Kristy Mazurek, reformer and muckraking journalist, to run for Assembly

Kristy Mazurek, the local socialite and muckraking journalist whose pioneering career spanned decades in a half dozen American media markets, intends to wage an aggressive campaign for New York State State Assembly against a little known candidate recruited by Erie County Democrat Party headquarters.

mazurek-1Mazurek is a formidable political contender with fundraising prowess and a well placed network of supporters. The consummate activist, Mazurek has been involved in local politics since she was a child and her father represented the Polonia neighborhood on the County Legislature. Mazurek is a Cheektowaga resident and Chairperson of the town’s Polish Heritage Festival.

Jeremy Zellner, beleaguered by controversy relating to a 2014 incident in which he was perceived to be extorting bribes from judicial candidates, is backing Mazurek’s opponent. Zellner’s leadership of the Democrat Party has attracted much scrutiny. The chairman’s ouster is expected at the next party reorganization meeting later this year.

Mazurek has strong regional name recognition attributable in part to her time as a local television personality and news journalist. In recent years she has hosted 2sides on WGRZ Channel 2, where she co-hosted the political talk show with Stefan Mychajliw, Joel Giambra, Bill O’Laughlin, and Michael Caputo.

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