Niagara Falls

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

A Hamilton, Ontario resident shows his love for Tesla with an awesome tat.

Hamilton, Ontario renames Street, School to Tout Tesla, while Niagara Falls Neglects Nikola

Niagara Falls November 25, 2016 at 11:39 am

     This summer the city of Hamilton, a prosperous Canadian city of over a half million inhabitants located just over the border in Ontario, renamed a portion of its heavily-traveled Burlington Street, “Nikola Tesla Boulevard”.      According to the Hamilton Community News, “Several hundred spectators attended the roadRead More

Three men with a shovel. While Mayor Paul Dyster (left) may not make a good Santa Claus for the taxpayers of Niagara Falls, he has been a good Santa to millionaire developers like Mark Hamister (center). 
Above, Hamister gets help from Mayor Dyster and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (right) in breaking ground for a small hotel with a lot of subsidies, some 300 feet from the entrance to the Niagara Falls State Park. 
The Reporter believes the deal involved initially a rigged selection scheme and later a fraudulently, provably, inflated price tag for the smallish, low amenities hotel to be built on one of the most important undeveloped sites in Niagara Falls - in order to secure millions more in taxpayer subsidies for Hamister.  
There is a chance that Dyster and Cuomo were secretly complicit in arranging the financing scheme.
As Franklin said, "Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead."
Let's see how this shakes out.

Reporter to reveal fraudulently inflated price of Hamister hotel — again

Niagara Falls November 25, 2016 at 8:44 am

Maybe this time someone will listen. We’re talking about the Hamister Hotel now being built in downtown Niagara Falls. So far we have written about it dozens of times. And so far, as far as we can tell, federal and state investigators seem content to ignore this ‘hide in plainRead More

WKBW has commenced a shocking investigative series of patient neglect and abuse at the Niagara Rehab Nursing Home at 822 Cedar Ave., in Niagara Falls.

Niagara Rehab under fire for Alleged Violations

Niagara Falls November 25, 2016 at 8:21 am

There seems to be no let-up of bad news for Niagara Rehabilitation & Nursing Center as just this week Channel 7 Eyewitness News reported yet another incident involving the facility, which has frequently been the target of state investigations over the years. A patient named David Willis simply walked outRead More

A couple of thoughts worth mentioning in Dyster-ville

A couple of thoughts worth mentioning in Dyster-ville

Niagara Falls November 17, 2016 at 6:53 am

Rumor has it that the $500,000 fire hall renovation by Isaiah 61 has once again proven the incompetence of the Dyster administration. After spending more than $100,000 fixing the roof, the city just discovered that the back wall is caving in. Reminds us of when Isaiah 61 was renovating aRead More

Who needs the moon when you've got 50 million candlepower spotlights?

Light Pollution Ruins Natural Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls November 17, 2016 at 4:25 am

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie – it could be because you were outside enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime experience this week. The moon was 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than it normally is. A “supermoon”, as its called, occurs when the moonRead More

Liz and Dr. Michael Mitchell, Shannon and Dharshan Jayasinghe

Memorial announces Premier 2017 co-chairs

Niagara Falls November 17, 2016 at 3:20 am

Dharshan and Shannon Jayasinghe and Dr. Michael and Liz Mitchell have been named co-chairs of The 2017 Premier, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s annual black tie dinner and entertainment gala. Dharshan Jayasinghe is chief executive officer of bizWin Strategies, a national executive search and recruiting firm that provides innovative andRead More

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