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Judge keeps Wheatfield justice hopeful on ballot; Legislature candidate ousted

Joshua I. Ramos' name stays on the ballot for Wheatfield town justice, after a judge rejected an effort by one of his opponents to kick him off the primary ballot.

State Supreme Court Ralph A. Boniello III  upheld Ramos' nominating petitions for the Republican, Democratic and Independence parties, although he did throw Ramos out of the Working Families primary.

Boniello noted that the lawsuit filed by the wife of rival Gary E. Strenkoski accused Ramos of fraud, but no evidence of fraud surfaced in a court hearing.

In another case, Niagara County Legislator Owen T. Steed will be unopposed for re-election in Niagara Falls' 4th District, after would-be Democratic primary rival Keith Lindsay dropped a lawsuit against the Board of Elections for invalidating his nominating petitions.

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