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November 10, 2012

NYPA agrees to plug casino budget gap


Tonawanda News — Council Chairman Sam Fruscione said he can’t comment on the accelerated aid before discussing the terms of the deal with other council members and city attorneys, but it appears to be good news.

“I need to make sure that everything is on the up and up,” Fruscione said. “We’ll see how it all rolls out.”

In his address Dyster thanked State Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, and Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-Lewiston, for their efforts to make the acceleration of the state aid possible.

Maziarz said the deal will work out well for all parties involved.

“It should go a long way towards helping with the city’s financial hardships,” Maziarz said.

Maziarz, who was re-elected to a new look 62nd District that will include Niagara Falls on Tuesday, said even though his district has not included the city for over a decade he has always been working to help out as a senator in the region.

“I’ve been working pretty hard for this city right along,” Maziarz said. “This is certainly a big positive for the city.”

Dyster said he hopes that he and the council will be able to use the accelerated aid to address some of the issues in his proposed budget - tax hikes, layoffs, cuts in services - but that ultimately the city’s financial issues are still very real.

“NYPA assistance is critically important, however, it obviously does not resolve the ongoing issue with the Seneca Nation,” Dyster said. “The $13 million spin-up does not solve all of the city’s issues and no one is pretending it will. Arbitration is still ongoing and there are long-term questions that need to be answered. I am assured the state will continue to explore ways to assist the city of Niagara Falls and look forward to working with our state representatives in seeking solutions to the outstanding issues.” 

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