Niagara Falls may lose funds from federal program

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – The City of Niagara Falls is at risk of losing vital federal funding.

Senator Charles Schumer says the city could be cut off from the Community Development Block Grant program because the city’s population has slipped below 50,000. The program provides Niagara Falls with about $2 million each year, which is used for youth programs, crime prevention efforts, and cleaning up the city.

“When the mayor told us about this and city officials told us about this, I knew how devastating this could be. So I am here today to tell the people of the City of Niagara Falls that I will do anything I can to prevent legislative change and see that Niagara Falls continues to get its CDBG money, plain and simple,” Schumer said.

The city has used the grant to demolish more than 50 vacant buildings and improve dozens of storefronts.

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