191105 NF Mayor Race 1

Robert Restaino, joined by his wife Diana, thanks his supporters at the Como Restaurant.

Niagara Falls attorney and city school board President Robert Restaino has declared victory in the race for mayor.

The 60-year-old former city court judge succeeds outgoing Mayor Paul Dyster, who held the city's top post for the past 12 years.

Unofficial results from the Niagara County Board of Elections showed Restaino receiving 4,431 votes, or 49.59 percent, nearly double the number of votes to his closest challenger, Republican Glenn Choolokian. Jeffrey Elder, who ran on the Dynamic New Future line, came in third, according to unofficial results. Former Niagara Falls director of Community Development Seth Piccirillo, who did not actively campaign after losing the Democratic primary to Restaino, finished with xxx. Local filmmaker Ken Cosentino, who announced a write-in campaign late last month. Write-in vote results were not immediately available.

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