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Council Candidate Thomason Opposes Reassessments

Council Candidate Thomason Opposes Reassessments

Niagara Falls August 25, 2017 at 10:35 am

By Candra Thomason I want you all to ask yourself this question: “Do the homeowners of Niagara Falls want their property assessments to rise between 17 and 40 percent next year?” That is the vital question facing voters this fall. We can’t afford to make the same mistake we madeRead More

Reassessments are on the Table Again City Council Members Touma & Grandenetti Led the Charge to Reassess Us in 2016 And Now They Want Our Vote – Well We Say No!

Reassessments are on the Table Again City Council Members Touma & Grandenetti Led the Charge to Reassess Us in 2016 And Now They Want Our Vote – Well We Say No!

Niagara Falls August 18, 2017 at 10:09 pm

By Committee to Stop the Reassessments & Continuous Tax Increases   The “hidden tax increase” called “reassessment” is back on the table for the residents and business owners of the most highly taxed City in the nation. In addition, to add insult to injury, it was recently announced that a reassessmentRead More

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk or Discharged Dark Water

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk or Discharged Dark Water

Niagara Falls August 18, 2017 at 5:29 am

For Niagara Falls residents, Saturday, July 29, 2017 will be a date that will live in odifery.  That’s the day the Niagara Falls Waste Water Treatment Plant released untold gallons of sewage and sediment into the Niagara River, causing a disgusting black discharge that enveloped a Maid of the MistRead More

Did Mayor Dyster’s “Friends and Family” policy cause Sewage Spill?

Did Mayor Dyster’s “Friends and Family” policy cause Sewage Spill?

Niagara Falls August 18, 2017 at 5:26 am

When Paul Dyster ran for the office of mayor of the city of Niagara Falls back in 2007, he promised an end to the traditional “friends and family” approach to running government. Over the succeeding years of his tenure at City Hall, however, it’s become clear that the campaign rhetoricRead More

Source: NYS Department of Labor

Unemployment, Crime, Poverty, Taxes, Potholes, Credit Downgrades afflict City of Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls August 18, 2017 at 5:12 am

Despite 160 Tourists for each and every Resident Unemployment is a hardship, so much so that it comprises half of something called the Misery Index, a widely cited economic indicator (the other half is inflation). Unemployment is connected with all kinds of community, family and individual dysfunction. It leads toRead More

With the state's industrial tourism complex, otherwise known as Niagara Falls State Park, monopolizing the eight million tourists who come here every year, it's little wonder the city of Niagara Falls has the highest rate of unemployment of any city in the entire state.

Niagara Falls Unemployment Rate highest in New York State

Niagara Falls August 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm

State’s monopoly on Park, failed Economic Development policies to blame By James Hufnagel The city of Niagara Falls suffers from some of the highest rates of taxation and poverty (nearly double the rate of childhood poverty), and from the highest rates of per capita violent and property crime of anyRead More

Is the S&P credit downgrade of Niagara Falls the beginning of the end?

Is the S&P credit downgrade of Niagara Falls the beginning of the end?

Niagara Falls August 13, 2017 at 11:58 am

By Darryl McPherson It was announced on Tuesday that the financial outlook for the City of Niagara Falls was changed from “stable” to “negative” by Standard & Poor’s (S&P), one of the Wall Street credit rating agencies.  Sometimes a government has to sell bonds on the market in order toRead More

Gov. Andrew Cuomo forgot to include payment in the Seneca Casino contract renewal. But faithful Dyster still has faith and hope.

Are there truly no consequences?

Niagara Falls August 13, 2017 at 11:57 am

Somewhere, somebody, dropped the ball.  Big time. That ball contained the hopes and dreams of local politicians, who believed it held a financial windfall in the form of revenue from casino gaming in New York.  Starting in 2002, that shining orb would bounce in every year, and the community wouldRead More

Having Tried to bring Frackwater here, Gov. Cuomo now ‘Up in Arms’ over Sewage Spill

Having Tried to bring Frackwater here, Gov. Cuomo now ‘Up in Arms’ over Sewage Spill

Niagara Falls August 13, 2017 at 11:55 am

By James Hufnagel Governor Andrew Cuomo, by loudly and publicly demanding that the July 29 discharge of black, smelly wastewater into the area surrounding the Maid of the Mist dock be promptly and thoroughly investigated by his State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), is engaging in a blatant 180-degree flip-flopRead More

Why not replace this empty parking lot with an ice-skating rink, like the city plans to do elsewhere in the city, and the state plans to do on Goat Island in Olmsted's once-natural Niagara Falls State Park?

How to Make the Train Station Great Again!

Niagara Falls August 13, 2017 at 11:53 am

It’s impossible not to notice that during the 23 and 1/2 hours a day when the four score or so daily Amtrak passengers at the new Niagara Falls International Railway Station and Intermodal Transportation Center are not in the process of arriving or departing, the station takes on this empty,Read More

Niagara County Legislature Majority Leader Randy Bradt, R-North Tonawanda, urges criminal probes of the Niagara Falls Water Board Thursday at the County Courthouse in Lockport.

AS RUMORS OF CRIMINAL ACTIONS SWIRL, LOCAL LEADERS DECRY ‘WASTEWATERGATE’

Niagara Falls August 13, 2017 at 11:49 am

As Niagara County’s Republican-dominated Legislature met Thursday night to pass a series of resolutions seeking multiple criminal probes of the Niagara Falls Water Board in the wake of the sludge-dumping scandal—and with one local law enforcement official confirming that such probes are already underway—one unidentified lawmaker couldn’t resist the urgeRead More

Empty ticket booth at 9:30 am on a Wednesday morning.

Train Station Still There: Expansive, Expensive and Empty

Niagara Falls August 4, 2017 at 4:02 am

We periodically do a feature on the Niagara Falls International Railway Station and Intermodal Transportation Center because some folks still think it’s an asset to the city. Problem is, the old train station served the city perfectly well. There was no need to build a $44 million replacement for thatRead More

Falls, Gorge site tour by USA Niagara a “Fail”

Falls, Gorge site tour by USA Niagara a “Fail”

Niagara Falls August 4, 2017 at 3:22 am

Public Opposition mounting to “Outdoor Recreation” Proposal The latest skirmish between the David of the citizens of the city of Niagara Falls and the Goliath of state agencies such as State Parks, USA Niagara and the New York Power Authority, when it comes to waterfront development, appears to have beenRead More

USA Niagara and State Parks want a "sensitively-design 'natural' water element (i.e., that could provide summer respite and potentially a location for ice skating in the winter months)" built on the south end of Goat Island.

Outdoor Recreation RFP found lacking

Niagara Falls August 4, 2017 at 3:20 am

Pushes new Infrastructure at the expense of Local Economy, Natural Beauty We took a closer look at USA Niagara’s “Outdoor Recreation and Programming & Associated Real Estate Development” RFP that fleshes out Gov. Cuomo’s vision for introducing different tourist activities such as rock climbing, ziplining and horseback riding to theRead More

Council Candidate wants to take back Tourism

Council Candidate wants to take back Tourism

Niagara Falls August 4, 2017 at 3:14 am

by Bill Kennedy Advocating to keep money circulating locally and to take some tourism back from Albany, Niagara Falls City Council candidate Bill Kennedy has released the following statement. “We need to start directing traffic into the city so that tourists park outside of Niagara Falls State Park and frequentRead More

Sam Archie

Budget Considerations predominate Election Concerns

Niagara Falls August 4, 2017 at 3:10 am

by Sam Archie Since early June, I have had the pleasure of knocking on many residents’ doors to introduce myself and gather signatures. I’ve been received with overwhelming support. At the same time, I’ve received a number of messages from residents. Two themes have emerged: They’re tired of money beingRead More

A: The proposed site of Wonderfalls. B: One Niagara. C: The Seneca CasinoD: The Giacomo Hotel, E: The proposed site of the taxpayer subsidized Hamister hotel. F: The Niagara Falls State Park. G. The old Turtle Bldg. H: The Comfort Inn. I: The Old Hotel Niagara (vacant). J. City parking lot. K: Hard Rock Cafe.

Cuomo preparing to expand state park by seizing private property?

Niagara Falls July 27, 2017 at 3:26 am

Was the recent proposal by Niagara Falls Redevelopment to build a $205 million hotel on the site of the long-vacant Native American Center for the Living Arts, better known as “the Turtle,” designed to fend off a proposal by the state to seize it and other downtown properties under eminent domain?Read More

Seneca, state combining to take over, rob Niagara Falls

Seneca, state combining to take over, rob Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls July 27, 2017 at 3:25 am

How long will it take? That is, how long will it take before the Seneca Nation of Indians and the State of New York are in complete control of Niagara Falls. If Mayor Paul Dyster had his way, it would be sooner rather than later. Clearly, neither the Seneca norRead More

Most dangerous place upstate? Welcome to Dyster’s Niagara!

Most dangerous place upstate? Welcome to Dyster’s Niagara!

Niagara Falls July 27, 2017 at 3:14 am

Buffalo and Niagara Falls have been ranked the third and first most dangerous places to live in upstate New York, according to the latest data available from the FBI. Niagara Falls, of course, having the dubious honor of being first. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster’s efforts to tie the handsRead More

City Council Nixes State’s “Outdoor Recreation” plan

City Council Nixes State’s “Outdoor Recreation” plan

Niagara Falls July 27, 2017 at 3:04 am

USA Niagara, ESD bar media, disinvite NF Reporter correspondent from attending Info Tour State Parks, NYPA and USA Niagara recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purpose of establishing activities such as bicycling, ziplining, rockclimbing and horseback riding at Niagara Falls State Park and along the Niagara Gorge,Read More

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