Thursday, 30 October 2014, 11:44 pm

Diodati dominates in Niagara Falls election

By BECKI CREWE, CHRIS PERRELLI, DAVID CHERNISH and LUCA GUARDARI
Staff Writers
Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati and his family watch the poll results come in on Monday night. PHOTO BY LUCA GUARDARI“Just as we did in 2010 and now again in 2014, we chose the right, the obvious and the only legitimate candidate to lead our city as mayor,” said Lou Vescio, Jim Diodati’s campaign manager as results rolled in early and heavily in his favour Monday night.
Diodati held onto his Niagara Falls mayor’s post with a landslide victory in the 2014 municipal election.
Diodati, now entering his second four-year tenure as mayor, won the election with 84.3 per cent of the votes against Connie Topolinsky, John Beam and Joseph Mikos.
In his victory speech, Diodati said, “Some people would say, ‘You couldn’t have been nervous this time because the last contest you had a tough race against an incumbent’.”
“Honestly, the truth is, the feelings are the same: you get the same butterflies, the same nervousness, the same energy and anxiety....

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Sendzik wins close race for St. Catharines mayor

By JAMIE BURTON
Staff Writer
Walter Sendzik, the newly elected mayor of St. Catharines, was all smiles last night after beating Jeff Burch, his closest challenger, by more than by 1,800 votes. Photo by THAKURJIT SAGGUWhat began as a close race for mayor of St. Catharines evolved into a victory for Walter Sendzik over rival Jeff Burch Monday night.
The atmosphere in Sendzik's campaign party at Holiday Inn was electric as cheers climbed louder and louder as each round of results was announced.
Sendzik received 40.19 per cent of the vote. Burch was second at 36.41 per cent.
With Sendzik confirmed as the winner, besting four opponents, supporters crowded the door shouting, "Walter, Walter" until he walked in.
Sendzik won on a platform that involves keeping jobs in St. Catharines, saying he wants a city where "my kids and everyone's kids can grow up and stay" and not have to leave for other jobs.
"We are going to see some fantastic things happen in this city," said Sendzik, tears of joy in his eyes. "I'm emotional right now because this is how you build a...

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Niagara Election Results

Niagara region election results as they come in.

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New Lord Mayor for Niagara-on-the-Lake

By COLIN KASPER, DAVIS GILBERT, BAYLEY NARGANG and KEVAN DOWD
Staff Writers
Newly elected Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the Lake Pat Darte at the NOTL community centre shortly after he was declared the winner. Photo by Kevan DowdThere will be a new man wearing the chain of mayor’s office in Niagara-on-the-Lake following tonight’s final vote count.
Patrick Darte defeated incumbent Mayor David Eke. Voters handed the title of Lord Mayor to Darte, who received an unofficial 57.12 per cent of the vote.
Election results were announced at approximately 9 p.m. The Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre was abuzz as the 2014 municipal elections returns began coming in shortly after 8 p.m. A steady stream of voters showed up to support their chosen candidates for differing positions in their municipal government.
About his victory, Darte noted, “I'm finally happy and relaxed. ... Everyone wanted a change.”
Former Lord Mayor Gary Burroughs retained the regional councillor’s post by 64.25 per cent of votes.
Before the results came through, Burroughs said, “[I'm] nervous, just like always. I've been in four or five previous elections and...

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Niagara municipal election: 2014

The municipal election is Oct. 27. Here are some of the issues being discussed.

By REBECCA AHEARN
Staff Writer

Jobs:
Lincoln and Port Colborne
Eric Gilbert, running for mayor of Lincoln, has made it part of his platform to stand for increasing jobs in his town.
He wants to promote Lincoln as an excellent town in which to do business and to attract a diverse range of new businesses and quality jobs that complement and support the existing enterprises.
Gilbert also has his eyes set on attracting larger companies and setting up offices while hiring the local population to work in the stores, factories and offices.
Fred Davies, running for mayor of Port Colborne, has a 10-year plan to get the lakeside city back up and running to where it should and needs to be.
“We're at a crossroads. If we focus on things we can control, we can grow our local economy and new investment will...

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Campion is champion


Former mayor Barry Sharpe congratulates the new mayor of Welland Frank Campion. PHOTO BY KEVIN FARRELLBy JULIET KADZVITI and MIRANDA BRUMWELL
Staff Writers
Frank Campion is the new mayor of Welland. He beat out John Watt and incumbent
Barry Sharpe with approximately 59.95 per cent of the vote after 14 out of 15 polling stations’ votes were counted early this evening.
"Being mayor feels really good right now,” Campion said, adding, "I can't wait to get started."
Campion and Sharpe have a long history of council scuffles but Campion commended
Sharpe for a race well run.
"Barry Sharpe and I had our issues in council. That's politics. Barry ran a very clean, gentlemanly campaign. Barry has also acted in the best interest (in his mind) for the community.”
Sharpe, when asked about his future plans, said, “Immediately, there is a month of transition. Making sure projects are handed off properly. It's the end of my 11-year municipal career and I'm grateful.”
Campion, speaking at Casa Dante, thanked all the people...

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Apple keeps watch-ful eye on wearable technology

By BECKI CREWE
Staff Writer
Say goodbye to bare wrists and start watching your calendar for the new Apple Watch set to release in 2015.
Apple has announced its new Apple Watch with the same features and performance techniques as an iPhone and other smartphones. Apple’s watch can call, message, navigate, run applications and will send notifications and alerts relevant to the user’s life schedule.
“I think it’s a very necessary step in the evolution in smart technology,” said Conor MacNeill, a professor of the Game Development program at Niagara College.
In a press conference introducing the unique device, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said, “Apple Watch is the most personal device we’ve ever created. We sought to make the best watch in the world, one that is precise.”
“Because you wear it, we invented new intimate ways to connect and communicate directly from your wrist.”
The watch is designed with a digital crown multifunctional device that...

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