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Heavy spending reported in 60th Senate race

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Political advertising paid for by "outside forces" is starting to inundate the race in the 60th Senate district. That's according to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, who says the two major parties believe winning the district could lead to control of the State Senate.

"It was sleepy for a long time," McCarthy said of the race between Democrat Amber Small and Republican Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs. The candidates are seeking to replace Senator Marc Panepinto who is not seeking reelection. 

"But we've seen a lot of activity in the last couple weeks." Super PAC's are spending heavily in Senate races around the state, including the 60th district.

McCarthy will join WBFO News Director Brian Meyer and Claudine Ewing of WGRZ-TV in asking questions during "Decision 2016: The Race for Erie County Attorney." The debate, which begins at 11:10 am on Thursday, will feature Republican Joseph Treanor and Democrat John Flynn.

"I think they are both going to be quite similar in a lot of ways in that they will probably call for major change in the way the (District Attorney) office has been conducted from the previous administration of mostly Frank Sedita, and Michael Flaherty, too. "

The debate will be broadcast live on WBFO and WGRZ-TV. It will also be available on-line at WBFO.org, WGRZ.com and Buffalo News.com.