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Touma to serve as Niagara Falls Council chairman

Councilman Andrew P. Touma was unanimously elected the new chairman of the Niagara Falls City Council at its reorganization meeting Monday.

Touma said the Council will meet on Wednesdays this year instead of the traditional Mondays, starting at 6 p.m., not 5 as it has recently done. He said it will give members more of an opportunity to review resolutions, and also avoid a conflict with the Monday meetings of the Falls Water Board.

Touma, who was re-elected to his second four-year term on the Council in November's election, succeeds Charles A. Walker, whose Council term ran out at the end of 2017.

Touma was nominated for the position by a fellow Democrat, Councilman Ezra P. Scott Jr. The new Council comprises three Democrats and two Republicans.

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