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Maid of the Mist sees repeat in legal arguments

The Niagara Preservation Coalition is again asking a court to halt construction of the Maid of the Mist's boat dock and storage facility in the Niagara Gorge.

When a State Supreme Court judge in Niagara County lifted a temporary restraining order in April, the group asked an appeals court to take up the case, which it did not.

New court papers were filed Friday, with a court appearance scheduled for Monday.

Here's what Maid of the Mist attorney Brian D. Gwitt said in an email:

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The City Council will hold a 5 p.m. work session Monday, followed by a regular meeting at 6 in City Hall, 745 Main St. (Agenda)

Also this week:

• The Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers at City Hall.

• The city School Board will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the district’s central office, 630 66th St.

School Board rejects plan for narrower Greenway

The Niagara Falls School Board on Thursday night voted to oppose a proposal to narrow the geographical boundaries of the Niagara River Greenway.

"These sponsors of this proposed legislation should be ashamed of themselves," Board member Robert Restaino said.

Without mentioning their names, he was talking about a proposal from State Sen. Mark Grisanti and Assemblyman Sean Ryan.

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Biking along the Niagara River - on the Canadian side

This story might make supporters of the Niagara River Greenway jealous.

A couple finds thrills in taking a bike ride from Niagara Falls, Ont., and along the water up to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Grandinetti calls out council majority for not funding grants administrator

Niagara Falls City Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti is calling the three-member majority of the City Council "irresponsible" for not funding a part-time grants administrator.

Read her full opinion piece in the Niagara Gazette.

Update scheduled on vacant city engineer post (and full City Council agenda)

The Niagara Falls City Council on Monday is scheduled to get an update from the Dyster administration about the vacant city engineer job.

Here's the full agenda for Monday's meeting in City Hall (work session starts at 5 p.m., voting portion begins at 6):

Niagara Falls City Council agenda for Monday


State Comptroller issues audit of City of Niagara Falls

*****Update 9:12 a.m. Wednesday: Here's my story on the audit - Audit by State Comptroller’s Office slams Falls’ budgeting practices

Story's been filed. For now, here's the full report:

State Comptroller's audit of City of Niagara Falls

Water shutoff planned near Hyde Park/Buffalo Avenue on Thursday morning

City residents who live near Buffalo Avenue and Hyde Park Boulevard will see their water service shut off between about 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday.

The Niagara Falls Water Board has announced it will be installing new water-main valves in that area as part of the Buffalo Avenue reconstruction project.

Areas that may be impacted include east of Hyde Park Boulevard, north of Buffalo Avenue, south of College Avenue and west of 10th Street.

Full restoration of service is projected for 11 a.m.

For more information or questions, customers should call 283-9770, ext. 201, or ext. 0 after regular business hours.

Bloomberg: Niagara Falls is one step above junk-bond status

Bloomberg has painted a picture of the City of Niagara Falls' finances by talking with bond investors.

And it ain't pretty.

Niagara Falls Near Junk as Casino Spat Drains Cash

Map: Narrower area proposed for Niagara River Greenway

I wrote today about a proposal to reshape the Niagara River Greenway and the emerging opposition to it.

The area that would be eligible for Greenway funding under the proposed legislation is what was known as the "focus area" in the original Greenway plan. In this map, it's the area inside the red lines.

Map: Niagara River Greenway Focus Area


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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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