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Audio: Niagara Falls re-ups with Buffalo Niagara Enterprise

Lawmakers in the City of Niagara Falls on Monday night renewed the city's membership with the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, the regional business development and marketing group based in Buffalo.

The City Council approved $50,000 in funding by a 3-1 vote. Funding from the city's share of casino revenue will be used to pay for it. Here's the audio from the vote:

Council Chairman Charles A. Walker said the city does not have anyone currently on staff whose job it is to do what the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise does. The city has property to market, and finding future development opportunities will help grow the tax base, Walker said, describing continued membership as "investing in our city" and helping to drive economic development.

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Niagara Falls City Council to hold public forums

Niagara Falls lawmakers will conduct public forums on weekends every other month to increase dialogue with city residents, the City Council announced Tuesday.

Dubbed the "Neighbor to Neighbor" series, members of the public are invited to talk about "any and all topics" in a setting characterized as less formal than Council Chambers.

The first session will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday Feb. 15 in the LaSalle branch of Niagara Falls Public Library, 8728 Buffalo Ave.

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Walker elected as chairman of Niagara Falls City Council

Councilman Charles A. Walker has been unanimously elected as chairman of the Niagara Falls City Council.

Walker was the only Council member to be nominated.

Falls Council members to be sworn in Wednesday

The three Niagara Falls City Council members elected in November will take the oath of office at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers.

Incumbents Kristen M. Grandinetti and Charles A. Walker and newcomer Andrew P. Touma will be sworn in by City Court Judges Angelo Morinello and Diane Vitello.

Once the oaths are taken, the Council will elect a chairperson and adopt the schedule of meetings for the year.

Touma, Grandinetti, Walker win seats on Niagara Falls City Council

There will be a new City Council majority next year, one that bodes well for Mayor Paul A. Dyster.

My full story.

Audio: Democrats celebrate Niagara Falls City Council victories

Here are the results being announced, followed by a speech by Mayor Paul A. Dyster:

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Niagara Falls City Council election results

Democrat Andrew P. Touma was the top vote getter in the Niagara Falls City Council race.

The three Democratic candidates took home the victory in Tuesday's election for City Council, per unofficial results from the Niagara County Board of Elections.

Andrew P. Touma - 4,208

Kristen M. Grandinetti - 3,736

Charles A. Walker - 3,464

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Who's endorsing whom for Niagara Falls City Council?

Updated 3:43 p.m.

In my story today, I outline some of the top donors to each of the six candidates running for Niagara Falls City Council.

I've also compiled a list of each candidate's endorsements. In parentheses next to the candidates' names are the lines each has on the ballot.

Samuel F. Fruscione (C, I) - Niagara County Conservative Party, Niagara County Independence Party, Laborers Local 91 and Niagara Orleans Labor Council AFL-CIO.

Kristen M. Grandinetti (D, WF) - Niagara County Working Families Party, Niagara County Building Trades, Niagara Falls Firefighters, Women's TAP Fund, Stonewall Democrats, Iron Workers Local 9, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Rep. Brian HIggins.

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Audio: Niagara Falls City Council candidates forum

The six candidates actively campaigning for three open seats on the Niagara Falls City Council took part in a candidates forum Wednesday night. (Here's my live blog from the event.)

Listen to the full audio of the one hour, 11 minute event:

Download the 137 MB mp3 by clicking here.

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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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