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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"We're going to do all we can to help the governor make good on what he said," he said.

Walker said he's confident the three Democrats, working with Dyster and Cuomo, will be able to move Niagara Falls in a new direction. Walker noted that Cuomo has shown he is interested in investing in the Cataract City, meaning that the time is right for economic development.

"Pretty much, the governor, he put his word out there," Walker said. "As a council, our goal going forward would be to make his word good."

Grandinetti literally did a dance of joy during her turn at the podium, thanking friends, family and campaign supporters, especially all those in the younger-age bracket who worked hard on her behalf. She also thanked Cuomo and Higgins for their endorsements.  

"It's unprecedented the attention we got from our state and federal officials," she said. 

Sandonato, Russel Vesci, and Robert Elder ran as endorsed Republicans while incumbent Fruscione continued to campaign on the Conservative and Independence party lines following his loss in the Democratic primary.

Sandonato received 2,877 votes followed by Vesci with 2,619, Fruscione at 2,594 and Elder getting 674 votes, according to the unofficial results. Sandonato, who faced a steep climb with heavy Democratic voter enrollment in the city, said there are "no excuses" for his loss.

"We had a game plan and we executed it," Sandonato said. "Unfortunately it didn't work out. The whole purpose was to kind of give voters a choice and I think we did that."

The former county legislator offered congratulations to the three winners, saying that he hopes his campaign helped bring issues and ideas into the public discussion that will continue to be discussed.

"Hopefully, (the council members) realize that this was a heated race," Sandonato said. "A lot of issues were brought out. Maybe we address them."



Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257

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