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Flood watch for Niagara Falls' Cayuga Island cancelled

The New York Power Authority has cancelled a flood watch for Cayuga Island in Niagara Falls, Mayor Paul A. Dyster has announced on his Facebook page.

The watch remains in effect for the Robert Moses Parkway beneath the north Grand Island bridge.

Flood gauges are two feet below the damage level and falling, Dyster reports.

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Deadlines, duties outlined in contract for Hamister project in Niagara Falls

The 155-page contract among the City of Niagara Falls, USA Niagara Development and the Hamister Group outlines the duties and deadlines to make the $25.3 million project happen.

A copy of the agreement was obtained by The Buffalo News through a request to the city under the Freedom of Information Law.

Here's the deal:

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Audio: Dyster says agreement with Hamister could be done as soon as Friday

Earlier this week, Mayor Paul A. Dyster told the City Council a development agreement with the Hamister Group for a $25 million downtown hotel, apartment and retail project could be signed as soon as Friday.

Attorneys are still in the process of finalizing the contract, and "nothing new" compared to what was presented two months ago has appeared as the sides continue to work, Dyster told lawmakers.

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Touma, Grandinetti, Walker win seats on Niagara Falls City Council

There will be a new City Council majority next year, one that bodes well for Mayor Paul A. Dyster.

My full story.

Audio: Democrats celebrate Niagara Falls City Council victories

Here are the results being announced, followed by a speech by Mayor Paul A. Dyster:

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Public hearing Monday on proposed city budget in Niagara Falls

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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Video: Hamister optimistic on Niagara Falls

Mark Hamister says he believes after years of plans to turn around Niagara Falls, today it is more than just talk.

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Audio: Dyster unveils proposed '14 budget for Niagara Falls

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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Dyster budget proposal: 'Essentially zero increase' in taxes; no layoffs or drastic cuts in services

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."

Dyster to deliver proposed city budget Tuesday

Mayor Paul A. Dyster will present his proposed 2014 city budget at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.

Dyster told the City Council on Monday that his budget proposal - buoyed by the return of the city's share of casino revenue - will be able to avoid "any major, disastrous consequences."

Even so, the city still faces significant fiscal challenges, the mayor said.

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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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