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Mayor Dyster delays Falls budget plan

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The October 1 deadline came and went without a proposed budget from Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, the first late budget for the Cataract City in 11 years.

Mayor Dyster sent a letter to the City Council yesterday afternoon informing them that he needed more time to complete the budget process.    

Dyster points out the casino compact dispute between the state and the Seneca Nation of Indians has shortchanged the city nearly $60 million over the past three years.

"We've been working very very hard with the city  comptroller, the city administrator, all of our department heads, to try to develop a balanced budget, given these very difficult circumstances," Dyster said.

"I want to make certain that we don't  leave any stone unturned."    

The mayor hopes to have a spending plan to present to the Council on or before their next scheduled meeting October 15.

There's no penalty for being late. He says it just leaves less time for the review process.

"But I think the principal here was that I would rather present the right budget to the Council than a fast         budget. And I think everyone understands that there's some very extraordinary circumstances we're trying to deal with."  

Dyster admits seeking assistance to the city's short-term cash flow problem from the Governor's office, but he wouldn't elaborate.