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Maria Augimeri holds Ward 9 York Centre

Maria Augimeri speaks out against the firing of TTC general manager Gary Webster during a special meeting on February 21 2012 at Toronto city Hall. Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

Maria Augimeri has won in Ward 9 York Centre, beating challenger Gus Cusimano.

Augimeri won 41.5 per cent of the vote, ahead of Cusimano’s 28.7 per cent.

Maria Augimeri, a veteran politician and Rob Ford critic, had held the seat since 2000 but came very close to losing it last election.

In 2010, Augimeri won Ward 9 by just 89 votes. Cusimano, who came second, challenged the election result in court and won, with an Ontario Superior Court judge ruling that due to a number of “irregularities,” another election should take place. The city decided not to appeal the decision, triggering a byelection – a decision supported by Mayor Ford’s office.

The byelection was to be held on July 25, 2011 – but it never got to that point. In May 2011, Augimeri said she would appeal the Superior Court decision herself. The city eventually joined the appeal. In December 2011, the Superior Court ruling was overturned, saving Augimeri from a rematch with Cusimano.

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Cusimano has worked in financial services and insurance through much of his career, and is a past director of the Italian Canadian Benevolent Corporation.

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