BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Many eyes are focusing on the heated race between State Senator Antoine Thompson and attorney Mark Grisanti.
Both candidates launched aggressive campaigns as they battle for the 60th State Senate Seat. Antoine Thompson certainly had his work cut out for him in drumming up the vote amid scathing accusations and scandals, which his rival used as high-powered political ammunition.
This particular race was likely the most heated locally. Antoine Thompson is the incumbent facing a strong challenge from Mark Grisanti.
Thompson took office in 2007 and is finishing his second term. The Democrat has been hounded in recent months by perceived scandals. One being a book of his accomplishments paid for by taxpayers. The other, an alleged pay-to-play scandal related to a downstate casino.
As a result, Republican Mark Grisanti demanded that Thompson resign. Grisanti is a defense attorney who is running on the Republican line. Thompson's campaign took issue with the clients Grisanti represents.
Thompson said, "I think this election is about whether or not we value hard work, and if we value results. And I believe in good ol' fashioned American hard work."
"We need to bring the jobs here. We need to pass UB 2020. There's Niagara Falls cargo hub for jobs in the City of Niagara Falls," said Grisanti.
A Buffalo city jail cell block attendant was arrested early Saturday morning on multiple animal cruelty charges.
An airman from Niagara Falls was away training for the Air Force for months. After being apart from his family, he decided to surprise them at Kelly’s Country Store in Grand Island.
Police say that with the assistance of local media, they were able to identify the person responsible.
Monday is being billed as a national "Day of Action" among teachers and community groups who are worried about the state of education.
Buffalo Bills Receiver Stevie Johnson kept himself busy during the recent bye week, by having some fun at a local Tim Hortons.
Whitehaven Road is closed in both directions from Baseline Road to Center Terrace because of the accident.