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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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Groundbreaking on new Falls train station may happen next month

Decades-old plans for a new train station in the city appear to be finally coming to fruition.

The Niagara Falls City Council tonight awarded a $22.7 million contract for the construction of a new train station in the city's North End. Lawmakers awarded the contract to Scrufari Construction, which came in with the lowest of two bids for the work. LPCiminelli was the other firm to place a bid.

Mayor Paul A. Dyster said the city still has to speak with Scrufari representatives, but a groundbreaking is likely to occur on the project sometime next month. "I'm extremely gratified that we were able to pass a series of measures tonight that make the train station project a reality," Dyster said after the Council meeting.

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$22.7 million construction deal considered for new Falls train station

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Niagara Falls lawmakers tonight will consider awarding a $22.7 million construction contract for the planned train station in the city's North End.

Scrufari Construction was deemed to be the low bidder out of two firms who submitted bids. LPCiminelli was the other firm who submitted a bid.

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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 Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers in City Hall.

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Five weeks of bulk trash pickup starts Monday

NIAGARA FALLS – Starting this week and running through May 9, city residents will be able to dispose of bulk trash items with the regular weekly garbage pickup.

Tree limbs must be cut in 4-foot sections and bundled in order to be picked up. Leaves and brush may also be put curbside.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The City Council will hold its first meeting to finalize city charter reforms at 4 p.m. Monday in Room 117 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The Tourism Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Room 117 in City Hall.

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Falls lawmakers to consider opposing proposed charter school

The Niagara Falls City Council is expected to vote tonight on a measure opposing the establishment of a new charter school.

A group has applied to the state to create the Academy of Learning and Leadership Charter School within the city limits.

The resolution before the Council urges the Board of Regents and the state to "reject the establishment of an additional charter school in Niagara County." (To view the resolution, scroll to the second-last page of the second document below.)

Here's tonight's full Council agenda:

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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 School Board will hold an agenda review session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the district’s central office, 630 66th St. A special meeting in which the administration will recommend a budget for the 2014-15 school year will follow at 7 p.m.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

NFC Development Corp. will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The Urban Renewal Agency will meet at 4:30 p.m. or immediately after the NFC Development Corp. meeting Monday in Council Chambers.

The Tourism Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Room 117 in City Hall.

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Second 'Neighbor' session planned for DeVeaux

The second in a series of planned public forums in various city neighborhoods is coming to DeVeaux.

The Niagara Falls City Council's "Neighbor to Neighbor" series will continue Saturday, April 12 with an 11 a.m. session at Maple Avenue Elementary School, 952 Maple Ave.

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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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