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July 1, 2013

Federal authorities sign off on Falls train station plans, work could begin in the fall

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — And with the arrival of withheld casino revenues imminent — a result of the resolution of the gaming compact dispute between the Seneca Nation of Indians and New York state — the city will be able to use those to pay for the local match on the project as was originally planned, Dyster said.

This project will pay dividends far into the city’s future as the state and federal governments continue to invest in rail, he added.

“Eventually we’re going to be situated in a very sweet spot as the border crossing station for the high-speed rail line that will run from New York City to Toronto,” Dyster said.

Council Chairman Glenn Choolokian said he will be seeking clarification on some aspects of the project before making any decisions on whether to approve funding.

“There are still a lot of questions to be asked,” he said.

Choolokian said he has not been approached by the administration with plans regarding the project since the casino dispute had been resolved.

“We’ll see what they bring us and we’ll take it from there,” Choolokian said. “We’ve got to take it one step at a time.”

Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257

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