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Proposal would restore free garbage pickup to many small businesses in Niagara Falls

About 400 small businesses in Niagara Falls would see free curbside pickup of garbage and recycling restored under the latest proposal from the Dyster administration.

The administration wants city lawmakers to approve changes in the new garbage contract that would include pickup at some businesses.

The Dyster administration also has asked for other additions, including pickup at two properties managed by the Niagara Falls Housing Authority. Residents there had already been receiving free curbside pickup, but they were inadvertently left out of the contract approved by the City Council in April. The pickup cost for those properties is estimated at nearly $39,000.

To pickup at the businesses - which were previously sent letters by the city advising them to procure private trash collection services - the annual estimated cost is $232,000.

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Public hearing set for July 14 on proposed changes to garbage, recycling law

A public hearing will be held July 14 on the proposed changes to city codes required to enact the new garbage and recycling program.

The hearing will be held at 4 p.m. in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.

Under the Dyster administration's proposal, the city's existing garbage and recycling laws would be replaced. Here's the complete proposal for the new garbage and recycling law:

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Information sessions, open houses planned on changes to Niagara Falls' garbage, recycling program

City officials will offer information sessions and open houses about the upcoming changes to the city's garbage and recycling program starting next week, the Dyster administration announced today.

Two sessions will be held in Council Chambers in City Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday of next week. Tuesday's session is for the Landlord Association of Greater Niagara, while Thursday's is for the city's business and professional associations, officials announced in a news release.

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Benderson and the contaminated berm

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As we reported Wednesday night, Benderson Development wants to build a 65,000-square-foot addition to the Tops and Target plaza on Niagara Falls Bouelvard.

The company says it needs the city to give up its rights to an undeveloped portion of 76th Street in order for the project to happen.

Benderson says it needs more land because it needs to move a berm containing contaminated material that's already on the property (pictured in the background above).

Benderson's James A. Boglioli said he did not know what type of contamination was in the berm, only that it was moved from another area of the site when the foundations for the plaza were dug.

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Audio: Lois Gibbs at Love Canal: '35 years later, they should put them all in jail'

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Lois Gibbs on Tuesday said the area of Love Canal can never be safe. (Photo by Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

NIAGARA FALLS - Lois Gibbs fought the government when they said it was OK to let people move back into some sections of Love Canal.

But people were allowed to live in Love Canal again, and now there are some of the same signs of sickness from toxic chemicals buried nearby, Gibbs said Tuesday.

People were lied to when they were told the area was safe, Gibbs said at a news conference.

"It was a smokescreen. It was a lie and today people are suffering," Gibbs said.

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NACC to receive funding for environmental education, soil testing

The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center is getting a $10,000 state grant. Read more.

Audio: Witryol, Covanta VP on plan to add rail access to incinerator

A public meeting on Covanta Energy's plans to haul New York City garbage to its facility by train drew more than 100 people to Niagara Falls City Hall on Wednesday night. (Read my full story here.)

Two of the main speakers at the meeting were Lewiston resident Amy Witryol and Covanta's Daniel J. Caraccio. Listen for yourself to what they had to say.

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Witryol

Sewage plant back on in Niagara Falls

Less than a week after shutting down because of storm damage, Niagara Falls' sewage treatment plant has had some functionality restored. Read more here.
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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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