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January 1, 2008

MAYOR: It’s Dyster’s turn

Crowd packs into City Hall to see new Falls mayor sworn-in

NIAGARA FALLS — With his father holding the family Bible and his wife at his side, Paul Dyster took the oath of office Tuesday as the newest mayor of Niagara Falls.

A standing-room-only crowd of about 250 people filled in council chambers at City Hall to witness Dyster’s swearing-in ceremony. He received a standing ovation after taking the oath and was stopped several times during his speech by booming cheers.

“During the campaign, you the people sent a message that you wanted to change the tone of our political discourse and bring to City Hall a new brand of consensus-based leadership,” said Dyster, who replaced outgoing Mayor Vince Anello. “You said you wanted a leader at the top who listens to people, inspires them and gains their trust. I know that’s easier said than done, but for me it’s not just a campaign slogan, it’s the strategy I intend to bring to my job every day.”

Dyster defeated former Councilman Lewis “Babe” Rotella in September’s Democratic primary and former Republican Councilwoman Candra Thomason in November’s general election to become mayor. He was sworn in by the Hon. Rose H. Sconiers and was assisted in the ceremony by his father, Dr. Melvin Dyster and his wife, Becky Dyster. The rest of his family and close friends looked on from the front row.

“Our city faces a number of daunting challenges and I know that you are impatient to see things change,” the new mayor said. “I already know that at times things aren’t going to be moving far enough or fast enough, but it didn’t get this way overnight and they won’t be fixed overnight. But I promise you that from this day forward, at least we’ll be moving in the right direction.”

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