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Touma, Walker, Grandinetti win Democratic primary for Falls City Council

Updated Sept. 11, 2013 - 12:28 a.m.

Newcomer Andrew Touma was the top vote getter, with incumbents Charles Walker and Kristen Grandinetti also picking up the Democratic line in November's general election in Tuesday's primary.

Incumbent Sam Fruscione came in fourth, and blamed his loss, in part, on racism against Italian Americans in Niagara Falls.

In his concession speech, Fruscione blamed "the games and antics of many media sources toward the Italian-American community."

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Aquarium of Niagara awarded $1.75 million state grant

The Aquarium of Niagara will receive a $1.75 million grant to fund capital improvements at its facility.

The Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board awarded the grant today, State Sen. George D. Maziarz said.

The board allocates economic devlopment funding amassed from the sale on the open market of unallocated hydropower from the New York Power Authority's Niagara Power Project.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.

Niagara Falls Zoning Board of Appeals - agenda for Sept. 10, 2013 special meeting

 

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

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

Read Hamister's full statement on situation surrounding Niagara Falls proposal

Developer Mark Hamister today called the anonymous political flier that attacked him "despicable."

Here's his full statement released by his office:

“There is no excuse for the disturbing and reprehensible flyer that was distributed earlier this week on behalf of a Councilmember in Niagara Falls. This form of politics of personal destruction is despicable. It is the poster child of what is wrong with politics today. It sends the wrong message to the private sector, developers and job creators. I resent the fact that I have been dragged into the politics of this issue when as a private businessman and developer, I have worked hard to maintain a positive and honorable reputation over the past 36 years.

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Political mailer supports Fruscione, attacks Hamister; Niagara Falls development left in doubt

Attack mailer puts Niagara Falls development from Hamister Group in doubt

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Niagara Falls lawmakers table agreement on train station reimbursement

NIAGARA FALLS - The City Council majority on Tuesday tabled a measure that would allow the city to be reimbursed by the federal government for some already incurred expenses of the new train station project.

In July, the Council majority tabled a measure that would have paid the city's consultant about $400,000 of the nearly $1.1 million in services its provided for the project. Ninety-five percent of that amount is reimbursable by the state.

Mayor Paul A. Dyster said that while he does not believe the lack of action cripples the project, the Council putting off a vote does create "a huge amount of uncertainty" with a project that's been years in the making and for which a significant amount of money from others has already been spent.  Dyster

"There was no reason for council not to vote on that," Dyster said after Tuesday's Council meeting.

The mayor offered his version of why he believes the measure was tabled.

Dyster, pictured at right, said he sees a pattern of behavior by the Council majority "against anything that advances the city in any way," pointing to the Hamister development proposal and the train station as examples.

He said the majority's decision making "seems more about politics than economic development."

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Dyster: Council majority 'stalling' on Hamister project

“I don’t know if that’s for some political reason or they’re hoping if they attack the developer enough that they’ll drop out,” Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster told The Buffalo News on Tuesday night. “Why you would want to do that?”

Read the full story here.

Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

• The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the authority’s executive offices at 744 10th St. Here's the agenda:

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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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