Niagara Gazette


August 2, 2013

EDITORIAL: Wasting time on Hamister hotel issue isn't helping the Falls


Niagara Gazette — Mayor Paul Dyster, council members Kristen Grandinetti and Charles Walker and officials from the state-run USA Niagara Development Corp. remain on board, arguing that it would not be wise to turn down developer Mark Hamister’s plan to invest $22 million of his own company’s money into the $25 million project. 

We’ve already offered our thoughts on the proposal which we believe will ultimately prove worthy of the city’s support. 

Now, what we would like to see is a return to a greater level of civility on the part of all parties involved.

We invite the council majority, the other two council members, the mayor and economic development officials from the state to take a break from all the rhetoric and renew their collective efforts to find a solution to this very serious issue. 

No matter what happens with the hotel project, it doesn’t benefit the city as a whole to allow a developer like Hamister to hang in the balance while the politics — the oh so often ugly Niagara Falls politics — to play out for all the world to see. 

If Cuomo and Snyder can find common ground after a four-year war of words, city officials should be able to come to terms after a few weeks of wrangling. 

During Wednesday’s press conference, Snyder closed with a prayer he said he recites to himself on a daily basis. The words are appropriate here.

“This is the beginning of a new day. The creator has given us this day to use as we will. We can waste it or use it for good.”

Ask yourself residents: How many more days can Niagara Falls, and the officials elected to lead the city, afford to waste?

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