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Niagara Falls lawmakers to consider hiring consultant for grants

NIAGARA FALLS - A proposal to hire a consultant to work on grant writing and administration, which has been sought by the Dyster administration after lawmakers cut funding for the work last year, will come before the City Council next week.

The proposal calls for spending a maximum of $35,000 to hire Sherry L. Shepherd-Corulli, a city resident, to work on grants for the city.

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Top official to make local 'State of the State' address in Falls Friday

Matthew J. Driscoll, president and CEO of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp., will deliver a regional presentation of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's State of the State at noon Friday at the John Duke Senior Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd.

New York Power Authority President and CEO Gil Quiniones was originally scheduled to make the appearance, but is no longer able to attend because of a scheduling conflict.

In his State of the State issued Jan. 8, Cuomo unveiled a wide range of proposals including funding for a genome research consortium between Buffalo and Manhattan, bonuses for top-performing public school teachers, modest tax breaks for property owners and tougher penalties for repeat drunk drivers and teens who text and drive.

Models, dancers, entertainers sought for Vegas-style bar at Seneca Niagara Casino

A job fair will be held Thursday for positions at a planned Las Vegas-style feature bar to open in February at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the hotel mezzanine near the Seneca Niagara Events Center.

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Video: Actor/comedian Mike Epps brings anti-bullying message to Niagara Falls

Prior to his show at Seneca Niagara Casino on Friday, Mike Epps made a stop at the Niagara Falls Housing Authority to bring an anti-bullying message to kids. Here are a couple YouTube videos of his visit:

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Dyster praises Cuomo's State of the State address

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster, a strong supporter of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, on Thursday issued a statement about the governor's State of the State address:

“Gov. Cuomo's address provided both a look back at the many accomplishments of the past year and a preview of priorities and initiatives for 2014. From initiatives to reduce the state's tax burden to an effort to fund educational innovation through a bond referendum, the governor continues to offer bold and imaginative solutions to the state's most pressing problems. I was particularly impressed with his unflagging commitment to upstate economic development, his forceful defense of his initiative on ethics reform, and his timely reminder to the Legislature that the time to pass the Women's' Equality Act is now.”

Cuomo has taken an active approach in the Falls, which many observers believe has led to the state doing more here than it has under other recent governors.

Epps to bring anti-bullying message to Niagara Falls on Friday

AP837876509327NIAGARA FALLS - Actor/comedian Mike Epps, who has appeared in "Next Friday" and "The Hangover," will be speaking at the Niagara Falls Housing Authority's Doris Jones Resource Center on Friday.

Epps, who also has writing and producing credits in films, will talk about bullying in an event before his performance at Seneca Niagara Casino.

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Flood watch for Niagara Falls' Cayuga Island cancelled

The New York Power Authority has cancelled a flood watch for Cayuga Island in Niagara Falls, Mayor Paul A. Dyster has announced on his Facebook page.

The watch remains in effect for the Robert Moses Parkway beneath the north Grand Island bridge.

Flood gauges are two feet below the damage level and falling, Dyster reports.

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Flash-flood warning extended to 9:30 p.m. for parts of Niagara, Erie counties

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Steve Batterson, who lives on Cayuga Island, sent in this photo of the scene outside his home at Griffon Avenue and South 89th Street in Niagara Falls.

Updated 5:10 p.m.:

The National Weather Service is urging some residents in Niagara Falls and Grand Island to monitor water levels and be prepared to move to higher ground as the threat of flooding due to ice jams in the Niagara River continues.

A flash-flood warning has been extended until 9:30 p.m. for the east branch of the Niagara River, as high winds and increased ice flows have led to an ice jam between Cayuga Island and the New York Power Authority water intakes.

Low-lying areas of the Robert Moses Parkway and the LaSalle Expressway are flooded and have been closed, according to the Weather Service.

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Niagara Falls officials keep eye on potential flooding from ice jam

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The Little River in Niagara Falls was high and the surface frozen early Tuesday afternoon. This is a look towards the west from the bridge to Cayuga Island on South 86th Street. (Aaron Besecker/Buffalo News)

Updated 5:13 p.m.:

A flash-flood warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the upper Niagara River area in Niagara Falls until 3:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Icebreakers from both the Canadian and U.S. side have been trying to dislodge an ice jam in the Niagara River between Cayuga Island and the New York Power Authority water intakes since about 9:30 a.m., said Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster midnight, an authority spokeswoman said.

Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto has been on Cayuga Island and has described the significance of the ice jam as something he had never seen before, calling it "unprecedented," Dyster said.

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This week's public meetings in Niagara Falls government

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

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

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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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