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Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster presents his 2017 budget to the public and the City Council last month, big on spending and gimmicks, as usual.

Niagara Falls 2017 Budget Hearing set for Nov. 1

Niagara Falls October 20, 2016 at 12:17 am

A Public Hearing for the 2017 Proposed Budget for the city of Niagara Falls will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers on November 1, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. In reviewing Mayor Paul Dyster’s tentative budget, we came up with the following questions: 1. Has thereRead More

Attorney Matt Albert is passionate about defending the rights of dog owners whose dogs were killed by police.

SPCA Report Contradicts Police Version of Shootings that Killed Pit Bulls in Drug Raids

Erie County October 13, 2016 at 9:32 am

Lawsuit may hinge on necropsies of Damian and Gotham Buffalo, NY – Necropsies by the Erie County SPCA on a pair of pit bulls shot and killed during ‘No Knock’ raids last summer contradict ‘Use of Force’ reports of the law enforcement officers who fired the fatal shots. The SPCARead More

Robert E. Nichols

Assemblyman Ceretto, Mayor Dyster Retaliate, Withhold Tesla funding to punish Reporter writer

Niagara Falls October 13, 2016 at 9:12 am

Last night with the Reporter’s deadline rapidly approaching, a veritable bombshell was dropped on us, courtesy of the Buffalo News.   A “former Ceretto employee” blew the whistle on illegal activities that allegedly took place in Assemblyman John Ceretto’s office which included, according to the breaking News story, campaign meetingsRead More

Movie Review: The Birth of a Nation

Movie Review: The Birth of a Nation

Niagara Falls October 13, 2016 at 6:04 am

by Niagara Falls City Councilman Ezra P. Scott, Jr. Released on October 7th 2016, I recently had an opportunity to view The Birth of a Nation as a social study of American History. Unlike the original 1915 American silent film The Birth of a Nation (The Clansman), that was directed and co-produced by D.Read More

Questions on Raises and Stipends

Questions on Raises and Stipends

Niagara Falls October 13, 2016 at 6:02 am

by Niagara Falls City Councilman Kenny Tompkins On September 30, my council colleagues and I were handed the 2017 city budget. Over the next several weeks, we’ll individually scrutinize the details enclosed in the thousands of small-print pages of the book that contains the cost and revenue figures our cityRead More

Exterior image of the new Price Chopper in Colonie, New York  May 30, 2009.(Skip Dickstein / Times Union)

Discount Grocery Store Targets Highland Ave. Area

Niagara Falls October 13, 2016 at 6:01 am

  “It may be the start of something very positive,” according to Niagara Falls Council Chairman Andrew Touma Wednesday night after a public forum attracted an enthusiastic crowd of at least 100 people about the possibility of bringing in a discount grocery store to the Highland Avenue neighborhood. Sponsored byRead More

Tax & Spend Dyster Offers Huge Pay Increases + 8 New Positions

Tax & Spend Dyster Offers Huge Pay Increases + 8 New Positions

Niagara Falls October 13, 2016 at 5:05 am

by Ann Williams And Once Again, He Expects Us to Pay for it Through Tax Rate Increases & Looming Reassessments Committee to Stop the Reassessments & Continuous Tax Increases Mayor Paul Dyster is yet again proposing huge pay increases for mayoral appointees and the creation of eight new positions inRead More

Dyster Pay Raises Hitting Brick Wall With Lawmakers

Dyster Pay Raises Hitting Brick Wall With Lawmakers

Niagara Falls October 13, 2016 at 2:05 am

As we reported last week, Niagara Falls city lawmakers were surprised by the hefty city hall pay raises for administrators contained in Mayor Paul Dyster’s proposed 2017 spending plan, and as Council Chairman Andrew Touma said on Wednesday, “it is not the right time for substantial pay raises,” given theRead More

Niagara Falls joke

Niagara Falls joke

Niagara Falls October 6, 2016 at 8:41 pm

While walking down the street, a Niagara Falls resident is tragically hit by a bus and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met at the Pearly Gates by, to his surprise, the spirit of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.   “Welcome to Heaven,” says Mayor Dyster. “But weRead More

Perhaps Mayor Paul Dyster imagined train travel was still like this.

While Niagara Falls Train Station remains empty, Dyster goes to Buffalo to teach them how to build a train station

Niagara Falls October 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm

NIagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and Senior Planner Tom DeSantis are expected to headline a discussion hosted by Citizens for Regional Transit at their quarterly meeting scheduled for October 19th, promoting the group’s call to construct a new metropolitan mass transit station in downtown Buffalo. Among the advocates participating will beRead More

Another taxpayer-subsidized proposal, adjacent to the tax free Seneca Casino. Had the Casino really been the catalyst for development government officials promised, property across the street surely would not need taxpayer subsidies. When will people start to learn that everything government officials in this city promise, will not come true. Perhaps they will learn this proven again and again truth by simply asking themselves --"what do their officials know about business or development anyway?" They're politicians, which means at the end of the day, they haven't the slightest scruples about telling the public Bullshit... And with all due respect this present project has all the earmarks of the promises of the past.

Rolling in that “spin off” from Seneca Casino

Niagara Falls October 6, 2016 at 11:18 am

by Matt Ricchiazzi The administration of Mayor Paul Dyster is advancing a redevelopment project at the corner of Niagara and 7th – directly across the street from the Seneca Niagara Casino.  The project is causing controversy because the Dyster administration is seeking $1 million in state capital for the project, before issuingRead More

Hefty Pay Raises in Dyster Budget Come Under Attack

Hefty Pay Raises in Dyster Budget Come Under Attack

Niagara Falls October 6, 2016 at 11:17 am

Mayor Paul Dyster’s $91 million proposed budget for 2017 includes some hefty raises for several staffers, including his own secretary, and is coming under fire from from a former city economic development chief who called the proposed salary hikes “a slap in the face” to the taxpayers of the cityRead More

Bonnie Fitzgerald

West River Road Resident Gives Her Side of Bike Path Story

Erie County October 6, 2016 at 11:16 am

Invites Public to “Come and Enjoy” the Glorious Eight Miles of West River By Bonnie Fitzgerald West River Rd. Resident Grand Island NY — In connection with the debate raging about the proposed West River Parkway bike path, we believe that the recent article entitled “The Great Nimby” was writtenRead More

If nothing else, world class views will be available to many more people on state-owned land in Grand Island if the bike path becomes a reality.

Grand Island Bike Trail Plan to be Examined by West River Road Residents at meeting this evening

Erie County October 6, 2016 at 11:15 am

If all goes according to schedule, opponents of the West River Greenway Connector Trail, the $2.5 million state and federally-funded initiative to close the West River Parkway and convert it into a bike trail, will meet tonight at 7 p.m at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, in the main auditorium.Read More

In its heyday it was the premier hotel in Niagara Falls. It was reportedly the home of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio while filming Niagara in 1952. Former guests of the hotel include U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joseph Cotten and Al Capone.

Suspicious Developer Seeks Background on Hotel Niagara RFP

Niagara Falls October 6, 2016 at 11:01 am

So what’s up with the state acquisition of the historic Hotel Niagara, the legendary Niagara Falls hotel at 210 Rainbow Blvd. in Niagara Falls? USA Niagara, one of the state’s development agencies under Empire State Development, which played a big role in the state-backed Hamister Hotel project, acquired the once-grandRead More

The Great NIMBY’s Want West River All to Themselves

The Great NIMBY’s Want West River All to Themselves

Erie County September 29, 2016 at 11:00 am

Opposition to Grand Island bike path heats up as Public Meeting to be held next week A group of NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) -inspired residents on Grand Island appear to be gaining momentum in their efforts to halt New York State Parks’ plans to convert the virtually unused WestRead More

What’s Needed In City Government is Basic Common Sense

What’s Needed In City Government is Basic Common Sense

Niagara Falls September 29, 2016 at 6:59 am

By Vince Anello Former Mayor, Niagara Falls As you read this, the mayor, the city administrator, the city’s department heads and the city’s finance office are working on the 2017 budget. Anyone who is familiar with the 2013 New York State Comptroller’s audit of our city’s budget or the city’sRead More

Niagara Falls Municipal Complex

Niagara Falls’ experience with Ciminelli reviewed in light of indictment

Niagara Falls September 29, 2016 at 6:50 am

by James Hufnagel and Frank Parlato The banner headline at the top of the LPCiminelli website proclaims, “Integrity and Ingenuity at Work” That integrity has been called into question as shock waves from the federal indictments handed down last week accusing Louis Ciminelli, two of his executive staffers and severalRead More

Trott Access Center

Virtuoso, Zona, Grozio Help Keep Methadone Clinic at Current Site

Niagara Falls September 29, 2016 at 6:34 am

The Northpointe Council’s methadone clinic in Niagara Falls, which only a few short months ago was on track to move to a Sixth Street site that some residents were resisting, will remain at its current location at the Trott Access Center on 11th Street thanks to bipartisan efforts of severalRead More

Niagara County Democratic Party Chair Nick Forster

FORSTER WINS NEW TERM AS DEMOCRATIC CHAIR

Niagara County September 29, 2016 at 6:32 am

Nick Forster won his sixth term as chairman of the Niagara County Democratic Committee. Forster was re-elected by a unanimous vote at the party’s reorganization meeting at the LaSalle Sportsmen’s Club. Forster told committee members he has worked to strengthen the party by “building bridges” and expanding the party’s baseRead More

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