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Ceretto to challenge DelMonte for Assembly

LEWISTON -- Niagara County Legislator John D. Ceretto has announced he will run against Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte this fall.

Ceretto, a Lewiston Republican, attacked DelMonte, a Democrat expected to run for her sixth term, for her support of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

"Albany's dysfunction has left our state facing a $9 billion budget deficit. Our local assemblywoman votes, every year, to elect Sheldon Silver as Assembly speaker," Ceretto said. "We can't keep trying to spend our way into prosperity, and we certainly can't tax our way there either. There is no silver lining to supporting Sheldon Silver."

Ceretto has been elected to three Legislature terms after serving on the Lewiston Town Board. He changed his affiliation from Democratic to Republican after joining the Legislature, where his name has been attached to lawsuits against the New York Power Authority seeking to invalidate its contribution of $544 million to the state treasury and against the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission over its refusal to comply with the Freedom of Information Law.


Chamber of Commerce to honor award winners

LEWISTON -- The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce will honor nine businesses and individuals at its annual gala May 21 at Niagara Falls Country Club.

The following will be honored:

*Lewiston Business of the Year -- The Village Bake Shoppe.

*Youngstown Business of the Year -- Anchor Spirits.

*Sanborn Business of the Year -- Tina's Place Restaurant.

*Ransomville Business of the Year -- Johnston's Restaurant.

*Village of Lewiston Citizen of the Year -- Claudia J. Marasco.

*Town of Lewiston Citizen of the Year -- Home Delivered Meals Volunteers.

*Youngstown Citizen of the Year -- Dave Webb.

*Town of Porter Citizen of the Year -- Nancy Orsi.

*Chamber of Commerce Chair Award -- Old Fort Niagara.

The gala is open to the public, and sponsorship opportunities are available. Tickets are $75 per person. For tickets and more information, call the Chamber office at 754-9500, Ext. 10.

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