Niagara Falls

SolarCity sings financial blues, while City bought Highland Ave. Property based on SolarCity Spinoff

SolarCity sings financial blues, while City bought Highland Ave. Property based on SolarCity Spinoff

News, Niagara Falls February 25, 2016 at 2:03 am

   The company at the center of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” initiative and the stated reason Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and city Planner Tom DeSantis spent $165,000 of taxpayers’ money on a largely worthless piece of property on Highland Avenue is in serious financial difficulty, and analysts sayRead More

Lack of communication problem  for city Council, Tompkins says

Lack of communication problem for city Council, Tompkins says

News, Niagara Falls February 25, 2016 at 1:41 am

  Freshman City Councilman Kenny Tompkins says his first two months on the job have been something of an education. Coming from a long background in private business, he says the lack of communication between Council members has come as a bit of a surprise. “I’ve been disappointed in aRead More

Now that the casino cash has flown the coop the chickens are coming home to roost

Now that the casino cash has flown the coop the chickens are coming home to roost

Niagara Falls February 25, 2016 at 1:10 am

And so it begins. As the reality of the city debt and deficit sinks in – combined with the fact that the casino revenue is currently exhausted and dwindling for the coming years – city hall is frantically searching for ways to stem the tide of rapidly rising red ink.Read More

State Parks Plan to Rebuild Bridges to Goat Island; say they will follow environmental regulations [for a change]

State Parks Plan to Rebuild Bridges to Goat Island; say they will follow environmental regulations [for a change]

Niagara Falls, State and National News February 24, 2016 at 10:18 pm

An October, 2015 Design Report/Environmental Assessment document jointly issued by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and the New York State Dept. of Transportation (NYSDOT) outlines the steps the two agencies will take to obtain the myriad regulatory approvals necessary to move forward with the construction of twoRead More

Mayor’s parking plan stalls as key questions go unanswered at council meeting

Mayor’s parking plan stalls as key questions go unanswered at council meeting

Niagara Falls February 24, 2016 at 9:42 pm

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster had hoped to push through his parking meter installation plan at the February 22 council meeting, but an unusually vocal group of residents pummeled the council and mayor with questions regarding operating costs of the parking plan. As a result the plan was votedRead More

Garbage tote arson latest chapter In long running comedy sketch

Garbage tote arson latest chapter In long running comedy sketch

Niagara Falls February 24, 2016 at 8:56 pm

  Niagara Falls – A series of arson fires targeting city-owned garbage totes has become a serious enough concern that both Fire Chief Thomas Colangelo and Police Chief Bryan Dal Porto have asked for the public’s help in identifying the culprits. In the meantime, Colangelo warned, garbage totes should beRead More

Studies agree methadone maintenance bad for addicts, bad for communities

Studies agree methadone maintenance bad for addicts, bad for communities

Niagara Falls February 24, 2016 at 8:34 pm

  Niagara Falls – Assurances by promoters of two proposed methadone clinics here will be beneficial both to recovering heroin addicts and the community as a whole flies in the face of a pair of recent studies that agree that replacing heroin with the even more highly addictive drug methadoneRead More

Cuomo losing interest in City of Niagara Falls? Projects stalled,Progress at a Standstill

Cuomo losing interest in City of Niagara Falls? Projects stalled,Progress at a Standstill

Niagara Falls, State and National News February 17, 2016 at 11:39 pm

  Over the past two years Governor Andrew Cuomo has promised tens of millions of dollars of economic aid for the city of Niagara Falls. So far, the city has received none of it. Not only that, but after having been a regular visitor here, it now appears the governor is distancingRead More

DiCienzo suit rekindles criticism of Percy, NTCC

DiCienzo suit rekindles criticism of Percy, NTCC

Niagara Falls February 17, 2016 at 11:29 pm

  The city bed tax is being collected “erroneously, illegally and/or unconstitutionally” according to the Article 78 action brought against the city by the DiCienzo family and their company, NFNY Hotel Management. The suit, filed on the DiCienzo’s behalf by local attorney John Bartolomei in Niagara County Supreme Court, seeksRead More

Seneca Spin Off? We don’t need no stinking spin off!

Seneca Spin Off? We don’t need no stinking spin off!

Niagara Falls February 17, 2016 at 10:55 pm

This commercial building at 1389 Niagara St. once housed shops on the first floor and nice little apartments upstairs. It has been derelict for years and is representative of the spinoff resulting from the opening of the Seneca Niagara Casino, almost directly across the street. While there are no “nice” blacksRead More

Ceretto believes Seneca’s Verbal Promise of Market Rate Gas Prices

Ceretto believes Seneca’s Verbal Promise of Market Rate Gas Prices

Niagara Falls February 17, 2016 at 10:44 pm

There is so much wrong with the Seneca proposal to open up tax free gas station [s] in Niagara Falls, it is hard to know where to start. The Seneca Gaming Corporation, confronted with declining casino revenue, plan to expand their tax free operations exactly as this publication predicted forRead More

Senecas move toward new convention center 14 years after state gave away city convention center for casino 

Senecas move toward new convention center 14 years after state gave away city convention center for casino 

Niagara Falls February 17, 2016 at 9:23 pm

It’s almost too funny. Back in 2002, the city handed its convention center over to the Seneca Nation of Indians, along with 52 acres of prime real estate in downtown Niagara Falls for one dollar. Now, 14 years later, the Seneca’s development agency is proposing to build a new convention centerRead More

Proposed City Wide Reassessment is Another Name for a Tax Increase  

Proposed City Wide Reassessment is Another Name for a Tax Increase  

News, Niagara Falls February 16, 2016 at 12:25 am

“If it cost $10 million dollars more to run the city than it did eight years ago, then charge me.” With those words, retired school teacher, former city Council member and a member of the Niagara Falls Financial Advisory Panel, Frank Soda advocated for what would be in effect aRead More

We told you so! City’s been abusing taxpayer casino cash all along!

Niagara Falls February 13, 2016 at 9:32 pm

Niagara Falls – My goodness, it’s been a frustrating experience, preaching about the wasteful spending habits of the Dyster administration over the past five years while no one listens. But, better late than never, people are finally noticing how Mayor Paul Dyster and council have abused casino revenue and deliveredRead More

Dewatered falls as tourist attraction?  Officials here say yes, history says no

Dewatered falls as tourist attraction? Officials here say yes, history says no

Niagara Falls February 11, 2016 at 1:53 am

  The herd of local officials predicting a boom in tourism resulting from turning off the flow of water over the American and Bridal Veil Falls is puzzling to anyone familiar with the last dewatering of the natural wonder. The American Falls was reduced to a trickle in 1969 soRead More

Some reasons for opposing the falls  $40 million dewatering boondoggle

Some reasons for opposing the falls $40 million dewatering boondoggle

Niagara Falls February 11, 2016 at 1:42 am

   We smell a rat. That’s the answer the Niagara Falls Reporter gives anytime someone asks why we are questioning the planned dewatering of the American and Bridal Veil Falls when virtually every elected and appointed official involved in the process supports it, and the rest of the local mediaRead More

Former city engineer Curtis says  DeSantis profits from train station

Former city engineer Curtis says DeSantis profits from train station

News, Niagara Falls February 11, 2016 at 1:19 am

      Was city Planner Tom DeSantis’ longstanding desire to build a new train station in the city’s North End driven by any actual need for a new facility or by something else? Is his relationship with Wendel Duchscherer Architects and Engineers merely a professional alliance or something moreRead More

Train station opening nears as operation and maintenance questions remain unanswered

Train station opening nears as operation and maintenance questions remain unanswered

News, Niagara Falls February 11, 2016 at 12:06 am

Over the past seven years the Reporter has posed a series of inconvenient questions regarding the funding, construction and operation of the Niagara Falls Intermodal Transportation Center…the train station. Recently the Niagara Gazette wrote a story that the train station is opening in May and has yet to determine itsRead More

No budget, no contracts, no idea  about train station opening here

No budget, no contracts, no idea about train station opening here

Niagara Falls February 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm

  Niagara Falls – Although the Dyster administration has had more than five years to come to an agreement with Amtrak for use of the new, $44 million train station on Whirlpool Street, market the facility to other prospective tenants and come up with a budget to run the place,Read More

Public outcry prompts city to  rebid Chilton Ave. apartments     

Public outcry prompts city to rebid Chilton Ave. apartments    

News, Niagara Falls February 7, 2016 at 6:12 pm

Niagara Falls – In a bow to public outrage and basic human decency, the Dyster administration has announced a do-over, and will hold a public auction for a four-unit apartment building at 631 Chilton Ave. The 3,160 square foot building, which has assessed value of $37,261 and comes with itsRead More

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