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Jim Glynn, owner of Maid of the Mist, speaks about the new home for his boats as a giant crane lifts one of the boats out of the water.

Who's endorsing whom for Niagara Falls City Council?

Updated 3:43 p.m.

In my story today, I outline some of the top donors to each of the six candidates running for Niagara Falls City Council.

I've also compiled a list of each candidate's endorsements. In parentheses next to the candidates' names are the lines each has on the ballot.

Samuel F. Fruscione (C, I) - Niagara County Conservative Party, Niagara County Independence Party, Laborers Local 91 and Niagara Orleans Labor Council AFL-CIO.

Kristen M. Grandinetti (D, WF) - Niagara County Working Families Party, Niagara County Building Trades, Niagara Falls Firefighters, Women's TAP Fund, Stonewall Democrats, Iron Workers Local 9, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Rep. Brian HIggins.

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Audio: Niagara Falls City Council candidates forum

The six candidates actively campaigning for three open seats on the Niagara Falls City Council took part in a candidates forum Wednesday night. (Here's my live blog from the event.)

Listen to the full audio of the one hour, 11 minute event:

Download the 137 MB mp3 by clicking here.

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Medians on John Daly Boulevard present traffic safety, aesthetic issues

NIAGARA FALLS - James Bradley was behind the wheel of his car Thursday night as he and his fiancee were leaving Seneca Niagara Casino.

Bradley's fiancee was driving the car ahead of his, as they were trying to cross John Daly Boulevard to head up Falls Street.

It was about 1:30 a.m., Bradley said, and his fiancee's vehicle moved out slowly halfway across John Daly Boulevard. That was when her car was nearly struck by two vehicles going at least 40 mph down John Daly.

"This is a tragedy in the making," Bradley, a 10th Street resident, told the City Council on Monday night.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The City Council will hold a Committee of the Whole meeting (agenda) at 5 p.m. Monday, followed by a regular meeting at 6 in City Hall, 745 Main St. (board packet)

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

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Niagara Falls headlines from over the weekend

Staff aquarist and records manager Michele Paterson plays with Opus, a Humboldt penguin at the Aquarium of Niagara. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Aquarium of Niagara plans premier place for penguins

City lawmakers tonight will tackle proposed sale of city land for housing

DOT will bid Walnut, Ferry repaving contract in June

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DOT will bid Walnut, Ferry contract in June

Repaving work for Ferry and Walnut avenues will go to bid in June, the state Department of Transportation said late last week.

The project, slated to cover the roadways from Main Street to Packard Road, will include the repair of about 200 drainage inlets and the installation of signal loop detection at various intersections.

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Niagara Falls lawmakers to tackle proposed sale of city land for housing

The Niagara Falls City Council on Monday will consider the proposed sale of four city-owned parcels to a Syracuse-based non-profit planning housing units downtown.

Housing Visions has proposed buying 524, 527, 530 and 531 Seventh Street for a total of $2,000.

This story I wrote in July described the proposal.

State formalizes plans to remove section of Robert Moses Parkway

Updated 2:14 p.m.

The state parks office today released the final version of a report formalizing a decision announced earlier this year to remove a two-mile stretch of the Robert Moses Parkway.

The issuance of a final scoping report is a procedural step which allows the state to begin design work on what has been called the first phase of planned changes to the parkway, taking out the stretch of highway between Main Street and Findlay Drive in the city's North End.

It will be replaced with a multi-use nature trail for pedestrians, bicyclists, cross-country skiers and others.

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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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