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September 6, 2013

Mailer delivers anxiety for Hamister project


Niagara Gazette —

Fruscione said Thursday night he has always been supportive of the project and has asked questions of USA Niagara and the developer to ensure that city residents don’t get a raw deal.

“I definitely support the project,” he said. “I definitely support it going forward. I just need to put some protections in the agreement for the city. I think everything is going to turn out fine.”

Fruscione said he had no idea who had sent out the mailer and had never heard of the Western New York Progressive Caucus before being asked about the group by a Gazette reporter.

“I’ve never heard that name before,” he said.

Fruscione is running for reelection this fall and will face a primary for the Democratic line in the general election next week. He is up against fellow council members Kristen Grandinetti and Charles Walker and challenger Andrew Touma, who have all voiced strong support for the project as it has been proposed. The candidates are fighting for three available lines.

While he admitted issues surrounding the hotel project are not resolved at this point and the project’s future remains unclear, Dyster said he remains hopeful that it can still move forward.

“It’s still about shifting one or more members of the Niagara Falls City Council to get people to approve something that should have been approved when it first came up for a vote,” Dyster said. “That’s still the challenge that’s in front of us.”

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




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