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Kennedy, Stewart-Cousins make East Side rounds

   By Robert J. McCarthy
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   State Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy continues to make his presence known in Buffalo's black community, where his re-election may very well be decided in the September Democratic primary.
   This past weekend, for example, the senator was spied several times throughout the East Side with Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins as he made the rounds of events and several churches on Sunday morning. And as is the custom for many East Side politicians and residents on Sundays, that meant a stop at Gigi's on East Ferry Street for breakfast.
   But Betty Jean Grant, who is challenging Kennedy in the Democratic primary, just happened to follow him there after spotting the Kennedy party at True Bethel Baptist Church.
   "I said I can campaign there just as much as he can," she said, adding she handed the minority leader her palm card and told her she looked forward to working with her.
   Grant has also been courted by the Independent Democratic Caucus that shares majority power with the GOP in the Senate, but emphasizs she has made no commitment to any group should she win.

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