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Mayor of the City of Niagara Falls
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Paul Dyster

since January 1, 2008
Style His Honor
Term length Four years
Inaugural holder George B. Wright
Formation 1892
Salary $77,701 (2012)
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The office of mayor of Niagara Falls, New York is currently held by Paul Dyster. Prior to the establishment of the mayorship, the highest official in Niagara Falls was known as the "village president" and was held by Peter A. Porter in 1878.

List of village presidents

Name Picture Village Party Took office Left office Notes
General Parkhurst Whitney Village of Niagara Falls 1848 Whitney's son built the Whitney Mansion in Niagara Falls, New York in 1849.
Colonel John Fisk Village of Bellevue 1854 Fisk was an official of the Bellevue Land Company
Peter A. Porter Porter Village of Niagara Falls Republican 1878 1878 Also a member of the New York State Assembly in 1886 and 1887 and elected to the 60th United States Congress.
Colonel Charles P. Gaskill Village of Niagara Falls 1880s Gaskill's presidency was marked by firm enforcement of law and order.


  • In 1892, upon the establishment of the mayors office, the length of office was a one-year term.
  • In 1897, the term limit was changed to a two-year term.
  • In 1901, the term was changed again to begin on the third Tuesday of April. The mayor, as the chief executive officer, no longer voted or took part in council meetings. A president of the council was elected, along with the alderman from each of the six wards and four aldermen elected at large. The president of the Common Council assumed the tie-breaking vote and the "municipal year" was changed to begin on the third Tuesday of April.
  • In 1902, the New York State Legislature decided to change the political terms of local officials to coincide with the calendar year. The Niagara Falls Common Council opposed the change, but it passed and interrupted the first term of Mayor Hancock. Hancock's term began on April 15, 1902, but ended on Dec. 31, 1902. Upon his reelection, he began his second term on January 1, 1903.
  • In 1904, the Town of Niagara Falls and the Village of Niagara Falls were amalgamated to form the "City of Niagara Falls."
  • From 1916 to 1985, government in Niagara Falls consisted of a council of four members and a mayor. The mayor and council members were elected to four-year terms and they appointed the city manager, who ran the day-to-day operation of city government.
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