Giorgio Mammoliti wins in Ward 7 York West

Toronto City Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti scrums with the media outside Mayor Rob Ford's office in Toronto on Thursday November 14, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Incumbent Giorgio Mammoliti has won the race for council in Toronto’s Ward 7 York West, despite an ongoing police investigation into his fundraising.

Mammoliti won with 46.1 per cent of the vote over second-place finisher Nick Di Nizio’s 35.9 per cent.

Toronto police’s financial crimes unit launched the investigation into Mammoliti in September, reportedly after the matter was referred to them by city lawyers. An earlier investigation into the event stemmed from a public complaint alleging city staff worked on the event during city work hours.

In July, city council voted 37-2 to dock Mammoliti three months’ pay after Toronto’s integrity commissioner ruled he violated the city’s code of conduct after “improperly” accepting gifts, favours and benefits from the sale of tickets to the fundraiser. Mammoliti said in the past the fundraiser was of a “personal nature” and didn’t violate any rules. Mammoliti said he would pursue legal action over the investigation, saying information it contained was leaked to the public.

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“At one point during the investigation I requested assurance from Ms. Leiper that confidentiality and privacy would be maintained so that I may provide her with highly personal information; my request for confidentiality and privacy was refused,” said Mammoliti in a written statement.

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