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Judge Pietruszka Center Stage as Pigeon Defense and State Debate Neutrality, Discovery and Evidence

Judge Pietruszka Center Stage as Pigeon Defense and State Debate Neutrality, Discovery and Evidence

News September 29, 2016 at 11:59 am

By Frank Parlato The role of Erie County Judge Michael Pietruszka in the New York State Attorney General’s case against political strategist G. Steven Pigeon was examined in court this week following a Sept. 8 story in Artvoice. Pigeon was indicted on June 28, charged with bribing former New York StateRead More

Mark Sacha

Sacha v Sedita, the untold story

News September 22, 2016 at 10:23 am

By Frank Parlato By Frank Parlato Mark Sacha, the recently unsuccessful candidate for DA, has always maintained he was fired from his job as an assistant Erie County District Attorney, because he pushed his boss, then DA (now State Supreme Court Justice) Frank Sedita III, to pursue criminal charges for electionRead More

The speed limit on Hyde Park Blvd was reduced in front of Gaskill Prep (above) from 35 to 25 mph. Two years later, the DOT got around to lowering the speed limit in front of Hyde Park Elementary (below) to 25 mph.

Hyde Park Elementary speed limit lowered after years of persistence

News September 8, 2016 at 7:58 am

Just in time for the new school year, the NYS DOT installed speed limit signs on State Route 61 (Hyde Park Blvd.), lowering the speed in front of Hyde Park Elementary School to 25 mph. The roadway has a 35 mph speed limit elsewhere, except in front of Gaskill PrepRead More

As one can see from the picture, the reservoir is elevated and stores water above the houses below it. An inundation plan exists and the Reporter will attempt to obtain it.

Emergency Plans Quietly Updated by NYPA in Response to Reservoir Issues

News September 1, 2016 at 1:47 am

Constructed over 55 years ago, the earthen barrier surrounding the large reservoir that contains the water supply for the massive Niagara Power Project hydroelectric generating plant at Lewiston, NY, may be experiencing worrying signs of deterioration, according to government communications recently obtained by Lou Ricciuti, an authority in radioactive hazardsRead More

Cuomo administration apparatchik Howard Zemsky, on behalf of the governor, returns $10 million taken from taxpayers to Jamestown to spend on state-approved economic development projects. Over the past several years, Cuomo has reneged on tens of millions promised for downtown Niagara Falls.

Governor hands out $100 million to cities, While Niagara Falls check bounces

News September 1, 2016 at 1:34 am

The city of Niagara Falls is like the civic equivalent of Rodney Dangerfield, in that it gets no respect, no respect at all, least of all from the governor’s office.   On April 7 of this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the kick-off of what he called his $100 millionRead More

Yahoo Center in Lockport got $30 million in tax breaks, which means, with the savings, that it will pay what it would have paid in many other low taxed states.

Cuomo’s Yahoo Deal Shows How New York Picks Winners and Losers, With more losers by far

News September 1, 2016 at 1:28 am

In New York State, if the governor doesn’t pick you as a winner, you’re a loser. This is well demonstrated by the Yahoo! deal in Lockport. In 2013, the $45 billion Yahoo Inc. negotiated an incentives package with Gov. Andrew Cuomo worth about $30 million in county, state, sales and propertyRead More

State Parks bulldozed over a Niagara River tributary that separates Three Sisters Islands from Goat Island, yet they claim that their Niagara Falls State Park "Landscape Improvements" plan doesn't have environmental impacts.

Local governments ignore environmental law to rush controversial projects

News August 18, 2016 at 7:55 pm

BY JAMES HUFNAGEL The State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) of 1978 was in tended to serve as a vehicle for citizen participation and government accountability with regards to decisions impacting the environment. Unfortunately, not only has the Act failed to live up to its original promise for greater democratization ofRead More

Erie County bosses say no cross-endorsements for judgeships this year, DelMonte bypassed
Niagara Falls attorney, John DelMonte, despite having strong local support, and preeminent qualifications, would not curry favor with Erie County Democratic Party bosses. Ironically, the very temperament that would qualify him for the bench, disqualified him from gaining Democrats support.

Erie County bosses say no cross-endorsements for judgeships this year, DelMonte bypassed

News August 18, 2016 at 7:51 pm

BY TONY FARINA It appears there will be no bipartisan endorsements for the now two open State Supreme Court seats that will be on the ballot in November in the 8th Judicial District covering the eight counties of Western New York to fill the seats of retiring Justice Joseph Glownia andRead More

Trio of Doctors to Perform Free Cataract Surgeries for One Day

Trio of Doctors to Perform Free Cataract Surgeries for One Day

News August 18, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Cataract Surgeons, Dr. Kenneth D. Anthone, Dr. Amar Atwal and Dr. Ephraim Atwal, will provide cataract surgery at “no charge on Friday, October 7, to people of all ages who have no means to pay. The three are part of an annual charitable event called “Mission Cataract Day” where, forRead More

Niagara Falls Memorial awarded three-year national reaccreditation

Niagara Falls Memorial awarded three-year national reaccreditation

News August 18, 2016 at 7:49 pm

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center was awarded a three-year reac- creditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent accredita- tion organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It earned this distinction after the HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of the quality andRead More

Steve Pigeon

Did Politics Have a Hand in the Pigeon Prosecution?

News, Featured July 28, 2016 at 1:40 pm

Everyone had at least one brush with Pigeon By Frank Parlato   A POLITICAL QUESTION The question of whether politics was a motive for New York State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman’s prosecution of political operative and attorney G. Steven Pigeon, 55, has been debated in a few circles. Last month,Read More

Ask The Judge

Ask The Judge

News July 28, 2016 at 12:46 pm

  Ask the Judge – Question #9 Dear Judge Bayger: I’m really miffed at my lawyer. Over a year ago, I fell off of a ladder after it slipped while I was repairing my neighbor’s roof. I was trying to do someone a favor, but the ladder he provided didn’tRead More

Speculation on the Defenses of Steve Pigeon

Speculation on the Defenses of Steve Pigeon

News, Featured July 21, 2016 at 1:59 pm

What did Michalek and Pigeon get from each other? By Frank Parlato A lot has been written about political operative and attorney G. Steven Pigeon, 55, after a state grand jury was led to indict him on June 30th on nine felony counts of bribery, rewarding official misconduct and grandRead More

Ask The Judge

Ask The Judge

News July 21, 2016 at 6:40 am

  Dear Judge Bayger: A few months ago, I was in an accident with another vehicle that ran a red light.  His insurance company is refusing to pay for my injuries because I wasn’t wearing my seat belt.  Can the insurance company get away with this? Signed, An Injured PartyRead More

Gary DiLaura

How Could This Possibly Happen?

News July 14, 2016 at 5:27 pm

The Right Side J. Gary DiLaura     Liar, cheat, dishonest, thief, arrogant beyond belief…these are all adjectives that I hear regularly when people speak of the “President of the United States”! How could the people of this Great Nation put someone in office who can claim ALL these “attributes”Read More

Print Edition: June 30, 2016

Print Edition: June 30, 2016

News, Print Version June 30, 2016 at 8:55 pm
Aerial Images Contradict City Official’s Claim About Date of Falls’ Radioactive Waste Pile

Aerial Images Contradict City Official’s Claim About Date of Falls’ Radioactive Waste Pile

Niagara County, Community News, News June 30, 2016 at 6:31 pm

By Matt Ricchiazzi & Lou Ricciuti Last week, The Reporter broke a story about a suspected toxic dumpsite at 915 North Avenue in the City of Niagara Falls. The site has signs posted around it warning that it is radioactive; the 100-ton pile within the site appeared abandoned and with brokenRead More

Small Wisconsin City to Siphon Great Lakes Water Gov. Cuomo Approves Historic Water Grab

Small Wisconsin City to Siphon Great Lakes Water Gov. Cuomo Approves Historic Water Grab

Niagara County, Community News, News, Erie County June 30, 2016 at 6:29 pm

By James Hufnagel True to form, and doing exactly what we predicted he would do in our March 31 issue, Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week approved the diversion of millions of gallons of Great Lakes water to the small city of Waukesha, Wisconsin, a few miles west of Milwaukee. CuomoRead More

Lafarge cement plant in Syria...company reportedly paid terrorists to stay in business

Cement Maker Lafarge Reportedly Paid Taxes to ISIS

News June 30, 2016 at 6:25 pm

French cement maker Lafarge, which has several Western New York locations including Buffalo and Niagara Falls, entered into deals with armed groups in Syria, including the Islamic State, to protect its business interests in the country, according to the French daily newspaper Le Monde. According to Le Monde in aRead More

Heap Of Garbage In Alleyway Behind Lasalle Invites Rats and Fire Bugs

Heap Of Garbage In Alleyway Behind Lasalle Invites Rats and Fire Bugs

Niagara Falls, Niagara County, Community News, News June 30, 2016 at 5:57 pm

Speaking of unsightly- since the new garbage plan where the recycle bins are larger than the refuse bins – people all over the city have sought out alleys and abandoned spots to get rid of the trash the city used to pick up. This unsightly mess is in the alleyRead More

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