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Audio: Cuomo comes to Falls to celebrate Hamister deal

(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.

Hornblower suit over Maid of the Mist site: Read the judge's decision

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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Dyster says partnerships, 'shared vision' have led Falls to movement at Rainbow Centre

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.”

Dyster to discuss plan for Niagara Falls' share of casino revenue

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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Document: MOU between Senecas and state

MOU between Seneca Nation and State of New York

Casino cash: Looking ahead by looking back at how funds were spent in Niagara Falls

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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Niagara Falls to receive $89 million as Seneca Nation and state resolve casino cash dispute

Here's our story.


Live video & blog: State and Senecas announce casino deal in Niagara Falls

Maid of the Mist sees repeat in legal arguments

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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Dyster praises Cuomo on Oneida deal

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a deal last night with the Oneida Indian Nation over gambling rights. Cuomo also raised the possibility that the state's agreement with the Seneca Nation of Indians for the right to operate casinos in Western New York might just run out in three years without renewal.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster, whose city is feeling the financial pinch because of the ongoing dispute between the Senecas and the state, issued a statement last night:

"Congratulations to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his great leadership and diplomatic skill in negotiating a win-win solution to the centuries-old dispute between the State of New York and the Oneida Nation of Indians. Litigation in this case has been ongoing since 1970, and every previous effort to resolve the outstanding issues - and there have been several attempts over several decades - has ended in failure. But as in the case of so many other supposedly "intractable" issues in the last several years, Gov. Cuomo has found a way to break the logjam and find a solution that works for everyone.

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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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