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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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Read Hamister's full statement on situation surrounding Niagara Falls proposal

Developer Mark Hamister today called the anonymous political flier that attacked him "despicable."

Here's his full statement released by his office:

“There is no excuse for the disturbing and reprehensible flyer that was distributed earlier this week on behalf of a Councilmember in Niagara Falls. This form of politics of personal destruction is despicable. It is the poster child of what is wrong with politics today. It sends the wrong message to the private sector, developers and job creators. I resent the fact that I have been dragged into the politics of this issue when as a private businessman and developer, I have worked hard to maintain a positive and honorable reputation over the past 36 years.

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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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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

A “meet the candidates” night will be held at 6 p.m. Monday in the Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St. All seven candidates for City Council have been invited. The event is free. Also this week:

• The board of trustees of Niagara Falls Public Library will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the library, 1425 Main St.

• The School Board will hold an agenda review session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the district’s central office, 630 66th St. The board’s regular meeting will follow at 7.

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Meet the Candidates night scheduled for Niagara Falls City Council candidates

The candidates hoping to win one of three open seats this November on the Niagara Falls City Council are scheduled to participate in a question-and-answer session on Aug. 26.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St. (Here's the Facebook event page.)

All seven announced candidates  - four Democrats and three Republicans - have agreed to attend, said Rick Crogan, one of the organizers.

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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 abesecker@buffnews.com by Aug. 27.

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Democratic primary on tap for Niagara Falls City Council seats

Four Democrats filed petitions with the Niagara County Board of Elections by Thursday's deadline to run for Niagara Falls City Council.

The three incumbents - Sam Fruscione, Kristen Grandinetti and Charles Walker - as well as challenger Andy Touma will face off in September.

Read the full story.

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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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