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Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster

 

User Fee for Garbage Pickup Possibly in the Works by Dyster Administration

 

By: Frank Parlato

Analysis

Because of his lack of executive ability, Mayor Paul Dyster allowed Gov. Andrew Cuomo to renew the Seneca compact in Niagara Falls without remembering to put in a requirement for the Senecas to pay anything to the city.

The Senecas operate a tax-free casino, gas station, smoke shop and stores in downtown Niagara Falls.

The Seneca used to pay the city $16 million per year. Dyster lost that.

Now the city is facing a huge deficit

Can you imagine? Dyster let Gov. Cuomo get the compact renewed without ever asking – ‘Hey, Gov. – what does the city I represent get?’

Dyster’s blunder cost $16 million per year and nobody says nothing. It will take a lot to overcome Dyster’s blunder.

Even before he fumbled, Niagara Falls was one of the most poorly governed cities. Where else can you find a city with the greatest natural hydro power in the world and the most famous waterfalls, which 8 million tourists come to see every year – that is utterly broke and has the highest crime in the state and the highest taxes?

The city already had super high expenses before Dyster fumbled away $16 million per year.

Similar sized and larger cities like Binghamton, Troy, Utica, and Schenectady all have lower costs.

Niagara Falls’ expenses are $91.4 million (for a population of 47,000).

Schenectady [66,000 people] spends less – $85.2 million. Troy [48,000] spends almost $20 million less — $73.6 million. Utica [60,000] spends $72.4 million. Binghamton [47,000] – the same size as Niagara Falls – spends $25 million less – $65.3 million.

But Dyster is a spender. A tax and spender. Because of that and his colossal Seneca blunder, the city will have a huge deficit.

So, what are we going to do?

The city council came up with some ideas:

Get city employees to contribute more to health insurance.

Cut expenses.

Eliminate positions through retirement.

Enter into Shared Service agreements with local municipalities and the school district.

Consolidate departments.

Change to LED lighting throughout the city.

Dyster has better ideas: Raise taxes and charge residents, businesses and not for profits – a user tax for garbage collection.

If everyone paid $200-$300 per year more for garbage pickup, it could cut a little into the deficit – making up for about 25 percent of what Dyster lost for us with the Senecas.

It is no joke. Dyster wants to keep this on the down low for now. But he has already presented his plan for a new garbage fee at the first “Let’s Talk Budget” meeting.

Garbage in, garbage out, could be

Dyster’s motto.

It was always a stupid plan.

His topsy-turvy 64 -gallon garbage

totes and 96-gallon recyclable totes

is exactly the opposite of all neighboring communities.

It is the most restrictive garbage plan in the area.

Pre-Dyster, people could throw out as many bags or cans as a household needed.

But Dyster said it would save taxpayers money. Dyster said increased recycling would bring down the cost of garbage collection. The city would save $500,000 a year.

The program went into effect August 2014. Dyster’s promise of saving taxpayers was pure garbage.

In 2013, the last year prior to Dyster’s new garbage plan, the city paid Modern Disposal $2.9 million for trash collection.  In 2014, it cost the city $3.1 million.  Now it’s $3.7 million.

Typical Dyster. Whatever he says or does, it always costs more.  And nobody holds him accountable.

If Dyster gets his way, on top of the already high taxes people pay here for his sickly bloated government – residents are going to pay another $3.7 million in user fees.

And no one will hold him accountable.

See you at the casino.

7 Comments

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  2. Klink: “Dyster, you dummkopf!!!”

  3. SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH NIAGARA FALLS—WE NEED TO PAY FOR TRASH PICK UP B/C THE MAYOR PUT $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ IN HIS MANY BANK ACCOUNTS==I MOVING OUT OF THIS CITY AS SOON AS I CAN

  4. John russell says:

    Is this idiot off his rocker! We the taxpayers are NOT going to pay any more for his failure to be able to run this this city. Let me start off by saying, thank you to all the democrats that put him in a second term! Why don’t you try voting person over party sometime and we wouldn’t be in this mess! This man couldn’t run a 7-11 let alone a city! If he had a backbone, he would be playing hardball with the senacas. Get this deal done on your own without your buddy in Albany since he seems to have no interest in fixing the mess he created as well. I as a taxpayer, would rather pay a one time fence tax and pay for the fence to be put up around the casino property! Give them 48 hours to exit, and there will be no more entrance until the city receives all the money due them since they stopped paying. And the sit down and update the contract. Hit where it counts, in the pocket book. No customers, they’ll renegotiate! It’s time to play hardball Mr. Dyster and city council! Stop trying to screw your 47,000 citizens and go after the source that is getting a complete free ride right now!

  5. Dyster and Cuomo have done something historic. They’ve negotiated the ONE AND ONLY contract with American Indians where the Indians came out on top!

  6. Why do we have to pay for Dysters mistakes all the time. We are paying for the train station which is used very seldom, the sculpture, the garbage tots and now he wants to charge us for using them. He needs to be removed from office.

  7. Get him 5ge he’ll out of office, he’s killing us and the falls

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