Jan 24, 2017|
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That Niagara Falls mayor Paul placed her he's with us live this morning at Governor Cuomo was in your city yesterday cut the ribbon on another new hotel there. Pledging further investment in the city did a feeling he'll be back a lot. I don't will be debt clock because they know what projects are coming it's amazing we've hit three new hotels are open up. Since the announcement was made to funds that we overweight project removal part of the Robert Moses parkway about the false inside even done yet right so I know there's another hotel which already under construction there. Of course I am mr. hotels under construction. Well there's an Arab peace process that's been completed for the Alltel Niagara so we think that that's going to be. Awarded to a preferred developer in the near future. I am the wonderful also project. You know I'm not a direct party to negotiations but it seems to me like they're getting very close. To complete the development agreement there so are we get and actually done a ribbon cutting for who train station yet so it's quite a long was the project. It seems like the falls got a little bit more attention than they usually do in the budget this time around could you highlight may be a couple of the things that year. Excited to hear about that error proposals you're hoping will go through. Welcome while this round of applause from the crowd. He won the governor talked about. The state land acquisition plan but but we know that a lot of development has occurred in Niagara Falls. Anyone who's followed with all through the years know that one of the factors that is always how bad development not the fault is that you have. Are relatively large amount of acreage that's helped by and I don't want to impugn motives here but you know once opposes speculators rather than developers to. Who were either. Unable or unwilling to develop land woke everything but that is now getting developed and you're you're gonna have a downtown that consists of shiny new projects in vacant lots all. That was set an artificial ceiling on development in Niagara Falls when something is done to change at and so. In the governors outlined program we're going to be set aside to try to purchase these properties for subsequent are both of our key. Are in the course if you're one of those landowners whose been asking C ten times what the Landis worked the offer a number of years. Behind the governors. Are acquisition strategy. Us inside threat the state may simply take the land can count on court to sign a fair value and the equipment that is to put fire. Under a number of these landowners that. Some pieces of help on the properties for decades. Then our mayor when you've watched development of Buffalo's canal side over the last several years. Did finally feel now like you're getting your turn. Well you know we get excited and economic development here in that you we were courting a lot of the same developers frankly that hooked on these great projects to buffalo and duct. I wonder if things haven't gone the way they did in buffalo would go how would sent ski between a project in Niagara Falls instead of being head of EST. Buffalo took off in a way that I think needed. You get the call trust be competitive pure Niagara Falls with the attention of the same group of developers was easy for them to just two projects closer to home. But this site yesterday one of the things that's been very successful for us. Is directed investments from Canada and this is amazing because it's called that time with a Canadian currency has fallen. And so to invest in agriculture you have to overcome the loss from the transferred the currency right at the beginning of the the transaction and yet the northern investment funds are continuing to comment. A what's your understanding on these proposals they still need to be approved the budget process still needs to happen. Are you hopeful that. You know land acquisition things that impact Niagara Falls will be able to stay in the budget as this process goes along what have you been told. Well I thought that the governor would be good argument I vehicle that all of my remarks to the press yesterday. No we don't want here in Western New York not involved quote not enact a false. Are new to beat the poor relations that are always set the door asking for a handout right. And we did that I'm afraid it from the perspective of downstate for a long time. It ordered to change that we need investment. I think downstate can't expect the cardinal Western New York to somehow grow based on fairy dust right. Are we hit great ideas we've hit great planning to talk about. I hold the work that's been done to connect the city awful to waterfront we were doing that planning work here in Niagara Falls for many many years the one element. That was missing what state spending to prime the pomp and now that that happened. As you can see from yesterday's announcement. The private sector investment has been coming and the argument that I mean now to a succession. Of the New York governor's going back to George Pataki. Is there at Niagara Falls is either going to be engine pull the state forward for anchor that holds it back and you'd much rather hit an engine business income. Now wall said they were alleged to join us thanks. That's Niagara Falls mayor Paul thanks to.