NIAGARA FALLS - James Bradley was behind the wheel of his car Thursday night as he and his fiancee were leaving Seneca Niagara Casino.
Bradley's fiancee was driving the car ahead of his, as they were trying to cross John Daly Boulevard to head up Falls Street.
It was about 1:30 a.m., Bradley said, and his fiancee's vehicle moved out slowly halfway across John Daly Boulevard. That was when her car was nearly struck by two vehicles going at least 40 mph down John Daly.
"This is a tragedy in the making," Bradley, a 10th Street resident, told the City Council on Monday night.
The issuance of a final scoping report is a procedural step which allows the state to begin design work on what has been called the first phase of planned changes to the parkway, taking out the stretch of highway between Main Street and Findlay Drive in the city's North End.
It will be replaced with a multi-use nature trail for pedestrians, bicyclists, cross-country skiers and others.
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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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.