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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

Ask The Judge

Ask The Judge

News, Featured June 30, 2016 at 5:35 pm

Dear Judge Bayger: My son was recently in a terrible accident and sustained very serious injuries. I’ve seen various ads on television and on billboards from lawyers soliciting injured people to contact their law firm immediately. How do I choose the right attorney to represent my son in this case?Read More

Print Edition: June 23, 2016

Print Edition: June 23, 2016

News, Print Version June 23, 2016 at 6:41 pm
Print Edition: June 16, 2016

Print Edition: June 16, 2016

News, Print Version June 16, 2016 at 10:32 am
Out of control spending by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster has led to the squandering of tens of millions in casino revenue to plug budgetary gaps and deficits of nearly $8 million in some years. Now he’s proposing raising property taxes by between 17 and 40 percent under the guise of a citywide reassessment.

Reassessment To Result In Tax Increases Between 17 And 40 Percent Citywide

News, Featured June 16, 2016 at 10:27 am

by Mike Hudson When Niagara Falls officials say they’re “leaving $112 million on the table” because they haven’t done a reassessment since 2004, what they really mean is that the money has been left in the pockets of city taxpayers. Don’t look now, those pockets are about to be picked.Read More

Taxes In Most Highly Taxed City Just Aren’t High Enough, Dyster Says

Taxes In Most Highly Taxed City Just Aren’t High Enough, Dyster Says

News, Featured June 16, 2016 at 10:25 am

by Mike Hudson It was barely three years ago. On June 13, 2013, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that a settlement had been reached between the state and the Seneca Nation of Indians that ended a long running dispute over the possible development of private casinos along the NiagaraRead More

Cat Hating Grandinetti Shot Down Again On Anti-Cat Legislation Here

Cat Hating Grandinetti Shot Down Again On Anti-Cat Legislation Here

News, Featured June 16, 2016 at 10:23 am

by Mike Hudson It would be comical if it wasn’t so pathetic. Councilwoman Kristin Grandinetti, rubber stamp for anything her neighbor, Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, proposes, Facebook gadabout and untiring champion for issues having to do with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community is still proposing legislationRead More

Transparency Wins Out Over Unnecessary  Feral-Cat Ordinance Expediency

Transparency Wins Out Over Unnecessary Feral-Cat Ordinance Expediency

News, Featured June 16, 2016 at 10:20 am

by Joe Kissel “I don’t understand the hesitation,” said councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti at Monday’s city council meeting just before changes to the city animal code regarding “community” cats got tabled. “We’ve gone to the SPCA and gotten her expert opinion,” said Grandinetti. “We went over all the language with her.Read More

City Attorney Craig Johnson under attack for being too ethical?
City Attorney Craig Johnson under attack for being too ethical?

Complaints Against City Solicitor Suit Dyster’s Final Solution To A T

News, Featured June 16, 2016 at 10:16 am

The three complainants who filed charges against former city controller Maria Brown have now also filed them against Corporation counsel Craig Johnson,  reliable sources told the Niagara Falls Reporter. Who are these people? Why do they attack people in the City Hall of Mayor Paul Dyster who attempt to playRead More

Fancy (and slippery) $60 per square foot granite pavers helped an Albany based contractor earn millions as part of the Niagara Falls State Park improvement plan.
Fancy (and slippery) $60 per square foot granite pavers helped an Albany based contractor earn millions as part of the Niagara Falls State Park improvement plan.

Cuomo Pledges $17 Million To Fix Up Park: Crime, Joblessness, Poverty Remain

News, Featured June 16, 2016 at 10:13 am

by Mike Hudson So the Governor of New York State decides to spend $17 million on Niagara Falls State Park – which of course is owned by New York State – and local politicians and the media fall over swooning as though it were some kind of big win forRead More

Robert Moses: Some say he was a bit of a scoundrel.
Robert Moses: Some say he was a bit of a scoundrel.

Exactly What Are We Getting For Our $17 Million, Gov. Cuomo?

News, Featured June 16, 2016 at 10:11 am

by Mike Hudson Oh how the mighty have fallen. Robert Moses, the onetime “master builder” of New York and the subject of Robert Caro’s bestselling 1974 biography “The Power Broker,” would be rolling over in his grave. Last week, as he announced a $17 million shot in the arm toRead More

Do Niagara County Legislators Support Open Government?

News, Featured June 16, 2016 at 10:07 am

by Paul Wolf, Esq. While Buffalo and Erie County have their share of open government and ethical issues, Niagara County seems to be years behind on basic items.  Earlier this year when Wm. Keith McNall became Chair of the Niagara County Legislature he told fellow lawmakers.  “The challenges county governmentRead More

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