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Falls looks to slash concert spending

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Niagara Falls city leaders want to pull the plug on the bulk of the city's concert fund.

The city provides about $150,000 each year to various outdoor concerts, including the Hard Rock series and events on Old Falls Street.

Councilman Sam Fruscione wants to trim the city's concert budget about 85 percent, providing no more than $25,000 to such events. He said the city paid these concerts to get them started, but the time has come for them to be self-sufficient.

The lack of casino cash has also hurt the city's finances, he said.

The city's bed tax account would provide the bulk of any money going to concerts, he said.

Fruscione hopes to have legislation ready for the council to consider in the next couple weeks. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP