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Legislature seeks Democrat to fill 9th District seat

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Legislature will accept applications until 5 p.m. Friday from registered Democrats to fill the vacant 9th District seat in North Tonawanda.

Chairman William L. Ross announced Tuesday that an interview committee will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the county Center for Economic Development in Wheatfield to talk to the applicants. The interviewers will be Ross and Legislators Paul B. Wojtaszek, R-North Tonawanda, and Jason J. Cafarella, D-Niagara Falls.

The seat was held by Andrea L. McNulty, a Democrat who voted with the Republican majority, until she moved to Pendleton and resigned Sept. 1. By county law, her replacement must be a registered Democrat. The appointment will last only until the end of this year.

Phillip R. Rizzo is the Republican candidate in the 9th District election, but he is a registered member of the Independence Party. Christopher Perna is the Democratic nominee.

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High School to host an open house today

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls High School will host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the school, 4455 Porter Road.

At 6:15 p.m. in the third-floor amphitheater, parents of freshmen will be able to participate in a brief overview, called "The journey to graduation begins."

At 6:30 p.m., parents of seniors can enjoy "Senior year -- what to do when," in the Main Arena.

At 6:45 p.m., a session called "Advance Placement -- all you wanted to know in 20 minutes or less," will take place in the amphitheater.

At 7:30 p.m., the Main Arena will be the location for "Be your child's educational partner: How to prepare your child for success."

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Mazierski gets ballot line in supervisor's race

LOCKPORT -- There will be three candidates for Lewiston supervisor on the Nov. 3 ballot, as Kathryn S. Lake Mazierski was named the winner of the Independence Party primary Wednesday in a recount at the Niagara County Board of Elections.

A recheck of voting machines found six extra Independence votes for Mazierski, a Democrat who lost her home party's primary to incumbent Supervisor Fred M. Newlin III.

Mazierski also added a vote with the only absentee ballot submitted, bringing her total to 21 votes. Newlin received 14 uncontested write-ins. There were five others disallowed because voters used the wrong space or because a machine malfunction left it unclear in which party's primary the votes were cast.

Newlin and Republican nominee Steven L. Reiter received six votes each in the Working Families Party primary. Reiter had two write-in votes disallowed because of what appeared to be a voting machine malfunction; his attorney, Michael Dowd, said they have three days to decide whether to go to court to try to have those votes counted.

A tie would probably go to Newlin, the endorsed Working Families candidate, because party leaders choose the winner in such cases.

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