Niagara Gazette

Local News

February 13, 2013

A week after cutting $30K from NACC, council majority unveils plan to use $75K for police efforts

Niagara Gazette — A trio of city lawmakers unveiled plans Wednesday to use contingency dollars and bed tax funds to support a new public safety initiative.

In a release issued from the city council's office, council Chairman Glenn Choolokian and fellow lawmakers Sam Fruscione and Robert Anderson Jr. announced that they intend to allocate $50,000 in council contingency funds and $25,000 in bed tax revenues to bolster community policing programs in 2013. 

The same group of lawmakers voted earlier this month to cut $30,000 in bed tax revenue originally earmarked for the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center on Pine Avenue as well as reduce the amount of city property tax revenue allocated to both the Niagara Falls Block Club Council and the Niagara Beautification Commission as part of this year's budget.

On Wednesday, members of the council majority said they are moving to direct additional city funds to the Niagara Falls Police Department as part of a plan outlined by new police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto who is looking to increase the number of officers on city streets, including those assigned to patrol cars and foot patrols.

"If our streets aren't safe, then none of us are safe," Anderson said in the statement. "We've decided that it's time to move forward with increased financial support for our police department.”

All three council members were criticized by dozens of residents and NACC users during the Feb. 4 meeting during which they voted to pull funding for the cultural center, block clubs and beautification commission. At the time, they argued that the community would be better used by re-allocating bed tax revenues from the NACC to a community policing initiative. During last year's budget deliberations, the council agreed to establish a contingency fund that allows them to oversee the dispersement of overtime funds as needed for police, code enforcement and other personnel this year. 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results