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Masiello abandons pursuit of party post

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Former Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello has ended speculation of a return to politics as the Chair of the Erie County Democratic Party.

In a statement released from his lobbying group, Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese and Associates, Masiello cited professional and personal reasons behind the decision.

Upon the urging of Governor Cuomo, Masiello had sought the support of key Democrats in an effort to replace outgoing chairman Len Lenihan.

Others believed to be in the running for the post are county legislative aide Jeremy Zellner, Cheektowaga party chair Frank Max and NFTA Commissioner James Eagan.