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Pigeon hosts fund raiser Rochester mayoral front runner

   By Robert J. McCarthy

   If you noticed a whole lot of Buffalo pols gathering in Chef's Restaurant today for a fund raising luncheon, it's all for Lovely Warren, the City Council president expected to be elected mayor of Rochester on Tuesday.
   G. Steven Pigeon, the former Erie County Democratic chairman who was active in her primary campaign, arranged the affair with some of Buffalo's political hierarchy including Mayor Byron W. Brown and Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes.
   Warren stunned Rochester's political observers and a host of pollsters who projected incumbent Mayor Thomas Richards as an easy winner in the Sept. 10 primary. As a result, many Richards supporters stayed home while Warren got much of the city's African-American voting bloc to the polls.
   Richards remains on the ballot, but Warren is the heavy favorite to win on Tuesday.
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