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Destino Speaks Out On His Untimely Firing by Dyster

Destino Speaks Out On His Untimely Firing by Dyster

Niagara Falls January 12, 2017 at 2:39 am

By Johnny Destino “(I)t is a terrible thing for a man to find out suddenly that all his life he has been speaking nothing but the truth. Can you forgive me?” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest When I accepted the position of Purchasing Agent with the city ofRead 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

‘Nuclear Lou’ rejects accuracy, notes omissions in Kratt’s ‘Niagara Falls in WW II’

‘Nuclear Lou’ rejects accuracy, notes omissions in Kratt’s ‘Niagara Falls in WW II’

Niagara Falls December 27, 2016 at 8:18 pm

By Lou Ricciuti; (Editor’s note: Lou Ricciuti has spent decades studying and evaluating the history of the nuclear industry in Niagara Falls in the mid 20th century and its lingering aftereffects.  Dubbed “Nuclear Lou” by admirers and critics alike, Ricciuti has been a voice in the wilderness for years. HisRead More

Alan Roscetti, Esq.

Alan Roscetti Highly Regarded as He Launches Bid for City Court

Niagara Falls December 23, 2016 at 12:53 am

      “The citizens of Niagara Falls would be hard-pressed to find a better candidate for a seat on the City Court bench than Alan Roscetti,” says longtime pharmacist Robert Kendzia when asked about the young man’s plans to run for an expected open seat next year on CityRead More

Remembering The Festival of Lights

Remembering The Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls December 23, 2016 at 12:50 am

By Robert Ventry; If the Festival of Lights were still held it would be in its 35th year. The first annual Festival of Lights was launched in 1981 as economic stimulant for the local economy. The event was used to draw visitors into the city during the winter, which manyRead 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

Delaware North's tacky food booths scattered throughout Niagara Falls State Park are among the numerous violations of Frederick Law Olmsted's plan.

Delaware North western meltdown makes for shocking comparisons with Niagara Falls State Park

Niagara Falls December 22, 2016 at 4:14 am

As part of an ongoing effort to acquaint our readers with some of the more unsavory aspects of the business and personal dealings of Buffalo billionaire Jeremy Jacobs and his family-held multinational corporation Delaware North, which has the exclusive rights to operate food and beverage concessions in Niagara Falls StateRead More

Niagara Falls writer Kratts documents Falls during WWII

Niagara Falls writer Kratts documents Falls during WWII

Niagara Falls December 22, 2016 at 1:19 am

For last minute Christmas shopping, consider the new book by Niagara Falls author and historian Michelle Ann Kratts, “Niagara Falls in World War II”. Niagara Falls, both a natural wonder and a tourist destination, played a prominent role on the homefront during the Second World War. Many men and womenRead More

While the natural beauty of the Niagara Gorge has been trashed in a thousand different ways, the unattractive Cuomo signs along the parkway just add insult to injury.

New Sign on Parkway shows Cuomo’s Contempt for City, Reporter, Feds

Niagara Falls December 16, 2016 at 1:09 am

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, through his associates at State Parks and the New York Power Authority, sometime over the past week perpetrated an act of such petty vindictiveness and blatant contempt for Niagara Falls that we thought it appropriate to come up with a special name for his attitude towards us.Read More

Nothing keeps a man warm better on a cold winter's night than a snootful of some intoxicating beverage. And what better time to get up and make a speech. Here (a very warm) Dyster appears at some taxpayer funded event to take credit for it.

Dyster always available for photo ops at taxpayer expense

Niagara Falls December 15, 2016 at 5:25 pm

A man for all seasons. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster sent out a press release to the local media (except the Reporter) to announce that there were “warming centers” for homeless people – which while taking credit in the press, he had, as far as we could determine, little toRead More

Ancient pictoglyphs on the closed lanes of the Niagara Scenic Parkway reveal that prehistoric cultures liked to run each other down with bicycles.

“Scenic” Parkway Detracts from Economy, Environment, Quality of Life

Niagara Falls December 8, 2016 at 2:23 am

Last March, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that a section of the north Robert Moses Parkway paralleling Whirlpool Street in the city will be removed, at a cost of $42 million. Perhaps the most interesting line of his press release was the following: “The project will remove an underutilized two-mile segmentRead More

10:10 am - two guys track in more dirt.

Never a Wait in line at new Niagara Falls Amtrak station

Niagara Falls December 8, 2016 at 2:09 am

Yesterday at 10 am, a mere 24 hours after the politicians and local media welcomed the first Amtrak train to the new Niagara Falls International Train Station, Intermodal Transportation Center and Customhouse Interpretive Center (“NFITSITCCIC”), we dropped in to snap some photos. The morning after, so to speak. First impressionRead More

Parlato’s Legacy Is There for All to See in Niagara Falls

Parlato’s Legacy Is There for All to See in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, Parlato Vs. US Govt. December 8, 2016 at 1:52 am

The One Niagara Welcome Center is located at 360 Rainbow Blvd. within  earshot of mighty Niagara Falls and stands nine-stories tall, a can’t miss landmark that serves, according to its website, as a tourism and sightseeing haven offering bus tours, guided exploration, historical presentations, dining and souvenirs. The bustling touristRead More

Hamister and Cuomo shake hands on the dubiously financed Hamister Hotel.

Hamister Hotel Inflated Cost Demands Scrutiny, Taxpayer subsidies based on wildly inflated price

Niagara Falls December 1, 2016 at 8:39 am

Last week we offered readers the news that we had something more to say about the Hamister Hotel deal in downtown Niagara Falls. Normally we would not care about a small, limited service hotel now being built except for the fact that it has been subsidized by taxpayers and appearsRead More

Delaware North concessions at Prospect Point in the Niagara Falls State Park soon to be serving eight million tourists.

Delaware North’s Yosemite, Florida disputes foreshadow possible Niagara Falls dust-up

Niagara Falls December 1, 2016 at 3:20 am

Recent developments with Delaware North, multinational food service, gaming and sports conglomerate, don’t bode well for the future of the city of Niagara Falls. Earlier this month Christopher Jacobs won election to the New York State Senate. Nephew of Jacobs family patriarch and multibillionaire Jeremy Jacobs, Sr., Chris’ election allRead More

Bankrate: Niagara Falls ranked worst place in the nation for retirees

Bankrate: Niagara Falls ranked worst place in the nation for retirees

Niagara Falls December 1, 2016 at 3:04 am

The trashing of the city of Niagara Falls in the mainstream media continues unabated – it’s practically becoming a national pastime – and now a leading and reputable financial industry information clearinghouse, Bankrate, has joined the crowd – rating Niagara Falls as the worst place in the nation for retirement.Read More

Niagara Falls also #1 when it comes to Crime, Poverty, Taxation

Niagara Falls also #1 when it comes to Crime, Poverty, Taxation

Niagara Falls December 1, 2016 at 3:00 am

A dry-eyed look at the city of Niagara Falls though the cold lens of real statistics. Crime According to the September, 2016 FBI report “Crime in the United States”, there were 555 violent crimes reported in the city of Niagara Falls for the year 2015, including 3 murders, 32 rapes,Read More

Dyster Policies, Approach to Governance never really made a lot of sense

Dyster Policies, Approach to Governance never really made a lot of sense

Niagara Falls December 1, 2016 at 2:44 am

Next month, Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster will be commencing his 10th year in office. In light of the dismally high rates of crime, poverty and taxation here in the city, and now last week’s announcement by Bankrate that it’s the worst place in the entire country to retire, howRead More

City Council Chairman Andrew Touma

Deal Reached on Falls Budget; No Vetoes Expected

Niagara Falls December 1, 2016 at 12:01 am

With both sides making compromises, Niagara Falls Council Chairman Andrew Touma said there is agreement on the 2017 city budget, with lawmakers finally settling on a total of $558,000 in cuts to the mayor’s proposed $91 million spending plan with no mayoral vetoes on the horizon. “It shows what governmentRead More

Depression, Suicide Attempts, Risky Sex response of Niagara Falls’ youth to life in state’s “most violent” city

Depression, Suicide Attempts, Risky Sex response of Niagara Falls’ youth to life in state’s “most violent” city

Niagara Falls November 25, 2016 at 11:43 am

     The recently-released FBI report “Crime in the United States” singled out the city of Niagara Falls as having the highest rate of violent crime in all of New York State. During 2015, residents experienced 555 violent crimes, characterized as robbery, rape, murder and assault, a per capita rateRead More

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