Falls Mayor Bracing for a "Disaster Budget"

5:35 PM, Oct 2, 2012   |    comments
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NIAGARA FALLS, NY-- He said he'd rather give the City Council a stronger budget a little bit late, than a weaker one on time. But either way, the Niagara Falls Mayor says it's not going to be pretty.

Mayor Paul Dyster went before the Niagara Falls City Council members today because the City Charter requires he present them with a budget on October 1st.

But the Mayor asked for an extension because he says there is a huge gap caused by the $60 million dollars in casino revenue that's being withheld. It all stems from the dispute between the Seneca Nation and New York State.

"There's going to be a lot of pain in this budget," said Mayor Dyster.

"We've been working very diligently to try and reduce that pain to the absolute minimum that's unavoidable. And we basically decided we needed a little more time to try and accomplish that," he added.

The Mayor called it a "disaster budget" and he plans to have something for the council before their next meeting in two weeks.

He also said he's in constant contact with Albany and that they're looking at a variety of options for what they might be able to do to help them out. But there's no commitment yet.


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