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North Tonawanda City Council Report: Talking Nov. 9th budget hearing, MomeNTum

North Tonawanda City Council Report: Talking Nov. 9th budget hearing, MomeNTum

by Joseph KisselOctober 21, 2016

A public hearing on the mayor’s proposed budget will take place 6 p.m. Nov. 9.

Highlights of the budget include a $28,000 reduction in spending, no layoffs of city employees or reduction of city services, and it stays below the NYS tax cap, said NT Mayor Arthur Pappas. “Other communities are having a tougher time with taxes,” he said.

A “craft mob project” is taking place Oct. 25 at Project 308 Gallery on Oliver Street.

Alderwoman Donna Braun announced the event at the city council meeting Tuesday.

“Oliver Street went downhill,” she said. “But they are making a very good effort.”

There was also talk of the success of the Haunted Harbor downtown and strong attendance.

Resident Sonya Drusza said during the public comment portion of the meeting that the city needs a planner. “It would be well worth the expense,” she said

She was told to check out Lumber City Development’s MomeNTum project, which is in the initial stages of creating a long-term plan for the city’s development.

During the pre-meeting work session Alderman Robert Pecoraro praised the letter-writing quality of the Vanguard Church regarding a communication sent to the city, and he held it up as a model for other residents and businesses.

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Joseph Kissel
Joseph Kissel is a journalist, editor and photographer. He is also the Vice President of the New York Coalition for Open Government, a non-partisan, non-profit group that advocates for transparency and the public's right to freedom of information.