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Mayor Paul Dyster has proposed a 2018 budget that raises taxes to make up for the loss of casino funding. The budget must still be approved by the City Council. A dispute between the state and Seneca Niagara Casino means about $12 million in cash flow to the city is in jeopardy. Dyster presented a budget that does not include casino fund revenues. His proposed $96 mi…

Town of Tonawanda

The City of Tonawanda Common Council adopted a local law which gives it permission to override the state-imposed 2 percent cap on the tax levy, if needed, for the city's 2018 budget. The city has exceeded the tax cap for three consecutive years. "We don't have any fluff," said Mayor Rick Davis. "If we make cuts it will affect services." He said other municipalitie…

Erie County

The Grand Island Town Board must decide whether to override the 2 percent state tax cap or dig into its fund balance to pay for sewer upgrades in its 2018 budget. The town's supervising accountant, Pam Barton, said the town must repay debt on $13 million in sewer upgrades, of which $10 million were state-mandated. That would increase the town's sewer costs by 20 percent…

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Kenmore  property taxes will rise by about $1 per $1,000 of assessed valuation under a village budget that trustees expect to adopt Tuesday. That would result in a tax bill of about $50 more for the average home in the village assessed at $50,000. The tentative spending in the budget would total $18.5 million, a 2 percent increase from the current budget of $17.8 mi…

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Possibly as soon as July 4, ride-hailing services including Uber and  Lyft are expected to be available in Buffalo and other upstate communities. And, for its many supporters, ride-hailing is long overdue. “We’re very excited we’ll be coming to Buffalo,” said Adrian Durbin, Lyft’s director of communications. Added Josh Gold, policy director from Uber:…

Politics

ASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer Monday delivered a "prebuttal" to President Trump's Tuesday night speech to Congress, portraying the president as a promise-breaker who has turned his back on his working-class supporters. But if Schumer is correct, the biggest promise Trump and the Republican Congress are likely to break will be one they made to t…

By Max Ehrenfreund WASHINGTON - Senators confirmed Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., to lead the Office of Management and Budget in a narrow vote Thursday morning, giving the congressman one of the most powerful positions in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet and the responsibility of reconciling the new administration’s conflicting spending priorities. The Senate confi…