September 25, 2013 - 10:42 AM
The City of Niagara Falls is among several hundred municipalities across the state deemed eligible to apply for a slice of $80 million in aid for financially distressed local governments.
The Fiscal Restructuring Board, which was established this year, will have up to $80 million available in allotments of up to $5 million. The 10-member board will make recommendations for fiscal management improvements, which a municipality must accept in order to receive the aid.
The Falls was deemed eligible because of its tax rate.
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September 19, 2013 - 11:36 AM
(Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
Updated 2:35 p.m.
NIAGARA FALLS - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and developer Mark Hamister signed a ceremonial agreement this morning for the $25.3 million hotel, apartment and retail project downtown.
Cuomo got personally involved in the proposed development two weeks ago after a political mailer almost made Hamister walk away.
"Mr. Hamister, I can't tell you how grateful we are that you gave us the
benefit of the doubt," Cuomo said during an event in the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.
Listen to Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster's introduction of Cuomo and the governor's remarks:
Hamister said he expects to break ground on the project sometime in the second half of 2014.
While he said he has yet to apply for a franchise agreement for the hotel, Hamister said the hotel will likely be either a Hilton, Marriott or Intercontinental.
"I suppose you can read into my order of things in that response," he said.
August 29, 2013 - 6:21 PM
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at stopping the construction of a boat storage facility for the Maid of the Mist in the Niagara Gorge.
Here's the full ruling, which was issued today:
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August 20, 2013 - 6:24 PM
Mayor Paul A. Dyster issued the following statement on today's announcement that Intertrust Development and Uniland Development were selected to make proposals for the vacant portion of the former Rainbow Centre mall.
“For decades, the old Rainbow Mall and 310 Rainbow Blvd. site were examples of everything wrong with the Niagara Falls market place. Vacant buildings and empty lots give the wrong first impression to our visitors and embarrass our residents. Now in 2013, thanks to strong partnerships with Empire State Development, the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, and the County of Niagara, these properties represent $100 million in total investment for our community.
"The Niagara County Community College Culinary Institute is already a downtown gem, and there is much more to come at the former Rainbow Mall, as today's announcement signifies. We were able to get to this point within 36 months because we are executing a shared vision, despite short term road blocks. I am very hopeful that our elected officials, at all levels of government, will continue to work together to see this needed development through.”
Mayor Paul A. Dyster has called a news conference for 3 p.m. Tuesday to talk about the city's plans for its share of revenue from Seneca Niagara Casino.
Dyster will announce a "step-by-step course of action" during a session planned for Council Chambers in City Hall.
"There are many questions surrounding this settlement and I want to communicate the facts directly to the public," Dyster said in a written statement released Sunday afternoon.
Here's Dyster's full statement:
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The local share of casino revenue is ready to flow again.
And the communities that host the Seneca Nation's three casinos are more than ready to receive it.
There hasn't been an official breakdown released publicly of how the $89 million will be split up between the City of Niagara Falls and the other entities in line under state legislation to receive part of the funding.
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The Niagara Preservation Coalition is again asking a court to halt construction of the Maid of the Mist's boat dock and storage facility in the Niagara Gorge.
When a State Supreme Court judge in Niagara County lifted a temporary restraining order in April, the group asked an appeals court to take up the case, which it did not.
New court papers were filed Friday, with a court appearance scheduled for Monday.
Here's what Maid of the Mist attorney Brian D. Gwitt said in an email:
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