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Niagara Falls mayor signs minority hiring policy

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster has signed a minority hiring policy that will apply to any economic development project costing more than $1 million that receives city assistance or incentives.

Developers would have to commit to specific goals for hiring minority workers, including graduates of the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative job training program and for using minority or woman-owned businesses as contractors. The City Council would vote on each agreement.

The policy was worked out over the past year with input from the Buffalo Niagara Building Trades, Laborers Local 91 and the State Labor Department, as well as the Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope, a faith-based civic group.

"This new pronouncement will ensure that future developments will be linked to the personal advancement of all residents regardless of color, neighborhood or station in life," Dyster said.

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