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Former school board candidate Austin Harig sues over false arrest

A former Buffalo Board of Education candidate is suing the city for more than $2 million as part of a lawsuit claiming two false arrests by police.

Austin Harig, the former student who narrowly lost a race to then-board member Carl P. Paladino, claims his arrests in 2016 and 11 days in jail time violated his civil rights.

In both cases, one involving allegations of assault, the other underage drinking, the charges against Harig were dropped.

"He's a young kid with a bright future who was incarcerated for a long time," said Buffalo attorney James Ostrowski, who is representing Harig in the civil case.

Harig's arrests came during his campaign against Paladino, an effort that resulted in the 18-year-old coming very close to unseating the former Republican gubernatorial candidate.

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