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    Niagara Falls facing major financial trouble

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    A draft of an audit being prepared by the Office of the New York State Comptroller calls into question the budget and spending policies of the City of Niagara Falls and warns of potentially dire financial circumstances for the Cataract City unless officials there “take immediate steps” to get their financial house in order.

    The draft report notes the administration of Mayor Paul Dyster’s pattern of using casino revenues — which have steadily decreased in recent years — to balance the city’s budget, despite warnings against using so much of the casino revenues to do so.

    Looming casino revenue loss could hit Niagara Falls hard

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    “If we spend it now and it’s not there and this thing lasts for quite some time it can cause a lot of problems,” said Andrew Touma, Niagara Falls City Councilman.

    Touma is calling for a 90-day moratorium on casino revenue spending following the Seneca Nation’s announcement to discontinue payments to the state.

    “We collect about $16 million a year and of that money around $11 or $12 million per year is used in the general budget. Just to cover expenses in the general budget and then we use other monies for capital projects,” said Touma.

    Gaming Dispute Takes Back Seat to Budget

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    From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

    The developing crisis between the Seneca Nation and the state in the gaming dispute over revenue sharing payments is taking a back seat these days to the budget negotiations in Albany as lawmakers and the governor try to meet the April 1 budget deadline. Read More…

    Engineering for Victoria Avenue work approved

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The city is moving ahead with planning for phase two of the streetscape revitalization along Victoria Avenue.

    Council approved $365,000 for engineering design work for the next phase, and city staff will prepare construction cost estimates for council’s consideration in the 2017 budget.

    The first phase — a $3.8-million revitalization from Highway 420 to Clifton Hill/Centre Street — began in the spring and is expected to be completed by early December.

    Work stopped during July and August to not disrupt the busy tourism season, and resumed after Labour Day.

    Camping, family-style: Pack up and head out for a classic, budget-friendly summer adventure

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    This PressConnects.com article is about camping in New York State, including areas around Niagara Falls:

    When the word “summer” comes up, “vacation” can’t be far behind.

    Household budgets won’t always expand enough to fill the gas tank or buy airline tickets, though.

    Fortunately, there’s a low-cost local alternative that takes the family out of everyday life and into an entirely different world: camping.

    Drive an hour or less to find places to pitch a tent or rent a cottage at a price reasonable enough for most families to afford.

    Greetings from Niagara Falls

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    From the Tonawanda News:

    This is, by far, the shortest distance I have ever trekked to do a travel story.

    Yet even though the Ontario portion of the cataract is only about 70 blocks from where I live, it is pretty much another world.

    Not to knock the natural beauty of the U.S. side of the falls, but from the States, Canada’s side looks more … well … fun. All those bright lights and tall, shiny buildings just call to onlookers.

    So in that spirit, the first installment in the News’ new travel series will take a look at Niagara Falls, Ontario, from a tourist’s point of view. Trying to simulate a family’s budget, we capped ourselves at $80 for the day. So no, that meant that we couldn’t go to the casino.

    Residents oppose closing of state parks

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    From the Buffalo News:

    State legislators from the Assembly and Senate and from both sides of the political aisle were quick over the weekend to criticize the proposed closing of state parks and historic sites as part of Gov. David A. Paterson’s effort to close an anticipated budget gap of $8.2 billion in the fiscal year beginning April 1.

    And ordinary residents who use the parks joined in the criticism.

    Paterson’s plan, unveiled Friday, would save $6.5 million by closing 41 parks and 14 historic sites when the new budget year begins April 1. It also would reduce services at 23 other parks, including Niagara Falls State Park, which is widely known around the world and is a magnet that attracts untold numbers of international travelers.

    Assemblywoman Francine Del- Monte, the Lewiston Democrat who represents Niagara Falls among many other communities along the Niagara River and Lake Ontario, called upon State Parks Commissioner Carol Ash to explore ways for local municipalities to keep some of the parks open.

    Top Ten Best Summer Trips on a Budget

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    According to StudentUniverse.com, Niagara Falls is one of the top 10 best summer trips on a budget:

    Niagara Falls, Ontario

    The falls are free to look at and walk around various gardens. Maid of the Mist, White Water Walk, and Journey Behind the Falls are the top sights and are fairly priced. Nightlife can be expensive or not depending on where you go. The main drag in downtown Niagara is the best place for bars. Many hostels are located around this area for cheap accommodations. And for other nightlife activities try out one of the casinos on the Canadian side.

    Visiting Niagara Falls on a budget

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    From World Village:

    With the price of gas going up again this summer and the need to keep expenses down, you can create a vacation itinerary that ends up being a lot more fun than you might have imagined. Even if you did have more money to spend on a vacation it wouldn’t necessarily translate into having a better time, it’s how you spend each dime and dollar, stretching your dollars and putting them towards the priorities you and your travel companions want you won’t feel guilty for “cheaping” out on the other stuff, while still maintaining a quality vacation.

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