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Audio: Cuomo comes to Falls to celebrate Hamister deal

(Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Updated 2:35 p.m.

NIAGARA FALLS - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and developer Mark Hamister signed a ceremonial agreement this morning for the $25.3 million hotel, apartment and retail project downtown.

Cuomo got personally involved in the proposed development two weeks ago after a political mailer almost made Hamister walk away.

"Mr. Hamister, I can't tell you how grateful we are that you gave us the benefit of the doubt," Cuomo  said during an event in the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.

Listen to Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster's introduction of Cuomo and the governor's remarks:

Hamister said he expects to break ground on the project sometime in the second half of 2014.

While he said he has yet to apply for a franchise agreement for the hotel, Hamister said the hotel will likely be either a Hilton, Marriott or Intercontinental.

"I suppose you can read into my order of things in that response," he said.


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