Niagara Falls City Council approves use of US bailout funds

Ten new vehicles worth $340,000 will be purchased for the city’s police department. The council also approved over $40,000 to upgrade fire stations.

NIAGARA FALLS, NY – Niagara Falls City Council has approved funding for several municipal projects using US bailout funds.

Ten new vehicles worth $340,000 will be purchased for the city’s police department. The council also approved more than $40,000 to upgrade the fire halls with new windows, as well as heating and air conditioning.

In addition, $3 million will go to the NFC Development Corp. for its grant program for minority and women-owned businesses.

Mayor Robert Restaino welcomed council’s approval of the funding.

“Niagara Falls police and firefighters are true examples of selfless community servants,” the mayor said in a statement. “They regularly put their lives on the line to keep our families and neighbors safe.

“In return, it is our duty as heads of government to ensure that they are able to do their jobs in the safest and most efficient way possible. I applaud the City Council of approved this funding, and I thank Congressman Brian Higgins for his efforts to secure this federal assistance.

Niagara Falls and Western New York leaders say the funding will help the city recover from the COVID pandemic.

“This is a multi-million dollar federal investment that supports small businesses and public safety in the City of Niagara Falls,” Higgins said. “US bailout funding is intended to help communities come back stronger after the pandemic.

“This plan, introduced by Mayor Restaino and approved by Council, makes sustainable investments in police and fire equipment while providing opportunities for women and minority-owned businesses to grow and prosper.”

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