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Mayor Kenneth D. Swan Monday received the pre-primary endorsement of the City Republican Committee in his re-election bid, and also decided to let a pay raise for the office take effect Jan. 1.

The GOP committee voted to rescind its previous decision not to make an endorsement prior to the Sept. 9 primary, and then endorsed Swan by a 29-4 vote over 6th Ward Alderwoman Cyd L. Bennett. Swan said he was "elated" by the news.

Previously, the Niagara County Democratic Committee had agreed to let him run on its line as well, although avoiding a formal endorsement of the Republican mayor. Swan also carried the Democratic banner in 1995, winning re-election after losing a GOP primary.

Miss Bennett said she was "appalled" at the GOP city committee "for not supporting the only true Republican candidate for mayor. Once again Mayor Swan has run to the Democrats seeking shelter, and we allow it and endorse this behavior."

Monday was the deadline for Swan to veto a pay hike approved last week by the Common Council, but he decided to let it stand. The current mayoral salary of $25,000 a year will become $30,000 in 1998 and $35,000 in 1999.

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