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The potential for the Discover Niagara shuttle to convey tourists out of downtown Niagara Falls, ensuring that the city remains poor and on the brink of insolvency, is in Assemblyman John Ceretto’s estimation, “HUUUGE!”
The potential for the Discover Niagara shuttle to convey tourists out of downtown Niagara Falls, ensuring that the city remains poor and on the brink of insolvency, is in Assemblyman John Ceretto’s estimation, “HUUUGE!”

New Shuttle Service Latest Nail in Downtown Niagara Falls Coffin

News, Featured June 2, 2016 at 10:36 am

by James Hufnagel We took a closer look at the new “Discover Niagara Shuttle”, which made a big splash two weeks ago to the unbridled enthusiasm of the politicians and their invited guests at the Robert Moses Power Project, and came up with some serious questions regarding the logistics ofRead More

On And Off The New  Nonsense Shuttle

On And Off The New Nonsense Shuttle

News, Featured June 2, 2016 at 10:34 am

 by James Hufnagel Earlier this week I went for a ride on the Discover Niagara Shuttle, so as to be able to give a first-hand account of the experience to you, the reader. I asked the driver if I had enough time to run over to the NTCC Visitors CenterRead More

Because of the severe drug problems in government schools, the courts have bestowed great power on administrators to become drug enforcers.
Because of the severe drug problems in government schools, the courts have bestowed great power on administrators to become drug enforcers.

The Best Drug Store in Town

News, Featured June 2, 2016 at 10:25 am

by Jim Ostrowski It is in the nature of progressivism as a failed ideology to endlessly search for scapegoats for its failed policies or face ideological suicide by admitting the problem is itself.  Progressivism is a kind of self-imposed mental disability that prevents progressives from ever admitting that their policiesRead More

Edward Perlman.
Edward Perlman.

Lawsuit Launched Against Brown As Council Gives Her A Stay Of Execution

News, Featured June 2, 2016 at 10:20 am

Mayor Paul A. Dyster wants to get rid of longtime city controller Maria Brown who has continuously criticized the mayor’s spending and the $12 million plus annual budget deficit. But the Niagara Falls City Controller kept her job for at least another two weeks after the city council voted 4-1Read More

Government fascism: No way are these people going to get together without the government taking an extra slice of their money
Government fascism: No way are these people going to get together without the government taking an extra slice of their money

Airbnb Hosts Targeted By City Will Organize

News, Featured June 2, 2016 at 10:18 am

by Joseph Kissel Falls residents participating in Airbnb’s online room-rental service began receiving “cease and desist” letters from the city this week. “Please be advised this Department is in receipt of a complaint regarding the establishment of a bed and breakfast/vacation rental at the above referenced premises,” reads a letterRead More

The Niagara Falls Police Department Honor Guard, led by bagpiper Dave Cudahee led the parade down Pine Avenue.
The Niagara Falls Police Department Honor Guard, led by bagpiper Dave Cudahee led the parade down Pine Avenue.

Community Memorial Day Parade Draws Crowds, More Units

News June 2, 2016 at 10:15 am

The first blast of summer arrived in time to help herald in the Community Memorial Day Parade. The event, organized by Councilmen Kenny Tompkins and Ezra Scott, Jr., drew larger crowds to Pine Avenue than recent years, as well as over 70 units who marched in the parade. WJJL’s TomRead More

This Is Very Serious And Very Upsetting Stuff!!

This Is Very Serious And Very Upsetting Stuff!!

News, Featured June 2, 2016 at 10:11 am

by J. Gary DiLaura On January 22, 2009 Hillary Rodham Clinton signed a “Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement”, which was witnessed by 2 FBI Agents who explained, in details all the aspects of the laws and consequences for violating ANY of the provisions. This document, in its’ entirety, is available onRead More

Cuomo Says Hamister Has Financing in Place, Is Moving Forward
Journalist and Niagara Falls Reporter contibutor, Tony Farina

Cuomo Says Hamister Has Financing in Place, Is Moving Forward

News, Featured June 2, 2016 at 10:09 am

by Tony Farina It was nearly three years ago that Gov.  Andrew Cuomo and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster rammed the controversial Hamister Hotel project down the throats of a hesitant city council, telling anyone who would listen as an election approached that the Hamister deal was pretty much do-or-dieRead More

Ask The Judge

Ask The Judge

News, Featured June 2, 2016 at 10:04 am

Dear Judge Bayger: I had a difficult delivery when my son was born.  When he was 3 years old, he started having seizures.  He’s now 12 years old and the seizures are getting worse.  I’ve consulted with pediatricians and they have indicated that something may have occurred during the childRead More

Local gas station owners seem resigned to the construction of a Seneca-built gas station and convenience store along Niagara Street. However, nobody’s quite sure if the project is legal considering the original charter between the state and Senecas allowed only “gaming related” businesses.
Local gas station owners seem resigned to the construction of a Seneca-built gas station and convenience store along Niagara Street. However, nobody’s quite sure if the project is legal considering the original charter between the state and Senecas allowed only “gaming related” businesses.

N.F. Station Owners Call Seneca Project “Unfair” But Is It Even Legal?

News, Featured June 2, 2016 at 10:01 am

by Joseph Kissel Four years ago, the idea to build a Seneca tax-free gas station at the casino caused state and local leaders to question the legality of such a move. Four years later, the site is now fenced off and an excavator stands ready to break ground. Reports haveRead More

Print Edition 5.26.16

Print Edition 5.26.16

News, Print Version May 26, 2016 at 10:57 am
Mayor Paul Dyster is shown with a model of a sculpture he plans for a small traffic circle on Rainbow Blvd. The sculpture will cost taxpayers $472,000 of state, city and Greenway money.  Standing next to him is City Administrator Donna Owens who will be axed - but not until after she stays on past her eighth anniversary so she can pick up additional taxpayer funded goodies. 
One thing about Dyster: He is never transparent. He could have said, when announcing Owens’ departure date, that he wanted her to stay until she got one more year of benefits. But he didn’t. Sly.
Mayor Paul Dyster is shown with a model of a sculpture he plans for a small traffic circle on Rainbow Blvd. The sculpture will cost taxpayers $472,000 of state, city and Greenway money. Standing next to him is City Administrator Donna Owens who will be axed - but not until after she stays on past her eighth anniversary so she can pick up additional taxpayer funded goodies. One thing about Dyster: He is never transparent. He could have said, when announcing Owens’ departure date, that he wanted her to stay until she got one more year of benefits. But he didn’t. Sly.

Brown Gets Bum’s Rush Here As Owens Hangs On For More Cash

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 10:52 am

by Mike Hudson Inquiring minds want to know: What’s the big hurry to get City Controller Maria Brown out of office next week when Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster is letting City Administrator Donna Owens hang around until July 8? Both women were canned by the mayor in the sameRead More

The new Niagara Falls International Railway Station and Intermodal Transportation Center
The Reporter predicts it’s going to be a huge, empty [expensive] train station. The city got grants to pay for much of the construction, but will not get grants to maintain it. The taxpayers of this city will pay for this soon to be empty building. This suggests that just because you’re offered a grant, doesn’t mean you accept it. Suppose you got a grant that would be used to buy a white elephant, but you had to pay to feed and house him - and pay someone to clean up his manure, would you still accept the grant?

Without High Speed Rail Service What Good Is New Train Station?

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 10:48 am

by Mike Hudson Back in 2010, for Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, it was all about high speed rail. President Barack Obama had committed to funding the concept, with New York State alone to receive $151 million to promote the concept. Dyster used the publicity to justify spending $44 million onRead More

Train travel the mode of transportation that never goes out of style
Train travel the mode of transportation that never goes out of style

No Lease Between Amtrak, City May Mean Future Surprises for Train Station

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 10:46 am

by Mike Hudson & Frank Parlato Since no lease agreement exists between Amtrak and the city for space in the Whirlpool Street “Intermodal Transportation Center,” there is no guarantee that Amtrak will move into the $44 million facility at all, much less any sort of agreement as to how muchRead More

Enough Already, The Train Station Name’s Too Long

Enough Already, The Train Station Name’s Too Long

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 10:34 am

The Niagara Falls International Railway Station & Intermodal Transportation Center – a name which is, by the way, a mouthful of grammatically contorted & ponderously laughable exaggeratedly glorified windy pretentiousness and with its nine word name it is an example of name sprawl. Of the 51 railroad stations in AmericaRead More

US Attorney Preetinder Singh “Preet” Bharara prosecuted Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos for exchanging taxpayer money for donations or other favors.
US Attorney Preetinder Singh “Preet” Bharara prosecuted Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos for exchanging taxpayer money for donations or other favors.

Power is Corruption: Are Silver, Skelos and Cuomo Victims of the Progressive Government They Fought to Sustain?

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 10:24 am

by Jim Ostrowski This may come as a shock but I have a slightly different take on the corruption scandal that led to the indictment and conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.  I like to startRead More

It’s time to move the Albright-Knox and  Buffalo Zoo to Niagara Falls

It’s time to move the Albright-Knox and Buffalo Zoo to Niagara Falls

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 10:20 am

by Matt Ricchiazzi If we could ever put the interests of institutional advancement over the prissy sensibilities of cynics, we may be able to make something spectacular of the The Albright–Knox Art Gallery which barely earns 200,000 attendees annually at its Delaware Park location. To put that in perspective, theRead More

Nickled and dimed for 81 years. Motorists have been delayed and charged to enter Grand Island since the days of the model T Ford to the present.
Nickled and dimed for 81 years. Motorists have been delayed and charged to enter Grand Island since the days of the model T Ford to the present.

Despite Harm To Region, GI Tolls SNAFU May Face Slow Resolution

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 10:12 am

by Joseph Kissel Straight from the pockets of commuters and tourists, the Grand Island tolls bring in $18 million a year for the NYS Thruway Authority. And they also create pollution and rush-hour traffic jams virtually any time of the year but especially during the region’s critical tourist season. “It’sRead More

At the end of the day, what’s wrong with people renting out their private property to people from other parts of the country and the world, who clearly understand the terms and conditions of airbnb?
Why is there a sudden need for government to regulate and tax the people and deprive them of life’s simple joys? Like making a new friend half way around the world or earning a little money to pay your taxes while playing host to someone new and giving them an experience they might never get otherwise?
Once government gets in the middle of this - it will ruin it, not improve it, and another freedom will disappear: the simple right to rent one’s own room out to a stranger who might soon become a friend.
People have been taking in boarders and renting rooms in America for centuries without onerous regulations. Other than a money grab what’s the need now?
At the end of the day, what’s wrong with people renting out their private property to people from other parts of the country and the world, who clearly understand the terms and conditions of airbnb? Why is there a sudden need for government to regulate and tax the people and deprive them of life’s simple joys? Like making a new friend half way around the world or earning a little money to pay your taxes while playing host to someone new and giving them an experience they might never get otherwise? Once government gets in the middle of this - it will ruin it, not improve it, and another freedom will disappear: the simple right to rent one’s own room out to a stranger who might soon become a friend. People have been taking in boarders and renting rooms in America for centuries without onerous regulations. Other than a money grab what’s the need now?

Although “Illegal,” Airbnb Hosts In City Not Imminently Facing Bed Taxes

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 10:07 am

by Joseph Kissel It’s certainly one of the nicest, best-maintained houses on 18th Street. Inside, the meticulously clean house has been thoroughly updated while retaining the original architectural details that make this middle-class Niagara Falls home unique. Part of what makes that home unique is the owner, an Airbnb “superhost”Read More

Richard Palladino (left), business manager of Local 91, has never been shy about criticizing either his own union’s past practices or the hiring practices of companies who take New York State taxpayer subsidies to develop businesses than hire out of state, low wage, non union workers. “I want local workers - people who live in Western New York to work on all projects locally that involve taxpayer subsidies,” he said.
Richard Palladino (left), business manager of Local 91, has never been shy about criticizing either his own union’s past practices or the hiring practices of companies who take New York State taxpayer subsidies to develop businesses than hire out of state, low wage, non union workers. “I want local workers - people who live in Western New York to work on all projects locally that involve taxpayer subsidies,” he said.

Unopposed, Palladino Wins Reelection As Laborers Local 91 Business Manager

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 10:02 am

by Mike Hudson Six years ago, Dick Palladino ran to become business manager of Laborers Local 91 here based on a single premise – to clean up the once troubled union, and rid it of the last vestiges of the corrupt element that once controlled it for as long asRead More

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