GOP Candidates Promote Public Safety and Affordability 


(Buffalo, NY) – The Erie County Republican Committee endorsed three candidates for the New York State Legislature today, all with strong backgrounds in public service and law enforcement.

Marc Priore, a Lieutenant in the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, was endorsed to run for the 142nd Assembly seat against Democrat Pat Burke, and Cheektowaga Police Lieutenant Pat Chludzinski received the endorsement to run in the 143rd Assembly seat against Democrat Monica Wallace.  Former Erie County Sheriff and incumbent State Senator Patrick Gallivan was also endorsed in his re-election bid for the 60th Senate District.

“I am extremely proud that our party has endorsed two outstanding candidates, Marc Priore and Pat Chludzinski, for the State Assembly, alongside Senator Pat Gallivan. I believe that our success in local races in these districts last November encouraged qualified candidates like them to come forward,” said Chairman Michael Kracker. “On every major policy decision, from criminal justice reform to taxes and spending, as well as the migrant crisis, Pat Burke and Monica Wallace have always sided with their New York City colleagues against the people of Erie County. Marc Priore and Pat Chludzinski will prioritize the concerns of their constituents and represent the values of Western New Yorkers in the State Assembly,” Kracker continued.

Priore has risen steadily through the ranks since joining the Sheriff’s Department in 1998 and is currently the Administrative Lieutenant assigned to the Jail Management Division.  As an elected Vice President of CSEA Local 815 he represents over 5,000 employees in the county and believes that experience will benefit him both as a candidate and an elected official.  Saying he believes state government is increasingly moving in the wrong direction, he cites a need for more effective leadership.

“When our families, friends and neighbors do not feel safe, and cannot afford to pay for basic necessities, their quality of life suffers, and when our elected officials who swore an oath to represent us contribute to our decline or embarrass us with their behavior, it is time for a change,” said Priore.  “I care deeply about the residents of the 142nd Assembly District and the issues that concern them, and I will represent them with the highest degree of integrity and professionalism,” he added.

A veteran of the United States Army, Chludzinski has been with the Cheektowaga Police Department since 1999.  A decorated officer with numerous awards and citations over his 24-year career, he calls public safety a passion and said he believes New York State needs to restore policies that prioritize public safety, hold criminals accountable, and reign in irresponsible spending.  Serving in the Assembly, he said, would be an extension of his life-long commitment to serving his community and his country.

“As a member of the Cheektowaga Police Department I have witnessed first-hand how poor policy decisions like what has occurred with the migrant crisis negatively impacted our community, and as a husband and father of three young daughters who is involved in my community, I have seen how misguided liberal spending policies have made New York State unaffordable for so many families,” Chludzinski said.  “It is time for the voices of the residents of the 143rd District to be heard , and I am eager to begin attacking these issues and restore common sense in state government.”

Gallivan also has an extensive background in law enforcement having served as a Captain in the New York State Police before being elected Erie County Sheriff.  During his tenure in the Senate, Gallivan has focused on public safety, economic development, fiscal responsibility, and revitalizing the Western New York economy.

“I am honored and grateful for the continued support of Chairman Kracker and the Erie County Republican Committee,” said Gallivan.  “I will continue to do my best to advance policies that ensure public safety and fiscal responsibility in New York State,” the Senator added.

Chairman Kracker noted that the Republicans anticipated finalizing the remainder of their 2024 slate of candidates in the near future.

“The endorsements made today set us off on an exciting start to the 2024 election cycle and bode well for our party’s prospects in November,” Kracker said.  “I have no doubt that our slate of candidates will present the voters of Erie County with exceptional choices to represent them in Albany, Erie County and Washington,” he concluded.