Federal Judge's Ties To Buffalo Mayor Raised In Ballot Appeal

By Frank G. Runyeon (September 8, 2021, 9:52 PM EDT) -- Buffalo's upstart Democratic nominee for mayor made an emergency appeal to the Second Circuit Tuesday to stop incumbent mayor and primary loser Byron Brown from belatedly jumping onto the ballot, pointing out ties between the mayor and U.S. District Judge John Sinatra that some legal ethics experts found "troubling."

Brown, the city's mayor for 14 years and the party's endorsed primary candidate, was defeated in a surprise victory by political newcomer India B. Walton in the June primary. Brown missed the deadline to get on the ballot with a different party by several months, but his supporters prevailed in lawsuits last...

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