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New Railroad Bridge In Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, NY - It's being called major milestone for the City of Niagara Falls as work continues on the proposed high rail system through the city.

Wednesday engineers used a huge crane to install two steel girders which will form a railroad bridge over Route 104.

Mayor Paul Dyster told 2 On Your Side the girders which are 72-feet in length will replace the old bridge that was built back in the 1920's.
 
He said this is part of the second phase of the Niagara Falls Train Station Project which includes a proposed high speed rail between New York City and Toronto.

"Its great in terms of regional economic development here in the Northeast. Its great in terms of economic development in New York State, but its also going to be a major boom to the North Main Street having yet another investment in public funds here," said Dyster.

Despite Glitches, Passenger Traffic is Up at Niagara Falls Airport

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - The number of passengers departing the Niagara Falls International Airport, also known as enplanements, was up nearly 185% between 2010 and 2011, according to NFTA Spokesman Douglas Hartmayer.

"The airlines we have at Niagara Falls -- Spirit and Allegiant -- are excellent airlines," said Hartmayer. "They are profitable airlines, which is not the case with many airlines that we have operating today."

Despite the lost-cost tickets and short security lines, for some, the airport does not come without baggage.

It's hard to forget the passengers that sat on the runway last month, only to be told all Direct Air flights were grounded.

"Its unfortunate, but it's really not fair to paint the NFIA with that brush that says its because its something we did, that's not the case," said Hartmayer.

Rep. Louise Slaughter On The Mend

ROCHESTER, NY - Two weeks after breaking her leg in a fall, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D- NY 28th) says she's eager to get back to work.

Slaughter spoke to reporters on Tuesday at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester where she continues her recovery, about the injury which she says she sustained when she tripped while crossing a street in New York City on April 2nd.

Slaughter, 82, is seeking a 13th term in the House of Representatives.

"This was a very severe fracture of the femur just above the knee and in the knee joint. It is beautifully realigned and I expect a full recovery," commented Slaughter's orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Stephen L Kates, MD.

NCIDA Accepts Application for Assistance from New Owners of AES

NCIDA Accepts Application for Assistance from New Owners of AES

NIAGARA COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY ACCEPTS APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE FROM NEW OWNERS OF AES IN RESPONSE TO REQUEST FROM TAXING JURISDICTIONS

Agency also approves two projects that will create 22 new jobs with estimated annual combined economic impact of approximately $2.4 million

Agency receives highest level of assurance from auditors

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 voted to accept an application for assistance from the bondholders of AES Somerset for a modification of a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) for the power plant.

Urban Epiphany: WNY's Largest Poetry Gathering

Urban Epiphany: WNY's Largest Poetry Gathering

Urban Epiphany is Western New York’s largest poetry marathon. In its 6th year, Urban Epiphany has managed to gather people from all areas of the region, as well as the City of Buffalo, to celebrate the diversity of art, culture, poetry and performance, peacefully, in the name of the written and spoken word.

Sunday, April 22, at 3pm, The Unitarian Universalist [695 Elmwood Avenue at West Ferry] will host readers and performers for 2 minutes each between the hours of 3-8pm. The suggested donation is $5, to cover the rental of the hall, posters, and printing, yet not required to attend.

Could FAA Commitment To Falls Airport Help Save 107th?

NIAGARA FALLS, NY -- The U.S. Air Force has rejected a plan put forth by the Council of Governors, which called for re-purposing Air National Guard Units targeted for extinction amid planned cuts in military spending.

That might seem to further imperil the fate of the 107th Airlift Wing, and nearly 800 jobs associated with the unit based at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.