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City Council candidates forum slated for Oct. 30

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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Republican candidate drops out of Niagara Falls Council race

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.

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Audio: Falls lawmakers approve Hamister project

Update: 9:13 p.m.

NIAGARA FALLS - The City Council has voted 3-2 to approve the $25.3 million development proposal from the Hamister Group.

Councilman Bob Anderson announced earlier today he was supporting the project.

Chairman Glenn Choolokian and Councilman Sam Fruscione voted against it.

Listen to the discussion by Council members during tonight's vote:

Touma, Walker, Grandinetti win Democratic primary for Falls City Council

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."

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Video: Watch the entire debate between candidates in Democratic primary for Niagara Falls City Council

Three of the four candidates in running in the Democratic primary for Niagara Falls City Council participated in a debate hosted by The Buffalo News on Friday.

Incumbents Sam Fruscione and Charles Walker, along with challenger Andrew Touma talked about issues including economic development, tourism and the city's reputation. Incumbent Kristen Grandinetti did not participate due to illness.

Watch the entire debate, broken down into segments:

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Live video at 1 p.m.: Democratic primary debate with candidates for Niagara Falls City Council

Join us at 1 p.m. for a debate among the candidates in the Democratic primary for Niagara Falls City Council.

All four candidates had originally accepted our invitation, but incumbent Kristen M. Grandinetti informed the Buffalo News on Thursday that she won't be able to participate due to an illness.

Audio: City Council candidates share ideas at forum

A candidates forum was held Monday night at the Rapids Theatre for seven City Council hopefuls. (Read the story.)

I've got the first three hours of the event on my digital audio recorder.

Let's start with the opening statements from each of the seven candidates. (In order of speaking: Samuel F. Fruscione, Vincent M. Sandonato, Charles A. Walker, Kristen M. Grandinetti, Andrew P. Touma, Robert J. Elder and Russell F. Vesci)

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Live online debate between Dem candidates for Niagara Falls City Council set for Aug. 30

The Democratic candidates for Niagara Falls City Council competing in September's primary will appear in a live debate on BuffaloNews.com later this month.

Incumbents Sam Fruscione, Kristen Grandinetti and Charles Walker, along with challenger Andrew Touma, have accepted invitations to participate in a debate hosted by The Buffalo News. It will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 30.

The video will be streamed on BuffaloNews.com and here on The Brink blog. Reporters Aaron Besecker and Brian Meyer will moderate.

Questions from readers are being accepted for use in the debate. Send your ideas for questions to [email protected] by Aug. 27.

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Audio: Niagara Falls City Council meeting gets heated

Wednesday night's City Council meeting in Niagara Falls turned into something of a spectacle - not only for what business was or wasn't taken up, but for how lawmakers behaved.

I've broken down the Council's discussion during a vote that would remove from the table a proposed development deal with the Hamister Group for a $25 million mixed-use project downtown. The vote failed with the three-member Council majority voting to keep the proposed agreement on the table.

Let's start with Councilman Robert A. Anderson Jr., who gives a quick "no" vote, and then Councilman Samuel F. Fruscione, who has a bit of a back-and-forth with Mayor Paul A. Dyster at the end of his comments.

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Aaron Besecker

Aaron Besecker

Aaron Besecker joined The Buffalo News in 2007, where he has covered communities in Western New York as a beat reporter, multimedia journalist and assistant online editor. A Buffalo native, he began his career in journalism at the Niagara Gazette.

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