Articles by: Mike Hudson

Niagara Falls Jokes

Niagara Falls Jokes

Columns August 13, 2017 at 11:43 am

An employee at the Niagara Falls Water Board treatment plant on Buffalo Avenue was doing routine maintenance on a submersible pump in sedimentation basin #5 when he realized that, in order to prevent a catastrophic black water discharge into the Niagara River on a Saturday afternoon during the height ofRead More

A: The proposed site of Wonderfalls. B: One Niagara. C: The Seneca CasinoD: The Giacomo Hotel, E: The proposed site of the taxpayer subsidized Hamister hotel. F: The Niagara Falls State Park. G. The old Turtle Bldg. H: The Comfort Inn. I: The Old Hotel Niagara (vacant). J. City parking lot. K: Hard Rock Cafe.

Cuomo preparing to expand state park by seizing private property?

Niagara Falls July 27, 2017 at 3:26 am

Was the recent proposal by Niagara Falls Redevelopment to build a $205 million hotel on the site of the long-vacant Native American Center for the Living Arts, better known as “the Turtle,” designed to fend off a proposal by the state to seize it and other downtown properties under eminent domain?Read More

Seneca, state combining to take over, rob Niagara Falls

Seneca, state combining to take over, rob Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls July 27, 2017 at 3:25 am

How long will it take? That is, how long will it take before the Seneca Nation of Indians and the State of New York are in complete control of Niagara Falls. If Mayor Paul Dyster had his way, it would be sooner rather than later. Clearly, neither the Seneca norRead More

Most dangerous place upstate? Welcome to Dyster’s Niagara!

Most dangerous place upstate? Welcome to Dyster’s Niagara!

Niagara Falls July 27, 2017 at 3:14 am

Buffalo and Niagara Falls have been ranked the third and first most dangerous places to live in upstate New York, according to the latest data available from the FBI. Niagara Falls, of course, having the dubious honor of being first. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster’s efforts to tie the handsRead More

Bill Cowell

Buffalo Niagara film fest centers on Niagara Falls for a change!

Uncategorized July 27, 2017 at 3:08 am

Bill Cowell is a movie buff’s movie buff. Born and raised in Niagara Falls, he’s the boss of the Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival (BNFF) now celebrating its 11th season. “This season, we’re looking at capitalizing on the whole Niagara Falls legend and brand,” Mr. Cowell said. “It’s a locationRead More

Cuomo’s efforts at upstate development yield few results despite costing billions

Cuomo’s efforts at upstate development yield few results despite costing billions

State and National News July 20, 2017 at 4:04 am

Four new studies reveal that the $8 billion spent annually by the Cuomo administration on economic development – particularly upstate – has done relatively little to develop much in the way of attracting new industry, creating jobs or spurring economic growth. The studies, conducted by Pew Charitable Trusts, the W.E.Read More

Taxpayer ripoff at the Hotel Niagara:  “Buy high, sell low” new Cuomo motto

Taxpayer ripoff at the Hotel Niagara: “Buy high, sell low” new Cuomo motto

Niagara Falls July 20, 2017 at 4:00 am

“Buy low, sell high.” In the world of private investment, this time honored maxim – more than a century old and still used by brilliant business minds such as that of Warren Buffet – has been as good as gold. But the brilliant business minds currently controlling both New YorkRead More

LEWD BILLBOARD! Billboard brouhaha breaks out in downtown North Tonawanda

LEWD BILLBOARD! Billboard brouhaha breaks out in downtown North Tonawanda

Niagara County July 20, 2017 at 3:58 am

Two North Tonawanda officials have asked one of the nation’s largest outdoor advertising companies to take down what they call a lewd billboard after residents expressed shock at the ad’s adult content. The billboard – located on a prominent corner of North Tonawanda’s Webster Street in the city’s revitalized, family-friendlyRead More

Seneca gas prices competitive  with white owned stations here

Seneca gas prices competitive with white owned stations here

Niagara Falls July 20, 2017 at 3:08 am

While area gas station owners and politicians voiced concerns that the Seneca Nation of Indians would undercut gas prices at the recently opened gas station near the Seneca Niagara Casino, so far it hasn’t happened. Stations owned by Native Americans and located on reservations don’t have to pay taxes, whichRead More

Kristen Grandinetti

Grandinetti’s Buffalo fundraiser an insult to local city businesses

Niagara Falls July 20, 2017 at 3:02 am

Why does Kristen Grandinetti even bother to live in Niagara Falls? The cat hating, Facebook addicted, formerly Catholic city councilwoman – whose bed and breakfast operation on Memorial Parkway was found to be in violation of city codes – held a major fundraiser last week, but it wasn’t in NiagaraRead More

An open letter to Paul Dyster and Gov. Andrew Cuomo

An open letter to Paul Dyster and Gov. Andrew Cuomo

State and National News July 14, 2017 at 3:00 am

From the scandal plagued “Buffalo Billion” program to the outrageous expenditure of $43 million tax dollars on a new train station that might be obsolete in less than a year, and from the abrupt shutdown of the Moreland Ethics Commission to the hiring of a “city engineer” unlicensed to practiceRead More

Crowded field for three Council Seats

Crowded field for three Council Seats

Niagara Falls July 14, 2017 at 2:59 am

ess than two months until Voters decide No fewer than nine contenders will vie for three open seats on the Niagara Falls City Council this autumn, making the September primaries an “anything can happen” affair in which the job status of the two incumbents seeking re-election is anything but secure.Read More

Niagara County SPCA photo of Precious, a pit bull mix, who was allegedly starved nearly to death by Niagara Falls resident Timothy Neff over a period of months.

Accused dog abuser now target of ironic internet abuse himself

Community News July 14, 2017 at 2:56 am

The online outrage directed against Timothy Neff, who is facing felony animal cruelty charges in connection with the starvation of a pit bull mix named Precious, continues unabated. He was arrested on June 29 by Niagara Falls city policeman Dave Bowers, an outdoorsman with a love of animals. In additionRead More

Lonesome train on a lonesome track

Lonesome train on a lonesome track

Niagara Falls July 14, 2017 at 2:54 am

Dyster’s folly cost taxpayers millions What is there left to say about Mayor Paul Dyster’s new train station? That it was the biggest misuse of taxpayer money here in the last half century? Mayor Dyster and his cohort, governmental gadfly Tom DeSantis, dropped nearly $43 million into the project, whichRead More

  Trump wants to end Amtrak service  To Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Dyster silent

 Trump wants to end Amtrak service To Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Dyster silent

News July 6, 2017 at 6:12 pm

By Mike Hudson If President Donald Trump gets his way, long distance Amtrak passenger train service to Buffalo and Niagara Falls will be eliminated altogether, leaving just a commuter route linking the two struggling cities. And with both the House and the Senate controlled by Republicans – who have longRead More

Sam Archie

Three Open City Council Seats May Attract As Many As 10 Candidates

Niagara Falls May 18, 2017 at 6:18 pm

At least six contenders will vie for three open seats on the Niagara Falls City Council this autumn, and insiders say as many as eleven others are likely to announce before the July filing deadline. Charles Walker, a 20-year veteran of the Council, has decided not to seek re-election, whileRead More

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

Turmoil At Empire State Development Revealed In State Comptroller’s Audit

Niagara Falls May 18, 2017 at 6:16 pm

By Mike Hudson; State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s scathing audit report of the Empire State Development Corp. reveals an agency in crisis, one all but unaccountable to the people of New York or anyone else. Many here have long suspected that Empire State Development, headed up locally by former state assemblymanRead More

Moribund Wonderfalls back in news following DiCienzo’s harsh criticism

Moribund Wonderfalls back in news following DiCienzo’s harsh criticism

Niagara Falls May 18, 2017 at 6:15 pm

By Mike Hudson; Nearly three years ago, in August 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to town to announce a “transformational” $150 million project known as Wonderfalls Resort. Uniland Development and Delaware North would partner to build the project he said, which called for a 15-story tower, 300 hotel rooms, anRead More

Niagara Falls 2016; Another  year older, deeper in debt!

Niagara Falls 2016; Another year older, deeper in debt!

Niagara Falls December 22, 2016 at 4:37 am

2016, the year that began with Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster taking the oath of office for a historic third term, was in many ways a watershed year for the city. Numerous websites including MyLife.com, NeighborhoodScout.com and City-Data.com continued to assert that Niagara Falls was the “Most Dangerous City in New York” and one ofRead More

Paul Dyster with his idol Barack Obama.

Dyster may open floodgates for refugee welfare recipients, but will aid poverty industry immensely

News December 8, 2016 at 4:46 am

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster plan to aid in the resettlement efforts for up to 50 refugee families from the Middle East to the city will begin in earnest next year. “We have a very diverse community to start with and we just want to make certain people who comeRead More

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