Fmr. Deputy Erie County Exec Jim Keane has died

Jim Keane had long career in WNY politics
Posted at 10:42 PM, Dec 19, 2016

Former Deputy Erie County Executive Jim Keane has died suddenly.

Sam Hoyt, Regional President of Empire State Development, confirmed with 7 Eyewitness News that Keane passed away Monday.

Keane had a lengthy career in regional democratic politics.  Notably, in 1987, he ran unsuccessfully against Dennis Gorski for the Erie County Executive position.  As a testament to his intellect and the respect people had for him, Gorski tapped him as Deputy County Executive.

"Keane was a legend in local democratic circles," Hoyt said.

Erie County Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner Len Lenihan calls Keane's passing a great loss.

"[Keane] was a tremendous public official, a fine individual, and a great democrat," Lenihan told 7 Eyewitness News.


Keane was one of 16 children, according to Hoyt.  

He and his wife, Margaret, have four children.