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Democrat Restaino wins Niagara Falls mayor's race

Thomas O'Neil-White

Democrat Robert Restaino will be the next mayor of Niagara Falls, easily defeating three other candidates in Tuesday's election.

Restaino won nearly 50% of the vote in the Cataract City, according to unofficial results from the Niagara County Board of Elections.

Republican Glenn Choolokian earned 25% of the vote compared to Jeffrey Elder's 16% and Seth Piccirillo's 7%. Elder and Piccirillo ran on minor party lines.

Restaino will succeed outgoing mayor Paul Dyster, a Democrat who decided to not seek re-election after serving three terms in office.

Restaino said his message of change was hear loud and clear by the residents of the City of Niagara Falls.

"That was our message from the beginng of last November," he said. "So we haven't deviated from that."

Restaino said his first order of business is to prioritize the needs of the city, including the 2020 budget, currently being put together by the Dyster administration.

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Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Thomas moved to Western New York at the age of 14. A graduate of Buffalo State College, he majored in Communications Studies and was part of the sports staff for WBNY. When not following his beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats and Boston Red Sox, Thomas enjoys coaching youth basketball, reading Tolkien novels and seeing live music.