Niagara Falls

"She didn't just ask me that, did she?" Councilman Andy Touma appears flummoxed by a straightforward question from a local TV interviewer regarding the city's finances, a question for which he subsequently provided a nonsensical answer.

Niagara Falls Primary Election may be Harbinger of Change, Tongue-Tied Councilman Touma baffles TV audience

Niagara Falls September 22, 2017 at 5:40 am

Change is in the air, and last week’s primary election provided evidence of it. In a stunning turn of events, a complete political outsider, Bill Kennedy, came in a solid second in the Democratic race for three open seats on City Council, a mere 28 votes behind frontrunner Andrew Tuoma.Read More

Mayor Dyster (L) and Councilmembers Grandinetti and Touma (R) at a fundraiser four years ago. Will the Dyster majority, which also includes the soon-departing Charles Walker and disappointing 1st draft choice Ezra Scott, Jr. still be intact after Election Day, 2017?

Mayor Dyster, Council Majority to Approve Raises for City Workers next week Despite Bad Audit, Credit Downgrade, Vanishing Casino Funds

Niagara Falls September 15, 2017 at 5:52 am

The city of Niagara Falls is living on borrowed time, financially speaking. The unrestricted fund balance (aka reserve fund) is projected to sink to zero by the end of this year, and according to a draft audit released in August by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office and first made publicRead More

Since few of the 8 million tourists who come here every year venture outside of Niagara Falls State Park, it's doubtful Cuomo, Uniland or Gov. Cuomo are stupid enough to spend $75 million on "Wonderfalls" in the pretty much empty, decaying downtown of the city of Niagara Falls.

IDA bets on DiCienzo’s downtown waterpark; Meanwhile, Wonderfalls remains a pipe dream

Niagara Falls September 15, 2017 at 5:36 am

Michael DiCienzo’s proposed $20 million indoor water park in downtown Niagara Falls got a big boost this week from the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency, which granted a $6.6 million tax break package to the project. Mr. DiCienzo first announced the project in May with a larger scope that wouldRead More

James J. Faso, Esq.

Faso Wins City Court Judge Primary, and in Essence, the Election

Niagara Falls September 15, 2017 at 5:12 am

In a quite decisive manner, James J. Faso, Jr. won the Niagara Falls City Court Judge race on every contested primary party line on Tuesday night.  The Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Green, Working Families, Independence, Women’s Equality and Reform parties all went to Faso, to the disappointment of Alan J. RoscettiRead More

In one of the great love stories of all time, Councilwoman Grandinetti once called Mike Hudson "ignorant."

It’s like déjà vu all over again… Same Retreads Survive Primary

Niagara Falls September 15, 2017 at 5:06 am

 Kristen Grandinetti. Who among us can figure out the sorceress-like spell she’s cast upon the Niagara Falls voter? Garnering some 1,457 votes in the Democratic primary Tuesday, finishing third after incumbent Andrew Touma (1,784) and newcomer Bill Kennedy, she still clinched a spot on November’s general election ballot. Her recordRead More

[While all three candidates are worthy],The Reporter supports Alan Roscetti

[While all three candidates are worthy],The Reporter supports Alan Roscetti

Niagara Falls September 8, 2017 at 5:07 am

 Alan Roscetti has our support. The general position of the Niagara Falls Reporter is that we rarely, if ever, make endorsements for political candidates.  One of the main reasons is that, we believe people should think for themselves and make up their own minds. So, rather than endorse a candidateRead More

Kristen Grandinetti

Incumbent Grandinetti Emphasizes Family, Community

Niagara Falls September 8, 2017 at 4:10 am

By Kristen M. Grandinetti Dear Fellow Niagara Falls Voters: We are at the homestretch… less than a week until the SEPTEMBER 12 primary. The POLLS are open from 12:00 noon until 9:00 pm. There are three (3) City Council seats available. I am asking for your vote for one ofRead More

City Council race a chance for Real Change in Niagara Falls

City Council race a chance for Real Change in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls September 8, 2017 at 3:35 am

By Mike Hudson If you take the view of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster – that everything in the city is good and getting better under his leadership, you should get out and vote next Tuesday, Primary Day. Incumbents Kristen Grandinetti and Andrew Touma both agreed that their record, tiedRead More

FILM FESTIVAL COMES TO NIAGARA FALLS

FILM FESTIVAL COMES TO NIAGARA FALLS

Niagara Falls, Niagara County September 8, 2017 at 3:06 am

THE BUFFALO NIAGARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL RUNS SEPTEMBER 20 TO OCTOBER 1 AT FOUR SEASONS THEATER; PUBLIC WELCOME For the first  time ever, The Buffalo Niagara Film Festival (BNFF) will be held in Niagara Falls. The filmmakers’ event, now in its 12th season, will run from September 20 to October 1 insideRead More

Roscettis Support Their Son for Niagara Falls City Court Judge

Roscettis Support Their Son for Niagara Falls City Court Judge

Niagara Falls September 8, 2017 at 2:47 am

Dear Friend: We are writing to ask for your VOTE for our son, Alan James Roscetti, for Niagara Falls City Court Judge in the upcoming primary on September 12. Alan is running on all party lines, so your vote will be both important and appreciated. We assure you that he will be an excellent Judge;Read More

Roscetti Explains True Purpose of Drug Courts and its role in Niagara Falls

Roscetti Explains True Purpose of Drug Courts and its role in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls September 8, 2017 at 2:44 am

By Alan James Roscetti The Niagara Falls City Court offers additional “Quality of Life” courts. Last week I provided an overview of Mental Health Court to give our residents some insight and understanding of the system.  This week I’d like to discuss Drug Court and its purpose. In 1989, Drug CourtRead More

State Ed Dept: Your kids are getting smarter every year!

State Ed Dept: Your kids are getting smarter every year!

Niagara Falls September 8, 2017 at 2:32 am

By James Hufnagel The New York State Department of Education’s “Measuring Student Progress in Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics” report, released two weeks ago, has some very good news for Niagara Falls schools. Or does it? Put forth as an update on the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)Read More

Primary Might Determine Next Niagara Falls City Court Judge

Primary Might Determine Next Niagara Falls City Court Judge

Niagara Falls September 8, 2017 at 2:25 am

Because the race for Niagara City Court Judge, like all judicial races in New York State, allow candidates to run on all party lines, Tuesday’s primary may be more important in determining the next Niagara Falls City Court Judge, than the general election. Primary Day is Tuesday, Sept. 12. This primary,Read More

(Above: Prospect Point, paved with Champlain Stone’s substandard granite.)

Bid Rigging at Niagara Falls State Park; Granite Gate exposed

Niagara Falls, News, State and National News September 2, 2017 at 5:14 pm

Bid Rigging at Niagara Falls State Park Will Granite Gate be ignored? [see our earlier story for more info on how to blow $50 million paving over a state park] By Frank Parlato A case of apparent bid rigging at the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and HistoricRead More

Learn about your government, it’s fun: Gov. Cuomo blew through $50 million at Niagara Falls State Park – mostly on pavers

Learn about your government, it’s fun: Gov. Cuomo blew through $50 million at Niagara Falls State Park – mostly on pavers

Niagara Falls, State and National News September 2, 2017 at 3:28 pm

By Frank Parlato Ever wonder why the Niagara Falls State Park looks so bad these days? A horridly overpaved spectacle of bad and ugly pavement?   It occurred thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $50 million Niagara Falls State Park Landscape Improvements plan. It was an “improvement’ of historic proportions. But giveRead More

15_0044 Press Club Digital Web Banners_Extended

Copy of Niagara Falls Draft Audit

Niagara Falls September 1, 2017 at 5:34 am

 

"The City’s adopted general fund budget for 2017 was approximately $93 million." With casino revenue going away, it's about to hit the fan, and we don't mean this pie.

Mayor Dyster, do-nothing Council to thank for City of Niagara Falls’ Looming Fiscal Nightmare

Niagara Falls September 1, 2017 at 5:32 am

It hit us right between the eyes the instant we pulled it up on the computer. The as yet-unreleased New York State Comptroller’s draft audit, or “Report of Examination – City of Niagara Falls Financial Condition” for the period from January, 2015 to late June of this year, admonishes atRead More

Chris Voccio

Former Gazette Publisher runs for City Council

Niagara Falls September 1, 2017 at 5:10 am

Why I’m running, where I stand By Chris Voccio On May 12th of this year I turned 50 and I retired from the newspaper industry, where I spent 30 years. Late that afternoon I also announced my candidacy for Niagara Falls City Council. That wasn’t originally part of the plan.Read More

Financial Pro Amber Hill States her case for Council

Financial Pro Amber Hill States her case for Council

Niagara Falls September 1, 2017 at 5:08 am

By Amber Hill-Donhauser My name is Amber Hill-Donhauser, and I am running on the Democratic line for Niagara Falls City Council. I wish to take one of the three spots that are available in this election, preferably the position to be left open by a retiring council member. I grewRead More

Robert Pascoal

Council Candidate Pascoal Opposes Reassessment

Niagara Falls September 1, 2017 at 5:06 am

By Robert Pascoal There is a fundamental difference between policy and politics. Politics is when what you do is motivated by how you can better the members of your party. Policy is when you are motivated to improve the general good of people regardless of party. I’ve always believed inRead More

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/NiagaraReporter/
 
Scroll Up
.wpzoom (color:black;}