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Niagara County IDA Approves Application from New AES Somerset Owners

Niagara County IDA Approves Application from New AES Somerset Owners

At the request of various taxing jurisdictions, including the Town of Somerset, the Barker School District and Niagara County, the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency (NCIDA) board of directors today approved an application for assistance from the bondholders of AES Somerset for a modification of a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) as well as a mortgage recording tax abatement. The three taxing jurisdictions all passed resolutions seeking support from the NCIDA for the assistance package from the AES bondholders.

Harbor Seal Finds New Home at Aquarium of Niagara

Aquarium of Niagara is hosting an adorable young female harbor seal named Zoey. She was rescued, and given a life-saving operation. However, tubes put in her ears make diving needed to protect herself in the wild impossible. So Zoey has a new home on the American side of Niagara Falls.


Click on the video to see the new addition to the Aquarium of Niagara. The website is here.

Man Survives Plunge Over Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, ON - A man in his early 40s had to be rescued after he plunged over the Horseshoe Falls Monday morning.


Video of the rescue

Photo gallery of the rescue

Witnesses told police they saw a man climb over the retaining wall above the Horseshoe Falls and deliberately jump into the water.

They say the man went over the Horseshoe Falls and surfaced in the lower Niagara River basin adjacent to the Journey Behind the Falls observation platform.

The man was found by a Niagara Parks Police officer along the rocky shoreline as he collapsed in water that was up to his waist.

Wallenda Walk: Senecas Donate Money to City

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - The Seneca Gaming Corporation still has not given casino money to the city of Niagara Falls, but they have announced plans to donate $15,000 to help the city "spruce up" landscaping ahead of Nik Wallenda's walk across the falls.

The Seneca Gaming Corporation is not giving casino revenue to municipalities because of a dispute with New York State.

The Seneca Nation is upset the state has created more "racinos" and installed more slot machines that are in competition with Seneca casino.

Preparing for The Walk

With just two practice days left at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara falls, it remains uncertain if the Niagara Falls Fire Department will help Nik Wallenda train for his high wire walk across the falls.

Gloves Come Off in NF Before Wallenda Walk

NIAGARA FALLS, NY-- The gloves have come off in the behind the scenes politics involving the upcoming crossing of Niagara Falls by tight rope walker Nik Wallenda.

At a news conference Monday where Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster wanted to assure the public that his fire, police, and public works departments are pulling out all the stops to make the event successful, Dyster accused NYS Senator George Maziarz and NYS Assemblyman John Ceretto of trying to insulate him from Wallenda and the event while casting false assertions that the city has been uncooperative or hasn't done enough to support the event.

"Nik Wallenda has been fine in every dealing I've had with him, but I think it's quite transparent that Sen. Maziarz and Assemblyman Ceretto, both of whom are up for re-election, seek to take all the credit for the event if successful, and to blame me for anything which might go wrong," said Dyster.

Senator Grisanti Nominates Matthew Mondoux to Senate Veterans’ Hall Of Fame

Senator Grisanti Nominates Matthew Mondoux to Senate Veterans’ Hall Of Fame

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced  that he is nominating Niagara Falls resident, Matthew Mondoux, to the New York Senate’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame.  The New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame was created in 2005 to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from across the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.  The Hall of Fame provides an expression of our gratitude and admiration for their meritorious service to our nation.

Matthew Mondoux was in the Army National Guard for over 10 years serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  He received numerous awards for his service including the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Army Good Conduct Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

Wallenda Walk: Details, Details, Details....

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Those who have been turning out in increasing numbers to watch daredevil Nik Wallenda practice for his historic, June 15th tight rope walk over Niagara Falls, were expecting to see an exciting new phase in the training regimen beginning Friday afternoon.

Instead, a legal issue prevented that from occurring as scheduled.

Wallenda has been practicing on a cable erected in front of the Seneca Niagara Casino, and was supposed to start practicing under conditions simulating the wind and wetness he'll encounter while crossing the Falls.

The plan was to utilize a giant fan to throw heavy breezes his way, while a truck from Niagara Falls City Fire Department provided a water spray.