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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February 6, 2014 - 10:32 AM
Niagara Falls Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto talked about his department's use of CompStat at Monday's City Council meeting.
DalPorto was invited to speak after Councilwoman Kristen M. Grandinetti expressed a desire for the city to explore increased use of real-time data in the management of some city departments.
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January 30, 2014 - 3:19 PM
Councilwoman Kristen M. Grandinetti wants the City of Niagara Falls to explore using a management strategy using real-time data to help its response in severe winter weather.
Grandinetti said the strategy is in use in the city's police department. Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto is scheduled to address the City Council about it during Monday night's meeting.
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December 30, 2013 - 9:21 AM
The three Niagara Falls City Council members elected in November will take the oath of office at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers.
Incumbents Kristen M. Grandinetti and Charles A. Walker and newcomer Andrew P. Touma will be sworn in by City Court Judges Angelo Morinello and Diane Vitello.
Once the oaths are taken, the Council will elect a chairperson and adopt the schedule of meetings for the year.
November 5, 2013 - 11:57 PM
There will be a new City Council majority next year, one that bodes well for Mayor Paul A. Dyster.
My full story.
November 5, 2013 - 11:33 PM
November 5, 2013 - 11:23 PM
Democrat Andrew P. Touma was the top vote getter in the Niagara Falls City Council race.
The three Democratic candidates took home the victory in Tuesday's election for City Council, per unofficial results from the Niagara County Board of Elections.
Andrew P. Touma - 4,208
Kristen M. Grandinetti - 3,736
Charles A. Walker - 3,464
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October 31, 2013 - 3:33 PM
Updated 3:43 p.m.
In my story today, I outline some of the top donors to each of the six candidates running for Niagara Falls City Council.
I've also compiled a list of each candidate's endorsements. In parentheses next to the candidates' names are the lines each has on the ballot.
Samuel F. Fruscione (C, I) - Niagara County Conservative Party, Niagara County Independence Party, Laborers Local 91 and Niagara Orleans Labor Council AFL-CIO.
Kristen M. Grandinetti (D, WF) - Niagara County Working Families Party, Niagara County Building Trades, Niagara Falls Firefighters, Women's TAP Fund, Stonewall Democrats, Iron Workers Local 9, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Rep. Brian HIggins.
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October 31, 2013 - 10:15 AM
The six candidates actively campaigning for three open seats on the Niagara Falls City Council took part in a candidates forum Wednesday night. (Here's my live blog from the event.)
Listen to the full audio of the one hour, 11 minute event:
Download the 137 MB mp3 by clicking here.
October 30, 2013 - 1:59 PM