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    Audit: Niagara Falls will run out of cash reserves by year’s end due to casino dispute

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The City of Niagara Falls will run out of its fund balance by the end of the year because of a dispute over Seneca casino revenue, according to an audit issued Tuesday by the state Comptroller’s Office.

    The city, caught in the middle of a dispute over the sharing of casino revenue between the state and the Seneca Nation of Indians, also has failed to maintain an updated multi-year financial plan, according to the audit.

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    State taking look at properties in downtown Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    Underused or vacant properties are not exactly new in downtown Niagara Falls.

    In fact, some of the parcels now being eyed by the state as part of an acquisition plan referenced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January have been out of public circulation for quite some time now.

    Under Cuomo’s Strategic Land Acquisition Program the state has targeted several dozen properties near Niagara Falls State Park for redevelopment.

    The idea is to reactive what officials have described as key parcels on the outskirts of Niagara Falls State Park.

    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.

    Niagara Falls seeks proposals for outdoor winter activities

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo:

    While Western New Yorkers are still enjoying the warmth of summer, the City of Niagara Falls is looking for some fun new outdoor activities to offer to residents and visitors this winter — especially those that involve ice skating.

    On Monday, the Niagara Falls Community Development Department released a news release requesting winter outdoor activity providers to come forward with ideas for three downtown lots. They would like each idea submitted via a Request for Proposal (RFP), which can be accessed here: www.nf-cd.org/rfp

    Falls, Gorge site tour by USA Niagara a “Fail”

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    From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

    The latest skirmish between the David of the citizens of the city of Niagara Falls and the Goliath of state agencies such as State Parks, USA Niagara and the New York Power Authority, when it comes to waterfront development, appears to have been settled in our favor, at least for now.

    “I am comfortable calling a VICTORY on this,” posted film industry executive and community activist Ken Cosentino on social media late last week, “…there will be no commercialization down in the gorge, and nothing will be constructed that will interfere with the natural environment. All business endeavors will strive to use pre-existing structures; all enterprises will be geared more towards providing equipment rental (such as fishing poles or snowshoes) to tourists in order for them to best enjoy the gorge in its natural state… USA Niagara will respect the resolution passed by our City Council on Monday, July 24th. So, to reiterate, we the people of Niagara Falls, NY have officially preserved the Niagara gorge.”

    Cuomo orders probe of black water in Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he doesn’t believe a Niagara Falls, N.Y., agency’s claims surrounding wastewater discharges that turned the water near the base of Niagara’s falls black at the height of a busy tourist weekend.

    A day after directing state regulators to investigate, the Democrat told reporters Tuesday he believes there will be a criminal investigation because of the potential seriousness of the situation.

    He said he doesn’t believe the Niagara Falls Water Board’s statement the discharge from the local wastewater treatment plant was within permitted limits.

    Cuomo said Monday the expulsion of foul-smelling, black water into the Niagara River on Saturday may have violated state water quality standards.

    Discharge creates foul-smelling black water in Niagara River

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Water near the base of Niagara Falls turned an alarming shade of black before tourists’ eyes Saturday afternoon following a foul-smelling discharge from a wastewater treatment plant on the U.S. side.

    The Niagara Falls Water Board, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., said Saturday’s discharge was part of routine maintenance of one of its wastewater sedimentation basins.

    Both the Maid of the Mist and Rainbow Air took to social media Saturday to express their concerns, posting a video and photograph of the dark, sludgy-looking water.

    “Why the smelly black discharge into Niagara River on very busy tourist weekend?” the Maid of the Mist posted on Twitter and asking the Niagara Falls, N.Y. mayor for answers.

    A visit to Prospect Point: Breathtaking views of Niagara Falls from state park

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    From NewYorkUpstate.com (includes many nice photos):

    It would be hard to be disappointed at the views from Prospect Point at Niagara Falls State Park, and that’s probably why more than 8 million people visit every year. The stunning view by day and by night can leave a visitor breathless and struggling for superlatives. You can walk out high over the Niagara River Gorge at the Prospect Point Observation Tower, or you can walk down to feel the spray coming off the Falls.

    Airbnb says home-sharing business is booming in Niagara Falls

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The private home-sharing economy is becoming a factor in the Niagara Falls tourism scene, though so far it’s made little dent in the hotel trade in the Cataract City.

    Since 2014, the number of Niagara Falls-area residents hosting tourists in their homes has quadrupled, and the number of tourists choosing to stay in homes instead of hotels is six times greater than three years ago.

    Airbnb, the leading home-sharing website, issued a report this week citing its success near Niagara Falls and other leading New York State parks.

    In Focus: Niagara Falls area, Ontario, Canada

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    From 4 Hoteliers:

    The city of Niagara Falls, Ontario, is on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, which forms the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the US state of New York.

    The natural wonder of Niagara Falls, which is the collective name for the Horseshoe Falls, the adjacent American Falls, and the smaller Bridal Veil Falls, is a major tourist attraction for the city of Niagara Falls, attracting 12 million visitors every year.

    Combined, the three falls have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world—and a vertical drop of more than 165 feet.

    With a population of 85,810, the city offers direct “one-day” business opportunities to people on both sides of the border, along with multi-modal transportation networking that includes road, water, rail, and air.

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