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City of Niagara Falls has shuffled funds to pay for snow removal

Posted at 12:35 PM, Nov 14, 2019

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — We've already reached record lows and inches of snow in WNY and it's still November. The City of Niagara Falls has had to shuffle funds to pay for snow removal.

According to the DPW, the snow removal budget for salt, overtime and temporary wages has been exhausted due to storms earlier in the season.

Although the DPW says the budget has been exhausted, a spokesperson for the Niagara Falls Mayor's Office says it was expected and steps were taken to ensure there would be snow removal funding.

"We currently have around $35,000 available to us for snow removal through DPW budget lines that were not utilized during the summer months, not including $20,000 in additional savings."

The mayor's office spokesperson says there is a total of $55,000 of funding available for snow removal.

At last month's budget meeting, Mayor Paul Dyster announced that the city is in the red with a $4 million deficit.

7 Eyewitness News will speak to Mayor-Elect Bob Restaino about how he plans to handle this issue when he's in office.