State news in brief

State buys 11 acres in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS (AP) — New York state is spending $25.7 million to buy 11 acres of property in downtown Niagara Falls where it wants to see more development.

USA Niagara Development Corporation’s board of directors on Wednesday approved the acquisition of 32 individual properties held primarily by local businessman Joseph Anderson. The purchase is part of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative to spur development in western New York.

State officials say they’ll work to secure mixed-use development that will complement nearby Niagara Falls State Park and other resources.

New safety rules enacted at waterfall

HAINES FALLS (AP) — New regulations are in effect at Kaaterskill Falls, a 230-foot two-tiered waterfall in the Catskills and one of the region’s most popular destinations for centuries.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says the rules and more than $1 million in safety improvements were needed because of a substantial increase in public use in recent years. There have been at least six fatal accidents and numerous injuries at the falls in the last decade.

Among other things, the new regulations prohibit people from going within six feet of cliff edges and prohibit entering the water within 150 feet upstream.

Safety improvements constructed over the past few years include an observation platform at the top of the falls, a 200-step stone staircase and a 200-foot cable handrail.