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November 4, 2013

Crowded field vies for three Niagara Falls City Council seats


Niagara Gazette — Kristen Grandinetti, 54, is a pre-kindergarten teacher at Harry F. Abate Elementary and holds master’s degrees in education and administration from Niagara University. Grandinetti is a Democrat and is at the end of her first term on the city council.

Grandinetti secured one of the three Democratic lines in the September primary and will appear as an endorsed Democrat on the general election ballot and also holds a Working Families Party endorsement.

On why she’s running:

“I am running for re-election because I feel that we are finally in a unique position to move the city in the right direction and my work is not done. The biggest challenges the city faces are unemployment and poverty which will only change with the right development.”

Vincent Sandonato, 27, is a third-year law student at the University at Buffalo. Sandonato, a former county legislator, resigned from that post in 2011 to pursue a law degree at the University of Ohio Dayton, but returned to Western New York to attend UB earlier this year. Sandonato’s parents, Mary and Larry, have been married for 34 years.

Sandonato has one of the three Republican endorsements on the general election ballot and also holds endorsements from the Conservative, Working Families, Independence and Green parties.

On why he’s running:

“I want to be a part of the most productive city council that Niagara Falls has experienced. My intention is to focus on bringing tough issues to the forefront and finding a solution, so that the community can see results. I believe the political gridlock that we are accustomed to is not effective in reaching results. I promise not to be a part of a political bloc or new majority because it cuts off conversations and ideas from being presented. I absolutely believe the homeowners and business owners in this city deserve to see their taxes decreased. Continued outlandish spending or “holding the line” theory is not acceptable anymore.”

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