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Challenges withdrawn to petitions of incumbent Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster

NIAGARA FALLS – Challenges to Democratic incumbent Mayor Paul A. Dyster’s nominating petitions were withdrawn in State Supreme Court on Thursday.

The challenges, which if successful would have gotten Dyster thrown off the Democratic line for September’s primary, were made by Dyster’s Democratic opponent, Councilman Glenn A. Choolokian and Samuel Archie, Choolokian’s campaign manager.

The attorney representing the challengers withdrew from the case due to a conflict of interest, Archie told State Supreme Court Judge Frank Caruso. Both sides had filed legal papers in the case last week.

A challenge to the petitions of Democratic City Council candidates Alicia M. Laible and Ezra P. Scott Jr., brought by Falls resident Todd Stopa, was adjourned until Monday morning.

Paul Oliveira, who was thrown off the Republican ballot for Somerset supervisor, saw his attempt to get back on the ballot dismissed because neither Oliveira nor an attorney showed up for a court appearance.

Three other cases were also adjourned until Monday involving petitions for races for North Tonawanda Common Council and the 7th and 8th district seats in the Niagara County Legislature.