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“I also wanted to make sure that we got the $60,000 for Gill Creek Park to match the school district,” he said.
Piccirillo has asked the council to allow him to present at the past two council meetings in a series of emails to the council’s office, but has not been permitted to explain the budget to the public at the meetings. He has again put in a request to present his budget at Monday’s council meeting but has yet to receive any indication as to whether he will be given the opportunity.
“Why does this have to be last minute?” Piccirillo said. “This is disappointing. Why can’t I present the budget?”
Fruscione said he will confer with the other council members before deciding whether Piccirillo will be given the opportunity to present the budget at Monday’s meeting.
“We’re going to let the public speak first,” Fruscione said.
Norma Higgs, a member of the Niagara Falls Block Club Council, said she feels shut out of what should be a very open and public process.
“There was no opportunity for public input,” she said.
Higgs, who attended one of the Community Development sessions this summer to give input on behalf of the block clubs, said she is also disappointed to see money being taken way from the library and ZOOM team to go to the hospital for an entrance upgrade.
“The hospital has gotten money every single year,” she said. “We should be funding other projects too.”
Higgs is trying to organize members of various block clubs to take action against the changes, but fears there is not enough time to stop the city council from passing the budget at Monday’s meeting.
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