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No live blog of Niagara Falls City Council meeting

Sorry, folks -- I've had some technical difficulties with the chat tonight and because of that, I won't be able to bring you the 7 p.m. meeting.

You can still read the meeting agenda here and the resolutions to be voted on here, and I will have a story in the print edition of tomorrow's Buffalo News from the meeting.

As a thanks for your tuning in to the chat, I'll give you a hint about tomorrow's story: read this piece from late last week and get ready for the next chapter.

-News Niagara Reporter Charlie Specht (



Live blog of Niagara Falls City Council meeting

   Join me tonight for a live blog of the Niagara Falls City Council meeting. The work session begins at 4 p.m. and the regular meeting begins at 7, with a break in between.

   Read the meeting agenda here and the resolutions to be voted on here.

   It appears the City Council will be asking questions about travel expenses of city employees in light of a citywide spending freeze, which was imposed by the council in April. Mayor Paul A. Dyster and City Administrator Donna D. Owens were both out of town in recent weeks. We'll see if that is part of the discussion.

   The city is in a tough financial situation as it is owed more than $58 million by the Seneca Nation of Indians. A dispute between the Indian nation and New York State has had a bad effect on the city, as we outlined here and here this weekend.

   --News Niagara Reporter Charlie Specht (