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>93% of local casino revenues will go through city

NIAGARA FALLS -- Gov. George E. Pataki announced late Tuesday that he plans to sign a bill that would guide how millions of local casino revenues would be spent over the next 11 years -- with 93 percent going through City Hall.

The bill would amend state finance law regarding the 2002 compact with the Seneca Nation of Indians and the tribal-state revenue account, which receives at least 25 percent of slots revenues from the Seneca Niagara Casino.

It would guide local slots revenues from 2006 to 2016, sending 75 percent of revenues to the city to be spent on projects that "enhance economic development, neighborhood revitalization, public health and safety, and infrastructure improvement."

The city would also be responsible for allocating 5 1/2 percent, not to exceed $750,000, each to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Niagara Falls City School District for capital construction projects, as well as 7 percent to Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation to be spent on promoting the county.

The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency would receive the lesser of 7 percent or $1 million to be held in an escrow account for the planned new terminal at the Niagara Falls International Airport.

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>Mayor to discuss issues on call-in radio program

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Mayor Lawrence V. Soos will be on the Sal Paonessa show on WJJL AM 1440 from 10 to 11 a.m. today.

Soos will discuss economic development projects. To talk with the mayor, call 297-1059. The show is broadcast from The Summit, a mall on Williams Road in Wheatfield.

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>Heart Center is focus of local television show

NIAGARA FALLS -- Time Warner TV host Tom Christy will focus on cardiac health at 9:30 a.m. today when "Western New York Tonight" visits the Heart Center of Niagara at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Christy will undergo a non-invasive coronary angiogram and then review the results with Drs. Mark Perry and David Ludwig. He also will discuss the future of cardiac disease prevention and detection. The program airs on LCTV Channel 20 and will be repeated at 9:30 p.m. next Wednesday.

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