those panelists from St.Joe's were Brandon Fetzer, James Long, Michael Reichert, Benjamin Macaluso, Alexander Battaglia and Advanced Placement Government teacher, Mr. Ted Lina, served as moderator.

At times, the two candidates sparred on who is the right candidate for the job and their recent endorsements. Keane was specifically asked about Paul Clark's endorsement that now raises controversy as Clark's campaign financing faces an investigation. Keane denied that there were any deals in gaining Clark's support, something Collins does not believe.

Collins says he is running on his record as a 30-plus year businessman in the community. He says he has successfully operated a number of local businesses including work in the bio-tech industry, and has created and retain local jobs. Keane touts his experience in county government as the former Deputy County Executive.

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