Archive for February, 2018

 FBI DIRECTOR WRAY… NOW IT’S YOUR TURN, DO YOUR JOB!

 FBI DIRECTOR WRAY… NOW IT’S YOUR TURN, DO YOUR JOB!

Columns February 13, 2018 at 9:04 pm

The Right Side By J Gary DiLaura, FBI-RED The FBI had a Code of Conduct that all Agents were aware of, as we were all handed a FBI  Agent Handbook in training school at the FBI Academy. It was pretty inclusive. It explained in great detail what FBI Agents can andRead More

New Day, New Sheriffs: Niagara Falls Water Authority Makes Dramatic Changes

New Day, New Sheriffs: Niagara Falls Water Authority Makes Dramatic Changes

Local News February 9, 2018 at 5:39 am

Despite some recent bad publicity, including an embarrassing black-spill in the Niagara Gorge last summer, there seems to have been dramatic improvements at the Niagara Falls Water Authority. The Reporter has learned that two recently appointed board members have changed the way the authority is run, largely by taking aRead More

Former Niagara County DA Mike Violante

Ex-DA Violante sex harassment case settled for $335,000 (in case you didn’t know)

Community News February 9, 2018 at 3:15 am

In case you missed it, for the record, and because, if you are a resident of Niagara County, you probably helped pay for it: Niagara County settled the sexual harassment lawsuit against former DA Michael Violante for $335,000. It happened 10 months ago, and there has been hardly a wordRead More

What again? Council Secretary accused of submitting another ‘fake’ resume!

What again? Council Secretary accused of submitting another ‘fake’ resume!

Niagara Falls February 9, 2018 at 2:13 am

Former employer calls Diodate’s second resume ‘lies and nonsense’ After Mark Diodate was outed for submitting a “fake” resume for consideration for hire as Niagara Falls Council Secretary, his prospective council bosses allowed him to submit a second resume. The Reporter noted in an exclusive story in our last issueRead More

Strikingly, six months ago we correctly predicted that Niagara Falls unemployment would rise in 2017, simultaneous with better job numbers for the rest of the state. Dyster administration policies, combined with Albany's exploitation of our tourism resources, have resulted in the misery of joblessness here, the highest in New York State.

Niagara Falls December jobless rate soars over 8%

Local News February 9, 2018 at 1:31 am

Highest Unemployment in New York State While the United States has officially been at “full employment” for several months, as a nearly decade-long economic expansion continues, the situation here in Niagara Falls is bad and getting worse, according to figures released last week by the NYS Department of Labor. NiagaraRead More

Gearing Up for the Community Memorial Day Parade

Gearing Up for the Community Memorial Day Parade

Community News February 9, 2018 at 1:27 am

By Councilman Kenny Tompkins You wouldn’t know from the frigid temps and falling snow that in a mere three and a half months, we’ll host our third Community Memorial Day Parade. On Saturday, May 26, at 10 am, units will march from the City Market parking lot, up Pine Avenue,Read More

Was Lockport Mayor justified in not reappointing Deputy Clerk Browning?

Was Lockport Mayor justified in not reappointing Deputy Clerk Browning?

Local News February 9, 2018 at 1:08 am

Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey’s decision not to reappoint Shirley Browning to another 4-year term as Lockport’s Deputy City Clerk caused controversy last week. Mayor McCaffrey declined to reappoint Browning because, she said, it is a “public officer” position which requires Browning to live in Lockport. Browning moved down the canalRead More

Cuomo Soars Magically Over Clouds of Corruption

Cuomo Soars Magically Over Clouds of Corruption

News February 9, 2018 at 12:52 am

By Tony Farina        Gov. Andrew Cumo’s right-hand man used “ziti” as innocent slang for money, not as a covert code for ill-gotten gains, according to his defense attorney.           Now that’s worth some thought.  Imagine, Joseph Percoco, the governor’s former top man who is on trial for receiving more than $300,000 inRead More

The Diet of Lent – animal-free diet good for body and soul

The Diet of Lent – animal-free diet good for body and soul

Uncategorized February 9, 2018 at 12:47 am

By Nelson Gustavo Niagara Falls February 14th marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the wilderness. The call to abstain from eating animals is as current as the teaching of evangelical leader FranklinRead More

A City by the People: A Developing North Tonawanda Story

A City by the People: A Developing North Tonawanda Story

Community News February 9, 2018 at 12:47 am

By  Zachary S. Niemiec As someone who is originally from North Tonawanda, I’m proud of recent community action against the reestablishment of commercial truck routes on Robinson and Wheatfield Streets. In response to the considered change to commercial truck routes, North Tonawanda residents organized, sent letters, made phone calls, attended meetings, voicedRead More

 FISA WARRANTS ISSUED AGAINST CARTER PAGE UPON APPLICATION AND AFFIDAVIT BY THE FBI, DOJ

 FISA WARRANTS ISSUED AGAINST CARTER PAGE UPON APPLICATION AND AFFIDAVIT BY THE FBI, DOJ

Uncategorized February 8, 2018 at 10:36 pm

The Right Side  by J Gary DiLaura, FBI-RED I have read the Congressional Memo issued by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). Assuming that the memo is accurate since the cover letter to Chairman Devin Nunes is signed by Speaker Paul Ryan and Congressman Adam Schiff, I can safely explainRead More

“Be vewy, vewy quiet…” advises Sandwich Shop owner in emails to Reporter

“Be vewy, vewy quiet…” advises Sandwich Shop owner in emails to Reporter

News February 8, 2018 at 6:57 pm

  You’d think with the kind of no-holds-barred, hard hitting journalism practiced by the Reporter, we’d receive a lot more flack, or possibly even death threats, from certain individuals unhappy with one or more aspects of our reporting. So you can imagine how thrilled we were when some decidedly negativeRead More

October 05, 2017-North Tonawanda, NY- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announces that four Western New York communities have been selected to receive up to $10 million in funding from the Buffalo Billion II initiative. The City of Dunkirk, City of North Tonawanda, City of Lackawanna and Village of Gowanda are recipients of Smart Growth Community Funds for projects that utilize existing infrastructure to support placemaking, walkable communities and sustainable development.

N.T. Council Shades Solar Panel Resolution, Water Treatment Upgrades on Tap for NT/Lockport

Community News February 8, 2018 at 6:12 pm

A position in North Tonawanda city government vacant since Election Day, and one of two full-time positions in the mayor’s office, that of Assistant to the Mayor, has been filled by David Divirgilio, who will earn $45,000. Mr. Divirgilio had previously worked for the city briefly in 2017 as aRead More

NYS Comptroller: Town of Cambria borrowed $1 M in “unneeded debt”

NYS Comptroller: Town of Cambria borrowed $1 M in “unneeded debt”

Local News February 4, 2018 at 5:13 am

Cambria taxpayers paid interest on bond debt when Town had money in bank; state audit claims  The New York State Comptroller’s office released an audit last week that concludes the Town of Cambria borrowed about $1 million for two projects when it had money sitting in bank accounts, or hadRead More

The Why Coffee Shop: Celebrating More Than 45+ Years On Main Street

The Why Coffee Shop: Celebrating More Than 45+ Years On Main Street

Community News February 3, 2018 at 8:34 am

The Why Coffee Shop has been located at the intersection of Main Street and Portage Road in Niagara Falls since either late 1971 or 1972. There are very few businesses that can say that they have existed for 45+ years at the same address on Main Street in Niagara Falls,Read More

New Niagara Falls Community Center Public Meeting

New Niagara Falls Community Center Public Meeting

Community News February 2, 2018 at 8:43 pm

“The youth is our future,” responded Niagara Falls City Councilman Ezra Scott when asked what the driving force is behind building a new community center in Downtown Niagara Falls. The New Niagara Falls Community Center, a group established to develop a safe space for youth and families to use andRead More

Source: $1.5 million realized from Falls tax foreclosure auction; what will money be used for?

Source: $1.5 million realized from Falls tax foreclosure auction; what will money be used for?

Local News February 1, 2018 at 11:48 pm

By Frank Parlato; Hundreds of people turned out in Niagara Falls last December to buy homes, buildings, or vacant lots at the city’s tax foreclosure auction. The city reportedly auctioned off more than 320 properties seized from owners who failed to pay property taxes. A reliable city hall source tellRead More

Gordon Stewart III To Step Down as City Chair of the Niagara Falls Democratic Committee

Gordon Stewart III To Step Down as City Chair of the Niagara Falls Democratic Committee

Local News February 1, 2018 at 8:13 pm

The Niagara Reporter has just learned that Gordon Stewart III will step down as City Chair of the Niagara Falls City Committee over the next week. Mr. Stewart, who has been Chair for more than three years, said that it was a “family decision.” Democrat Suzanne M. Macri, current NiagaraRead More

GUEST VIEW: A Resident’s Response To Learning The Niagara Falls Police Station Is Closed On Weekends

GUEST VIEW: A Resident’s Response To Learning The Niagara Falls Police Station Is Closed On Weekends

Community News February 1, 2018 at 6:29 pm

The Niagara Falls Reporter received the following email from a concerned resident in Niagara Falls:   “Are you aware that the Niagara Falls Police Office is closed to the public on weekends? I had reason to take a lady to the police station at 5:10 p.m. this past Saturday toRead More

Councilman Chris Voccio

Councilman Voccio Schedules Business Roundtable Breakfast

Community News February 1, 2018 at 6:22 pm

Niagara Falls, NY – City Councilman Chris Voccio is hosting a breakfast roundtable discussion for business owners, managers and executives to get feedback on how the city of Niagara Falls can make it easier to do business here, foster business expansion and attract more investment and development. Dubbed the BusinessRead More

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