From the Morning Memo:

For the second time in a matter of months, the Erie County Democratic Committee has endorsed Pat Burke as its candidate for New York’s 142nd Assembly District.

During a meeting last night, the current Erie County legislator received overwhelming support from the party’s leaders.

“Pat Burke has deep roots in this district, and he understands the challenges its working families face every day,” Democratic Chair Jeremy Zellner said.

Burke also received the party’s endorsement in April’s special election after the incumbent, former Assemblyman Mickey Kearns, vacated the seat to become the Erie County clerk.

However, Burke lost that race to former Buffalo teacher Erik Bohen, a Democrat who ran with the Republican endorsement after failing to secure the support of his own party.

“Right now, we have someone who compromised his principles simply to get elected and who has no ability to accomplish anything for our community. That will change after November,” Burke said.

The difference this time around is that Burke can be challenged in a Democratic primary despite the endorsement. Bohen has not indicated yet whether he’ll attempt to run as a Democrat or once again simply take the GOP line.

Another Democrat, city of Lackawanna Mayor Geoff Szymanski, has also been mentioned by party members as a potential primary challenger.

Burke said his record on the County Legislature, where he led a push for the state’s first microbeads ban, among other things, distinguishes him.

“We need an effective, independent voice for the people of the 142nd District, and I’ve proven myself to be both in the county legislature,” he said.

Bohen, since taking office, has found himself a bit of a pariah in Albany.

Assembly Democrats have not allowed him to caucus with them, and the Republicans don’t want him, either. As a result he sits at a desk separated from both conferences. Last night, he was driving back to South Buffalo from a meeting at the state Capitol, and said a statement on the local Democratic endorsement would be forthcoming.

“I have gone to the Democratic Party two times for their endorsement and both times they have rebuked my 13 year professional career as a Special Education teacher in the Buffalo Public Schools and my 20 years of work within the community,” Bohen said. “I was elected in April because of my work within the district and for the fact that I am an independent voice to represent the people of the 142nd district in Albany.  I will continue to represent the needs of the people and not the requirements of a party.”