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July 8, 2013

NFR releases list of accomplishments in the Falls

Niagara Falls Redevelopment issued a press release on Monday detailing a list of its investments in the city to date and promising that it remains "aggressive" in its efforts to find development partners for the parcels it owns downtown. 

"We have made a long-term commitment to Niagara Falls, and we're proud to continue to invest in safety, security and community," said NFR's CEO Anthony Bergamo in the release which was issued by PRCG, a New York City communications firm. "We continue our aggressive search for development partners, with meetings and presentations occurring nearly every week."

NFR, which is owned by New York City real estate developer Howard Milstein, has, through its various affiliates, amassed more than 440 parcels in the downtown area under various development agreements with the city dating back to 1997. 

The company's release touted what was described as $60 million in investment in the Niagara Falls area as NFR continues its effort to "develop key parcels." It also highlighted the company's efforts in other areas, including contributions to local charitable causes and its oversight of operations at the Niagara Falls International Airport through its affiliate, Niagara Falls Aviation. 

"We believe in Niagara Falls," Bergamo said, "and believe the local community should continue to come together to create the right environment for economic development, tourism and jobs."

Mayor Paul Dyster said Monday he was not aware of the press release or its content. 

The city's relationship has at times been rocky with NFR. Last week, Dyster described the current relationship as being as "good as it has been in years." He said the city has been working harder to keep the line of communications open with NFR officials, relying largely on help from Robert Sweet, a representative from the non-profit group, the National Development Council, which Dyster said has been working with the city to advance various "larger scale, complex" projects. 

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