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Social media has helped heat up a City of Tonawanda mayor's race, one that both candidates admit has turned nasty. Rick Davis, mayor for the past four years and Fourth Ward Common Councilman from 2006-2009, is running on the Democrat, Independent, Working Families, Green and Women's Equality lines. Fourth Ward Common Councilman Timothy Toth will be on the Republican, Re…

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City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis said it was a printing error that unintentionally directed his supporters to mail campaign contributions for a fundraiser to City Hall, rather than his personal address or campaign headquarters. "That was an error in printing the return envelopes," said Davis. He said letters were sent out a few days ago informing everyone who was s…

The Town of Tonawanda Republican Committee has voted in new leadership and plans to use social media to counter the hold on elected town offices held by Democrats. Chuck Sankey was unanimously selected to serve as chairman of the Republican Committee. He will fill the remainder of the term of previous chairman Sean O'Neil, who stepped down last month. Sankey said…

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By Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns LAS VEGAS – Donald Trump has had possibly the most dismal October of any presidential nominee in recent history, and the month is just more than half over. Facing accusations of sexual harassment and criticism for vulgar and demeaning comments toward women, Trump limps into Wednesday’s debate, the final one against Hillary Cli…

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Democratic incumbent Paul Dyster and Republican John Accardo faced off in a 30-minute debate today hosted by WGRZ-TV. I live tweeted it from the studio (thanks for the invite, moderator Steve Brown). The pair will square off in the Nov. 3 general election for Niagara Falls mayor. This week, Councilman Glenn Choolokian - who lost the Democratic primary to Dyster - announce…

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Councilman Glenn A. Choolokian's campaign for Niagara Falls mayor will not file a lawsuit challenging the results of the Democratic primary. As I reported on Twitter yesterday, Choolokian's campaign would not initiate a legal challenge to the Niagara County Board of Election's results of the race with incumbent Paul A. Dyster. Sam Archie, Choolokian's campaign manager, s…

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Glenn Choolokian's campaign wants both the Republican and Democratic commissioners in the Niagara County Board of Elections to recuse themselves in the counting of absentee ballots in the Democratic mayoral primary. Choolokian trails incumbent Paul Dyster by 73 votes, according to unofficial results from Thursday's primary race. Choolokian has declined to concede, while D…

I talked to some voters outside St. Raphael's on College Avenue in DeVeaux  earlier this evening. (Note: that area's typically a stronghold for incumbent Paul A. Dyster, according to his campaign.) Here's what the voters had to say: John Kennedy, who has lived in the city 35 years, said he voted for Dyster in the Democratic primary, over his opponent Councilman Glenn A. …

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Two major mayoral primaries, a City Council primary and two primaries for City Court judge. Voters in Niagara Falls have a lot on their plate in Thursday's primary election. The big one is Dyster vs. Choolokian, a battle of political rivals including a two-term incumbent and a sitting city lawmaker. There are also three candidates running in the Republican primary for m…

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The schedule of meetings of public bodies in Niagara Falls government this week: The Niagara Falls Tourism Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Room 117 in City Hall, 745 Main St. A special Zoning Board of Appeals meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers in City Hall to reconsider Niagara Falls Redevelopment’s application for a “use varia…