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Cuomo fixer and bad angel Joe Percoco (left) was one of nine indicted with Ciminelli in the Buffalo Billion scandal.

Cuomo’s efforts at upstate development yield few results despite costing billions

State and National News July 20, 2017 at 4:04 am

Four new studies reveal that the $8 billion spent annually by the Cuomo administration on economic development – particularly upstate – has done relatively little to develop much in the way of attracting new industry, creating jobs or spurring economic growth. The studies, conducted by Pew Charitable Trusts, the W.E.Read More

An open letter to Paul Dyster and Gov. Andrew Cuomo

An open letter to Paul Dyster and Gov. Andrew Cuomo

State and National News July 14, 2017 at 3:00 am

From the scandal plagued “Buffalo Billion” program to the outrageous expenditure of $43 million tax dollars on a new train station that might be obsolete in less than a year, and from the abrupt shutdown of the Moreland Ethics Commission to the hiring of a “city engineer” unlicensed to practiceRead More

Reefer Madness; Administration Signals  Crackdown In Cannabis Despite Science

Reefer Madness; Administration Signals Crackdown In Cannabis Despite Science

State and National News May 18, 2017 at 6:10 pm

By Mike Hudson; Reefer madness indeed. Statements made recently by President Donald Trump’s Homeland Security Secretary and Attorney General would seem to indicate that a crackdown on marijuana — even for medicinal use — may be in the cards. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit substance in the U.S.,Read More

President-elect Donald Trump walks to take his seat for the inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Friday, January 20, 2017. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

#First100Days

State and National News May 12, 2017 at 12:04 am

1. Appoints the Vice President, Mike Pence. 2. Justice Neil Gorsuch, as a new Supreme Court Justice  committed to the Constitution. 3. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, committed to the rule of law. 4. Defense Secretary James Mattis, a warrior committed to restoring America’s military. 5. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly,Read More

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done miracles for New York State, according to studies conducted by Gov. Cuomo.

Gov. Cuomo advertises his greatness with taxpayer money

News, State and National News April 7, 2017 at 7:17 am

By Frank Parlato  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is in a battle with federal highway officials over state-funded “I Love New York” billboards scattered along highways in New York State. The signs are meant to inform motorists about a state-funded phone app which guides people toward state selected tourist attractions andRead More

Tax Burden in New York (1=Highest, 25=Avg.):

Tax Burden in New York (1=Highest, 25=Avg.):

State and National News April 7, 2017 at 6:55 am

  1st – Overall Tax Burden (12.94%) 7th – Property Tax Burden (4.55%) 1st – Individual Income Tax Burden (4.76%) 21st – Total Sales & Excise Tax Burden (3.63%)

New York Is No #1 Again – Highest Taxed State

New York Is No #1 Again – Highest Taxed State

News, State and National News April 7, 2017 at 6:44 am

It costs a lot to be a nanny state The personal-finance website WalletHub released its 2017 Tax Burden by State report. New Yorkers will be happy to know they pay their fair share – and some of everyone else’s share too. WalletHub’s analysts compared 50 states based on three components 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

Cuomo’s fight with feds over I Love New York signs point to other reported successes in state tourism marketing efforts

Cuomo’s fight with feds over I Love New York signs point to other reported successes in state tourism marketing efforts

State and National News March 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm

By Frank Parlato; As we reported previously, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is in a battle with federal highway officials over state-funded “I Love New York” billboards scattered along highways in New York State. The signs are meant to inform motorists about a state-funded phone app which guides people toward stateRead 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

The state signs, which promote state selected tourism, are said to be illegal by US Highway officials.

Although illegal, ‘I Love New York’ billboards promote Cuomo’s socialist dream of state-directed tourism via state phone app

State and National News March 5, 2017 at 4:31 pm

By Frank Parlato; As readers know, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has installed I Love New York billboards along highways in New York State which US Highway officials have declared  “illegal”. The state installed 514 of the “illegal” billboards although some people who didn’t like them illegally took down sevenRead More

Five investigations so far into Maziarz campaign account

Five investigations so far into Maziarz campaign account

State and National News March 4, 2017 at 9:24 pm

To date there have been five autonomous government investigations into the campaign bank account of former State Senator George Maziarz. The five are: The Moreland Commission, 2014. Gov, Cuomo launched it. It was targeted at state legislators for possible campaign fund improprieties. Moreland noted Maziarz had the largest amount ofRead More

GOP State Senators Unveil Legislation to Repeal SAFE Act everywhere but NYC

GOP State Senators Unveil Legislation to Repeal SAFE Act everywhere but NYC

State and National News March 2, 2017 at 3:16 am

While it is not likely to pass, it’s the thought that counts. NY State Senators Rob Ortt (R,C,I-North Tonawanda) and Jim Seward (R,C,I,Ref-Oneonta) joined Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,C,I,Ref-Newport) and other lawmakers and gun rights advocates to unveil legislation to repeal elements of the NY SAFE Act throughout the stateRead More

Dennis Virtuoso (above) takes the lead in opposing the development of a lodge in Goat Island.

Cuomo’s Goat Island ‘World Class Lodge’ Under Fire

State and National News February 15, 2017 at 11:54 pm

            The governor’s Goat Island lodge plan, rolled out during one of his State of the State speeches in Amherst last month, is coming under strong attack from Niagara Falls legislators.            Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it is time for a “world class lodge” on GoatRead More

An Uber-Bad Senate Bill for Upstate NY

An Uber-Bad Senate Bill for Upstate NY

State and National News February 9, 2017 at 2:29 am

By Jim Ostrowski; I have advocated a free market approach to transportation since 1989.  In an article, published in Business First, I proposed allowing drivers of smaller vehicles to compete with buses and provide a better product including door-to-door service.  After the digital age came along, companies like Uber beganRead More

Cabbies Still Battling Uber as Fight Goes On

Cabbies Still Battling Uber as Fight Goes On

State and National News February 9, 2017 at 2:09 am

By Tony Farina; It is truly a David vs. Goliath story playing out in Albany these days as the ride-sharing giant Uber and its smaller competitor, Lyft, inch closer to their goal of operating beyond New York City and likely overwhelming conventional taxi services across the state, especially if theyRead More

Gov. Cuomo and ex-Assemblyman Ceretto get an earful from a constituent.

Local Leaders Blast Cuomo for Shifting Cost Burdens to Local Taxpayers

State and National News January 19, 2017 at 7:03 am

Local leaders are said to be fuming about Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State address—delivered, unconventionally, in Buffalo—after he inserted a demand that local governments hold referenda ostensibly designed to cut local tax bills. “Cuomo’s plan doesn’t cut [excrement],” a frustrated county official told us Wednesday. “Meanwhile, he’s the biggestRead More

Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello

MORINELLO: CAPITOL HALLS ARE SILENT ON ETHICS REFORMS

State and National News January 19, 2017 at 6:50 am

The silence is so noticeable you can hear a pin drop. That’s how Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (R,C,I,Ref-Niagara Falls) is describing the lack of will or urgency to combat Albany corruption, and enact realistic and meaningful ethics reform during the opening weeks of session. Morinello noted over the last severalRead More

Judicial Watch: Food-Stamp Recipients Can Order from Amazon, Other Online Retailers

Judicial Watch: Food-Stamp Recipients Can Order from Amazon, Other Online Retailers

State and National News January 14, 2017 at 2:33 am

(Editor’s Note: Judicial Watch Inc., America’s leading watchdog group, is led by Tom Fitton, who corresponds weekly with The Reporter and other media, keeping us updated on their initiatives. Our readers are invited to visit their website at www.judicialwatch.org and aid the organization through a generous contribution.)  Food-Stamp Recipients Can Order fromRead More

New York State of Health website a boon for software giant Adobe Systems

New York State of Health website a boon for software giant Adobe Systems

State and National News January 12, 2017 at 6:35 am

As part of the implementation of the 2010 federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly called “Obamacare”, an online insurance exchange was created to enable New York residents to purchase health insurance from private insurers participating in the new internet marketplace. Over 3.3 million New Yorkers purchased health insurance from “NewRead More

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