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    Funding approved for water park, Niagara Street project

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    A pair of projects in Niagara Falls will receive $400,000 in funding through the city’s economic development corporation.

    Mayor Paul Dyster announced Tuesday that the Niagara Falls Development Corp. will issue $300,000 to NFNY Hotel Management, an affiliate company of bi-national hotelier Michael DiCienzo. The funds will be used in as part of a bid by the affiliated company, American Niagara Hospitality, LLC, to build a “Daredevil Water Park” on Third Street.

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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.

    Public input to be welcomed for Goat Island development

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    From WBFO News:

    Niagara Falls mayor Paul Dyster has released a statement regarding the visitors lodge that has been proposed for Goat Island. Read More…

    In Niagara Falls visit, Cuomo hails new hotel overlooking rapids

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday that a new 191-room hotel overlooking the Niagara River rapids was the latest evidence that the state’s efforts to strengthen the Niagara Falls economy are working.

    In a speech to nearly 200 local residents and officials, Cuomo said he wants Empire State Development to “step up to the plate” in Niagara Falls, carrying out a multi-pronged plan to boost the Cataract City’s economy.

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    HIGGS: Before Niagara Falls was a city

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    What was life like in the early days of the Niagara area — even before it was a fully fledged city? I hope you are somewhat interested as I am part of the planning committee for the Niagara Falls 125th celebration and will be writing about the early days in Niagara Falls each week.

    Mayor Paul Dyster will be holding a press conference this Wednesday to announce some of the plans. We have a long and colorful history and we can always learn from it. There will be various events which will highlight our history throughout the year and I hope you will be a part of them…

    Old newspapers are the main source of my research and the Niagara Falls Gazette was publishing during these times and I have online sources to refer to also. Of course, the Local History Department at the Main Street library is also a great source for information. So let’s begin “before” we were a “city.”

    Hamister Project in Niagara Falls Expected to Move Forward Soon

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    From Time Warner Cable News:

    The space on 310 Rainbow Boulevard in Niagara Falls is the projected home of a future six-story, mixed use development, but as it stands today, it’s still just empty undeveloped space.

    “It’s a large project it’s a very complex project and it’s taking considerably longer than anyone had anticipated to complete the financial arrangements,” Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said.

    Hamister Group, LLC announced the general contractor in late June, and was hoping to break ground on the $35 million Hamister Hotel project over the summer.

    However, months later there’s still no firm date for groundbreaking, and the approved project schedule continues to be pushed back

    That’s why Michael DiCienzo of Niagara Falls New York Hotel Management wrote to the city, asking officials to consider letting his company develop the site instead.

    Tourism initiatives aimed at lengthening tourists’ stay in Niagara Falls

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    From the Buffalo News:

    A trip to visit Niagara Falls could be much more than a stop to view the world famous waterfalls.

    Plans to develop new tourism in the “Falls to Fort” region and extend tourists’ length of stay and overall spending were announced at a media event Monday in Niagara Falls, hosted by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, the Tourism and Convention Corp. and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.

    Falls hotel deal may be signed by Friday

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    From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

    The biggest non-casino project that Niagara Falls, NY has seen in 40 years is about to take a big step forward.

    Mayor Paul Dyster told city leaders Tuesday night the contract for the Hamister Hotel Project could be a done deal by this Friday. Mark Hamister wants to start construction early next year on a $25 million hotel and conference center on land that was last home to a hot air balloon ride.

    Wallenda debt splits two Falls mayors

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Nik Wallenda’s wire-walk made history and brought Niagara Falls worldwide publicity, but it also cost the two cities tens of thousands in public safety expenses.

    Wallenda has paid roughly half the tab on each side of the border, but the cities are taking two different approaches on collecting the remainder of the bill.

    Niagara Falls, Ont., is willing to forget about $10,000 in outstanding costs, citing the positive worldwide publicity the wire-walk brought.

    But officials on the cash-strapped American side say Wallenda still owes them $25,000, and they want the money.

    “It’s just disgusting and sad,” Wallenda told The Buffalo News on Thursday. “This was a great thing for the area, all the money that it brought into the area. [They] gave me a key to the city, and now they want to ask for more money?”

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    • Associated Press (via Yahoo! News) – Niagara Falls, NY, wants daredevil Wallenda to pay

    Investigative Post: Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster

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    From WGRZ Channel 2 in Buffalo (includes video):

    Investigative Post Editor Jim Heaney interviewed Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster on the impact of the Wallenda walk, the numerous challenges faced by Niagara Falls, and how the standoff between state and Seneca Nation officials is costing the city money that would otherwise be helping to promote economic development.

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