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Politics
8:58 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Press Pass: Transformational redevelopment for Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.
Credit WBFO News file photo

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. 

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Local
3:30 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Ice jam causing flooding along the Niagara River

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.

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Local
8:58 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Niagara Falls looks to improve city parks

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

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Local
8:37 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Niagara Falls selling vacant lots to neighboring homeowners

Credit File photo

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

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Local
8:52 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Dyster hopes new hotels carry long-term benefits

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster
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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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Local
12:02 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Seneca casino cities receive long-delayed payments

Governor Cuomo handed an $89 million check to Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.
Credit Eileen Buckley/WBFO News

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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Local
9:21 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Niagara Falls selling city-owned land for needed cash

Credit Billy Hathorn/Wikipedia

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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Local
9:55 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Development sought for former Rainbow Mall

A culinary institute is now housed in a portion of the old Rainbow Mall.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

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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Local
2:02 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Plans for new Niagara Falls rail station chugging along

The new International Railway Station would replace the current Amtrak station at the corner of 27th Street and Lockport Road.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

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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Local
10:32 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Dyster receptive to more casinos in Niagara Falls

The Seneca Niagara Casino could someday have competition in the City of Niagara Falls.
Credit File photo

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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Local
10:43 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Falls Mayor: City progressing despite held-up casino revenue

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

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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Financial concerns complicate progress
10:44 am
Sat October 13, 2012

Niagara Falls city budget delayed in Falls

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster
WBFO News file photo

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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Local
9:20 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Mayor Dyster delays Falls budget plan

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster
WBFO News file photo

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.

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Local
11:46 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Senecas respond to Dyster comments

Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter called Dyster comments "grossly misguided."
WBFO News photo

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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Local
4:59 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Wallenda has failed to pay Niagara Falls for his historic wire walk

Wallenda walk over Niagara Falls
WBFO News file photo

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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Local
11:35 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Niagara Falls offers to pay student debt of new residents

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster (right) hopes to attract young residents to his struggling city by paying $7,000 of 20 graduates' debt load.
New York Council for the Humanities via Flickr

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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Local
10:48 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Federal funds helping with Falls bridge work

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster speaking to reporters just off Robbins Drive, in Hyde Park.
Chris Caya WBFO/AM 970

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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Environment
10:07 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Niagara Falls bans treatment of fracking fluid

The Niagara Falls Water Treatment Plant sits upstream from the city's famous waterfall. Some city residents feared treating fracking fluid would harm the natural attraction.
Alberto Mari via Flickr

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.

Unanimous vote

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