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Leon Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, who was appointed to the vacant 2nd District coroner position by the Niagara County Legislature May 20, has announced his candidacy for a full four-year term in the post.

The district covers North Tonawanda, Wheatfield and Pendleton.

Szczerbinski, 42, is the endorsed Democratic and Conservative candidate. He has been a member of the North Tonawanda Fire Department for 17 years, and is currently a truck driver at Engine 6 on Ward Road. He is also president of the North Tonawanda Professional Firefighters Association, Local 1333.

He will face Joseph V. Mantione in a Sept. 9 Democratic primary and again in November, since Mantione is the
Republican nominee.

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