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Niagara Falls City Council election results

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

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Who's endorsing whom for Niagara Falls City Council?

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.

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Audio: Niagara Falls City Council candidates forum

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.

Review live blog: Niagara Falls City Council candidates forum

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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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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Political mailer supports Fruscione, attacks Hamister; Niagara Falls development left in doubt

Attack mailer puts Niagara Falls development from Hamister Group in doubt



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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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