December 30, 2013 - 9:21 AM
The three Niagara Falls City Council members elected in November will take the oath of office at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers.
Incumbents Kristen M. Grandinetti and Charles A. Walker and newcomer Andrew P. Touma will be sworn in by City Court Judges Angelo Morinello and Diane Vitello.
Once the oaths are taken, the Council will elect a chairperson and adopt the schedule of meetings for the year.
November 5, 2013 - 11:57 PM
There will be a new City Council majority next year, one that bodes well for Mayor Paul A. Dyster.
My full story.
November 5, 2013 - 11:33 PM
November 5, 2013 - 11:23 PM
Democrat Andrew P. Touma was the top vote getter in the Niagara Falls City Council race.
The three Democratic candidates took home the victory in Tuesday's election for City Council, per unofficial results from the Niagara County Board of Elections.
Andrew P. Touma - 4,208
Kristen M. Grandinetti - 3,736
Charles A. Walker - 3,464
Continue reading "Niagara Falls City Council election results" »
October 31, 2013 - 3:33 PM
Updated 3:43 p.m.
In my story today, I outline some of the top donors to each of the six candidates running for Niagara Falls City Council.
I've also compiled a list of each candidate's endorsements. In parentheses next to the candidates' names are the lines each has on the ballot.
Samuel F. Fruscione (C, I) - Niagara County Conservative Party, Niagara County Independence Party, Laborers Local 91 and Niagara Orleans Labor Council AFL-CIO.
Kristen M. Grandinetti (D, WF) - Niagara County Working Families Party, Niagara County Building Trades, Niagara Falls Firefighters, Women's TAP Fund, Stonewall Democrats, Iron Workers Local 9, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Rep. Brian HIggins.
Continue reading "Who's endorsing whom for Niagara Falls City Council?" »
October 31, 2013 - 10:15 AM
The six candidates actively campaigning for three open seats on the Niagara Falls City Council took part in a candidates forum Wednesday night. (Here's my live blog from the event.)
Listen to the full audio of the one hour, 11 minute event:
Download the 137 MB mp3 by clicking here.
October 30, 2013 - 1:59 PM
October 14, 2013 - 12:26 PM
A forum for City Council candidates will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 in the second-floor auditorium of Earl W. Brydges Public Library, 1425 Main St.
The event is sponsored by the Niagara Falls Block Club Council, the Niagara Falls chapter of the NAACP and the Kiwanis Club of Niagara Falls.
It will be moderated by Corey Bower, an assistant professor of leadership and politics at Niagara University.
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October 9, 2013 - 2:58 PM
Updated 3:07 p.m.
Robert J. Elder, one of three Republican-endorsed candidates running for City Council next month, has dropped out of the race.
Elder notified Niagara Falls Republican Committee Chairwoman Patricia Castillo Tuesday afternoon via text message, Castillo said.
Elder told The Buffalo News today he was dropping out for personal reasons.
Continue reading "Republican candidate drops out of Niagara Falls Council race" »
September 10, 2013 - 10:37 PM
Updated Sept. 11, 2013 - 12:28 a.m.
Newcomer Andrew Touma was the top vote getter, with incumbents Charles Walker and Kristen Grandinetti also picking up the Democratic line in November's general election in Tuesday's primary.
Incumbent Sam Fruscione came in fourth, and blamed his loss, in part, on racism against Italian Americans in Niagara Falls.
In his concession speech, Fruscione blamed "the games and antics of many media sources toward the Italian-American community."
Continue reading "Touma, Walker, Grandinetti win Democratic primary for Falls City Council" »