BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The former Sheriff of Erie County declared himself the winner in the hotly contested Republican primary for the open seat in the 59th NYS Senate district. Patrick Gallivan was not the officially endorsed Republican candidate in this primary but in the end it seems that didn't matter. He was the most familiar name in the race as he is the former Sheriff and Gallivan says his law enforcement experience is going to help him in Albany.
"If there's any place that needs a good cop it's Albany and I intend to be that cop," says Gallivan.
Gallivan claimed victory late Tuesday night as he held a sizable lead over the endorsed GOP candidate, the former party chairman for Erie County Jim Domagalski. A third Republican candidate, former East Aurora Mayor David DiPietro trailed in third place.
Gallivan was joined on stage at his victory party at Page's Paradise Island in Elma by the man whose held the 59th Senate district seat for nearly four decades, the retiring Dale Volker. Gallivan also called on Republicans to come together to take control of the legislature. "We need to cut property taxes. We need to end unfunded mandates on municipalities and school districts and to make all this possible we must put an end once and for all to the culture of corruption and the pay to play system that has stifled our economic growth," Gallivan told his applauding supporters.
Gallivan can now focus on November when he'll face Democrat Cynthia Appleton in the general election.