Articles by: Anna Howard

Grandinetti Bursts Out Laughing At Friend’s Adolescent Hi Jinks At Council Meeting

Grandinetti Bursts Out Laughing At Friend’s Adolescent Hi Jinks At Council Meeting

Niagara Falls March 16, 2016 at 10:14 pm

  Niagara Falls – Last week, former Niagara Falls Mayor Vince Anello came before the council at their regularly scheduled meeting to speak at the podium during the public comment period known as “for the good of the city.” As he was speaking, in earnest tones, he was interrupted, oddly,Read More

Assemblywoman Wozniak admonished for pantless prodigies with male legislative aide

Assemblywoman Wozniak admonished for pantless prodigies with male legislative aide

State and National News March 9, 2016 at 9:41 pm

ALBANY — Following in the footsteps of her lusty predecessor, a vixenish but married assemblywoman from Cheektowaga is said to have exercised “incredibly poor judgment” by having a sordid sexual affair with her handsome male legislative aide. She has been admonished by the oxymoron-named New York State Assembly Ethics Committee.Read More

1969: man on the moon, a dry waterfall and a whole lot more

1969: man on the moon, a dry waterfall and a whole lot more

Uncategorized March 2, 2016 at 11:53 pm

On July 20, 1969 man landed on the moon as United States astronaut Neil Armstrong set foot on the lunar surface uttering those famous words, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Back here on earth, in Niagara Falls, the US Army Corps of EngineersRead More

Now that the casino cash has flown the coop the chickens are coming home to roost

Now that the casino cash has flown the coop the chickens are coming home to roost

Niagara Falls February 25, 2016 at 1:10 am

And so it begins. As the reality of the city debt and deficit sinks in – combined with the fact that the casino revenue is currently exhausted and dwindling for the coming years – city hall is frantically searching for ways to stem the tide of rapidly rising red ink.Read More

Mayor’s parking plan stalls as key questions go unanswered at council meeting

Mayor’s parking plan stalls as key questions go unanswered at council meeting

Niagara Falls February 24, 2016 at 9:42 pm

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster had hoped to push through his parking meter installation plan at the February 22 council meeting, but an unusually vocal group of residents pummeled the council and mayor with questions regarding operating costs of the parking plan. As a result the plan was votedRead More

The seven dead-on repairs for the city’s deadly fiscal sins

Niagara County, Columns, News February 17, 2016 at 11:47 pm

There’s two major differences between the seven point finance plan presented in this column and the finance plan recently offered by the council’s Financial Advisory Panel: The Reporter’s plan is both easily understood and easily implemented. No buzzwords. No double talk. Just straight forward remedies for the city’s sick fiscalRead More

Sincerity of finance panel’s call to stop irresponsible spending is questioned

Community News February 10, 2016 at 9:39 pm

It’s growing increasingly difficult to follow the bouncing ball – or hot potato – as the members of the city Finance Advisory Panel appear periodically in front of the council to lecture (chuckle) the council on fiscal integrity and the need (smirk) to suddenly begin counting the pennies and dimesRead More

The rest of the story: the mayor’s veto of council health insurance ‘ordinance’

Columns February 10, 2016 at 8:36 pm

Niagara Falls – Due to the nature of today’s subject matter we suggest you read this column very carefully as it deals with the mayor’s vetoing of the council’s attempt to modify a city ordinance as offered by well-intended rookie council member Ken Tompkins. The ordinance change would have endedRead More

Grandinetti offers Planned Parenthood proclamation; city teeters on brink

Columns February 5, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Here we go again bashing the city council in general and council member Kristen Grandinetti in particular. Well, what else is there to say or do when Niagara Falls is in the condition it’s in and the councilwoman crafts a resolution/proclamation honoring the outgoing chief of Buffalo Planned Parenthood? Ms.Read More

Did Dyster’s veto of council health insurance resolution exceed mayor’s powers?

Niagara Falls February 5, 2016 at 4:26 pm

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster recently vetoed a council resolution that would have ended free health insurance for all future council members. However, did the mayor violate the separation of council and mayor powers by issuing that veto? Informed sources have shared their thoughts on this matter with theRead More

Will Dyster roll, roll, roll the heads at city hall or won’t he?

Niagara Falls February 4, 2016 at 12:01 am

Six weeks ago the Reporter broke a story as to how Mayor Paul Dyster had served his department heads with letters requesting their loyalty in writing along with an updated resume. The department heads had to submit the resume if they hoped to keep their job for 2016. Other mediaRead More

The Reporter has consistently led the way on train station coverage and analysis

The Reporter has consistently led the way on train station coverage and analysis

Niagara Falls February 3, 2016 at 10:33 pm

It seems that the Reporter has become – maybe it always was – the Rodney Dangerfield of news reporting. Especially political news reporting. And this in spite of the fact that this paper consistently covers, breaks and editorializes on the uncomfortable issues that are routinely ignored or wished into theRead More

Dyster’s claim that health care benefits are necessary to attract council candidates is ridiculous

Dyster’s claim that health care benefits are necessary to attract council candidates is ridiculous

Niagara Falls February 3, 2016 at 10:22 pm

Last week the Reporter broke a story detailing how Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster had vetoed the recently passed council resolution ending the perk of taxpayer paid health insurance for future council members. While the mayor’s killing of the cost saving resolution has puzzled reporters and the general publicRead More

Keep an eye on Chemours Closing: Excuse to treat frackwater, hike taxes, water rates

Niagara Falls, News January 31, 2016 at 2:16 pm

Niagara Falls -Keep an eye on the Chemours closing. Chemours plans to close its Niagara Falls plant by the end of this  year, eliminating about 200 jobs at the Buffalo Avenue factory. The Niagara Falls plant makes reactive metals for specialty chemicals industries such as pharmaceutical, pulp and paper andRead More

When was the last time you did it?

When was the last time you did it?

Niagara Falls, News January 31, 2016 at 1:14 pm

There was a time when husbands and wives did it frequently. Lovers thought it was incredibly romantic to do over and over again. Sometimes they did it all night long and from city to city. When was the last time you did it? Ride the train, that is. Mayor PaulRead More

Dyster veto stops Tompkins’ council health insurance cost saving measure

Dyster veto stops Tompkins’ council health insurance cost saving measure

Niagara Falls, News January 28, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Niagara Falls – It didn’t take long for freshman councilman Kenny Tompkins to get a close up look at Mayor Paul Dyster’s veto pen. And from what we’re told Mr. Tompkins is not pleased at seeing the mayor – with a stroke of his seldom seen veto penRead More

Mayor Dyster DOES have a casino revenue spending plan: spend until the money is gone!

Mayor Dyster DOES have a casino revenue spending plan: spend until the money is gone!

Niagara Falls, Columns January 28, 2016 at 12:18 am

Last week the city reported that their share of casino revenue had dropped once again. While the city’s handle of the annual slot drop peaked around $22 million in recent years the new annual casino revenue reality is now about $5 million less…and dropping still. The city’s announcement of theRead More

Underground Railroad Interpretive Center casino funds defy transparency

Underground Railroad Interpretive Center casino funds defy transparency

Niagara Falls, News January 28, 2016 at 12:05 am

Niagara Falls – The Underground Railroad Commission has been receiving $350,000 per year in dedicated casino revenue since 2009. At $350,000 per year for seven years that’s a total of $2,450,000. The money is set aside annually out of the casino revenue account to support and promote the Underground RailroadRead More

Dyster administration has little interest in revealing casino account growth

Niagara Falls, News January 28, 2016 at 12:03 am

While great attention has been paid to the condition of the city’s casino revenue account, virtually nothing has been asked, much less revealed, as to how the city is using the interest earned by the many millions of casino revenue dollars that have been received and banked over the years.Read More

How has the casino revenue been abused, let us count the ways

How has the casino revenue been abused, let us count the ways

Niagara County, News January 28, 2016 at 12:01 am

What do tree stump removal, police overtime, engineering consultants, penguins, pothole patching and the train station all have in common? They were all supported with casino revenue over recent years. It’s strange, but true, that every one of these things – and a whole lot more – were deemed byRead More

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