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LOCAL 91 HOLDS ELECTIONS, ENDING TRUSTEESHIP

Members of Laborers Local 91 in Niagara Falls elected new officers Saturday, marking the end of the parent union's trusteeship of the organization and the return of self-governance to the local's 650 members.

The union had been under trusteeship since 2002, when 14 of the organization's former labor leaders were indicted on racketeering and extortion charges.

Saturday's winners were all candidates for the Unity With a Voice slate, said Rich Greer, international spokesman.

For the office of president, Rob Malvstato Jr. won with 336 votes, beating challenger David Ward, who got 150 votes.

Steven Beahen won vice president with 292 votes, defeating Keith Mielicki, 187 votes.

The recording secretary position was won by William Grace with 301 votes. His challenger, Tracy Russel, polled 178 votes.

Enrico Liberale had 256 votes to secure the secretary-treasurer position. He beat Bill Sipple, who had 179 votes, and Dennis Gagliero, 39.

In total, 491 votes were cast, which represents 75 percent of the membership, Greer said.

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