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NIAGARA FALLS – Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, announced his endorsement Wednesday of three Democratic candidates for City Council: incumbents Charles A. Walker and Kristen M. Grandinetti and newcomer Andrew P. Touma.

The endorsement of the winners of the Democratic primary came one day after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo endorsed the same slate of candidates, regarded as friendly to Mayor Paul A. Dyster.

Higgins said, “Kristen, Charles and Andy share my vision for Niagara Falls’ future: increased access to the city’s waterfront and increased economic activity in downtown that will create new jobs for local residents. Niagara Falls’ best days are ahead of us, and this team, working in cooperation with Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Dyster, are the best people to get that job done.”

Councilman Samuel F. Fruscione, a Democrat running on minor-party lines, and Republican nominees Vincent M. Sandonato, Russell F. Vesci and Robert J. Elder also are on the ballot, although Elder is not actively campaigning because of family health issues.