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 21, 2013 - 2:54 PM
The City of Niagara Falls is selling itself to new residents in two new commercials.
The commercials are for the Live NF program, which will pay some student loan debt for recent college graduates who move to the city.
A 30-second version and two-minute version were released earlier this month. Local television stations - including WGRZ, WIVB, WKBW and YNN, as well as OSC 21 on Time Warner Cable - have agreed to air the commercials as public service announcements.
The commercials, which feature city residents and businesses, are part of a proactive effort, said Seth Piccirillo, director of the city's Community Development Department.
"Attracting and retaining people and businesses is a competition," Piccirillo said in an email. "We are competing with the rest of the country and Canada. We need to act like it."
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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 7, 2013 - 8:53 AM
Updated: 9:12 a.m.
The City Council is holding two budget hearings this week - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on the police and fire department budgets; 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on code enforcement and Department of Public Works. Both in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.
The Housing Authority board of commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the authority’s executive offices, 744 10th St.
The Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers in City Hall. The board is expected to vote on plans for a four-story, 72-room Comfort Suites planned for Niagara Falls Boulevard between 70th and 71st streets.
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."