The news that Niagara Falls Mayor Vince Anello has been charged with harassment casts another shadow over the campaign of the first-term mayor, and caps off what has been an eventful week in local politics.
The complaint, which was filed by Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark, stemmed from an altercation between Anello and Niagara Falls Redevelopment Corporation Vice-President Roger Trevino on June 27.
Anello already faces an uphill battle for re-election after the Niagara Falls and Niagara County Democratic committees chose to endorse Niagara Falls Councilman Lewis "Babe" Rotella for mayor. Former Councilman Paul Dyster and newcomer Paul Argy will also appear on the Democratic line.
Anello has also had to face a nearly two-year long FBI investigation for his involvement in a loan made to Anello by Joe Anderson and whether the loan bought Anderson favoritism on city development projects.
The charges brought against Anello continue a busy week for local Democrats. Democratic candidate for Niagara County Legislature Bob LaBarbera was charged earlier in the week for DWI and other related charges.