Niagara Gazette


November 6, 2013

Democrats Touma, Grandinetti and Walker sweep council race

Democrats Touma, Grandinetti and Walker top city council race


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Touma was the top vote getter — as he was in a four-way September primary for the three Democratic lines — with 4,208 tallies. Grandinetti took 3,736 votes and Walker garnered 3,464 votes, according to unofficial results from the Niagara County Board of Elections.

"The residents of Niagara Falls have collectively expressed their voice and are ready to move our great city in a positive direction," Touma said during his acceptance speech.

Touma, who credited his success to his door-to-door campaigning and positive message, said that the election was a "victory for the people" and that while the campaign was hard work, it will only get harder.

"The big job is ahead of me," Touma said. "That's to work with folks to move the city forward."

Touma, like his Democratic colleagues, pointed to Cuomo's endorsement as a sign that the state is taking a genuine interest in the future of Niagara Falls.

"Right now the relationship we have with the governor in all levels of government is in place," Touma said. "And so, with that, with the mayor and the council working together, I think we can move this city forward."

Walker, who won a fifth term with Tuesday's victory, faced a barrage of criticism in the form of campaign mailers funded by the New York State Republican Committee in recent weeks. He credited his success to working hard and having faith.

"Look at the money state Republicans threw at this race to get me out and here we are, still going," Walker said, referring to campaign support provided to Republican candidate Vincent Sandonato. "I think it goes to show what a little hard work will do."

Walker said he intends to keep working hard at making sure the city makes strides in the right direction, acknowledging the faith Cuomo put in him and his fellow Democrats. 

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