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Ryan fights off two Democratic challengers

Assemblyman Sean Ryan won a massive victory yesterday, with Democratic voters probably sending him back to Albany for a full two-year term.

There's no Republican on the November ballot against Ryan, only Conservative Joseph Mascia who pulled a small percentage of the vote in the Democratic primary.

The incumbent rolled over long-time activist Kevin Gaughan roughly two-to-one.

Ryan says he was told it would be tough to win that full term, since he was only serving out the last year of Sam Hoyt's term after the long-time assemblyman left for a job with Governor Cuomo.

We ran a very, very good campaign. Very tight campaign. We talked about the issues that are important to Western New Yorkers," Ryan said.

"It's a good time to be in a position of leadership in governance in Buffalo and in New York State. The (Cuomo) administration has shown tremendous interest Western New York. "

Ryan is going back to an Assembly in turmoil with Speaker Sheldon Silver facing legal and political problems and a major ethics probe of the way the place runs.

"I can tell you I did my best,"  Gaughan told WBFO and AM970 News.

Noted for his campaigns to consolidate local government, Gaughan says he presented himself as an "independent Democrat as opposed to a party Democrat. I think it had the effect of, shall we say, of rallying the party in an effort to defend itself."
 

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.