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Judge clears the way for Marine Drive voting

There will be an election today for new leaders among tenants at Marine Drive Apartments, after all.

Justice Erin M. Peradotto of the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court removed a restraining order late Wednesday afternoon that had been obtained earlier by the Marine Drive Resident Council, and Peradotto ruled that voting can proceed as scheduled to select new tenant representatives.

Balloting will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. today in the complex’s Community Room.

Ten candidates are vying for five positions.

The League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara has been contracted by the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority to run the election.

Peradotto did not rule Wednesday on whether the new tenant board can legally supplant the Resident Council members, whose terms are due to expire next year.

That decision is expected to be made by State Supreme Court Justice Donna M. Siwek, who had issued an injunction last week to halt today’s election.

Lawyers for the parties had been scheduled to meet this morning in State Supreme Court on the case, but they told Siwek they are discussing the matter and will send her a letter requesting a conference.

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