October 26, 2013 - 9:05 AM
The Niagara Falls City Council on Monday will consider the proposed sale of four city-owned parcels to a Syracuse-based non-profit planning housing units downtown.
Housing Visions has proposed buying 524, 527, 530 and 531 Seventh Street for a total of $2,000.
This story I wrote in July described the proposal.
October 24, 2013 - 10:56 AM
NIAGARA FALLS - A public hearing on the proposed city budget for 2014 is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.
The City Council is reviewing Mayor Paul A. Dyster's proposed spending plan, which calls for a .03-percent increase in the tax rate for residential property and a .01-percent cut in the tax rate on commercial property.
In the end, that means the tax rate for homeowners would go up by about 5 cents for each $1,000 in assessed value under the mayor’s proposal. The business tax rate would decrease by about 30 cents for each $1,000 in assessed value.
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October 15, 2013 - 3:02 PM
A proposal to spend $513,000 to buy 19 new police cars is slated for a vote at tonight's Niagara Falls City Council meeting.
The proposal calls for the purchase of 13 marked vehicles and 6 unmarked vehicles.
The police department has said no new vehicles have been bought since 2008, according to a memo from Mayor Paul A. Dyster.
Here's the full agenda:
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October 14, 2013 - 12:26 PM
A forum for City Council candidates will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 in the second-floor auditorium of Earl W. Brydges Public Library, 1425 Main St.
The event is sponsored by the Niagara Falls Block Club Council, the Niagara Falls chapter of the NAACP and the Kiwanis Club of Niagara Falls.
It will be moderated by Corey Bower, an assistant professor of leadership and politics at Niagara University.
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October 14, 2013 - 9:14 AM
The City Council will hold a committee of the whole meeting at 5 p.m. 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 Room 17 in City Hall, 745 Main St.
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October 9, 2013 - 2:58 PM
Updated 3:07 p.m.
Robert J. Elder, one of three Republican-endorsed candidates running for City Council next month, has dropped out of the race.
Elder notified Niagara Falls Republican Committee Chairwoman Patricia Castillo Tuesday afternoon via text message, Castillo said.
Elder told The Buffalo News today he was dropping out for personal reasons.
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October 4, 2013 - 9:05 AM
The Niagara Falls City Council will hold two budget hearings next week as lawmakers begin review of Mayor Paul A. Dyster's proposed budget for next year.
On Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., the Council will discuss the proposed budgets for the police and fire departments.
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October 2, 2013 - 9:10 AM
Mayor Paul A. Dyster unveiled his proposed city budget for next year on Tuesday.
Here's my story on what he proposed.
Listen to his 31-minute address:
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October 1, 2013 - 4:33 PM
Mayor Paul A. Dyster, who is about to lay out his 2014 budget proposal, will say, according to an advance copy of his budget address, the spending plan has "essentially zero increase in business or residential taxes, no layoffs or drastic cuts in services, and no increase in the overall tax levy."
September 30, 2013 - 9:28 PM
Updated 9:03 a.m. Oct. 1
A proposal to implement a new downtown parking system with pay-and-display machines was rejected by a 3-2 vote of the City Council tonight. (I wrote about the proposal here.)
The Council also unanimously approved more than $1 million in purchases of new equipment for the Department of Public Works and Parks.
The proposed purchases include about $555,000 in snow removal equipment, including a tandem dump truck with a plow, a payloader, a single-axle dump truck and two pickup trucks.
The approval also covers $194,000 for a street sweeper, a hybrid SUV, as well as $118,000 in equipment to maintain Hyde Park Golf Course, one vehicle for Hyde Park maintenance and a bucket truck for the city’s forestry department.
Here's the paperwork:
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