Niagara Falls mayor delivers State of the City address
Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster gave his State of the City address Thursday. YNN's Antoinette DelBel has more on his outline for the City's future.
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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster took the podium Thursday evening to deliver a positive and upbeat 2013 State of the City address.
"He was moving, serious, funny, prophetic, and just did a great job inspiring people here," said Paul Gromosiak, Town of Niagara.
Dyster highlighted growth and economic development in the Cataract City in 2012, including Nik Wallenda's famous tightrope walk across the Falls and other projects that helped to move the city forward.
"We made significant progress on two road projects that we hope to finish in 2013 that no one thought would ever get done - Lewiston Road and the industrial portion of Buffalo Avenue," Dyster, (D), said.
Another success the mayor touched on - the opening of the Culinary Institute last September, which many say is expected to be an economic driver for the future.
"This to me is going to be a catalyst for many good things to come," said Gromosiak.
Although the tone throughout the night was positive, Councilman Sam Fruscione says the City had its share of problems in 2012.
"A lot of stuff was omitted and forgotten: how we balanced his disaster budget, how we restored all services," said Sam Fruscione, (D) City Council Member.
Fruscione says last year the City Council had to cut millions of dollars in state funding to balance the mayor's budget and keep residents' taxes from increasing.
Dyster, however, says he's focused on moving the city forward, with the help of state money.
"We have roughly $1.3 million in CHIPS money, and we're going to use about $1.1 million of that money for road reconstruction."
Dyster also says he's hopeful a deal will be worked out with the Seneca Nation of Indians, which has withheld $60 million in casino revenue due to a dispute with the state.