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'Nuisance reform' proposed in Niagara Falls

The City Council's three-member majority has proposed a "property and building nuisance reform" law, which will come before the Council tonight.

The law is aimed at business districts and would allow the city to deem a property a "public nuisance" if a certain amount of violations are found within a certain time frame.

The proposal establishes a point system, under which a property would be assigned either 2, 4, 6 or 10 points, based on the severity of the violation found. Applicable violations include alcohol and drug violations, howling dogs, prostitution, property maintenance issues, welfare fraud and other crimes and violations.

If a property accumulates 12 points in six months or 18 points in 12 months, the city would be able to take the property owner to court, with the city having several options, including asking a judge to order the business closed. Property owners could also be fined or sentened to up to 15 days in jail.

Councilman Sam Fruscione, part of the Council majority, has written an op-ed piece about the proposal.

The proposed law is included in the agenda documents below (agenda item No. 16).

Today's meeting begins at 5 p.m. with an agenda review. The voting session follows at 6 p.m.

Niagara Falls City Council agenda, May 28, 2013

Niagara Falls City Council agenda documents May 28, 2013


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Aaron Besecker

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Aaron Besecker joined The Buffalo News in 2007, where he has covered communities in Western New York as a beat reporter, multimedia journalist and assistant online editor. A Buffalo native, he began his career in journalism at the Niagara Gazette.

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