Thursday, April 24, 2014

Follow us:
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Subscribe to this news feed 

News

Buffalo

Niagara Falls city council overrides vetoes

  • Text size: + -
Buffalo: Niagara Falls city council overrides vetoes
Play now

Time Warner Cable video customers:
Sign in with your TWC ID to access our video clips.

  To view our videos, you need to
enable JavaScript. Learn how.
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.

Then come back here and refresh the page.

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — The Niagara Falls city council voted Monday to override about 85 percent of Mayor Paul Dyster's 2013 budget vetoes.

Dyster originally vetoed 39 of the 150 proposed amendments, which would have raised taxes more than eight percent.

City council president Sam Fruscione says that the new budget will provide a boost to the region.

"So we we're able to take the mayor's disaster budget, and correct it and create it into a very positive budget, a winning situation for both homeowners, residents and taxpayers, as well as the business owners of Niagara Falls," said Fruscione.

The Council's vetoes included canceling a $3 million contract with USA Niagara development corporation.

The state's comptroller was in Niagara Falls Monday to discuss the financial challenges facing the city. YNN's Antoinette DelBel has more on the city's issues, and what community members can do to help solve the problems.

Buffalo: Niagara Falls city council overrides vetoes
Play now

Time Warner Cable video customers:
Sign in with your TWC ID to access our video clips.

  To view our videos, you need to
enable JavaScript. Learn how.
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.

Then come back here and refresh the page.

It's no secret the City of Niagara Falls has been dealing with financial difficulties, facing a $60 million shortfall in casino revenue since 2009.

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a fiscal profile Monday outlining the city's major challenges that's meant to spark discussion on how to fix those issues.

Of New York's 61 cities, with the exception of New York City, DiNapoli said Niagara Falls is dealing with the most challenges.

"Currently, 17.6% of families in the city live in poverty,” said DiNapoli. “The city's unemployment rate at 11.4% is significantly higher than the statewide average at 8.2%."

And high poverty and unemployment rates aren't the only issues plaguing the city. In years past, studies showed Niagara Falls had the largest percentage drop in population compared to any other city in the state.

"Over the past 50 years, the city has lost 51% of its population," said DiNapoli.

Salamanca also faces similar financial challenges to Niagara Falls that directly result from the ongoing dispute over casino revenue owed by the Seneca Nation.

"The fallout for these two cities certainly has been dramatic,” said DiNapoli. “As you know, local officials have had to make drastic budget cuts and have had to deplete reserve funds to deal with this."

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster agreed.

"It's difficult for people out there in the general public or even for elected officials that are trying to find some sort of a stable foundation for their own views on the subject to know what's really going on," he said.

Next month, DiNapoli said he will implement a new fiscal monitoring system that will allow community members to have a better sense of what type of fiscal stress the community is in, so they can offer input on ways to solve economic problems.

DiNapoli said, "Even if the solutions are not immediately present, if you identify the problems early, that's how you start to get to the solutions."

10.11.12.244 ClientIP: 23.20.149.27, 23.62.6.207 UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 (http://commoncrawl.org/faq/) Profile: TWCSAMLSP