Assemblyman John Ceretto is advocating for the construction of a new convention center in downtown Niagara Falls. As ranking minority member of the Assembly Tourism Committee, Ceretto sees this convention center as crucial to bringing construction jobs to the region, and enhancing Niagara Falls' long-term status as a tourism hub in New York.
"Since becoming an assemblyman in 2010, continuing Niagara Falls' legacy as a tourist hotspot in our state has been a top priority of mine," Ceretto said. "Currently, our downtown lacks the type of major draw that would bring tourists and tourism dollars into the city during the cold-weather months. Building a convention center and multi-use arena in Niagara Falls would fill that void."
"The existence of a multi-use arena would also lead to the construction of more hotels and restaurants, bringing in big performers like Nik Wallenda, and creating good, year-round jobs for residents and building the type of thriving economy that makes a downtown attractive to both locals and tourists," Ceretto said. "As we continue to strengthen Niagara Falls' economy, an arena is another piece of the puzzle. Going forward, I will continue to use my role as ranking member of the Assembly Tourism Committee to make sure our region maintains its status as a premiere tourist destination in New York state."
Ceretto has been advocating for the arena for months with various state and local officials, including Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.