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January 1, 2013

A look back at the year in news

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Tonawanda News — They join Crazy Jake’s, also on Webster Street, offering residents here and from around the region an excuse to visit the canal and feast on some of the finest cuisine in Western New York.

7: Cuomo pledges

$1 billion for WNY

It was an eye-popping announcement to say the least. Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged up to $1 billion in economic development money, tax breaks and low cost power to help spur economic growth in the region.

The governor’s stated preference was for the money to be spent on large-scale projects largely within Buffalo city limits. But area legislators who met with the governor prior to the announcement said he would leave the details up to local investors, leaders and his newly created Regional Economic Development Council.

6: Super Mario doesn’t help a busted Bills team

March isn’t typically a month all that exciting for Bills fans, but when word surfaced that they’d lured star free agent defensive end Mario Williams to town and hoped to sign him to a contract, long-suffering fans saw light at the end of the tunnel.

Though Williams did sign here and played well in his first season in Buffalo, the light in the tunnel was yet another freight train bearing down, poised to squash another season that began with high hopes. The team comes into the season finale today with just five victories and will miss the playoffs for an astonishing 13th consecutive year.

5: Canal Fest closing

time controversy

A long-simmering dispute between the City of Tonawanda Common Council and the Canal Fest board of directors over the event’s closing time boiled over in 2012. City leaders fed up with groups of rowdy teens causing problems after dark mandated the event’s midway, staged on the Tonawanda side, close down an hour early. Fest organizers said the time lost would be a revenue killer and could cost them the contract with the ride operator.

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