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Incumbents' victories in two races confirmed

YOUNGSTOWN -- Niagara County election officials Tuesday sealed the victories of two incumbents -- Youngstown Mayor Raleigh Reynolds and Trustee Steven Suitor -- by announcing the results of their recanvassing of last week's election materials.

Democrat Reynolds edged out opponent Dorothy "Dotty" Riordan -- a Democrat backed by Republicans -- by 216 to 206 votes in the May 15 election.

Democratic trustee candidate Suitor slipped by Republican Jack Bush Jr. by a count of 214 to 211 votes.

Trustee Tim Lockhart was still the top vote-getter with 341 votes, according to Niagara County Elections Commissioners Nancy Smith and Maryann Casamento, who conducted Monday's recanvassing in Village Hall. Lockhart ran on three lines -- Republican, Democratic and Responsive -- for one of two open trustee spots.

Reynolds became head of the village government last September, following the death of former Mayor Neil Riordan, who had earlier appointed him his deputy.

His challenger, Dotty Riordan, is Neil Riordan's widow. They were seeking to fill the final two years of Neil Riordan's unexpired, four-year term.


Three projects approved for Greenway funding

LOCKPORT -- Greenway funding was approved by the Host Community Standing Committee on Tuesday for projects in Niagara Falls, Lockport and Hartland.

The committee awarded the LaSalle Waterfront Park project $365,000 in additional funding, adding to $850,000 it had received in February 2010.

The Historic Palace Theatre in Lockport was awarded $151,697 for an exterior renovation project, and $244,000 was approved for the expansion and updating of Hartland Town Park.

Comprised of seven members from the Niagara Power Coalition and New York Power Authority, the Host Community Standing Committee selects and oversees projects financed by the Greenway Recreation/Tourism Fund.


TV travel show host will give keynote address at DDDay!!

Zach Anner, host of Oprah Winfrey's OWN television network travel show, will give the keynote address at Thursday's Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day conference in Niagara Falls.

The 24th annual DDDay!! will be held in the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls at 101 Old Falls St.

Anner, a Kenmore native, will speak at 9:15 a.m. in the conference center's main hall.

The convention is the largest of its kind in the United States and has long been a key event in the Western New York developmentally disabled community. This year, 28 one-hour workshops are scheduled.

The convention runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an art show featuring work from local artists with disabilities, all-day entertainment and numerous awards presentations scheduled throughout the day.

Walk-in tickets will be available at the door for $15. More information is available at