For his In Focus series, my colleague Brian Meyer spoke with Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster about economic development, Nik Wallenda's Darien Lake shows and being named to a committee looking at a potential new stadium for the Buffalo Bills.
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.
A plan to clean up contamination at the site of a proposed redevelopment of a Niagara Street gas station is under review by state environmental regulators.
Petroleum and radiological contamination has been reported at 710 Niagara St., according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The site has three, 6,000-gallon gasoline tanks underground. The radiological contamination is from what's known as "slag," which was used as backfill.
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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.