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Ortt Says He Was Victim in Grand Jury Appearance

Ortt Says He Was Victim in Grand Jury Appearance

News April 2, 2017 at 2:19 pm

By Tony Farina   State Sen. Robert Ott (R.- North Tonawanda) is keeping up his offensive against State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this week, claiming felony indictments filed against him last week should be dismissed because he was effectively blocked from addressing the charges against him during his grand juryRead More

Gaming Dispute Takes Back Seat to Budget

Gaming Dispute Takes Back Seat to Budget

News April 2, 2017 at 2:16 pm

By Tony Farina The developing crisis between the Seneca Nation and the state in the gaming dispute over revenue sharing payments is taking a back seat these days to the budget negotiations in Albany as lawmakers and the governor try to meet the April 1 budget deadline. “It is definitelyRead More

Goat Island Lodge Plan Could Be Coming Soon

Goat Island Lodge Plan Could Be Coming Soon

News April 2, 2017 at 2:12 pm

By Tony Farina It was only a few weeks ago that the state plan to build a “world-class lodge” on Goat Island State Park was swirling in controversy as the Niagara Falls Council and the Niagara County Legislature voiced strong opposition to the idea of marring the pristine beauty ofRead More

Roger STone

Part 3: STILL No evidence of Roger Stone’s collaboration with Russia

News, State and National News April 1, 2017 at 1:01 pm

Should Americans Trust the Intelligence Community on Russian Hacking? By Frank Parlato The US Intelligence Community has concluded with ‘high confidence’ that hacks which led to leaks of emails of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton Campaign Manager John Podesta were orchestrated by the Russian government. In analytics, “highRead More

Ortt, Maziarz Vow to Fight Schneiderman’s Charges;  Ortt Believes Case Politically Motivated

Ortt, Maziarz Vow to Fight Schneiderman’s Charges; Ortt Believes Case Politically Motivated

News March 24, 2017 at 3:06 pm

By Tony Farina; State Sen. Robert Ortt (R-62nd District) and his predecessor, George Maziarz, plan to vigorously fight the eight felony charges of filing a false instrument returned against them on Wednesday by an Albany County Grand Jury in a case presented by the Public Integrity Unit of Atty. GeneralRead More

Morinello Urges the Two Sides to Go to Arbitration on Gaming Payments

Morinello Urges the Two Sides to Go to Arbitration on Gaming Payments

News March 23, 2017 at 10:15 pm

By Tony Farina; Assemblyman Angelo Morinello (R. C. – Niagara Falls) is urging the governor and the Seneca Nation of Indians to use the arbitration provision in the gaming compact to come to a “timely resolution” of the latest gaming dispute, triggered by the announcement this week by Seneca officialsRead More

Seneca Nation to Stop Gaming Payments to State

Seneca Nation to Stop Gaming Payments to State

News March 23, 2017 at 2:45 pm

By Tony Farina The long and sometimes bitter gaming war between the State of New York and the Seneca Nation ended in the summer of 2013 with an agreement that started casino revenue-sharing payments flowing again under the gaming compact to the three Western New York cities where the SenecasRead More

Part 2: No evidence of Roger Stone’s collaboration with ‘Guccifer 2.0’; ‘Low confidence’ of Russian hacking DNC

Part 2: No evidence of Roger Stone’s collaboration with ‘Guccifer 2.0’; ‘Low confidence’ of Russian hacking DNC

News March 16, 2017 at 9:06 pm

By Frank Parlato; As we reported in part 1 of this series, there has been no evidence publicly presented that Trump friend and adviser, Roger Stone collaborated with Russian cyber spies, or with Guccifer 2.0, an online entity suspected of being operated by Russian Intelligence. Stone is reportedly under investigationRead More

Rob Ortt

Indictments Expected Next Week in Maziarz Probe

News March 16, 2017 at 8:17 pm

By Tony Farina; A state grand jury sitting in Albany County could return indictments next Thursday (March 23) in the investigation into the Niagara County political operation and campaign war chest run by former Republican State Sen. George Maziarz of Newfane. According to our sources, the State Atty. General’s PubicRead More

No evidence of Roger Stone’s collaboration with Russian spies, hackers or ‘Guccifer 2.0′ – Part #1

No evidence of Roger Stone’s collaboration with Russian spies, hackers or ‘Guccifer 2.0′ – Part #1

News March 14, 2017 at 2:12 am

By Frank Parlato; Media articles published in the last few days are reporting that Trump friend and adviser, Roger Stone has admitted he had a private Twitter exchange with “Guccifer 2.0”, an online entity suspected of being a front for a Russian spy group. Reportedly, Stone is under investigation byRead More

Steve Pigeon with his attorney Paul Cambria.

Democrats line up in various roles as Pigeon trial is set for September

News March 13, 2017 at 1:09 am

The trial of renegade Democrat, G. Steven Pigeon is scheduled to begin Sept. 5. before acting State Supreme Court Justice Donald F. Cerio Jr., a mainstream Democrat. Pigeon was once a mainstream Democrat when he was chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party from 1996-2002. After being ousted, he servedRead More

Touma Appears Poised to Announce He’s Running

Touma Appears Poised to Announce He’s Running

News March 10, 2017 at 12:29 am

By Tony Farina Three of the five incumbents will have to win re-election this year to continue to serve as members of the Niagara Falls City Council. The three lawmakers who are up this year are Chairman Charles Walker, Kristen Grandinettti, and former Chairman Andrew Touma. Walker, who pleaded guiltyRead More

Connors Wins $3.2 Million Settlement in Orleans County Case

Connors Wins $3.2 Million Settlement in Orleans County Case

News March 10, 2017 at 12:12 am

By Tony Farina A noted Buffalo attorney has won a $3,225,000 settlement, one of the largest ever in Orleans County, for a Town of Shelby man who died in a December, 2013, one-car accident after losing control of his vehicle on flooded South Gravel Rd. before it overturned in aRead More

Maziarz Probe Heating Up

Maziarz Probe Heating Up

News March 9, 2017 at 11:52 pm

By Tony Farina The Niagara Falls Reporter has learned that state grand jury subpoenas issued in the investigation into the campaign account of former State Sen. George Maziarz are returnable next week and witnesses could be called to testify as the investigation picks up steam. Sources say the Public IntegrityRead More

Niagara Falls’ model show how state controlled tourism impacts poverty stricken city
All signs lead to the state park.

Niagara Falls’ model show how state controlled tourism impacts poverty stricken city

News, State and National News March 5, 2017 at 5:56 pm

By Frank Parlato; There is a battle between the US Dept. of Highways and Gov. Cuomo’s NYS Department of Transportation over the state’s right to keep illegal “I Love New York” billboard sized signs along highways in the state. The US Highway Department wants them down since they claim theyRead More

George Maziarz

Source Says Maziarz Never Had Debit Card; But Staffers Did

News March 2, 2017 at 11:02 pm

The New The New York State Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity Bureau is said to be looking into expenditures from the account of former State Senator George Maziarz after his campaign treasurer, Laureen M. Jacobs, filed an amended financial disclosure report with the New York State Board of ElectionsRead More

State Grand Jury Focusing on Maziarz Campaign Fund

State Grand Jury Focusing on Maziarz Campaign Fund

News March 2, 2017 at 10:47 pm

I reported last October that the State Attorney General’s office was focusing squarely on the campaign account of former State Sen. George Maziarz and the former senator himself, and we have now learned that subpoenas have been issued in that investigation and evidence could be presented to a grand juryRead More

Airport Taxi Service Publishes Letter to NYS Assembly on Uber Challenge

Airport Taxi Service Publishes Letter to NYS Assembly on Uber Challenge

News March 2, 2017 at 9:53 pm

From the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Buffalo, New York, Gerald Chiarmonte, Vice President ITA of Airport Taxi Service has released to Artvoice a letter sent to New York State Assembly members. Airport Taxi voiced its concerns about proposed legislation that regulates the taxi industry while allowing ride sharing companies,Read More

Behold the Niagara Lodge (on right). Described as having "breathtaking views of the Falls and State Park" can only mean that the new hotel is slated for Goat Island, not DeVeaux, Whirlpool or Devil's Hole State Parks.

Cuomo’s State Park “Lodge” a Mockery of Olmsted plan

News March 2, 2017 at 2:59 am

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial proposed “lodge” on Goat Island in the Niagara Falls State Park has been scaled up in size, according to design sketches posted by USA Niagara this week. USA Niagara is a subsidiary of Empire State Development, the state development agency charged with “encouraging growth and renewalRead More

Kendra McClain, happily hired.

WATER BOARD COUP SEEMS PLANNED TO RAM THROUGH UNION CONTRACT?

News March 2, 2017 at 1:35 am

Did the Niagara Falls Water Board meet illegally to carry out their reorganization of the body? And are Water Board customers about to get hit with an expensive new labor contract? Last Thursday’s Dyster Administration-engineered coup on the Niagara Falls Water Board has left members of the board’s former majorityRead More

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