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February 17, 2013

Fruscione's announcement violating election law called a "mistake."

Niagara Gazette — Niagara Falls City Councilman Sam Fruscione believes he deserves a third term in office.

However, Fruscione’s bid got off to a rocky start. Violating election law, his first official campaign announcement was “accidentally” sent out on City of Niagara Falls letterhead, complete with the city’s seal and the words “Office of the City Council” at the top.

He said he made a mistake, typing up the release himself and attaching it to the incorrect template on his computer. He then circulated his campaign statement without double-checking to make sure he followed election law, which prohibits incumbents from using their office to campaign.

He said he’s constantly telling his students to check and double-check their work before turning it in for a grade, something he wishes he’d done.

“I didn’t follow my own rule,” he said Saturday. “I was more interested in the content and wasn’t paying attention to the letterhead I used. But as soon as I realized what happened, I stopped it.”

Fruscione’s campaign will begin with the first community event of his campaign will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. March 14 at The Vault, 8676 Buffalo Ave. The fundraiser will feature live jazz by Pappy Martin. Admission will be $

In the press release issued Thursday, Fruscione, a four-time chairman of the city council, made clear his intentions in seeking reelection. He said the city’s facing several challenges in the immediate future and his track record as a “taxpayer watchdog” is the best way to address them.

“Our hometown is facing serious challenges,” he said. “The casino revenue impasse, public safety, the growing budget shortfall and the almost desperate need for increased demolitions and ‘blight-fight’ are just the tip of a very troubling iceberg.”

A teacher at Harry F. Abate Elementary, Fruscione said Niagara Falls is facing several tough decisions which could put the city either on the road to recovery or move it into further decline. 

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