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A water leak surfaces on West Rivershore Drive in Niagara Falls.

More than two thirds of water treated by Niagara Falls Water Board is ‘unaccounted for’ in 2015

Niagara Falls September 1, 2016 at 12:01 pm

The recently published Niagara Falls Water Board’s Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2015 disclosed that more than two thirds of the city’s treated water was never sold to customers. The report may offer a clue as to the severity of the underground water leakage problem in the city. TheRead More

Former Erie County Deputy DA Mark Sacha

DA Candidate Sacha Calls for Lead State Prosecutor in Pigeon Case to be Removed!

Erie County September 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Mark Sacha, the former Erie County Deputy District Attorney who is credited for launching the investigation into alleged election law violations of G. Steven Pigeon that led circuitously to his indictment, is now “concerned” that Pigeon’s due process rights are being compromised. Pigeon was charged by New York State AttorneyRead More

It didn't cost any of them a dime including the silver haired guy in the middle - Mark Hamister, since taxpayers and bankers paid for his entire hotel. The clever developer knows how to grease the itchy palms of politicians to win development contracts paid for by the taxpayers. Hamister got a free hotel and  from left to right, Councilmen Kenny Tompkins, Charles Walker, Mayor Paul Dyster, Hamister, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti and Council Chairman Andrew Touma happily shovel some dirt for the cameras. And life is good for everyone but the taxpayers.

Public Can Learn About Reassessment at Council Meeting

Niagara Falls August 31, 2016 at 10:57 pm

  by Tony Farina Residents of Niagara Falls who want to learn more about the planned citywide property reassessment should make a point to attend next Tuesday’s (Sept. 6) council meeting at City Hall when officials including Assessor James Bird will brief lawmakers on the reassessment process. Joining Bird inRead More

Realistically Taxes will go up for most through reassessment in Niagara Falls

Realistically Taxes will go up for most through reassessment in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls August 31, 2016 at 8:52 pm

Realistically Taxes will go up for most through reassessment in Niagara Falls There is a dirty little secret no one but the Niagara Falls Reporter will dare to tell you about the proposed Niagara Falls reassessment of properties. Most people’s taxes will go up. And they are high enough already.Read More

THE WEALTH HAS BEEN DRAINED AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE

THE WEALTH HAS BEEN DRAINED AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE

Niagara Falls August 31, 2016 at 8:37 pm

by Ann Williams – Committee to Stop the Reassessments & Continuous Tax Increases   Too many of our elected officials have found the ways and means to put their own interests above those whom they swore to serve and protect. The profligate spending over the past eight plus years is disgracefulRead More

Niagara County residents enjoy the scenic trek down the Niagara Escarpment to the historic Village of Youngstown for many reasons – to visit Old Fort Niagara, the Stella Niagara Preserve or the Youngstown Yacht Club. On Labor Day, traditionally, the villagers come out to their annual parade and their social in the park. Visitors are welcome. Youngstown, New York is a quaint and historic village located in the Town of Porter, 11 miles north of Niagara Falls, New York and has waterfront on the Niagara River and Lake Ontario.

Youngstown readies for Labor Day Parade

Niagara County August 31, 2016 at 8:17 pm

The Youngstown Labor Day Parade begins at noon on Monday, September 5, along Main Street.

Two Grand Island residents give opposing views on Supervisor McMurray’s bike path

Two Grand Island residents give opposing views on Supervisor McMurray’s bike path

Erie County August 27, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Two readers have offered their opposing views of a state plan to create a bike path on Grand Island that is supported by Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray. Kris writes: Nate McMurray’s campaign for Grand Island Supervisor was about keeping our beautiful, quiet Island rural and to stopRead More

A grand idea for Grand Island?  Development key to future

A grand idea for Grand Island? Development key to future

Erie County August 25, 2016 at 12:08 am

  By Mike Hudson; A great percentage of the visitors coming to see Niagara Falls arrive via the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. About halfway between the airport and the falls themselves is Grand Island, a charming, almost rustic community in the middle of the Niagara River that tourists must crossRead More

When a bevy of public officials broke ground on the new Niagara Falls train station not a one of them stop to discuss who would pay for it. Now we know - the City of Niagara Falls taxpayers, that's who!

Still no contract with Amtrak; Train station remains vacant

Niagara Falls August 24, 2016 at 10:59 pm

  By Mike Hudson; Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and City Planner Tom DeDantis have spent upwards of $44 million of taxpayer money to build a train station that is now facing a slight possibility that no train will ever use and a much more likely possibility that the primeRead More

Dyster Concerned As Seneca Gas Station Moves Forward

Dyster Concerned As Seneca Gas Station Moves Forward

Niagara Falls August 24, 2016 at 9:28 pm

By Tony Farina;       Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, who saw his city held hostage during the four-year gaming dispute between the state and the Seneca Nation, is once again caught in the middle, this time over the construction of a convenience store and gas station on SenecaRead More

Gosy’s Patients Doing Well Under New Arrangement
Attorney Joel Daniels with his client Dr. Eugene Gosy.

Gosy’s Patients Doing Well Under New Arrangement

Erie County August 24, 2016 at 9:17 pm

By Tony Farina; “The 9,500 patients of indicted pain doctor Eugene Gosy are being well treated,” says Joel Daniels, the attorney who represents Gosy who is accused in a federal indictment of issuing over 300,000 illegal painkiller prescriptions over four years. Under a new arrangement, Dr. James Hitt, a painRead More

This week in stupid crime

This week in stupid crime

Niagara Falls August 24, 2016 at 8:37 pm

By Mike Hudson; Merry Christmas! Why would you have a Christmas tree up in August? Shots were fired on Pierce Avenue this week and police recovered an AK-47 beneath a Christmas tree in the apartment of a man charged with menacing. Witnesses told police several shots were fired, but noRead More

As Buffalo becomes more transparent, Niagara Falls is as secretive as hell

As Buffalo becomes more transparent, Niagara Falls is as secretive as hell

Niagara Falls August 19, 2016 at 7:56 pm

BY FRANK PARLATO Late last year, Buffalo City Comptroller Mark J. F. Schroeder created an online database called Open Book Buffalo. A website, it is updated biweekly, and publishes all of the City of Buffalo’s expenditures and revenue, allowing everyone to see detailed financial information while Buffalo spends some $480 million per year.Read More

‘Discover Niagara’ Shuttle Parking Plan, A Blueprint for a Better Future?

‘Discover Niagara’ Shuttle Parking Plan, A Blueprint for a Better Future?

Niagara Falls August 11, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Lest anyone think the Niagara Falls Reporter prefers to dwell on the negative, concentrating on the city’s dire circumstances and cornering the local newspaper market on pessimism, try this article from major business network Bloomberg News, which ran a couple of years ago, on for size.   “Niagara Falls’ descentRead More

Radioactive Spoils Pile on North Ave. has been removed!

Radioactive Spoils Pile on North Ave. has been removed!

Niagara Falls August 11, 2016 at 7:01 am

By Lou Ricciuti and Frank Parlato Niagara Falls – The spoils pile at 915 North Ave. – which had signs around it warning: “Caution Radioactive Materials Area” –was removed earlier this month, along with the chain link fence surrounding it. The pile had sat on an abandoned lot for moreRead More

While Canadians campaign to declare Niagara Falls ‘eighth Wonder of the World’, New York seeks welfare subsidies

While Canadians campaign to declare Niagara Falls ‘eighth Wonder of the World’, New York seeks welfare subsidies

Niagara Falls August 11, 2016 at 5:06 am

Niagara Falls, Ontario -With support from government officials, businesses and residents, a campaign called, ‘#Claimthe8th’ has been launched in Canada, with the goal of trying to prove that Niagara Falls and the surrounding regions of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Twenty Valley, St. Catharines and Niagara’s South Coast should be called “the eighth worldRead More

Guest View: I grew up among the world’s most polluted area – Niagara Falls

Guest View: I grew up among the world’s most polluted area – Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls August 11, 2016 at 2:43 am

Guest View: By a Longtime Falls’ Resident I’m sending along a picture of the environment I grew up in starting in 1951. I was five years old. The back of the house faced the factories and Buffalo Avenue My family lived on A Street near the chemical factories. The reason for beingRead More

ORTT: NYPA AUDIT RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS

ORTT: NYPA AUDIT RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS

Niagara County August 11, 2016 at 1:50 am

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda)  issued the following statement regarding the New York State Office of the State Comptroller’s audit of the New York Power Authority (NYPA): “The Comptroller’s audit of NYPA offers a concerning glimpse into the state’s power allocations through ReCharge New York. With the state’s largest powerRead More

Grand Island bike path debate opens up opportunities, and resistance

Grand Island bike path debate opens up opportunities, and resistance

Erie County August 11, 2016 at 1:40 am

The ongoing controversy about whether to close Grand Island’s  West River Parkway to create a bike path can be seen as part of a larger conflict, one that pits longtime residents against more recent arrivals in determining the future of what has traditionally been a semi-rural bedroom community. The lightningRead More

Was political activist Thompson targeted by DA for his beliefs?

Was political activist Thompson targeted by DA for his beliefs?

Erie County August 11, 2016 at 1:17 am

  It was a setup. That’s how longtime Grand Island activist Russ Thompson described the series of events that led to his being charged with felony of false voter registration and using that false registration to cast ballots on Grand Island. Thompson turned down an offered plea bargain, and theRead More

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