Coppola Enters the Ring
by Geoff Kelly
Welcome another candidate to race the 60th District State Senate seat: Al Coppola, who held the seat previously, has indicated that he will challenge incumbent Mark Grisanti, a Republican. Coppola, a Democrat, says he feels compelled to join the race because Grisanti has failed to take a substantive position on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York State’s Marcellus Shale, and because Grisanti voted to reduce state funding to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Coppola joins a field that includes Democrat Michael Amodeo, a Hamburg attorney whose father's cousin, City Court Judge Thomas Amodeo, administered the oath of office to Grisanti; Democrat Chuck Swanick, former chair of the Erie County Legislature, who has the Erie County Conservative Party’s endorsement; Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang, who is hoping for the Working Families Party line; and Republican Kevin Stocker, who hopes to kick Grisanti off the ballot line he rode into office in 2010.
This story has been updated to correct two errors; Michael Amodeo is from Hamburg and not Orchard Park, and Judge Thomas Amadeo is not the father of Mike Amodeo, but rather the cousin of his father.blog comments powered by Disqus
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