By Jeremy Appel
Controversial city councillor and occasional Ford ally Giorgio Mammoliti has won by about 1500 votes in Ward 7 (York West). His primary challenger for the seat was Frank Di Nizio, who previously opposed him in 2010, losing by 14 percentage points.
Mammoliti is under investigation by Toronto police for accepting an $80, 000 gift from the organizers of a fundraiser in Woodbridge this summer, for which he lost 90 days’ pay. The councillor insists he did nothing wrong.
There were eight candidates vying for Mammoliti’s seat, with Di Nizio the most prominent.
Other North York Victors
TTC Chair Maria Augimeri has defeated Gus Cusimano in Ward 9 (York Centre) by almost two thousand votes.
Cusimano is a noted Ford supporter. Augimeri took over from Karen Stintz after the latter launched her mayoral bid.
Cusimano threatened to sue Augimeri after she called him a criminal in an interview with an Italian-language newspaper earlier this year. This allegation stems from 2010, when Cusimano voted illegally in a ward that was not his own. He pled guilty, but was not charged criminally.
In Ward 15 (Eglinton-Lawrence), rookie councillor Josh Colle has earned a second term in a landslide with 73 per cent of the vote. He came to prominence in 2012 with his outspoken opposition to Ford’s budget cuts.
Colle’s strongest opponent, Chani Aryeh-Bain, was defeated by nearly 12, 000 votes.