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January 31, 2013

At State of the City address, Dyster says Falls will overcome challenges

At State of the City address, Dyster says Falls will overcome challenges

Niagara Gazette — Mayor Paul Dyster delivered a message that he brought back from Washington, D.C. during his State of the City address.

Dyster, who visited the nation's capitol for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Presidential Inauguration in January, said he was moved by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer's recounting of a determined President Abraham Lincoln vowing to finish the long overdue and underfunded Capitol building.

Two years after Lincoln's promise the building was complete.

Standing inside the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, a project that many in the community doubted could be accomplished, in front of a crowd of community members, business leaders and politicians, Dyster compared Niagara Falls to the half-finished Capitol building, saying that despite the many challenges the city faces he believes those who bet against the Falls will end up “on the wrong side of history.”

"Our work may be half-finished, but have faith that through your efforts we will prosper and prevail," Dyster said. "Never give up."

The mayor concentrated on a few key areas including public safety, community development and economic development his fifth annual address.

The mayor announced new public safety initiatives designed to build upon the success that law enforcement saw in 2012 including;

• A "top to bottom" review of school safety and the implementation of a new Emergency Management Plan.

• A renewed effort to make community policing the hallmark of the Niagara falls Police Department.

• A new outreach program called Help Eliminate Armed Thugs, or HEAT, that will include an educational component and gun buy-back days.

Dyster said that despite the bad publicity that came with a series of horrendous murders, crime in Niagara Falls fell in almost every major statistical category.

"Strength, resilience and fundamental goodness of the people," Dyster said. "Those are our secret weapons in the war against crime and with the continued support of the people of the city of Niagara Falls we're going to come out on top."

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