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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.