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November 7, 2012

Restaino claims victory but Ceretto ends up with 900 vote lead in "cliffhanger"


Niagara Gazette — On Tuesday night, Restaino thanked supporters who gathered at the American Legion Fredrick F. Cadille Post No. 1664 at the City Market for putting him in a position to become the district's next assemblyman. 

"I wouldn't be here without your help," he said. "Your hard work has paid off. We just have to close things out and then we can sit down and start planning a better tomorrow."

Ceretto was seeking a second term in office. Voters sent him to Albany in 2010 in a race that saw him win a three-way-contest involving former state Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte and former Niagara Falls City Councilman John Accardo. Before becoming an assemblyman, Ceretto served in the Niagara County Legislature and previously the Lewiston Town Board. 

Niagara County Democratic County Chairman Nick Forster shrugged off the vote-counting troubles, saying the county's Board of Elections was using a new voting system and "there's always some glitches that need to be worked out."

"We all wait for the moment," Forster said. "And we wait patiently and we'll continue to do that."

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