From the Niagara Gazette:
New York state has launched a new campaign aimed at boosting tourism in the Lake Ontario region in response to recent flooding that has impacted communities along the shoreline.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the new initiative on Wednesday, saying it includes free fishing on Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River and Lower Niagara River through Labor Day as well as 50 percent off state campgrounds and vehicle entrance fees along the lake and river.
From US News and World Report:
New York state wants to give tourists more to do when they visit Niagara Falls State Park and is asking developers to come forward with plans.
Officials say they’re looking for a major private investment to improve hiking, biking, climbing, fishing and other outdoor activities along the Niagara River so that visitors to the falls will stay longer.
From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:
Leaders in Niagara Falls want to build a new convention and event center downtown. The center would be much larger than the current one on Old Falls Street. Officials say they’re currently waiting for the state to sign off on a feasibility study.
New York State Asemblyman John Ceretto said, “Once they approve it, which I hope is soon, it will go to the power proceed board and they will allocate the funding and our estimate is, we are talking about $150,000 for a study. We are not talking about a huge amount of money.”
Before 2002, the City of Niagara Falls had a much larger convention center, which is now the Seneca-Niagara Casino. The replacement for the old convention center on Old Falls Street is much smaller.
From the Norwich (Connecticut) Bulletin:
With the economy making the U.S. dollar worth almost a third more across our northern border, now is a great time to grab your passport and escape to Canada’s Niagara Region for a chance to view the beauty and power of Niagara Falls, the collective name for the three waterfalls on the Niagara River that drain Lake Erie into Lake Ontario.
Straddling the international border between New York State and the province of Ontario, the Niagara Falls were formed during the last ice age as water from the newly formed Great Lakes made its way to the Atlantic Ocean approximately 25,000 to 21,000 years ago. Renowned for both their beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power, Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls are a true wonder to see and well worth the time spent getting there.
From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:
“We’re going to make this place a better place,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said while visiting Niagara Falls Thursday.
Cuomo, and those who spoke before him, touched on a number of topics involving the improvement of the city through his $1 billion NY Parks 2020 program.
The most significant change coming though, is the renaming of a much-used highway — Robert Moses Parkway.
The extensive road reaches from the Grand Island Bridge, all the way into the town of Porter, and will soon feature a name more characteristic of it’s location near the Niagara River and Lake Ontario. The route will soon be known as “Niagara Scenic Parkway.”
From Niagara Frontier Publications:
One of the greatest attractions on Earth is less than 15 minutes from your backyard.
It’s a wonder of the world, located within America’s oldest state park.
And you’re missing out on it.
“The thing that amazes me every day is that every day there are people here who save money their whole lives to come here – from around the world,” said Angela Berti, APR, marketing and public affairs officer for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Locally, “We get all these people that just – they take it for granted,” Berti said. “And at the same time, people are saving to come from China and India. And we need to respect that, and take more advantage of it.”
From the Centre Daily Times:
New York State is one of few places where you don’t necessarily travel north to get to Canada.
A chunk of Southern Ontario actually lies south and west of the Empire State, making the nickname “True North” more of a quip.
And if you make it to Niagara Falls, you can find yourself in two places at once — a phrase that may seem like an oxymoron, but something that is, in fact, possible.
Niagara Falls is a collective name for three waterfalls that intersect the International Boundary Line in New York State and Ontario, Canada.
It’s also the name of the cities where the falls lie.