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Falls police buying $341k in SWAT gear for narcotics enforcement

The Niagara Falls Police Department's SWAT Division is geting some new gear and some new wheels.

A $250,000 armored vehicle along with other tactical gear was unanimously approved for purchase by the City Council on Monday.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The City Council will hold a 5 p.m. Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, followed by a regular meeting at 6 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room 117 of City Hall.

Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The Tourism Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in room 117 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The board of trustees of Niagara Falls Public Library will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the library, 1425 Main St.

Mayor Paul A. Dyster will hold his State of the City address at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St.

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Audio: One Niagara representatives argue their case, win tax deal

The Niagara Falls City Council on Wednesday night approved a $1.55 million settlement with the owners of One Niagara over back taxes and a challenged assessment. Here's the story.

One Niagara President Tony Farina and government affairs director Richard F. Soluri spoke to lawmakers during the portion of the meeting reserved for public comment. Listen to their full statements:

Tony Farina

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Twenty buildings on latest demolition list in Niagara Falls

The Niagara Falls City Council tonight will consider awarding a demolition contract for 20 structures.

The Community Development Department is asking lawmakers to approve a contract with Regional Environmental Demolitions Inc., a Falls company, which was the low bidder out of three firms seeking the work.

The contract would be for $456,822, or $22,841.10 per structure.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

Updated Feb. 17 9:14 a.m.:

Correction: The Niagara Falls City Council will hold a Committee of the Whole meeting 5 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a regular meeting at 6 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

An earlier version of the post incorrectly reported the Council would meet Tuesday.

The Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room 117 of City Hall.

Audio: Police chief outlines department's use of data-tracking management program

Niagara Falls Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto talked about his department's use of CompStat at Monday's City Council meeting.

DalPorto was invited to speak after Councilwoman Kristen M. Grandinetti expressed a desire for the city to explore increased use of real-time data in the management of some city departments.

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Grandinetti wants Falls to explore use of real-time data in management

Councilwoman Kristen M. Grandinetti wants the City of Niagara Falls to explore using a management strategy using real-time data to help its response in severe winter weather.

Grandinetti said the strategy is in use in the city's police department. Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto is scheduled to address the City Council about it during Monday night's meeting.

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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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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The City Council will hold a 5 p.m. Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday, followed by a regular meeting at 6 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.

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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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