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Niagara Falls will repave fewer streets because of casino dispute

NIAGARA FALLS - The city will be repaving fewer streets this season thanks to the casino cash crunch.

Mayor Paul A. Dyster has called a news conference for 10 a.m. to talk about the city's street paving plans for the upcoming season.

The city will be using the "pothole killer" this year, a machine previously used in the city and in other Western New York municipalities that can more quickly fix potholes and requires less manpower than traditional means.

Check back shortly after 10 a.m. for the full story.

11:12 a.m. update: Here's a list of the streets to be repaved this season. City officials said they expect to get more streets repaved once an agreement is reached between the Seneca Nation of Indians and the state over owed slot machine revenue.

12:32 p.m. update: Here's my story. More updates coming to story soon.

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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Morning headlines

The most lively part of last night's Niagara Falls School Board meeting wasn't the public hearing on the proposed budget (where only two members of the public spoke).

It was a presentation by school district attorney Angelo Massaro about challenges to the nominating petitions of incumbents Kevin Dobbs and Don King. Read my story about what happened.


Looks like people who have AT&T are in line for faster wireless internet connections in parts of Niagara Falls.


In case you missed it, here's Albany Bureau Chief Tom Precious' story about the Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ultimatum on casino funds to the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Cuomo sets deadline for agreement with Senecas on casino dispute

Albany Bureau Chief Tom Precious just filed a story about Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's latest proposal for new casinos in New York, which includes a timetable for resolving the dispute with the Seneca Nation of Indians.

A casino objection, and a Niagara Falls waterfront connection

A computer image shows what’s in the offing as part of design to remove a section of the Robert Moses Parkway and optimize the connection between the City of Niagara Falls and the state park.

A couple of interesting items that popped up today:

•Republicans in the State Senate are going to propose that three new casinos be built in New York state, but not in Western New York, where the Seneca Nation of Indians already have three, including in Niagara Falls.

From Albany Bureau Chief Tom Precious' story:

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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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