Adding to the misery that comes with all the snow and the cold, the National Weather Service has extended a Flash Flood Warning for the east channel of the upper Niagara River in Niagara Falls and Grand Island.
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.
The state's economic revitalization fund for the area may be called the "Buffalo Billion," but it was intended to spread out across the region. Some of the funding could help repurpose a mostly vacant large building in downtown Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls may be in tough fiscal straits because the Seneca Nation isn't paying its required share of casino revenues, but Mayor Paul Dyster at his State of the City message Thursday said things are getting a little better.
Residents in the City of Niagara Falls will have to wait until at least next week before getting a glimpse of the city's 2013 budget.
Mayor Paul Dyster announced on Friday that presentation of the budget will be delayed until at least Monday. Dyster claims that the financial challenges facing the Falls are making it imperative that the budget be carefully planned.
He claims that more time is needed to get the budget right.
Dyster calls it a "disaster budget" and a "dire" situation.
Long-overdue maintenance work is in on the way for some bridges in Niagara Falls.
Mayor Paul Dyster says the project will not only prolong the life of the spans, it will help create jobs in a region where unemployment is 8.5 percent.
"Trying to move as many of these construction projects forward as possible is one of the ways, that we, in local government, can contribute to try and put people to work at this critical time," Dyster said.