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Two democrats eye mayor's post in Niagara Falls

Posted: 5:38 PM, Jun 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-25 17:38:33-04

Voters were ready and waiting to cast their ballots when polls opened at Maple Avenue School in Niagara Falls Tuesday.

They’re choosing between Robert Restaino and Seth Piccirillo for the democratic candidate for mayor.

Current Mayor Paul Dyster isn't running for re-election.

Restaino was among the first to vote.

“It's time for a change. Change in the way we conduct business at City Hall, change in the way we approach the business community, and change in the way we attract business into the community.” The 59-year-old is born and raised in the Cataract City. He said he understands the city has its challenges and he knows how to fix them. “Attacking poverty is the center piece of my campaign. To do that, you must grow jobs.”

Piccirillo spent the morning calling voters and reminding them to vote.

The 37-year-old father of two currently works for the city as the community development director. But, he has his own ideas if elected mayor.

He vows to cut taxes, while investing in neighborhoods and establishing community policing. “Making sure there's a connection with a police officer working a beat and the neighborhoods creating an opportunity for police to interact before the caution tape goes up,” he said.

Democrats have a roughly three to one advantage over registered republicans. Still, the winner of Tuesday’s Primary will go up again Republican candidate, Glenn Choolokian in the November General Election.