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Why I Voted for Ice Pavilion Renovation - But Paid For With Casino Cash

By Glenn Choolokian
Niagara Falls Council Member

March 10, 2015

Glenn Choolokian Niagara Falls Council Member

In the interest of harmony and seeing the project move forward, I voted in favor of the amended resolution to bond $3.1 million to repair the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion - now amended - to use casino cash - instead of taxpayer's cash to pay the bond.

Of course the project should have been pre-planned. The use of casino money should have been pre-budgeted yearly so that the completion of this project would never have been imperiled.

With that said, I wholeheartedly support our most excellent local attraction, the Ice Pavilion, its energetic and enthusiastic operator, Gene Carella, and this worthwhile city renovation project of it - that will make the Ice Pavilion operational all year long - even in summer - and will ensure that ice skaters and hockey players from far and wide will use it for years to come.

Lastly, I support, endorse, am enthused by our children and our neighbors - boys, girls, young and middle aged, men and women out on their skates - enjoying something Niagara Falls has to offer.

If that is not good use of casino cash I don't know what is.





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