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Frosty Brown, Zellner relations thawing?

By Robert J. McCarthy

Which local pol attends what local Christmas party normally doesn't rank for attention in the Politics Now blog, but when Mayor Byron W. Brown attends one thrown by the Erie County Democratic chairman -- we take notice.

The mayor was slated to attend the soiree sponored by Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner tonight, marking a major thaw in the frosty relations between City Hall and Democratic Headquarters. City and party sources both say efforts at rapproachment are under way after a long period when the mayor and Zellner predecessor Leonard R. Lenihan qualified as official arch-enemies.

Sources say Zellner has also attended some recent mayoral fundraisers, and that efforts continue to patch up past differences. Nobody is saying Zellner and Brown yet fall into the "bff" category, but things are at least improving.

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Robert J. McCarthy

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A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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