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Video: Watch the entire debate between candidates in Democratic primary for Niagara Falls City Council

Three of the four candidates in running in the Democratic primary for Niagara Falls City Council participated in a debate hosted by The Buffalo News on Friday.

Incumbents Sam Fruscione and Charles Walker, along with challenger Andrew Touma talked about issues including economic development, tourism and the city's reputation. Incumbent Kristen Grandinetti did not participate due to illness.

Watch the entire debate, broken down into segments:

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Live video at 1 p.m.: Democratic primary debate with candidates for Niagara Falls City Council

Join us at 1 p.m. for a debate among the candidates in the Democratic primary for Niagara Falls City Council.

All four candidates had originally accepted our invitation, but incumbent Kristen M. Grandinetti informed the Buffalo News on Thursday that she won't be able to participate due to an illness.

Hornblower suit over Maid of the Mist site: Read the judge's decision

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at stopping the construction of a boat storage facility for the Maid of the Mist in the Niagara Gorge.

Here's the full ruling, which was issued today:

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Niagara Falls School Board to start paying for capital projects tonight

The Niagara Falls School Board's agenda for tonight includes the initial payments to contractors for its $67 million districtwide capital project.

The board awarded contracts for the latest phase with virtually no discussion in June.

Here are the agendas for tonight's sessions - which start at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, in the administration building, 630 66th St.:

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Audio: City Council candidates share ideas at forum

A candidates forum was held Monday night at the Rapids Theatre for seven City Council hopefuls. (Read the story.)

I've got the first three hours of the event on my digital audio recorder.

Let's start with the opening statements from each of the seven candidates. (In order of speaking: Samuel F. Fruscione, Vincent M. Sandonato, Charles A. Walker, Kristen M. Grandinetti, Andrew P. Touma, Robert J. Elder and Russell F. Vesci)

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

A “meet the candidates” night will be held at 6 p.m. Monday in the Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St. All seven candidates for City Council have been invited. The event is free. Also this week:

• The board of trustees of Niagara Falls Public Library will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the library, 1425 Main St.

• The School Board will hold an agenda review session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the district’s central office, 630 66th St. The board’s regular meeting will follow at 7.

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Local stakeholders to get voice in Schoellkopf site interpretation

A panel mostly of area history groups is being put together to help develop historical interpretation plans for the former Schoellkopf Power Station site - a place where boat docks are being built for the Maid of the Mist Corp.

 

Niagara Falls School Board to receive update on capital projects

Tonight's Niagara Falls School Board agenda includes an update on capital projects. The board will also talk about other items as the first day of the new school year for students is in two weeks.

Here's the full agenda:

Niagara Falls School Board agenda - Aug. 22, 2013

 

Former Rainbow Centre mall: How did we get here? (A recent history)

A recent history of the former Rainbow Centre mall and planning efforts surrounding the empty portion of it:

September 2012: At a ribbon cutting for the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, initial ideas surface from national real estate experts on what might be done with the empty part of the former Rainbow Centre.

March: Urban Land Institute releases a report on what should be done with the vacant portion. (Read the report through link at the bottom here)

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Who else wanted a chance to redevelop part of former Rainbow Centre mall?

By now, you've probably heard about the selection of Intertrust Development and Uniland Development Co. on Tuesday to compete to redevelop the remaining vacant parts of the former Rainbow Centre mall.

Intertrust and Uniland, who will be working with other companies to make their proposals, were picked out of an undisclosed number of firms who responded to this request for qualifications issued by the state's economic development agency in Niagara Falls.

USA Niagara Development President Christopher J. Schoepflin declined to disclose how many other firms submitted responses to the request for qualifications, nor to identify them, citing state procurement rules. More information on who else made submissions once a preferred developer is finalized, he said.

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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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