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April 29, 2008

ASSEMBLY 142ND: Corwin launches candidacy

A fourth Republican launched her candidacy for state Assembly, 142nd District, on Monday.

Jane Lewis Corwin of Clarence, an associate of Erie County Executive Christopher Collins, kicked off her bid with announcements in Clarence and downtown Lockport. She’s campaigning on the theme that reform of state government, to make it more business-like, will create the economic turnaround that allows young grads to land good jobs without leaving the state.

“I stand here as a full-time mother of three, a community volunteer and a former businesswoman, not a career politician, who is tired of the status quo,” she said. “I share the disappointment of my neighbors that, in Albany, divisive partisan politics and special interests now trump public good. I am concerned about a dysfunctional state government that has continuously resisted reform and failed to create economic opportunity for our residents.”

Corwin, formerly a Wall Street investment banker and Talking Phone Book executive, is making her first run for political office. She already has the endorsement of the Erie County GOP executive committee. The Niagara County committee’s endorsement should be forthcoming next month, according to Chairman Henry Wojtaszek.

“She’s the best candidate, the best hope for the future of the area,” he said. “She understands business and what it’s like to raise children in the area.”

Wojtaszek said he informed incumbent Assembly member Michael Cole, R-Alden, by phone earlier Monday of his decision to back Corwin.

Cole, who has tried to shake the stigma of scandal since he confessed to fraternizing with an intern last year, vowed the loss of his major party backing won’t stop him from pursuing re-election. He’ll bid for the GOP, Independence and Conservative lines, all by primary if necessary, he said.

“Whether or not I’m the endorsed candidate, I expect to win,” Cole said. “The party’s going to do what it’s going to do and I will make the case that I’m the best candidate. ... Let the people decide.”

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