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3 fined for faking election petitions

The former deputy Erie County parks commissioner, his son and a county laborer Friday were each fined $500 and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service for trying to subvert the judicial candidacy of Senior Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico last year.

State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller granted the three conditional discharges on their misde-meanor pleas to forging nominating petitions during the 2006 campaign in an effort to undermine the lifelong Democrat's campaign.

Boller ordered Nicholas Page, Thomas Page and Dennis Vitale to lead law-abiding lives for the next 12 months or face possible legal sanctions. Nicholas Page, 66, active in GOP politics locally and at the state level since the late 1960s, told the judge he just wanted to apologize. Page lost his job as deputy Erie County parks commissioner over the election case.

Boller spared the three further criminal penalties but stressed that he took "very seriously" their efforts to undermine the integrity of the election process.

The judge ordered each to perform 100 hours of whatever community service work the Erie County Probation Department orders over the next year.

Bradley Stamm, attorney for both Pages, told the judge the elder Page has expressed "a great amount of remorse."

Thomas Page, 25, and Vitale, 49, also apologized.

After the midmorning sentencings, all three defendants declined to comment.

Nicholas Page, of Lowell Road, Town of Tonawanda; Thomas Page, 25, of Breezewood Commons, Amherst; and Vitale, 49, of Washington Avenue, Kenmore, all faced possible one-year jail terms and probation in the case.

The petition forgeries by the Pages and Vitale caused D'Amico, a lifelong Democrat, to abandon efforts to get on the Republican line in the 2006 party primaries.

D'Amico defeated Aurora Town Justice Douglas W. Marky, the GOP candidate, in the general election last year.


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