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Falls Council members to be sworn in Wednesday

The three Niagara Falls City Council members elected in November will take the oath of office at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers.

Incumbents Kristen M. Grandinetti and Charles A. Walker and newcomer Andrew P. Touma will be sworn in by City Court Judges Angelo Morinello and Diane Vitello.

Once the oaths are taken, the Council will elect a chairperson and adopt the schedule of meetings for the year.

French tightrope walker who crossed gorge in Niagara Falls dies

The Associated Press has reported that Henri Rechatin, known as Henry's and who performed in Niagara Falls in 1975, has died.

The New York Daily News' website has some photos of Rechatin performing.

Document: Niagara Falls officials recommend deal with One Niagara

The City Council tonight tabled a proposed agreement with One Niagara LLC over back taxes and assessment challenges.

Here's the memo from Corporation Counsel Craig Johnson and Assessor James Bird, who recommended lawmakers make the settlement:

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Another hotel planned on Niagara Falls Boulevard

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A proposal for a $4 million Sleep Inn hotel was approved this week by the Niagara Falls Planning Board.

Above is a rendering of the proposed hotel, as well as the site plan for the parcel at 7804 Niagara Falls Blvd.

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Map: The players on Old Falls Street, too often a ghost town for Niagara Falls

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Officials from the state and the city of Niagara Falls will tell you Old Falls Street is a work in progress.

The Buffalo News examined the current state of affairs on the important street in downtown Niagara Falls and found that too often, the street is a ghost town. Some parts are vacant even in the busy tourist season when 8 million people visit Niagara Falls State Park, which sits at one end of the road.

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Global Spectrum will continue to manage Niagara Falls' conference center, Old Falls Street

USA Niagara Development Corp. this afternoon awarded a management contract for the Niagara Falls Conference & Event Center and Old Falls Street to Global Spectrum, which has had the work since 2009.

The agreement, approved by a 4-0 vote, sets an initial term of five years, with USA Niagara, the state's economic development agency in the Falls, having two one-year options.

Under the deal, Global Spectrum will be paid up to $973,353 in the first year - $313,691 for management of the conference center and $659,662 for the management of Old Falls Street.

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USA Niagara to award management contract for Niagara Falls conference center, Old Falls Street

The USA Niagara Development Corp. has an item on this afternoon's agenda to award a management contract for Niagara Falls Conference & Event Center and Old Falls Street.

Global Spectrum has had the contract since the start of 2009.

USA Niagara Development Corp. agenda - Dec. 16, 2013

Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The board of directors of USA Niagara Development Corp. will meet at 3 p.m. Monday in the organization's offices on the seventh floor of the Giacomo, 222 First St.

The Niagara Frontier State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Porter/DeVeaux Room at the Niagara Falls Conference & Event Center, 101 Old Falls St.

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Isaiah 61, Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. to benefit from state grants

The City of Niagara Falls will receive a $132,000 grant from the state to help turn a former fire hall on HIghland Avenue into a training center for the Isaiah 61 Project, which provides job training through the renovation of vacant homes.

The Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. will share a $300,000 grant with five other tourism promotion agencies in Western New York to develop a branding plan for the region.

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Hornblower offers prizes to name new Niagara Falls tour boats

You've done it for baby animals at the zoo. Why not two of the boats at an international tourist destination?

Hornblower Cruises is holding a naming contest for the two catamarans that will carry passengers on trips below the falls starting next year.

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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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