Articles by: Mike Hudson

Keith Raniere

New York Times picks up Reporter story on NXIVM cult woman branding

Uncategorized October 20, 2017 at 5:58 am

Readers of the New York Times this week were treated to a series of blockbuster articles concerning the alleged torture and sexual exploitation of women at the hands of Keith Raniere and other high ranking members of his NXIVM cult. The revelations will come as no surprise to readers ofRead More

Probably the last time the Reporter will run this photo, since Ms. Grandinetti (L) and Mr. Walker (R) are leaving the council, but not before voting through Mayor Paul Dyster's huge tax increases.

An early Christmas for 300 city workers, Dyster, Grandinetti, Touma hand out raises

Niagara Falls October 20, 2017 at 5:56 am

With a recent state audit confirming that the city will be completely broke by December, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo stating unequivocally that no addition aid would be forthcoming in the wake of the abrupt end of cash from the Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and Councilmembers KristenRead More

Jingle Falls USA another accident waiting to happen for Dyster here

Jingle Falls USA another accident waiting to happen for Dyster here

Niagara Falls October 20, 2017 at 5:52 am

When an idea fails miserably twice in recent memory, why not try it a third time? That seems to be the logic being applied by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and John Percy’s publicly funded Destination Niagara USA in announcing yet another winter festival here, this one called “Jingle FallsRead More

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN - An old campaign ad presages the city's present budget predicament.

Dyster’s whopping tax increases to pass as Homeowners, Businesses take the fall

Niagara Falls October 20, 2017 at 5:50 am

The 2018 Niagara Falls city budget, otherwise known as Mayor Paul Dyster’s massive tax increase, has every chance of passing, despite the outcry raised by taxpayers in what is already the most highly taxed municipality in the state. At Monday night’s City Council meeting a vote was taken on aRead More

"I get sick of people saying, you know, well it's never been done here," remarked Rev. Darius Pridgen on a self-produced video promoting his Affordable Rent and Housing (ARH) program.

More Subsidized Housing on the way; Is it a Blessing, or a Curse?

Niagara Falls October 20, 2017 at 5:30 am

Another day, another scheme to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on low rent housing in a city already so vacant that private landlords are just giving up. You can’t throw a rock around here and not hit some politically connected insider with a yen to house the downtrodden and walkRead More

Water Board member Nick Forster and Gov. Cuomo in a 2013 photo.

Water Board: More pollution of mighty Niagara River inevitable

State and National News October 20, 2017 at 5:20 am

Ever since 2002, when then city councilman and now Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster spearheaded the creation of the Water Board here, it’s been one excuse after another. No water service to your house for months on end? Not our problem, the Water Board said. Sewage backing up in yourRead More

State DEC finally cracks down on Allied Waste, worse than skunks

State DEC finally cracks down on Allied Waste, worse than skunks

Niagara County October 20, 2017 at 5:12 am

Even stinkier than the skunk invasion written about just weeks ago on these pages, a smelly landfill rivals only the city’s own Buffalo Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant in terms of the putrid, nauseating stench that now blankets much of the city, particularly during the summer tourist season. Complaints about theRead More

Once upon a time, it was the White man who outfoxed the Native Americans. All that changed when Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Dyster arrived on the scene.

Gov. Cuomo delivers bad news to the Falls, Mayor Dyster remains silent in betrayal’s wake

Local News October 13, 2017 at 5:50 am

  The silence emanating from Mayor Paul Dyster’s office was deafening in the wake of a statement by his close personal friend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, that there will be no additional state aid for Niagara Falls in the wake of the botched casino compact extension the governor himself signed. LastRead More

Councilmembers Grandinetti and Touma are attempting to postpone the budget vote to raise your taxes until after the Nov. 7 election.

Grandinetti, Touma seek to postpone budget vote until after Council election

Niagara Falls October 13, 2017 at 5:40 am

 City Councilmembers Kristen Grandinetti and Andrew Touma have come up with what they think is a great idea, that is, defer consideration of Mayor Paul Dyster’s whopping proposed tax increase until after the November election. Niagara Falls is already the most highly taxed municipality in the state based on theRead More

The offensive blackwater discharge into the Niagara River nauseated thousands of tourists on the Maid of the Mist and surrounding parkland.

Raw sewage discharge into Niagara River unacceptable to Tourism Advisory Board

State and National News October 13, 2017 at 5:34 am

  Niagara Falls Tourism Advisory Board Chairman Pat Proctor is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore. Five times since July, tourists in Niagara Falls have been treated to the spectacle of foul smelling black sludge – untreated sewage – pouring into the river below theRead More

"A Council proclamation & Mayoral pin for Mary Ann Hess" proclaims Mayor Dyster on Twitter. Too bad hard-working business owners like Ms. Hess are about to get socked with a 14% tax increase, courtesy of the mayor and 4 of 5 councilmembers pictured here.

Dyster’s whopping tax increase born out of desperation at City Hall

Niagara Falls October 6, 2017 at 5:42 am

The most highly taxed city in the most highly taxed state in the entire country is about to get pricier, thanks to Niagara Falls, New York, Mayor Paul Dyster and the rubber stamp City Council majority that slavishly serves him. Over the nine years of his reign of error, theRead More

Dyster’s Water Board shifts blame after half inch of rain causes disaster

Dyster’s Water Board shifts blame after half inch of rain causes disaster

Niagara Falls October 6, 2017 at 5:30 am

For the third time since the end of July, a little bit of rain on Wednesday caused a major discharge of raw sewage from the Niagara Falls wastewater treatment plant into the Niagara River, the state Department of Environmental Conservation reported. The event came just two months after the lastRead More

Dyster’s Human Rights Commissioner defends her role in shooting spree

Dyster’s Human Rights Commissioner defends her role in shooting spree

Niagara Falls September 29, 2017 at 5:58 am

A member of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster’s Human Rights Commission, who was charged with first degree reckless endangerment, a felony, after allegedly firing a shotgun into the back of a car and then aiming at a nearby apartment window on September 25, took to the internet Tuesday to proclaimRead More

"We have good relationships with a lot of local leaders and the business community," Seneca Nation President Todd Gates told reporters, as council members look on.

Native American commentator likens Dyster’s dependency on casino cash to drug addiction

State and National News September 29, 2017 at 5:40 am

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, grandmasters of the idiotic Seneca Niagara casino agreement that gifted the tribe with a 20-year extension on their compact deal while forgetting to include any provision for the state or the city to receive any revenue whatsoever, are taking their lumpsRead More

Michael DiCienzo

DiCienzo water park initiative gains wide support despite Dyster, Cuomo’s disinterest

Niagara Falls September 29, 2017 at 5:15 am

Sometimes, even in Niagara Falls, the good guys can win one. Take the case of Michael DiCienzo, the prosperous owner of numerous hotels in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, New York, whose development plans here have repeatedly been thwarted by both Mayor Paul Dyster’s City Hall and Governor AndrewRead More

Somerset Supervisor Dan Engert

County taxpayers to benefit from new Health Care initiative, but not in Falls

Niagara County September 29, 2017 at 5:14 am

Take a wild guess. Which was the only municipality in Niagara County to opt out of a money saving, state health care consolidation and the lion’s share of a $15.8 million state grant to bring current costs for municipal employees health benefits back in line? If you guessed the cityRead More

NOT AGAIN!!!!!! Grandinetti lashes out at critics in meltdown Facebook posting

NOT AGAIN!!!!!! Grandinetti lashes out at critics in meltdown Facebook posting

Community News September 29, 2017 at 5:10 am

Kristen Grandinetti is angry. Very angry. “I am saddened by the amount of people who believe the nonsense they read,” she wrote on her Facebook page this week. “I don’t not appreciate being called a thief. I do not appreciate being accused of illegal activity.” Not for nothing, but theRead More

Seneca President Barry Snyder's smile is perhaps because he knows the renewed compact doesn't account for payments past this year, unlike the other two grinning fools.

Dyster blames Council for squandering Casino Cash as financial crisis looms

Niagara Falls September 22, 2017 at 5:42 am

The gall. The unmitigated gall. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, the man responsible for figuring casino revenue into the general fund budget and using it for everything from a failed winter festival to a series of expensive but half baked rock concerts, is now blaming the City Council for theRead More

Christopher Bohnenkamp, right, is shown in this 2015 photo with former co-owner of Niagara Jet Adventures, Mike Fox, at their Youngstown dock. Mr. Fox is now one of those suing Mr. Bohnenkamp.

Youngstown jet boat firm hits some unusually stormy seas

Niagara County September 22, 2017 at 5:32 am

Niagara Jet Adventures, the Youngstown firm that sought to challenge Lewiston’s Whirlpool Jetboat Tours, Hornblower Niagara Falls and even Jimmy Glynn’s incomprehensibly still-in-business Maid of the Mist franchise, has hit some extraordinarily rough water For starters, Christopher Bohnenkamp, founder of Niagara Jet Adventures, was sentenced last month to five yearsRead More

A skunk enjoys a meal from a garbage can. Skunks are experiencing a population explosion here in Niagara Falls.

Surfeit of Smelly Skunks overrun Niagara Falls, City Hall helpless

Community News September 22, 2017 at 5:04 am

  Here at the Niagara Falls Reporter, we’ve often said things stink at City Hall, speaking metaphorically and meaning the wholesale waste of taxpayer money, the sweetheart deals given to developers, consultants, law firms and construction companies which are unethical, if not illegal. But Councilman Kenny Tompkins is a literal guy.    Read More

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