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"NYPA assistance is critically important, however, it obviously does not resolve the ongoing issue with the Seneca Nation," Dyster said. "The $13 million spin-up does not solve all of the city's issues and no one is pretending it will. Arbitration is still ongoing and there are long-term questions that need to be answered. I am assured the state will continue to explore ways to assist the city of Niagara Falls and look forward to working with our state representatives in seeking solutions to the outstanding issues."
Dyster delayed presentation of his proposed 2013 spending plan for several weeks, insisting that he needed additional time to put together what he described as a "disaster" budget for the city.
On Friday, Dyster suggested the extra time was needed to finalize the power authority's assistance package. Dyster indicated that the deal was originally expected to be considered as part of the board of trustees' Oct. 29 meeting, but Hurricane Sandy forced the session to be cancelled, prompting Dyster to delay his budget presentation beyond the Nov. 1 deadline.
"I hope the council and the public now understands that negotiating this agreement affected the timeliness of the 2013 budget presentation," Dyster said. "If we could have announced this initiative weeks ago, it would have changed the budget projections and timeline."