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April 11, 2021

Niagara asphalt plant nixed after pushback from community that wasn’t consulted


Following a great deal of opposition, the Town of Niagara has reversed its position on a proposed asphalt plant being developed by AL Asphalt.

Residents and numerous community groups were concerned about the environmental hazards from the plant, which was originally planned for the Town of Hamburg. However, vehement resident opposition forced the plant to find a new location.

During their March 25 meeting, the Niagara Falls City School Board and Superintendent Mark Laurrie approved a resolution to send negative comments to the DEC regarding the plant. Board Member Paul Kudela has been a driving force [...]

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August 14, 2020

Disturbing N.T. audit report sees Republican council reject Alderman Tylec’s “fiscal stability committee”

“The Mayor and Council did not adopt structurally balanced budgets, properly monitor the City’s financial operations or take appropriate actions to maintain the City’s fiscal stability.”

That’s the verdict rendered by New York State’s Office of the Comptroller after reviewing North Tonawanda’s finances from Jan. 1, 2017, through April 27, 2020.

But there’s more … 

“The general and sewer funds experienced operating deficits from 2017 through 2019.”

“Despite the City’s deteriorating financial condition, officials did not establish a fund balance policy, multiyear financial plan or capital plan.”

“The Mayor’s and City [...]

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February 12, 2020

Memorial Pool’s future might be heading to ballot box

It was one of the last statements Tuesday night regarding the number of options facing the future of public swim in North Tonawanda, but Alderman-at-Large Bob Pecoraro’s suggestion it be put to voters in November might be the only way to settle it.

Faced with losing $83,000 a year on the 70-days-a-year facility and a mounting list of looming big-ticket repairs, the NT city council has a host of choices regarding the public swimming pool that opened in 1948.

They include: closing the pool for an immediate and permanent cost savings. The downside is losing a valuable summer activity for currently about 200 kids and others a day as well as a cultural and [...]

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November 2, 2019

Friday night NT budget hearing draws crowd, questions regarding optimistic revenue projections

North Tonawanda’s late budget brought about an unusual Friday night budget hearing ahead of its planned adoption at Monday’s special common council session.

Due to concerns about how effectively the council can implement changes to the budget over the weekend, council president Eric Zadzilka said there was a possibility adoption would take place later since the budget can be approved as as late as Nov. 15.

As in previous meetings, several speakers drew attention to almost $1 million in projected revenues that seemed less than a sure thing.

One of the avenues for increased revenues involves going after three years of delinquent back taxes. [...]

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