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The Guitar Drop on New Year's Eve at the Niagara Falls Hard Rock Cafe will go on as planned this year.

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A project meant to restore public access to the Niagara Falls waterfront is now a reality. State and local officials kicked off the removal of a one-mile stretch of the Robert Moses Parkway Wednesday.

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Niagara Falls is looking for new ways to deal with a sudden surge in violent crime. The subject was debated at length Tuesday night at New Hope Baptist Church.

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Windy conditions helped turn a Niagara Falls industrial fire into a challenge for firefighters on Saturday.

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Any type of sustainable economic development has consistently passed over the City of Niagara Falls.  But Mayor Paul Dyster says there are eight big projects in the works and insists there will be changes to boost tourism. 

Ice jam causing flooding along the Niagara River

Jan 7, 2014

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.

As the state continues to upgrade its parks around Niagara Falls, officials are also looking to improve city parks.

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Niagara Falls residents with a city-owned vacant lot next door are getting a chance to buy the property.

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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.

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.

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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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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.

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The Niagara Falls City Council has approved the next step in the $25 million plan to construct an International Railway Station.

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As the financial losses continue to mount for the City of Niagara Falls, Mayor Paul Dyster is welcoming Governor Cuomo's plans for more casinos.

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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.

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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.

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The October 1 deadline came and went without a proposed budget from Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, the first late budget for the Cataract City in 11 years.

Mayor Dyster sent a letter to the City Council yesterday afternoon informing them that he needed more time to complete the budget process.    

Dyster points out the casino compact dispute between the state and the Seneca Nation of Indians has shortchanged the city nearly $60 million over the past three years.

Senecas respond to Dyster comments

Sep 13, 2012
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Seneca Nation officials are dismissing Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster's threats to withhold firefighting services from the Seneca Niagara Casino.

Earlier this week Dyster indicated that the city's budget crisis could force the elimination of some services, notably firefighting at the casino.

The city is awaiting nearly $60 million in casino revenue sharing payments from the Seneca Nation, funds that have been withheld during an ongoing dispute with New York State.

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Highwire walker Nik Wallenda is apparently thumbing his nose at the City of Niagara Falls.

New York State legislation that paved the way for Wallenda's stunt last month required the City be reimbursed for providing public safety.

But Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said Wallenda still owes taxpayers more than $25,000 for overtime costs.

"A total cost for us.  This is just public safety overtime stemming from the event itself," said Mayor Dyster.

Wallenda told the Buffalo News "it's just disgusting and sad [that Niagara Falls is asking for money.]"

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Niagara Falls, New York is testing a novel approach to attract new residents. City leaders are offering to pay the student debt of 20 recent graduates in exchange for two years of residency.

According to a recent New York Times study, 94 percent of recent graduates have student debt, adding up to more than a $1 trillion nationwide.

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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.

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Niagara Falls has banned the treatment of fracking fluid.

The move comes after the Niagara Falls Water Board was openly considering treating fracking fluid from wells in Pennsylvania and Ohio in order to boost the city’s finances.

 The liquid is a toxic mix of chemicals and heavy metals used during the controversial natural gas drilling technique.

Opponents of fracking argue there is no safe way to purify the liquid before it is discharged into public water sources.

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