Frances Nunziata

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Frances Nunziata
Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 11) York South-Weston
Assumed office
December 1, 2000
Preceded by Ward Created
Speaker of Toronto City Council
Assumed office
December 1, 2010
Preceded by Sandra Bussin
Chair of Etobicoke and York Community Council
In office
June 27, 2005 – November 30, 2010
Preceded by Suzan Hall
Succeeded by Mark Grimes
Mayor of York
In office
December 1, 1994 – December 31, 1997
Preceded by Fergy Brown
Succeeded by Position abolished
York City Councillor for Ward 7
In office
December 1, 1988 – November 30, 1994
Preceded by Gary Bloor
Succeeded by Randy Leach
Personal details
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Accounting Clerk

Frances Nunziata is a Toronto city councillor for Ward 11 York South-Weston (representing one of the two York South—Weston wards). She is the sister of former Member of Parliament John Nunziata.

An accounting clerk, she became head of the Harwood Ratepayers Association. She was first elected to office in 1985 as school board trustee for the City of York School Board. In 1988 she was elected to the York city council ousting incumbent Gary Bloor.

On city council she rose to prominence as a whistleblower in the Fairbank Park affair. A deal had been made to sell part of the city park to a developer to build condominiums. Nunziata leaked material to the press illustrating irregularities in the process, leading to a police investigation of several local politicians. The affair pitted Nunziata against almost the entire York city council in a bitter debate. Nunziata took fellow councillor Nicolo Fortunato to court after he reportedly called her a "slut" and threatened to kill her.

In the 1991 elections Nunziata was vindicated as six of the eight sitting councillors lost their reelection bids while Nunziata defeated her nearest rival by a ten to one margin. Eventually two York city councillors, one Metro Toronto councillor, and the developer were jailed over the affair.

In the 1994 election Nunziata chose to challenge York mayor Fergy Brown. Nunziata was considered unlikely to defeat the incumbent, but after a spirited and often bitter campaign she emerged victorious. As mayor she ran into her own ethics issues when it was alleged she had used city money to pay a political operative. As mayor her main cause was an unsuccessful campaign to construct a subway line under Eglinton avenue.

With the creation of the megacity in 1997 she was elected to Toronto city council. On city council she mostly concerned herself with law and order issues. She also was a prominent defender of Kimberley Glasco in her battle with the National Ballet of Canada.

In 2010, George Berger, an executive assistant who worked for her in 2005 brought her before a human rights tribunal claiming harassment and discrimination during his employment. Berger claims that he was targeted due to a disability. Nunziata denies the claim. Berger is asking for monetary compensation and an apology.[1]

On December 7, 2010 she was nominated by Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday and elected as Speaker of Toronto City Council.[2]

Election results[edit]

2010 Toronto election, Ward 11[3]
Candidate Votes  %
Frances Nunziata 10,544 66.8
Fulvio Sansone 2,290 14.5
Leo Marshall 1,718 10.9
Abdi Hashised 1,235 7.8
Total 15787 100

Unofficial results as of October 26, 2010 03:55 am

2006 Toronto election, Ward 11[4]
Candidate Votes  %
Frances Nunziata 6,469 49.6
Paul Ferreira 4,812 36.9
Rocky Gualtieri 1235 9.5
Pansy Mullings 526 4.0


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