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Audio: Niagara Falls City Council meeting gets heated

Wednesday night's City Council meeting in Niagara Falls turned into something of a spectacle - not only for what business was or wasn't taken up, but for how lawmakers behaved.

I've broken down the Council's discussion during a vote that would remove from the table a proposed development deal with the Hamister Group for a $25 million mixed-use project downtown. The vote failed with the three-member Council majority voting to keep the proposed agreement on the table.

Let's start with Councilman Robert A. Anderson Jr., who gives a quick "no" vote, and then Councilman Samuel F. Fruscione, who has a bit of a back-and-forth with Mayor Paul A. Dyster at the end of his comments.

Then Councilwoman Kristen M. Grandinetti reads a statement.

Councilman Charles A. Walker talks about the issue before he votes to take the issue from the table.

As Chairman Glenn A. Choolokian is about to cast the deciding vote, he makes a comment about Grandinetti and Walker, which is when some of the biggest fireworks started.

After that died down, Choolokian finished his comments.

In case you missed previous posts, listen to Mark Hamister talk about the dispute in the city, as well as Choolokian answering questions from reporters.


Bob Anderson | Charles Walker | City Council | city government | downtown | Glenn Choolokian | Kristen Grandinetti | Paul Dyster | Sam Fruscione
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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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