Niagara Falls

Restored gaming revenue boost Falls police

Oct 21, 2013

The Niagara Falls Police Department can now start shopping for patrol vehicles for the first time in five years now that casino gambling payments have been received from the Seneca Nation of Indians.

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Niagara Falls Police are hoping to implement a new public safety program for the tourism season next year.

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Artpark has named a new director of development. Carrie Veltri has been named to the post after a national search.

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For Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, this might be a golden time for the hotel business in his city and a potential shot in the arm for employment.

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More help is on the way for the City of Niagara Falls.

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Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster appeared before the City Council Tuesday to deliver his budget. That's 11 months after a disaster budget, because the fight between Albany and the Seneca Nation had cut off the flow of casino revenues, depleting the city's cash.

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Local members of the state delegation will be hosting a tourism forum in Niagara Falls Monday. The lawmakers want to hear what ideas residents and business owners have for improving the Niagara County economy.

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A couple visiting from North Carolina has been arrested in a Niagara Falls murder.

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One small Niagara Falls business owner is taking her sweet treats and positive attitude nationwide. It doesn’t matter whether Owner of Niagara’s Honeymoon Sweets Marry Ann Hess is shaking hands with celebrities, molding chocolates or cutting hair, she’s gushing about western New York.

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Many Niagara Falls residents living along or near Buffalo Avenue will find their water service shut off temporarily on Tuesday.

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What's being called the largest non-casino development in Niagara Falls in more than 40 years is moving ahead. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the formal official announcement in the Falls Thursday morning.

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As it appeared feuding factions in Niagara Falls would destroy plans for a $25 million hotel complex, Governor Andrew Cuomo's long political reach may have saved the development.

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For State Senator George Maziarz, the web is the way to a new level of transparency on the way public money is spent. He is setting up a website to list how the City of Niagara Falls is spending its share of revenues from back payments to the Seneca Niagara Casino.

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Niagara Falls Police are reporting an early morning car crash that followed a volley of gun fire.

Press Pass: Falls politics stalls land deal

Aug 5, 2013
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According to Jim Fink of Business First, the development community is keeping tabs on the outcome of a land deal between the City of Niagara Falls and Mark Hamister. Fink says its the type of "dysfunctional" politics that has prevented the city from keeping up with the progress across the river at Niagara Falls, Ontario.

A Niagara Falls manufacturer that converts waste plastic into clean liquid fuel is teaming with art supplies brand Crayola to recycle old markers.

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There is a great deal of optimism for a better Niagara Falls after large check arrived Wednesday. The Seneca Nation of Indians and New York State delivered back payments of millions of dollars in casino revenues to Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Salamanca. Niagara Falls received $89 million.

Seneca casino cities receive long-delayed payments

Jul 31, 2013
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is making stops today in Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and Salamanca Wednesday to deliver casino revenue payments to three cities where the Seneca Nation operates gaming facilities.

The sewage treatment plant in Niagara Falls is back in operation a week after a severe storm knocked out the facility's pumps, sending more than 100 million gallons of wastewater into the Niagara River.

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A limited state of emergency was declared in the City of Niagara Falls  on Saturday as clean-up from Friday night's damaging storms continued.

The Niagara County SPCA has made the decision to cease non-emergency animal control services to the City of Niagara Falls, effective July 15. 

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A Niagara Falls teenager has pleaded guilty to last year's killing of a 5-year-old girl whom he was babysitting.

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A major investment is being made at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, both inside and out.

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Some big-name Hollywood stars are in Niagara Falls Thursday shooting scenes for an upcoming movie.

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You could say streets in Niagara Falls are being paved with casino money.  Mayor Paul Dyster says he will ask the City Council to approve a second round of street re-paving projects now that a deal has been reached between the state and the Seneca Nation of Indians over the operation of the tribe's three Western New York casinos. 

The agreement announced last week means $89-million in slot machine revenue for Niagara Falls. 

Dyster says the city has been forced to limit road projects in recent years because of a lack of casino money.

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Chinese tourists are traveling the world and visiting Niagara Falls, Ontario, but they're not spending a lot of time in the Canadian Cataract City. Now, there is a push on to change that.

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With the Seneca Nation refusing to send checks for the state's share of casino cash to Albany, Niagara Falls continues to be squeezed fiscally because it's not getting its share.  The city is now squeezing every dollar to put off a crisis.

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A  drug raid in Niagara Falls has nabbed a suspected dealer along with 13 other people.

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Voters across Western New York are heading to the polls Tuesday to decide on school budgets and candidates in a number of districts. WBFO's Eileen Buckley has more on budget votes in the City of Niagara Falls and Clarence.

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The federal government is launching a new campaign to draw more international visitors to the region.