Updated 03/20/2012 11:34 PM
Kearns unofficial winner in 145th special election
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Voters in the 145th New York State Assembly District chose Democrat Mickey Kearns, a Buffalo Common Councilman, as their new state assemblyman. Kearns will fill the seat vacated by Mark Schroeder, who stepped down to become the comptroller in the City of Buffalo.
Kearns celebrated his victory Tuesday night with family, friends and supporters at the Knights of Columbus on South Legion Drive in Buffalo. Among those supporters was former Buffalo Bill Ruben Brown and former gubernatorial candidate and Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino.
Kearns is a Democrat but ran on the Republican line.
Kearns, who was out spent by his opponent, said he is grateful for the community's support, and he's ready to get to work for his constituents.
"I'm going to Albany to be your voice, and we have to come together as a community," Kearns said. "I think what the electorate said tonight was we want unity, we want people whether you’re a democrat, independent, conservative or republican it doesn't make a difference we want one voice in Albany."
Meanwhile, Democrat Chris Fahey watched the results of the special election at the Buffalo Irish Center on Abbott Road with his family, friends and supporters.
Although Fahey had the backing of the Democratic Party and is the former Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman Brian Higgins, he fell short by more than 1,700 votes.
"It didn't work out this time, but I am very, very, very grateful for your help and your support," Fahey told supporters. "Thank you very, very much."
The 145th District covers parts of the Buffalo, Lackawanna, West Seneca and Orchard Park.
Kearns could be sworn into office as early as Wednesday.