Articles by: Tony Farina

Near neighbors in Westchester County (in fact, Gov. Cuomo was known to drop in unannounced on his motorcycle), Joe Percoco (left) is on trial for corruption, a trial which features another top Cuomo aide, Todd Howe (right) as the star witness.

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

Councilman Chris Voccio is sponsoring a key resolution.

Falls Lawmakers to Push City to Shave Expenses

Niagara Falls January 12, 2018 at 5:48 am

Resolution Expected to Pass Unanimously      Still hoping for a resolution to the gaming dispute in months, not years, Niagara Falls city lawmakers nonetheless are attempting to brace for an uncertain future by sending a message to the Dyster administration and city workers that the city needs to take actionRead 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

Economic Aid to Niagara Falls in State Budget Still Unclear

Economic Aid to Niagara Falls in State Budget Still Unclear

Niagara Falls, News April 7, 2017 at 1:23 am

By Tony Farina   With the state budget being passed in bits and pieces in Albany, it is difficult to figure out how much real money will be flowing to municipalities like Niagara Falls when all is said and done. Assemblyman Angelo Morinello (R. C. – Niagara Falls), said WednesdayRead More

Dyster ‘Surprised’ Council on Tentative Fire Union Deal

Dyster ‘Surprised’ Council on Tentative Fire Union Deal

Niagara Falls, News April 7, 2017 at 1:22 am

By Tony Farina It appears that Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster may sometimes need to be reminded that municipal government is more than just a chief executive, it also includes five lawmakers who are elected–just like him–by the residents of the city to protect their financial interests and provide safeRead More

James Cancemi
...seeking third term as school board president

Cancemi Excited About School District’s Progress, Wants Another Term as Board President

Niagara Falls, News April 7, 2017 at 1:19 am

By Tony Farina   Retired Niagara Falls special education teacher James Cancemi is seeking his third five-year term as president of the Niagara Falls Board of Education in next month’s election, and despite his long tenure in the unpaid position, there is no sign he is ready to leave. “We’reRead More

Ortt Says He Was Victim in Grand Jury Appearance

Ortt Says He Was Victim in Grand Jury Appearance

News April 2, 2017 at 2:19 pm

By Tony Farina   State Sen. Robert Ott (R.- North Tonawanda) is keeping up his offensive against State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this week, claiming felony indictments filed against him last week should be dismissed because he was effectively blocked from addressing the charges against him during his grand juryRead More

Gaming Dispute Takes Back Seat to Budget

Gaming Dispute Takes Back Seat to Budget

News April 2, 2017 at 2:16 pm

By Tony Farina The developing crisis between the Seneca Nation and the state in the gaming dispute over revenue sharing payments is taking a back seat these days to the budget negotiations in Albany as lawmakers and the governor try to meet the April 1 budget deadline. “It is definitelyRead More

Goat Island Lodge Plan Could Be Coming Soon

Goat Island Lodge Plan Could Be Coming Soon

News April 2, 2017 at 2:12 pm

By Tony Farina It was only a few weeks ago that the state plan to build a “world-class lodge” on Goat Island State Park was swirling in controversy as the Niagara Falls Council and the Niagara County Legislature voiced strong opposition to the idea of marring the pristine beauty ofRead More

State Grand Jury Focusing on Maziarz Campaign Fund

State Grand Jury Focusing on Maziarz Campaign Fund

News March 2, 2017 at 10:47 pm

I reported last October that the State Attorney General’s office was focusing squarely on the campaign account of former State Sen. George Maziarz and the former senator himself, and we have now learned that subpoenas have been issued in that investigation and evidence could be presented to a grand juryRead More

Gov. Cuomo sizes up the share of tourist dollars that will accrue to downtown Niagara Falls businesses after his Niagara Lodge is built in the state park, as his state development honcho, transplanted Brooklynite Howard Zemsky, looks on.

Lots of Mystery Surrounds Goat Island Lodge Plan

Niagara Falls March 2, 2017 at 2:46 am

What did Sam Hoyt say to Dennis Virtuoso last Tuesday in a phone call to convince the Niagara County legislator from Niagara Falls to pull his resolution opposing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial plan to build a world class lodge on Goat Island? Well, true to form, Hoyt, regional vice presidentRead More

Jeff Flach (left) with Niagara Hub's "Soapbox" host Craig Avery.

Flach to Challenge Virtuoso

News March 2, 2017 at 12:34 am

A decorated Iraq war veteran and the owner of the Gorge View Hostel has announced his candidacy for the 6th District Niagara County Legislative seat now held by Democrat Dennis Virtuoso. Jeffery Flach, who has the full support of Niagara Falls City Republican Chairman Bill Carroll, returned to Niagara FallsRead More

A. J. Verel   Sheriff Tim Howard
...sheriff will swear in Verel at Judges and Police event

Verel Begins Second Term as President of Judges and Police Conference

Community News February 23, 2017 at 7:54 am

Martial Arts Hall of Fame member A. J. Verel will be sworn in for his second term as president of the Judges and Police Conference of Erie County this week (Thursday, Feb. 23) at Doc Sullivans, 474 Abbott Rd., South Buffalo. Officers and club members will be sworn in byRead More

Dennis Virtuoso (above) takes the lead in opposing the development of a lodge in Goat Island.

Cuomo’s Goat Island ‘World Class Lodge’ Under Fire

State and National News February 15, 2017 at 11:54 pm

            The governor’s Goat Island lodge plan, rolled out during one of his State of the State speeches in Amherst last month, is coming under strong attack from Niagara Falls legislators.            Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it is time for a “world class lodge” on GoatRead More

Roscetti Fundraiser Draws Overflow Crowd

Roscetti Fundraiser Draws Overflow Crowd

Niagara Falls February 3, 2017 at 2:08 am

By Tony Farina It was a full house last Thursday at the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion for Alan Roscetti’s kickoff fundraiser in his campaign for Niagara Falls City Court judge. Roscetti, a 37-year-old Niagara County public defender and private practice attorney, is running for the seat currently held by JudgeRead More

Niagara Falls Councilman Andy Touma

Cuomo Promises No Sure Thing; City Must Help Itself

Niagara Falls January 26, 2017 at 9:42 am

Gov. Andrew Cuomo rode into Niagara Falls this week full of promises about using state funds from his Buffalo Billion Squared Initiative in his proposed 2017 budget to reclaim underused and vacant property near the state park, an investment he says that will pay dividends for the city. While itRead More

Memorial Gala a Ringing Success

Memorial Gala a Ringing Success

Niagara Falls January 19, 2017 at 5:02 am

The Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s marquee event, the Premier, was a star-studded success last Saturday night at the Seneca Niagara Casino, attracting close to 1,000 people who clearly had a wonderful time contributing and mingling with some of the area’s biggest names as well as many guests from theRead More

NFMMC Chairman Memorial Chairman James Roscetti (pictured with Dr. Sujatha Addagatla)

Memorial Gala to Honor Roscetti, Dr. Chandan

Community News January 12, 2017 at 6:41 am

It is a special night. The annual black tie gala sponsored by the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s Foundation will be held Saturday at the Seneca Niagara Casino, and will honor two of the area’s best, a medical professional and a veteran lawyer who have distinguished themselves with their contributionsRead More

Defendant Walker Elected Chairman; Touma Weighs Future

Defendant Walker Elected Chairman; Touma Weighs Future

Niagara Falls January 12, 2017 at 6:37 am

“Could only happen in Niagara Falls!” That’s what people were saying this week after Councilman Charles Walker – who is still dealing with four misdemeanor charges brought by the state attorney general for allegedly failing to file campaign finance reports – was elected to either his third or fourth two-yearRead More

Attorney Robert Restaino... looking down the road at possible mayoral run

It May be Early, But Restaino Clearly Eyeing Mayoral Run

Niagara Falls January 6, 2017 at 12:03 am

      Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster won a third term in 2015, but barely.       Dyster, who had been harshly criticized by former Council President Glenn Choolokian on his handling of city finances and the secretive Hamister hotel project among other development broken promises, defeated Choolokian by aRead More

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