Archive for December, 2017

PLGGDN: Raniere’s latest heist of Bronfman money involved $20M cell phone scam meant to foil NSA & FBI; it followed commodities and LA real estate scams

PLGGDN: Raniere’s latest heist of Bronfman money involved $20M cell phone scam meant to foil NSA & FBI; it followed commodities and LA real estate scams

NXIVM December 31, 2017 at 4:13 am

By Frank Parlato;   One of the latest – perhaps the very latest – scamming of Clare and Sara Bronfman’s inherited money by cult leader Keith Raniere appears to be through a company called PLGGDN, [Plugged-In Technologies], in part, a high tech cell phone system Keith Raniere led in itsRead More

Raniere told followers ‘death threat’ [not law enforcement] made him leave for Mexico

Raniere told followers ‘death threat’ [not law enforcement] made him leave for Mexico

NXIVM December 28, 2017 at 5:19 pm

By Frank Parlato; Mystery explained:     What did Keith Raniere tell his followers in Albany that would explain him running away to Mexico that would not seem like an act of cowardice? The answer: He told his followers there was a death threat against him. From whom, or where,Read More

British surgeon who branded patients’ livers with his initials pleaded guilty to assault

British surgeon who branded patients’ livers with his initials pleaded guilty to assault

NXIVM December 26, 2017 at 7:14 pm

By Frank Parlato;   A British surgeon, Simon Bramhall, 53, pleaded guilty in Birmingham Crown Court this month to two counts of assault by beating after he used an electric beam — typically used to seal blood vessels — to mark “SB” into a man’s and woman’s livers during their transplantRead More

Contractor files lien against Sara Bronfman’s Albany mansion, claims heiress stiffed him out of $35k

Contractor files lien against Sara Bronfman’s Albany mansion, claims heiress stiffed him out of $35k

Uncategorized December 25, 2017 at 5:35 pm

By Frank Parlato; Contractors went to work on Sara Bronfman’s new home in Clifton Park. According to public records, filed with the Saratoga County Clerks’ office, a mechanic’s lien was filed by J. Snyder Builders LLC on the Albany area home of Sara Bronfman, heiress of the Seagram’s fortune, and devotedRead More

Raniere says famous forensic psychiatrist evaluated sorority; Park Dietz says he was not hired to evaluate sorority

Raniere says famous forensic psychiatrist evaluated sorority; Park Dietz says he was not hired to evaluate sorority

NXIVM December 25, 2017 at 6:41 am

  By Frank Parlato;   Since about 2010, India Oxenberg has been a member of  NXIVM. For a time, she commuted from LA to NXIVM headquarters in Albany, NY to attend their endless curriculum of expensive classes. Then, in September 2016, she moved to Albany, NY to become a full time workerRead More

Mexico: ‘And Now The End Is Near’: Alejandro Junco, Felipe Calderon Wade In to Topple Salinas, Raniere

Mexico: ‘And Now The End Is Near’: Alejandro Junco, Felipe Calderon Wade In to Topple Salinas, Raniere

NXIVM December 23, 2017 at 12:27 am

After months of holding back, media giant Alejandro Junco has made his first firm irrevocable public statement: Keith Raniere and Emiliano Salinas must be stopped in Mexico. He did not say it directly in words. He entered the arena by reprinting in Spanish the New York Times crippling expose of NXIVM,Read More

Exclusive: Bronfman reached out to ‘Crisis’ PR as well as lobbyists,

Exclusive: Bronfman reached out to ‘Crisis’ PR as well as lobbyists,

Uncategorized December 22, 2017 at 10:23 pm

By Frank Parlato; The New York Times reported yesterday, in connection to their damning report on Keith Raniere, “Federal Officials Reportedly Investigating Group here Women were Branded”,  that ‘In recent months, Nxivm has … attempted to hire lobbyists in Albany to represent it before politicians and regulators”. Frank Report has also learnedRead More

The Niagara Falls Water Board was significantly revamped at the top levels earlier this year, with the influential Nick Forster serving as common council representative. Forster says many of the problems the city is grappling with were ignored by the previous regimes. Photo by Joseph Kissel.

STORIES OF THE YEAR: Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:58 am

Tough year for Niagara Falls with water board, casino cash woes By Joe Kissel It’s not surprising that Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently snubbed Niagara Falls and rebuked calls for emergency state aid when that very same entity is contributing to this city’s downward spiral to a control board. Which means Niagara FallsRead More

Independence Party candidate Austin Tylec won an impressive victory in Niagara County, upsetting former Niagara county Manager Jeffrey Glatz and gaining a seat on N.T.'s monolithic common council. Photo by Joe Kissel.

Single-party Governance meets varying fates across Niagara County

Niagara County December 22, 2017 at 5:56 am

Legislature rewards itself with raises after election By Joe Kissel Single-party governance — which is never in the best interests of the people — is part of why Niagara Falls currently finds itself between a rock and a hard place. With the election of libertarian and registered Republican Chris VoccioRead More

An avid runner, Mr. Touma (right) enjoys 5k races. Unfortunately, this year's Boys & Girls Club race was cancelled due to lack of interest, while the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association's 5k race was scrapped last year. Maybe if Councilman Touma didn't vote to raise taxes, and waste money on Dyster's silly projects all the time, the city wouldn't be in such desperate straits.

Did Touma endorsement compromise Conservative Party ideals, and vice versa?

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:54 am

New York is one of only eight states that perpetuates the antiquated system of “electoral fusion,” an arrangement by which two or more political parties cross endorse a candidate, and of those eight states, it’s only commonly practiced here. As a result, several peculiarities that are unique to our electionsRead More

Council Chair Andrew Touma is "on board" with the Voccio resolution.

Community leaders talk about “changing the culture” but what does it mean and to whom?

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:50 am

By Joseph Kissel When the recently built $43 million train station provided lucrative employment for mostly out-of-city workers, residents from surrounding neighborhoods quickly noticed nobody from their community was employed at the site. “It’s a hard process and the biggest problem we have is to change the culture,” said outgoingRead More

Risky Sanabria, president of Local 714 Firefighters

Poison Pen letter is sneaky, vicious attack on Niagara Falls Firefighters

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:44 am

“You know there was a time when public servants really did care about the public they served,” the unsigned screed that arrived in the mail this week said, “Well I guess as the song says: ‘Those times they are a changin’.” “TAKE A LOOK AT THIS EXCERPT FROM A LETTERRead More

The stench plaguing Military Road and area residents is coming from more than just the landfill and it's importation of gympsum drywall, which generates noxious hydrogen sulfide. Photo by Joseph Kissel.

Stench from Allied landfill getting worse, impacting businesses on Military Road

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:40 am

By Joseph Kissel How bad does it have to get before the DEC steps in? For two years, the stench emanating from the Allied Landfill has been getting steadily worse. So much so, this summer tourists were seen retching by the side of the road as they hit the vileRead More

The $650,000 "Untroubled Waters" has generated backlash from residents but only time will tell how history and tourists will judge it. Photo by Joseph Kissel.

Falls, County react harshly to new “American” outdoor art installation, price tag

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:28 am

By Joseph Kissel It’s been a rough debut for artist Jeff Laramore’s “Untroubled Waters” in downtown Niagara Falls’ Centennial Circle. Hundreds of residents have commented through social media on the $619,000 final price tag as well as the interpretive nature of the piece, which is to commemorate the obscure BoundaryRead More

Another Laramore piece, this one in Indianapolis, also unencumbered by ugly traffic signs.

Reporter critical of Mayor Dyster’s “public art” from the start

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:24 am

There’s a saying that well sums up public opinion here in Niagara Falls with regards to the new Boundary Waters “public art” sculpture that was installed at the Rainbow Blvd. traffic circle last week – “Americans don’t act, they react.” “How could this happen?” people are now demanding of eachRead More

"Untroubled Waters" in its present location at Centennial Circle

New Statue Far From a Winner

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:20 am

“We need to look forward, not backward,” said Councilman-elect Chris Voccio in offering his restrained view of the nearly $620,000 metallic artwork now sitting 30 feet high—inside and somewhat blocked from view by a ring of traffic signs—at Centennial Circle.        The new artwork has ruffled some feathers given theRead More

AN EDUCATED GUESS… I PREDICT…

AN EDUCATED GUESS… I PREDICT…

Opinion December 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Right Side By J Gary DiLaura Without any direct information regarding any of what I am about to say, relying on my experience and gut feelings about several things, this is all my personal opinion. Regarding the Hillary investigation, I believe that the FBI under James Comey was theRead More

New York Times breaks the news: The DOJ/FBI investigating Raniere/NXIVM

New York Times breaks the news: The DOJ/FBI investigating Raniere/NXIVM

NXIVM December 21, 2017 at 5:48 pm

  Federal Officials Reportedly Investigating Group Where Women Were Branded   By BARRY MEIER and PAULINA VILLEGAS DEC. 21, 2017 As winter arrives, the winter of NXVM may be at hand. The New York Times and its distinguished investigative journalist Barry Meier have offered Expians a wonderful early Christmas present in theRead More

Leah Remini to investigate NXIVM on A&E; Sarah Edmondson may co-host episode

Leah Remini to investigate NXIVM on A&E; Sarah Edmondson may co-host episode

NXIVM December 19, 2017 at 7:18 pm

Scientology isn’t the only cult-like group Leah Remini is trying to expose Leah Remini will be back on A&E for a third season, and reportedly she will dedicate at least one episode to NXIVM. https://www.inquisitr.com/4687346/leah-remini-will-return-to-ae-to-investigate-jehovahs-witnesses-and-nxivm/ Leah Remini has been exposing Scientology on Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, which has been a success on A&E. TheRead More

NXIVM doctors, Danielle Roberts & Brandon Porter represented by top medical malpractice law firm; but NY State has not taken action yet

NXIVM doctors, Danielle Roberts & Brandon Porter represented by top medical malpractice law firm; but NY State has not taken action yet

NXIVM December 19, 2017 at 4:30 am

Two NXIVM doctors, Danielle Roberts and Brandon Porter, are represented by the law firm of Abrams Fensterman.  This large NYC law firm has a department devoted to representing physicians in the defense of medical malpractice, professional negligence and professional misconduct. The department is headed by Michael S. Kelton. Assisting Mr. Kelton are Jordan Fensterman, RobertRead More

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