Primary Elections In Western New York

September 13, 2011 Updated Sep 14, 2011 at 12:11 AM EDT

By WKBW News

September 13, 2011 Updated Sep 14, 2011 at 12:11 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY - Today is primary day in Western New York but the big question is who will fill the vacant state assembly seat left vacant by Sam Hoyt when he accepted a position in the Andrew Cuomo Administration.

Democrat Sean Ryan and Republican Sean Kipp both say Jobs are the number on priority. Kipp says reform in Albany by lowering taxes will help create jobs.

Ryan says reforming vacant properties will help create a stronger and safer community while putting people back to work.

In the race for the 144th Assembly District Gregory Horn is the Green Party candidate.

It is also Primary Day... at the county level... Erie County Executive Chris Collins and challenger Richard Woll are battling for the Independent line.

in the City of Buffalo, there are democratic primaries for a few common council seats and City Court Judge.

In Niagara Falls, Mayor Paul Dyster is locked in a four-way battle to secure the Democratic nomination.

He is up against former council member John Accardo, ex-postal worker Norton Douglas and Carnell Burch, a Niagara Falls school employee.

In the suburbs, Lackawanna has a mayoral democratic primary between sixth grade teacher... Dion Watkins, tax preparer Patrick McCusker... current council president Chuck Jaworski and 2nd ward councilman Geoffrey Szymanski.

There are also primary elections in West Seneca, Alden and Evans in the race for town supervisor.

Eyewitness News will have results and analysis Tuesday night at 11p.m. and during "Eyewitness News This Morning" 5-7am.

Plus, you can connect with all the Western New York county election boards, plus New York State, on the news links section of