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Hasiotis eyes comptroller's post

   Buffalo businessman George F. Hasiotis is expressing interest in the upcoming appointment for county comptroller following the Sunday elevation of Democrat Mark C. Poloncarz to county executive.
   Hasiotis, a Buffalo businessman and longtime Democratic activist, said he has submitted his resume to Democratic officials and hopes for consideration when the Erie County Legislature makes an appointment to the vacancy later this month.
   As comptroller, "Mark did a lot in terms of transparancy, and we have to continue that mission," he said.
   Hasiotis has long supported Democratic causes behind the scenes, ran in the Democratic primary for the congressional seat held by Republican Bill Paxon in 1988, and was the endorsed but unsuccessful candidate for Amherst Town Board in 1989 and for the Legislature in 2001. He also served as a commissioner of the Erie County Water Authority.
   Now he is touting his business experience (he is the owner of Antoinette's Sweets) and his willingness to run in a special election in 2012 and the regularly scheduled election in 2013.
   "It's a good fit for me," he said.
    Erie County Democratic Chairman Leonard R. Lenihan has so far found nobody interested in the appointment, but has indicated his interest in finding a candidate from the private sector.

Robert J. McCarthy

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