NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Private donors have stepped forward, offering the money needed to help the City of Niagara Falls put on its annual fireworks show on the Fourth of July.
Council member Kenny Tompkins says the donors wanted to make sure the show could still go on.
The city still needs to work out a contract with a vendor to make it happen.
The City Council unanimously voted down a proposal to spend $25,000 on the display at Hyde Park.
Council members said the city's budget just won't allow it, citing the fact that the Seneca Niagara Casino hasn't paid Niagara Falls in more than a year because of a dispute with the state. But now they won't have to tap into that funding to pay for the show.
"I was approached by a local gentleman here, his name is Robert Restaino, he has a little 3-year-old granddaughter and he wants nothing more than to have the fireworks go on. So he's working with a group of private people and it sounds like we're going to be able to raise the money. I am going to reach to Skyworks to see if we can get a contract with them. We're in the early stages but I feel very confident we're going to be able to come forward and have fireworks this year at Hyde Park, with cooperation from the city but to be paid for by private donors," Tompkins (R) said.
A spokesperson for Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster says they're waiting to be notified and should know more in the next couple of days.