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Deadline for voting on Housing Authority board extended

The deadline for voting in elections for two tenant seats on the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority board of commissioners has been extended two weeks, after many residents complained they had not received ballots.

On the seven-member board, two seats are elected by residents of properties owned and managed by the Housing Authority. Each term is two years.

The ballots were to be mailed about two weeks ago to all eligible voters throughout the Housing Authority. The completed forms originally were to be returned to the League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara -- postmarked by Tuesday -- and scheduled to be tallied Friday by the league, said Alan J. Dozoretz, election services chairman for the league.

The organization is the independent third-party agency administering the election for the authority.

Now completed ballots must be postmarked by June 26.

The problem began when many eligible voters realized they had not received a ballot addressed to them. One of those people was Marine Drive resident Joseph A. Mascia, an incumbent hoping to retain his seat for a fourth term.

"The only way I found out is that it happened to me," he said, adding that his wife received a ballot, addressed to her, but he did not.

Mascia said he heard from other Marine Drive residents who were in the same predicament.

"I got mine, but my son did not receive his," said Elizabeth Harris, president of the Resident Council.

The other incumbent, Elaine Diallo of Riverside's Shaffer Village, is running for a second term. She said that while walking through various developments this week campaigning, she talked with several residents from LaSalle Courts, Shaffer Village and Stuyvesant Apartments who did not get ballots addressed to them in the mail.