September 24, 2013 - 9:24 AM
Mayor Paul A. Dyster wants to bring back an economic development post in his proposed budget for next year.
The job of senior business development director will be included in the proposed 2014 budget his administration is preparing, Dyster told members of the NFC Development Corp., the city's banking arm, on Monday.
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September 19, 2013 - 11:36 AM
(Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
Updated 2:35 p.m.
NIAGARA FALLS - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and developer Mark Hamister signed a ceremonial agreement this morning for the $25.3 million hotel, apartment and retail project downtown.
Cuomo got personally involved in the proposed development two weeks ago after a political mailer almost made Hamister walk away.
"Mr. Hamister, I can't tell you how grateful we are that you gave us the
benefit of the doubt," Cuomo said during an event in the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.
Listen to Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster's introduction of Cuomo and the governor's remarks:
Hamister said he expects to break ground on the project sometime in the second half of 2014.
While he said he has yet to apply for a franchise agreement for the hotel, Hamister said the hotel will likely be either a Hilton, Marriott or Intercontinental.
"I suppose you can read into my order of things in that response," he said.
September 3, 2013 - 11:48 PM
NIAGARA FALLS - The City Council majority on Tuesday tabled a measure that would allow the city to be reimbursed by the federal government for some already incurred expenses of the new train station project.
In July, the Council majority tabled a measure that would have paid the city's consultant about $400,000 of the nearly $1.1 million in services its provided for the project. Ninety-five percent of that amount is reimbursable by the state.
Mayor Paul A. Dyster said that while he does not believe the lack of action cripples the project, the Council putting off a vote does create "a huge amount of uncertainty" with a project that's been years in the making and for which a significant amount of money from others has already been spent.
"There was no reason for council not to vote on that," Dyster said after Tuesday's Council meeting.
The mayor offered his version of why he believes the measure was tabled.
Dyster, pictured at right, said he sees a pattern of behavior by the Council majority "against anything that advances the city in any way," pointing to the Hamister development proposal and the train station as examples.
He said the majority's decision making "seems more about politics than economic development."
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September 3, 2013 - 10:37 PM
“I don’t know if that’s for some political reason or they’re hoping if they attack the developer enough that they’ll drop out,” Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster told The Buffalo News on Tuesday night. “Why you would want to do that?”
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August 20, 2013 - 6:24 PM
Mayor Paul A. Dyster issued the following statement on today's announcement that Intertrust Development and Uniland Development were selected to make proposals for the vacant portion of the former Rainbow Centre mall.
“For decades, the old Rainbow Mall and 310 Rainbow Blvd. site were examples of everything wrong with the Niagara Falls market place. Vacant buildings and empty lots give the wrong first impression to our visitors and embarrass our residents. Now in 2013, thanks to strong partnerships with Empire State Development, the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, and the County of Niagara, these properties represent $100 million in total investment for our community.
"The Niagara County Community College Culinary Institute is already a downtown gem, and there is much more to come at the former Rainbow Mall, as today's announcement signifies. We were able to get to this point within 36 months because we are executing a shared vision, despite short term road blocks. I am very hopeful that our elected officials, at all levels of government, will continue to work together to see this needed development through.”
Wednesday night's City Council meeting in Niagara Falls turned into something of a spectacle - not only for what business was or wasn't taken up, but for how lawmakers behaved.
I've broken down the Council's discussion during a vote that would remove from the table a proposed development deal with the Hamister Group for a $25 million mixed-use project downtown. The vote failed with the three-member Council majority voting to keep the proposed agreement on the table.
Let's start with Councilman Robert A. Anderson Jr., who gives a quick "no" vote, and then Councilman Samuel F. Fruscione, who has a bit of a back-and-forth with Mayor Paul A. Dyster at the end of his comments.
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Friday night's storm left the city's sewage treatment plant damaged and offline, and untreated waste is flowing into the Niagara River.
And from flooded basements to downed trees and limbs, many residents are left cleaning up a mess.
Mayor Paul A. Dyster outlined some advice for residents who may have questions about various aspects of the cleanup. Read more here.
When the Niagara Falls City Council meets Wednesday night instead of tonight, they'll be asked to consider spending some money in the wake of last week's storm.
Mayor Paul A. Dyster will be asking city lawmakers to approve spending $100,000 of casino funds for tree trimming and tree removal resulting from storm damage.
The request will require a special vote of the Council to be allowed on the agenda because it was filed after last week's deadline.
Council Chairman Glenn A. Choolokian said last week he changed the date of the meeting because a member who was not able to attend requested it.
Here's the agenda:
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The Niagara Falls City Council has tabled a contract extension with the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., which promotes the city and county to potential visitors.
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