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Grand Island November 2, 2017 at 4:50 pm

Dear Islanders, The two Town Councilmen who are leaving office, Ray Billica and Chris Aronica, wrote a letter last week. Their message, essentially, was that we need to elect Town Council Candidates who will do the will of the people rather than the will of a select few. And thus,Read More

Mike Hudson, founder of Niagara Falls Reporter, has died

Mike Hudson, founder of Niagara Falls Reporter, has died

Local News October 27, 2017 at 11:51 pm

Mike Hudson, 61, passed away today in his home in Los Angeles at around 8:30 pm Pacific time. He died of sepsis from a recently torn bowel. He did not appear to be suffering from any illness, and had no pain until about 24 hours prior to his death. OnRead More

Gov. Cuomo and his lawyers negotiated a pact with the Senecas that didn't include payments past 2016. Perhaps the city of Niagara Falls should sue him for incompetence and see about getting him disbarred.

Dyster rejected Seneca offer to pay casino revenue directly to city

Niagara Falls October 27, 2017 at 5:52 am

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster knew well in advance that the Seneca Nation of Indians planned to end its revenue sharing agreement with the state in March of this year, and rejected an invitation by tribal leaders to enter into discussions that would have resulted in direct payments to theRead More

Councilmembers Grandinetti and Touma, pictured here with Mayor Dyster, support his proposed tax increases on businesses and residents. They are up for re-election in less than two weeks.

Baby steps approach to Budget won’t help in closing $12 million shortfall

Niagara Falls October 27, 2017 at 5:46 am

“Baby steps.” It’s a term used in Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-Step programs to warn those with substance abuse problems not to try and take on too much at once. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and his reliable rubber stamps on the City Council, Kristen Grandinetti and Andrew Touma, haveRead More

Tom Lowe, dressed to impress in one of his nicest t-shirts, represents Niagara University and the city of Niagara Falls at UB's Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness inaugural "Social Innovation" conference this past April.

Not another faith based initiative! ReNU Niagara eyes 5th, 6th Streets

Niagara Falls October 27, 2017 at 5:30 am

Back in Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood’s motto was, “Take from the rich and give to the poor.” Not a bad objective, but one that’s been revised by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster. “Take from the working poor and give to the non-working poor,” might well be his motto. Last week,Read More

Residents on new Upper Mountain Road housing development: “Not Now, No Way!”

Residents on new Upper Mountain Road housing development: “Not Now, No Way!”

Niagara County October 27, 2017 at 5:20 am

Is local government stalling, wearing down citizen opposition? The debate over a new, high-density housing subdivision proposed for the town of Lewiston seems to be winding down, as only a handful of citizens attending the Lewiston Town Board meeting Monday evening voiced opposition to the new construction. For the thirdRead More

Probably the last time the Reporter will run this photo, since Ms. Grandinetti (L) and Mr. Walker (R) are leaving the council, but not before voting through Mayor Paul Dyster's huge tax increases.

An early Christmas for 300 city workers, Dyster, Grandinetti, Touma hand out raises

Niagara Falls October 20, 2017 at 5:56 am

With a recent state audit confirming that the city will be completely broke by December, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo stating unequivocally that no addition aid would be forthcoming in the wake of the abrupt end of cash from the Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and Councilmembers KristenRead More

Jingle Falls USA another accident waiting to happen for Dyster here

Jingle Falls USA another accident waiting to happen for Dyster here

Niagara Falls October 20, 2017 at 5:52 am

When an idea fails miserably twice in recent memory, why not try it a third time? That seems to be the logic being applied by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and John Percy’s publicly funded Destination Niagara USA in announcing yet another winter festival here, this one called “Jingle FallsRead More

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN - An old campaign ad presages the city's present budget predicament.

Dyster’s whopping tax increases to pass as Homeowners, Businesses take the fall

Niagara Falls October 20, 2017 at 5:50 am

The 2018 Niagara Falls city budget, otherwise known as Mayor Paul Dyster’s massive tax increase, has every chance of passing, despite the outcry raised by taxpayers in what is already the most highly taxed municipality in the state. At Monday night’s City Council meeting a vote was taken on aRead More

Congratulations... You're hired! This way to your corner office on the top floor!

Gov. Cuomo’s jobs “Strikeforce” invades Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls October 20, 2017 at 5:40 am

Declares Victory, then retreats back to Albany “Niagara Falls Unemployment Rate highest in New York State” blared the headline for our lead story on August 13 of this year. As we reported, the Niagara Falls unemployment figure for June, 2017 was an appalling 7.7%, by far the highest of anyRead More

"I get sick of people saying, you know, well it's never been done here," remarked Rev. Darius Pridgen on a self-produced video promoting his Affordable Rent and Housing (ARH) program.

More Subsidized Housing on the way; Is it a Blessing, or a Curse?

Niagara Falls October 20, 2017 at 5:30 am

Another day, another scheme to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on low rent housing in a city already so vacant that private landlords are just giving up. You can’t throw a rock around here and not hit some politically connected insider with a yen to house the downtrodden and walkRead More

State DEC finally cracks down on Allied Waste, worse than skunks

State DEC finally cracks down on Allied Waste, worse than skunks

Niagara County October 20, 2017 at 5:12 am

Even stinkier than the skunk invasion written about just weeks ago on these pages, a smelly landfill rivals only the city’s own Buffalo Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant in terms of the putrid, nauseating stench that now blankets much of the city, particularly during the summer tourist season. Complaints about theRead More

Once upon a time, it was the White man who outfoxed the Native Americans. All that changed when Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Dyster arrived on the scene.

Gov. Cuomo delivers bad news to the Falls, Mayor Dyster remains silent in betrayal’s wake

Local News October 13, 2017 at 5:50 am

  The silence emanating from Mayor Paul Dyster’s office was deafening in the wake of a statement by his close personal friend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, that there will be no additional state aid for Niagara Falls in the wake of the botched casino compact extension the governor himself signed. LastRead More

Cuomo jokes about Niagara Falls’ loss of casino funds

Cuomo jokes about Niagara Falls’ loss of casino funds

Niagara Falls October 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

Governor turns his back on World-Famous Tourist city “This agreement is a win-win-win; a win for the local governments of Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and Salamanca, a win for the Seneca Nation whose exclusivity will be honored, and a win for all New Yorkers with hundreds of millions of dollars comingRead More

Retired State Senator George D. Maziarz

Maziarz Case Expected to be Dismissed in November

Niagara County October 13, 2017 at 5:42 am

Sources say that the New York State Attorney General’s prosecution of George Maziarz may wind up in a dismissal. The reason: No crimes were committed. The trial was supposed to commence in September. It has been adjourned. Sources familiar with the case said that expected testimony of prosecution witnesses unraveledRead More

Councilmembers Grandinetti and Touma are attempting to postpone the budget vote to raise your taxes until after the Nov. 7 election.

Grandinetti, Touma seek to postpone budget vote until after Council election

Niagara Falls October 13, 2017 at 5:40 am

 City Councilmembers Kristen Grandinetti and Andrew Touma have come up with what they think is a great idea, that is, defer consideration of Mayor Paul Dyster’s whopping proposed tax increase until after the November election. Niagara Falls is already the most highly taxed municipality in the state based on theRead More

24 Below is the latest Third Street business to be shuttered.

Another Third Street business closes its doors

Niagara Falls October 13, 2017 at 5:36 am

USA Niagara, City wasted millions on Tourism Pipedream Niagara Falls’ “Tourist District” just received another blow with the closing of Third Street’s 24 Below Art Gallery and Cafe’ last week. Described by an Oct. 2016 article in the Niagara Gazette as a “haven for local artists,” the gallery actually doubledRead More

"A Council proclamation & Mayoral pin for Mary Ann Hess" proclaims Mayor Dyster on Twitter. Too bad hard-working business owners like Ms. Hess are about to get socked with a 14% tax increase, courtesy of the mayor and 4 of 5 councilmembers pictured here.

Dyster’s whopping tax increase born out of desperation at City Hall

Niagara Falls October 6, 2017 at 5:42 am

The most highly taxed city in the most highly taxed state in the entire country is about to get pricier, thanks to Niagara Falls, New York, Mayor Paul Dyster and the rubber stamp City Council majority that slavishly serves him. Over the nine years of his reign of error, theRead More

Mayor Dyster doesn't look too happy presenting his 2018 proposed budget at Niagara Falls City Hall, which raises taxes on residents and businesses.

Big Tax Increase in Dyster’s 2018 Budget not enough to offset loss of Casino Revenue

Niagara Falls October 6, 2017 at 5:40 am

While the national and state economies have enjoyed a reasonably robust recovery in the years following the housing meltdown and great recession, the financial condition of the city of Niagara Falls has steadily deteriorated over the decade Mayor Dyster has been in office, and there’s no mystery why. Rock concerts,Read More

Introducing… Pizza Squirrel!

Introducing… Pizza Squirrel!

Niagara Falls October 6, 2017 at 5:31 am

Niagara Falls’ newest recycling mascot, Pizza Squirrel. He says, “Thanks for putting recycling 1st.” Now Pizza Squirrel can feed his family ‘n lessen the amount of garbage going into the landfill at the same time. “No, Thank You, Pizza Squirrel.”

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