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• Deputy Mayor Steve Casey and Deputy Corporation Counsel Peter Savage III were sighted visiting Republican Commissioner Ralph Mohr at the Erie County Board of Elections after regular office hours on Monday evening. We’re told Casey and Savage, Democrats both, had some recommendations regarding the county redistricting plan recommended by a citizens advisory board last week.

• In this column two weeks ago, we suggested that if Jane Corwin loses Tuesday’s special election for the vacant 26th District Congressional seat, Nick Langworthy’s days as chairman of Erie County’s Republican Party are numbered. Here’s another consequence to consider: If Kathy Hochul wins, who will run to replace her as Erie County Clerk?

• Though pleased that the former Donovan State Office Building will be reused rather than demolished, as once had been the plan, we were less sanguine about the prospect of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation is once again shuffling existing assets within the city rather than attracting new assets. That is, after all, what the law firm Phillips Lytle’s proposed move from the HSBC Tower to a refurbished Donovan building amounts to: One landlord loses a tenant, another landlord gains a tenant, and a developer—in this case, most likely, it’s Benderson Development, which has had seemingly inalienable rights to development on the Inner Harbor and surrounding blocks since the days of the Horizons Waterfront Commission—gets a big project funded at least in part with public money.

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