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September 19, 2013

Cuomo seals deal with Hamister for hotel project


Niagara Gazette —

State Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, said he handed Cuomo a note asking him to intervene in the stalled process when he came to Buffalo two weeks ago.

“In the next 48 hours this deal came together,” Maziarz said, thanking Cuomo for his involvement. Maziarz then pointed to a group of students from Niagara Falls High School that were in the audience and said such projects are important for ensuring that young people in Niagara Falls will have an opportunity to stay in their home town.

“Mark Hamister is going to give us a very great place to stay in the city of Niagara Falls,” Maziarz said. “I think our challenge, all of our challenge going forward, is to give Mark’s guests more to do in the city of Niagara Falls, more reasons to stay here even longer. That is the challenge of the future we have because it’s important to these Niagara Falls High School students that are here today.”

State Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-Lewiston, showered Cuomo with praise.

“Today’s visit by the governor is yet another sign that it’s a new day in Western New York everybody,” Ceretto said. “A new day.”

The project is a marker of the progress that will prevent young people in Western New York, like Ceretto’s daughter who moved south, from having to move away to find opportunity, he said.

“The Hamister announcement is yet another clear sign of the governor’s dedication to improving Western New York by capitalizing on our number one resource, Niagara Falls,” Ceretto said.



Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257

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