Paul Dyster was born and raised in Niagara Falls. He has a PhD in International Relations and Law from Johns Hopkins University, and spent the first half of his career as a college professor. He directed the Catholic University of America’s International Affairs Program, and worked on arms control negotiations for the State Department in Geneva, Switzerland.Since 1992, he has been co‐owner with his wife Becky of Niagara Tradition, a distributor of supplies for beer and winemaking.
From 2000 to 2003, Paul served on the Niagara Falls City Council. He then served as president of the board of the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, as president and chairman of the Niagara Experience Center, on the board of Advancing Arts & Culture Buffalo Niagara, and on the executive board of the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. In 2005, he became chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Niagara River Greenway Commission. In 2006, he was named Citizen of the Year by the Niagara Gazette and Conservationist of the Year by the Niagara Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club.
In 2007, Paul was elected mayor of Niagara Falls in a landslide. He won almost 80% of the vote, and won in every electoral ward in the City.
He was re-elected in 2011, the first mayor in a quarter century to win re-election in Niagara Falls. He served on the Niagara War of 1812 Legacy Council. He currently serves on the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, and the boards of the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, Niagara County Brownfield Revitalization Corporation, and Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation. He is a regional director of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, and chairman of the boards of the Niagara Falls City Development Corporation and Niagara Falls Urban Renewal Agency.
Paul is the oldest of ten children. He has been married for 35 years to his wife, Rebecca (Lucchetti) Dyster. They have two adult sons, Bert and Ian, and live in Niagara Falls, NY.
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