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Dyster’s Human Rights Commissioner defends her role in shooting spree

Dyster’s Human Rights Commissioner defends her role in shooting spree

Niagara Falls September 29, 2017 at 5:58 am

A member of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster’s Human Rights Commission, who was charged with first degree reckless endangerment, a felony, after allegedly firing a shotgun into the back of a car and then aiming at a nearby apartment window on September 25, took to the internet Tuesday to proclaimRead More

Captured on camera, a menacing Evan Stafford is framed by one of the beautiful "public art" murals on Third Street, moments before beating the hell out of a WIVB-TV crew and smashing their equipment.

Niagara Falls’ Successful Title Defense: FBI again ranks city as Most Dangerous in New York State

Niagara Falls September 29, 2017 at 5:50 am

For the second year in a row, the city of Niagara Falls has topped the list as the most violent city in New York State, according to the 2016 report “Crime in the United States,” released this week by the FBI. There were a total of 565 violent crimes reportedRead More

Niagara Falls water bills deemed Cruel, Unusual Punishment

Niagara Falls water bills deemed Cruel, Unusual Punishment

Niagara Falls September 29, 2017 at 5:30 am

Council Candidate Pascoal proposes solutions to vexing problem According to the recently published Niagara Falls Water Board’s Annual Drinking Water Quality Report, “The total water produced in 2015 was over 7.7 billion gallons… The annual amount of water delivered to customers was about 2.5 billion gallons. This leaves about 5.2Read More

Michael DiCienzo

DiCienzo water park initiative gains wide support despite Dyster, Cuomo’s disinterest

Niagara Falls September 29, 2017 at 5:15 am

Sometimes, even in Niagara Falls, the good guys can win one. Take the case of Michael DiCienzo, the prosperous owner of numerous hotels in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, New York, whose development plans here have repeatedly been thwarted by both Mayor Paul Dyster’s City Hall and Governor AndrewRead More

Somerset Supervisor Dan Engert

County taxpayers to benefit from new Health Care initiative, but not in Falls

Niagara County September 29, 2017 at 5:14 am

Take a wild guess. Which was the only municipality in Niagara County to opt out of a money saving, state health care consolidation and the lion’s share of a $15.8 million state grant to bring current costs for municipal employees health benefits back in line? If you guessed the cityRead More

Seneca President Barry Snyder's smile is perhaps because he knows the renewed compact doesn't account for payments past this year, unlike the other two grinning fools.

Dyster blames Council for squandering Casino Cash as financial crisis looms

Niagara Falls September 22, 2017 at 5:42 am

The gall. The unmitigated gall. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, the man responsible for figuring casino revenue into the general fund budget and using it for everything from a failed winter festival to a series of expensive but half baked rock concerts, is now blaming the City Council for theRead More

"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

Christopher Bohnenkamp, right, is shown in this 2015 photo with former co-owner of Niagara Jet Adventures, Mike Fox, at their Youngstown dock. Mr. Fox is now one of those suing Mr. Bohnenkamp.

Youngstown jet boat firm hits some unusually stormy seas

Niagara County September 22, 2017 at 5:32 am

Niagara Jet Adventures, the Youngstown firm that sought to challenge Lewiston’s Whirlpool Jetboat Tours, Hornblower Niagara Falls and even Jimmy Glynn’s incomprehensibly still-in-business Maid of the Mist franchise, has hit some extraordinarily rough water For starters, Christopher Bohnenkamp, founder of Niagara Jet Adventures, was sentenced last month to five yearsRead More

Niagara Greenway Executive Director Jeanne Leccese didn't do very much to earn her near six figure salary this summer.

Not a Single Project Submission for Greenway this Funding Cycle

Niagara County September 22, 2017 at 5:30 am

For the first time in the ten year history of the Niagara River Greenway, not a single proposal was submitted for review this bimonthly project period. The September 19 meeting was strictly a formality, with no presentations taking place. Funded through the 2007 relicensing agreement with the New York PowerRead 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

Bringing the City to the Country: The Problem is Density with Bri Estates

Bringing the City to the Country: The Problem is Density with Bri Estates

Niagara County September 15, 2017 at 5:50 am

Opposition to a proposed new housing development in the Town of Niagara is gaining momentum, as more information becomes available to residents of the Colonial Drive and Miller Road neighborhoods which will adjoin the subdivision, should it be built. The local office of Yonkers, NY-based Double C Realty Inc. hasRead 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

Angler holding Lower Niagara River steelhead

WATERBOARDED – An open letter to the Niagara Falls Water Board

Niagara County September 8, 2017 at 4:11 am

To: Gretchen Leffler, Colleen Larkin, Renae Kimble, Nick Forster and Dan O’Callaghan, Niagara Falls is being waterboarded. In general parlance, waterboarding is a form of water torture in which water is poured over a cloth covering the face and breathing passages of an immobilized captive, causing the individual to experience theRead More

The opulent Niagara Falls Water Board administration building.

FISH ON DRUGS

Niagara County September 8, 2017 at 4:10 am

New study finds high levels of drugs, antidepressants in Niagara River fish Everyone knows Niagara Falls has a serious drug problem. But a new study shows that the problem isn’t confined to humans. Even the fish in the Niagara River are swimming around high. In the study, researchers detected highRead 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

NIAGARA OFFICIALS REACT TO AG’s FENTANYL WARNING

NIAGARA OFFICIALS REACT TO AG’s FENTANYL WARNING

Niagara County September 8, 2017 at 3:31 am

NIAGARA OFFICIALS REACT TO AG’s FENTANYL WARNING County Opiate Task Force Will Meet to Consider Further Steps                                                                             LOCKPORT—Niagara County officials are taking the discovery of fentanyl-laced pillsRead More

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