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The most lively part of last night's Niagara Falls School Board meeting wasn't the public hearing on the proposed budget (where only two members of the public spoke).

It was a presentation by school district attorney Angelo Massaro about challenges to the nominating petitions of incumbents Kevin Dobbs and Don King. Read my story about what happened.


Looks like people who have AT&T are in line for faster wireless internet connections in parts of Niagara Falls.


In case you missed it, here's Albany Bureau Chief Tom Precious' story about the Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ultimatum on casino funds to the Seneca Nation of Indians.

$9.6M hotel project in Niagara Falls granted tax breaks


The developer of a planned Wingate by Wyndham Hotel in downtown Niagara Falls will save about $1.5 million through tax abatements granted by the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.

A four-story, 110-room hotel is planned for Fourth Street and Rainbow Boulevard by Plati Niagara.

Read Thomas J. Prohaska's story here.

Cuomo sets deadline for agreement with Senecas on casino dispute

Albany Bureau Chief Tom Precious just filed a story about Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's latest proposal for new casinos in New York, which includes a timetable for resolving the dispute with the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Video: Falls to be a topic at state's first Tourism Summit

The state is holding its first Tourism Summit today in Albany.

John Percy, head of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation, is attending, according to Don Glynn of the Niagara Gazette.

An AP report says summer attractions, including Niagara Falls, will be among the topics discussed.

The governor's office is streaming the event online:


A casino objection, and a Niagara Falls waterfront connection

A computer image shows what’s in the offing as part of design to remove a section of the Robert Moses Parkway and optimize the connection between the City of Niagara Falls and the state park.

A couple of interesting items that popped up today:

•Republicans in the State Senate are going to propose that three new casinos be built in New York state, but not in Western New York, where the Seneca Nation of Indians already have three, including in Niagara Falls.

From Albany Bureau Chief Tom Precious' story:

Continue reading "A casino objection, and a Niagara Falls waterfront connection" »

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A view of the brink of the American Falls in Niagara Falls State Park in the summer of 2012. (Aaron Besecker/Buffalo News)


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Aaron Besecker

Aaron Besecker

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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