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October 19, 2013

Niagara lawmaker cleared in ballot inquiry


Tonawanda News — The investigation followed a decision announced earlier this year by Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita in a case involving another allegation of petition fraud, this time against Republican and Niagara County Legislature Clerk Mary Jo Tamburlin. Democrats had accused Tamburlin of filing fraudulent nominating petitions for Colangelo. Sedita, who took over the case after Niagara County District Attorney Michael Violante recused himself, found no evidence of criminal intent in the Tamburlin matter. 

On Friday, Zona said he was confident his name would ultimately be cleared, charging that all of the allegations were politically motivated. He again insisted Destino, who was formerly a registered Republican, never visited the home of the voter in question and suggested he too was pulled into the matter for political reasons. 

“There’s no surprise at all,” Zona said, referring to the outcome of the investigation. “There has never been any evidence. To this day, nobody has told me what we were allegedly violating. It’s another political attack out of desperation. This was nothing more than the Republican political hacks in a desperate move to hurt my name.” 

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