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Dyster says partnerships, 'shared vision' have led Falls to movement at Rainbow Centre

Mayor Paul A. Dyster issued the following statement on today's announcement that Intertrust Development and Uniland Development were selected to make proposals for the vacant portion of the former Rainbow Centre mall.

“For decades, the old Rainbow Mall and 310 Rainbow Blvd. site were examples of everything wrong with the Niagara Falls market place. Vacant buildings and empty lots give the wrong first impression to our visitors and embarrass our residents. Now in 2013, thanks to strong partnerships with Empire State Development, the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, and the County of Niagara, these properties represent $100 million in total investment for our community.

"The Niagara County Community College Culinary Institute is already a downtown gem, and there is much more to come at the former Rainbow Mall, as today's announcement signifies. We were able to get to this point within 36 months because we are executing a shared vision, despite short term road blocks. I am very hopeful that our elected officials, at all levels of government, will continue to work together to see this needed development through.”

DiCienzos, Uniland picked to make Rainbow Centre proposals

Story here. More to come.

City historian to speak Wednesday

Chris Stoianoff, city historian and co-author of "Niagara Falls 1850-2000," will present a free lecture and book signing at the Old Falls Street's WiFi Cafe at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The cafe is located outdoors near the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park.

If it rains, the lecture will be held in the Barnes & Noble inside the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St.

NACC to receive funding for environmental education, soil testing

The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center is getting a $10,000 state grant. Read more.

Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St. (See below for agenda)

Also this week:

• The Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room 117 in City Hall. (agenda)

• The Niagara Falls School Board will hold a board review session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the district’s central office, 630 66th St. (Full board calendar for 2013-14 school year)

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Niagara Falls headlines: Rats, wrongful death suit and hospital appointment

Building inspector: Covanta probably not to blame for Falls rat problem

Wrongful death suit filed in Niagara Falls pedestrian fatality

Women’s services director appointed at Falls hospital

Meet the Candidates night scheduled for Niagara Falls City Council candidates

The candidates hoping to win one of three open seats this November on the Niagara Falls City Council are scheduled to participate in a question-and-answer session on Aug. 26.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St. (Here's the Facebook event page.)

All seven announced candidates  - four Democrats and three Republicans - have agreed to attend, said Rick Crogan, one of the organizers.

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Audio: Witryol, Covanta VP on plan to add rail access to incinerator

A public meeting on Covanta Energy's plans to haul New York City garbage to its facility by train drew more than 100 people to Niagara Falls City Hall on Wednesday night. (Read my full story here.)

Two of the main speakers at the meeting were Lewiston resident Amy Witryol and Covanta's Daniel J. Caraccio. Listen for yourself to what they had to say.



Tax breaks and garbage in Niagara Falls

Some Niagara Falls headlines:

Covanta defends planned growth to handle New York City waste

Falls boutique hotel wins tax breaks

New owner of power plant in Niagara Falls to get tax break


Live online debate between Dem candidates for Niagara Falls City Council set for Aug. 30

The Democratic candidates for Niagara Falls City Council competing in September's primary will appear in a live debate on later this month.

Incumbents Sam Fruscione, Kristen Grandinetti and Charles Walker, along with challenger Andrew Touma, have accepted invitations to participate in a debate hosted by The Buffalo News. It will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 30.

The video will be streamed on and here on The Brink blog. Reporters Aaron Besecker and Brian Meyer will moderate.

Questions from readers are being accepted for use in the debate. Send your ideas for questions to by Aug. 27.

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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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