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Niagara Falls State Park to Get Additional State Funds

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's two most-visited state parks are getting two of the biggest shares of the $89 million in additional funding the Legislature has approved to fix up the aging system of 178 parks and 35 historic sites.

Niagara Falls State Park is getting $25 million in New York Works capital projects funding approved late last month by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers as part of the $132 billion state budget.

Jones Beach State Park on Long Island is getting nearly $12 million. The Niagara Falls park had more than 8 million visitors last year, while Jones Beach topped 5 million.

Parks advocates say they're pleased about the additional funding, but they also caution that the parks agency itself has said it has a capital projects backlog of about $1 billion.

Seneca Casinos Summer Concert Lineup

Niagara Falls, NY - The Seneca Casinos have announced their "Summer Rush" line up for 2012 season.  Summer Rush takes place at the Seneca Niagara, Seneca Allegany, Seneca Buffalo Creek and Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course.  

    Big entertainment names such as Stevie Nicks, Larry the Cable Guy, and Billy Currington will be performing this summer along with the return of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" to Niagara Falls.  

    Tickets for shows are available at all Seneca Casino box offices and Ticketmaster.

Jobs Paid for By Falls Casino Cash Will Stay

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Niagara Falls leaders have decided to keep seven economic development jobs - paid for by casino revenue - that just isn't there.

Mayor Paul Dyster says the money will come out of the general fund rather than by casino cash.

Niagara Falls is owed an estimated $55 million in casino revenue, caught up in a dispute between the Seneca Nation and the state.

"There're going to be some difficult situations we'll face later on this year if this is not resolved," said Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster. "I don't in anyway want to downplay the seriousness of the situation. But I don't want these people to think that their jobs are on the chopping block, cause they're not."

Dyster says public safety is one area that could be affected by lack of casino revenue in the near future.

Because of the fiscal crisis, last week the city council imposed a freeze on hiring and discretionary spending.

Niagara University Offering Free Disaster Preparedness Workshop to Niagara County Residents

Border Community SERVICE of Niagara University is holding a workshop aimed at helping individuals and their families prepare for disaster situations.

“Preparing Makes Sense,” sponsored by the Countryside Community Neighborhood Watch (CCNW), will take place Wednesday, April 18, 2012, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Newfane Community Center, 2737 Main Street in Newfane. The event is free to citizens of Niagara County ages 16 and older. 

Seneca Casinos Unveil ‘Summer Rush’ for 2012

Seneca Casinos Unveil ‘Summer Rush’ for 2012

Seneca Casinos will deliver an unprecedented level of excitement this summer to the Western New York, Southern Ontario, and Northern Pennsylvania and Ohio regions with “Summer Rush” – a package of world-class entertainment, promotions and special events during June through early September.

Summer Rush takes place at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel in Salamanca, Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in Buffalo and Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course in Lewiston.  Just some of the many offerings include blockbuster entertainment performances by Stevie Nicks, Larry the Cable Guy, Joe Walsh and more; the return of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” to Niagara Falls, and; hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes with the most exciting casino promotions in the Northeast.

More Canadian Shoppers Expected With Duty Free Changes

NIAGARA FALLS, NY- Starting in June, Canadians will be able to do more shopping on this side of the border before getting hit with a duty tax.

According to estimates from Visit Buffalo Niagara, 3 million Canadians make shopping trips to Western New York each year. Now that the Canadian government is making a change to the duty free limits, officials expect even more Canadians to come across the border helping to boost the local economy.

Still No Timetable for Wallenda's Walk

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- There's still No Timetable for Daredevil Nik Wallenda's Walk over Niagara Falls.

It is scheduled for sometime this summer.  State Senator George Maziarz ( R-Newfane) explained that negotiations with TV networks that want to televise the event are what's holding up the announcement of a date.