Niagara Falls

When a bevy of public officials broke ground on the new Niagara Falls train station not a one of them stop to discuss who would pay for it. Now we know - the City of Niagara Falls taxpayers, that's who!

Still no contract with Amtrak; Train station remains vacant

Niagara Falls August 24, 2016 at 10:59 pm

  By Mike Hudson; Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and City Planner Tom DeDantis have spent upwards of $44 million of taxpayer money to build a train station that is now facing a slight possibility that no train will ever use and a much more likely possibility that the primeRead More

Dyster Concerned As Seneca Gas Station Moves Forward

Dyster Concerned As Seneca Gas Station Moves Forward

Niagara Falls August 24, 2016 at 9:28 pm

By Tony Farina;       Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, who saw his city held hostage during the four-year gaming dispute between the state and the Seneca Nation, is once again caught in the middle, this time over the construction of a convenience store and gas station on SenecaRead More

This week in stupid crime

This week in stupid crime

Niagara Falls August 24, 2016 at 8:37 pm

By Mike Hudson; Merry Christmas! Why would you have a Christmas tree up in August? Shots were fired on Pierce Avenue this week and police recovered an AK-47 beneath a Christmas tree in the apartment of a man charged with menacing. Witnesses told police several shots were fired, but noRead More

As Buffalo becomes more transparent, Niagara Falls is as secretive as hell

As Buffalo becomes more transparent, Niagara Falls is as secretive as hell

Niagara Falls August 19, 2016 at 7:56 pm

BY FRANK PARLATO Late last year, Buffalo City Comptroller Mark J. F. Schroeder created an online database called Open Book Buffalo. A website, it is updated biweekly, and publishes all of the City of Buffalo’s expenditures and revenue, allowing everyone to see detailed financial information while Buffalo spends some $480 million per year.Read More

‘Discover Niagara’ Shuttle Parking Plan, A Blueprint for a Better Future?

‘Discover Niagara’ Shuttle Parking Plan, A Blueprint for a Better Future?

Niagara Falls August 11, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Lest anyone think the Niagara Falls Reporter prefers to dwell on the negative, concentrating on the city’s dire circumstances and cornering the local newspaper market on pessimism, try this article from major business network Bloomberg News, which ran a couple of years ago, on for size.   “Niagara Falls’ descentRead More

Radioactive Spoils Pile on North Ave. has been removed!

Radioactive Spoils Pile on North Ave. has been removed!

Niagara Falls August 11, 2016 at 7:01 am

By Lou Ricciuti and Frank Parlato Niagara Falls – The spoils pile at 915 North Ave. – which had signs around it warning: “Caution Radioactive Materials Area” –was removed earlier this month, along with the chain link fence surrounding it. The pile had sat on an abandoned lot for moreRead More

While Canadians campaign to declare Niagara Falls ‘eighth Wonder of the World’, New York seeks welfare subsidies

While Canadians campaign to declare Niagara Falls ‘eighth Wonder of the World’, New York seeks welfare subsidies

Niagara Falls August 11, 2016 at 5:06 am

Niagara Falls, Ontario -With support from government officials, businesses and residents, a campaign called, ‘#Claimthe8th’ has been launched in Canada, with the goal of trying to prove that Niagara Falls and the surrounding regions of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Twenty Valley, St. Catharines and Niagara’s South Coast should be called “the eighth worldRead More

Guest View: I grew up among the world’s most polluted area – Niagara Falls

Guest View: I grew up among the world’s most polluted area – Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls August 11, 2016 at 2:43 am

Guest View: By a Longtime Falls’ Resident I’m sending along a picture of the environment I grew up in starting in 1951. I was five years old. The back of the house faced the factories and Buffalo Avenue My family lived on A Street near the chemical factories. The reason for beingRead More

City Hall Shenanigans: Trickery on Civil Service exams unfair to other applicants

City Hall Shenanigans: Trickery on Civil Service exams unfair to other applicants

Niagara Falls August 5, 2016 at 2:28 am

  City Hall — A woman in the Niagara Falls’ finance department – we will call her Tammy – who has worked there for several years on what is called “provisional” status, recently flunked her civil service exam. It was the second time she failed the exam. Tammy was appointedRead More

Local Economy, Quality of Life Harmed by Politicians, Tourism Bureaucracy 

Local Economy, Quality of Life Harmed by Politicians, Tourism Bureaucracy 

Niagara Falls August 5, 2016 at 1:44 am

  For many who live in the City of Niagara Falls, life is a daily struggle. Poverty, crime, substandard housing, lack of educational attainment, drug abuse and teen pregnancy here are across-the-board higher than New York State averages. For example, according to US Census figures, 40.6% of children in Niagara FallsRead More

Guest View: Niagara Falls Schools Superintendent Lists Goals

Guest View: Niagara Falls Schools Superintendent Lists Goals

Niagara Falls, Columns August 4, 2016 at 11:30 pm

What I want to accomplish as your Superintendent   By Mark Laurrie Superintendent of Schools, Niagara Falls School District   In considering what I want to accomplish as your Superintendent, I sat thoughtfully with the Strategic Goals of the District. Owing to the excellent work done been my predecessors, I believe weRead More

Are crowded train stations a thing of the past or of the future?

Dyster’s New Train Station Open House Event Will Feature Toy Trains But Not The Real Ones – Yet!

Niagara Falls, Featured July 28, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Despite the fact that no contract exists between Amtrak or any other entity to actually use the facility, city officials are ready to show off the new $44 million Niagara Falls International Railway and Intermodal Transportation Center to the public. A “sneak preview” of the new train station will beRead More

Governor Cuomo’s austere smile says it all as he reflects on the natural wonder of the campaign donations he receives from Maid of the Mist owner James Glynn and Delaware North billionaire Jeremy Jacobs, who run Niagara Falls State Park as if they own it.

Crime, Poverty, Fiscal Distress Here Direct Result Of Cuomo’s Policies, Broken Promises

Niagara Falls, Featured July 28, 2016 at 1:25 pm

By Jim Hufnagel On January 6, 2015, halfway through an interview with actress Nicole Kidman, NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon casually dropped a bomb on the city of Niagara Falls, NY. The conversation turned on an appearance the week before by Kidman’s husband, country singer Keith Urban, at a NewRead More

According to New York State’s Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments, Niagara Falls is the highest taxed municipality in New York which,  according to a recent study by WalletHub, is the highest state in the US. Therefore, the City of Niagara Falls is the highest taxed municipality in the highest taxed state.

Did Touma Lie By Omission when telling Time Warner about tax hikes?

Niagara Falls, Featured July 28, 2016 at 1:14 pm

By Members of Stop the Reassessment Committee Time Warner News was in the neighborhoods yesterday taking photos of stop the reassessment signs and interviewing residents. The link to the Time Warner video is http://www.twcnews.com/nys/buffalo/ news/2016/07/26/niagara-falls-propertyreassessment-.html A reporter interviewed Council Chairman Andrew Touma, and again, he deceived the people. He saidRead More

Council Chairman Andrew Touma, who will face reelection next year if he chooses to run, has led the charge to reassess every property in Niagara Falls.

Dyster, Touma Continue To Deceive Taxpayers On Reassessments & Ignore The Will Of The People

Niagara Falls, Featured July 28, 2016 at 1:06 pm

By the Committee to Stop the Reassessments & Continuous Tax Increases As mentioned in a previous article, Mayor Paul Dyster, with the support of Council Chairman Andrew Touma, deceived the taxpayers by waiting five days after the mayoral election to tell us he was planning to do a citywide reassessment.Read More

Councilman Kenny Thompkins visits Black Squirrel Garden Walk.

Black Squirrel Home and Garden Walk, Park Place Porch Fest, and Neighborhoods Taking Charge

Niagara Falls, Featured July 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Councilman Kenny Tompkins Last Saturday, July 23, my wife Terry and I had the pleasure of experiencing two of Niagara Falls’ newest events: The Black Squirrel Home and Garden Walk and the Park Place Porch Fest. It was refreshing to participate in both. On 12th Street and Memorial Parkway –Read More

What lies under Portage Road?  A test would find out conclusively.

Portage Road Repaving Presents Danger of Radioactive Contamination: US Surveys Show high concentration of radioactive material likely under the road

Niagara Falls, Featured July 28, 2016 at 12:27 pm

By Lou Ricciuti and Frank Parlato Niagara Falls – A section of Portage Road – between Ferry and Niagara – is scheduled for road work this summer and is expected to start any day. The Portage Road work – which is listed as part of Mayor Paul Dyster’s “in-house streetRead More

At a more than $28 subsidy per passenger, these Redcoats are in no hurry to “Brexit” the Discovery shuttle!

‘Discover Niagara’ Shuttle Numbers Disappoint Ridership, Tourism Impact Fail To Meet Expectations

Niagara Falls, Featured July 21, 2016 at 11:09 am

By Jim Hufnagel Recently the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area reported that its new Discover Niagara shuttle, which functions to remove tourists from downtown Niagara Falls to attractions in Lewiston and Youngstown, including their Center Street and Main Street business districts, respectively, boarded its 10,000th rider over the weekend ofRead More

Despite the nonsensical claims of the Hamister hotel being a signature hotel and catalyst for development, it is merely a smallish, 128 room, few or no amenities  Hyatt Place hotel.
Considering that it was located 300 feet from the entrance of the Niagara Falls State Park some would call it an horrific case of underdevelopment!

Goldman Sachs Bails Out Hamister, Cuomo, Dyster

Niagara Falls, Featured July 14, 2016 at 6:14 pm

Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to Niagara Falls on Tuesday to officially break ground on the long-awaited Hamister hotel project in downtown Niagara Falls and he used the occasion to praise his state development team led locally by Howard Zemsky and Sam Hoyt and paint a rosy picture of the successRead More

Thomas DeSantis says the radioactive waste on North Ave. is safe.

Everything Desantis Said Concerning Radioactive Waste Dump Was Wrong

Niagara Falls, Featured July 14, 2016 at 6:10 pm

  It turns out that nearly everything City Planner Tom DeSantis told the mainstream media last week in connection with a radioactive waste dump on North Avenue was incorrect, and Tuesday he was back peddling in the Niagara Gazette after an investigation by that paper found that the reporting onRead More

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