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NIAGARA FALLS – Vincent M. Sandonato, one of the Republican candidates for City Council in the Nov. 5 election, said Friday if he is elected, he would vote for the controversial Hamister Group hotel deal, if it hasn’t been approved by the time he takes office.

Sandonato, a former Niagara County legislator, issued a statement denouncing the Council’s “factionalism, infighting and cheap political posturing.”

His statement said, “The Hamister Group’s proposed downtown hotel is the kind of economic progress Niagara Falls is desperate for. The City Council has a proper oversight and review role, but this project has now become needlessly delayed – and so has the job creation that will come with it. The Council was prudent to ask questions. They were wise to seek answers. To me, though, those answers have been sufficient and satisfactory.”

The Council majority has blocked the deal because the city allegedly isn’t being paid enough for the site of the hotel, and it opposes a possible tax break for Hamister.