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Public hearing Monday on proposed city budget in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS - A public hearing on the proposed city budget for 2014 is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The City Council is reviewing Mayor Paul A. Dyster's proposed spending plan, which calls for a .03-percent increase in the tax rate for residential property and a .01-percent cut in the tax rate on commercial property.

In the end, that means the tax rate for homeowners would go up by about 5 cents for each $1,000 in assessed value under the mayor’s proposal. The business tax rate would decrease by about 30 cents for each $1,000 in assessed value.

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Video: Hamister optimistic on Niagara Falls

Mark Hamister says he believes after years of plans to turn around Niagara Falls, today it is more than just talk.

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Audio: Lois Gibbs at Love Canal: '35 years later, they should put them all in jail'

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Lois Gibbs on Tuesday said the area of Love Canal can never be safe. (Photo by Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

NIAGARA FALLS - Lois Gibbs fought the government when they said it was OK to let people move back into some sections of Love Canal.

But people were allowed to live in Love Canal again, and now there are some of the same signs of sickness from toxic chemicals buried nearby, Gibbs said Tuesday.

People were lied to when they were told the area was safe, Gibbs said at a news conference.

"It was a smokescreen. It was a lie and today people are suffering," Gibbs said.

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Video: The City of Niagara Falls promotes itself in commercials

The City of Niagara Falls is selling itself to new residents in two new commercials.

The commercials are for the Live NF program, which will pay some student loan debt for recent college graduates who move to the city.

A 30-second version and two-minute version were released earlier this month. Local television stations - including WGRZ, WIVB, WKBW and YNN, as well as OSC 21 on Time Warner Cable - have agreed to air the commercials as public service announcements.

The commercials, which feature city residents and businesses, are part of a proactive effort, said Seth Piccirillo, director of the city's Community Development Department.

"Attracting and retaining people and businesses is a competition," Piccirillo said in an email. "We are competing with the rest of the country and Canada. We need to act like it."

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Niagara Falls headlines from over the weekend

ICYMI:

Niagara Falls police joining federal fugitive task force

Niagara Falls and Wilson high schools find harmony as they ‘Sing for the Cure’

Niagara Falls police augmenting ability to deter theft in tourist season

Elevator, maintenance barn planned under next year's school budget

State looking to resurface two main roads in Niagara Falls

Food Bank and schools team up to give students food for weekends

Maid of the Mist offers free rides during extended season

State looking to resurface two main roads in Niagara Falls

The state Department of Transportation is preparing to repave the entire stretch of Walnut and Ferry avenues.

The agency has asked permission of the Niagara Falls Water Board to move its manhole covers during the project, which calls for milling and paving the streets from Main Street to Packard Road.

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Elevator, maintenance barn planned under next year's school budget

The installation of an elevator at GJ Mann Elementary School and the construction of a maintenance barn behind the district's administration building will be proposed as part of next year's budget, officials said this week.

The total cost - an estimated $720,000 - would be paid for out of a $947,000 reserve the district's been holding onto for workers compensation costs, said Timothy Hyland, the district's administrator for school business services.

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Organized labor plans rally for 'Niagara's future'

A public rally is planned for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 26 in front of the Culinary Institute Niagara Falls, 28 Old Falls St.

The event is being called a "Rally for Niagara's Future & Our Children's Future."

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New police cars on tonight's Niagara Falls City Council agenda

A proposal to spend $513,000 to buy 19 new police cars is slated for a vote at tonight's Niagara Falls City Council meeting.

The proposal calls for the purchase of 13 marked vehicles and 6 unmarked vehicles.

The police department has said no new vehicles have been bought since 2008, according to a memo from Mayor Paul A. Dyster.

Here's the full agenda:

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City Council candidates forum slated for Oct. 30

A forum for City Council candidates will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 in the second-floor auditorium of Earl W. Brydges Public Library, 1425 Main St.

The event is sponsored by the Niagara Falls Block Club Council, the Niagara Falls chapter of the NAACP and the Kiwanis Club of Niagara Falls.

It will be moderated by Corey Bower, an assistant professor of leadership and politics at Niagara University.

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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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