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NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara Waterfront Revitalization Task Force will hold an informational meeting at 6 p.m. today in the Earl W. Brydges Library, 1425 Main St. on the status of waterfront planning for the Upper Niagara River.

City Councilman Paul A. Dyster, a member of the group, said the meeting will include updates on waterfront plans and the state's two-year pilot program to convert two lanes of the Robert Moses Parkway from vehicle to pedestrian and recreational use scheduled to begin in August. A "Niagara Heritage Walk" festival is planned this fall to take advantage of the newly opened gorge top and focus on the need to protect the riverfront. Volunteers will be able to sign up for various committees.

Dyster said with the announcement by the state about a potential Seneca Indian casino in the city, people have the impression that all waterfront and other community projects are on the back burner.

"That's not true. In fact, it is more important than ever to support plans to protect and improve our neighborhoods' quality of life and make our city's commercial districts more attractive family destinations. A casino alone is not going to solve our tourism problems, let alone other community issues. But, if we play our cards right, we can use this announcement to move our local agenda forward in cooperation with other levels of government."

The citizens' task force group is coordinating a series of educational outreach events focused on the parkway area between the Schoellkopf Geological Museum and the Devil's Hole.

County legislator hopeful to hold event

NIAGARA FALLS -- Richard L. Horn, a candidate for 3rd district county legislator, will hold a campaign fund-raiser at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Gagster's restaurant in the City Market.

Horn, former president of the city's Uniformed Fire Fighters Association, is a registered Democrat but has received endorsements from the Republican, Independence and Working Families parties.

His opponent, incumbent Samuel P. Granieri, is a Republican until after the election but has filed paperwork to switch to the Democratic Party, whose endorsement he has received.

Horn has been with the Fire Department for 22 years and is a former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service officer.

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