Niagara Falls Reporter
OCT 21 - OCT 28 2014

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Making the Choice Between Destino and Ortt

Election Day is fast approaching, and it is with that in mind that we asked the two major party candidates competing to replace retiring Republican State Sen. George Maziarz in the 62ndState Senate District to answer a number of questions about what they stand for and how they will...

Make the Bums Work! Republicans in Niagara County Legislature Seek County Opt Out of NYS Lifetime Welfare Program

Like every state in the nation, New York provides Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), benefits mandated by the federal government under 1990s welfare-reform laws. Under TANF, benefits provided to able-bodied adults are for up to five years’ total in a lifetime.

Was Ward Made the Fall Guy in Mobile?
Documents suggests Ward sold team before it collapsed

Last week the Niagara Falls Reporter broke the story that Ray Ward, of the Town of Niagara, the man Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster selected as the preferred operator of the Sal Maglie Stadium on Hyde Park Blvd., had a checkered, if not disastrous, experience in Mobile, Al.,, in 2011, when he owned a

DiNapoli Urges Democrats to Rally Behind Destino, DelMonte

Democratic State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, who boasts a big lead over his November 4th election opponent, Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci, visited Lockport on Monday night (Oct. 20) and told a labor-dominated crowd at Erie Canalside that it is important to get out the vote on Election Day

Ugly Boat Makes a Run for It, But Gets Caught by Deputies

Residents of the Little River shoreline across from and next door to the property at 7714 W. Rivershore Dr. on Cayuga Island no longer have the “ugly boat” eyesore in their view, a sight that had caused considerable unhappiness to all who had to watch it bobbing and weaving against its moorings

Muslim Center, Mosque May be Coming to Wheatfield Proposed Site at Location of Suzanne's Fine Dining

The Islamic Cultural Center of Niagara Falls has made a preliminary application to the Town of Wheatfield Planning Board to build a new center at the site of Suzanne Fine Dining and Banquet Hall at 2483 Niagara Falls Blvd.

Cowart to Stay On at Housing Authority
Classy Housing Director of Low Income Tenants gets $130 K Per Year

Niagara Falls Housing Authority Executive Director Stephanie W. Cowart is probably one of the most cultured and sophisticated women of Niagara Falls. She exudes class out of every inch of her being.

Restaino Calls for Dyster Transparency
Stop Secret, Late Budget Process!

For the past several months I have worked at consolidating the charters of the city of Niagara Falls. While the task has been laborious (and sometimes confounding), with the help of corporation counsel, Craig Johnson, the effort has moved along to its expected goal. There are, as one might

Can’t They Get the Numbers Right?
Now $9 Million, Now $5 Million, Niagara Falls Budget Deficit A Moving Object?

While the deficit was reported in the press over the past two weeks as being as large as $9 million, and while Mayor Paul Dyster told listeners of the Tom Darro show on Tuesday, Oct. 14 that the deficit was quite large and quite unexpected (he never gave an exact figure) that $9 million deficit took a sharp drop on the evening of Oct. 14.

Memorial Medical Center Joined Area Churches in Pink Ribbon Sunday Observance

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center sought to expand breast cancer awareness on Sunday (Oct. 19) as 12 area churches participated in the annual Pink Ribbon Sunday observance. Worshippers at those churches received pink ribbons and heard presentations about the importance of breast cancer prevention, early detection and treatment.

Grand Island Women's Group to Hold Christmas Products Vendors Fair

Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, Inc., will hold a Vendors Fair on Sunday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Grand Island Knights of Columbus Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island. The shopping event benefits the chapter’s new scholarship fund.

Beatnik Mayor Praises Local Eatery 'Nothing is Hipper Than Thai,' says Dyster

Sadly, at times the desperate editors of the Niagara Falls Reporter, always looking for fresh material to please our intelligent readers, have been reduced to quoting from and commenting on Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster’s Facebook posts, treating them sometimes as low hanging comical fruit.

Won’t You Come Clean Charley Walker?

Charles Walker, chairman of the Niagara Falls City Council, is in violation of New York State election law. Still. As of press time, he has yet to file his 2013 campaign financial reports with the New York State Board of Elections. He has been in violation for more than 18 months,

Council Approves Spending on Plans Sight Unseen

The Niagara Falls City Council, by a vote of 3 to 2 on Oct. 14,, approve an unseen contract with Scott Lawn Yard Care to perform $269,115 of park re-design for Jayne Park. While renderings of the possible work were posted on the city website, Mayor Paul Dyster has not shown the public or the council what the actual scope of work will consist of.

Dyster is Always ‘Right,’ but Blame for Budget Gap is Wrong, Dead Wrong

Mayor Paul Dyster is always “right.” That’s not “right” as in correct, it’s “right” as in his use of the word. While appearing on the Tom Darro radio show Tuesday, Oct. 14, the mayor punctuated his remarks 46 times in his 60-minute appearance by tagging his sentences with the rhetorical one word comment “right.”

From Energy Independence to Real Economic Prosperity

According to scientists, significant meteorological changes are going on right now on most of the planets in our solar system. They have no idea what is causing the changes. They are certain however, that man has had nothing to do with any climate changes on those planets

Letters to the Editor
Cats, Cats, Cats, Cats !
Cat lovers chastise Reporter guest columnist who opposed TNR for feral cats.

Kimble Joins Memorial Former Legislator Named Coordinator of Cancer Program

Niagara Falls resident and former Niagara County Legislator Renae Kimble has been named coordinator of the Cancer Services Program of Niagara. The program, which previously operated under the auspices of the Niagara County Department of Public Health, oversees the delivery of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening and diagnostic services

Tonawandas YWCA Holds Fund-raiser with French Wine & Dinner

The 18th annual Beaujolais Dinner and Auction, “Le Bon Vin,” that benefits the domestic violence services at the YWCA Tonawandas is set for Friday, Nov. 14 at the Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island. The fundraiser begins with an auction preview at 5:30 p.m. followed by a gourmet dinner accompanied by Beaujolais wines at 7:30 p.m.

Cool Night in Cardboard Boxes Focuses Attention on Homeless

There was definitely a chill in the air last Friday night when participants in Leadership Niagara’s Homeless for a Night project slept in cardboard boxes at an outdoor market to help raise awareness about homelessness and poverty.” .

Maybe You Can Be an Artist:
Event in Buffalo, Friday, Looks at Artists

In support of National Arts and Humanities Month in October, the Buffalo Arts Studio and Emerging Leaders in the Arts will present an exploration of the lives of artists and the work they leave behind. Called "Creative Conversation 2014, Living Legacy," the presentation will take place on Friday ( Oct. 24), from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Buffalo Arts Studio, 2495 Main St., in Buffalo and will include artwork, performance, video, and discussions.

NT History Museum Gets a Little Help From Friends at Micro-Ingram

The North Tonawanda History Museum got a little help last Friday thanks to the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. Seven stalwart volunteers from Ingram-Micro in Amherst came to the museum at 54 Webster St. and helped the "old timers" at the museum rearrange exhibits and do other needful projects.

Cuomo’s New Book A Dud

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new book, "All Things Possible, Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life," dropped from 3,569 down to 13,755 on Amazon's best seller list over last weekend. Just to compare, Hillary Clinton's poorly selling "Hard Choices" is ranked at a much higher #1968 on the best sellers list.

Dyster/DeSantis Jokes - About as Unfunny as Ever…

Since the team of Mayor Paul Dyster and his senior planner Tom DeSantis are going ahead with their plans to "improve" Jayne Park on lovely Cayuga Island, and frankly we are doubtful that it is going to improve an already pretty perfect park, what better time than to tell some jokes at their expense.

We need another Bush like we need another Clinton.

Multiple sources report that former Governor Jeb Bush is moving inexorably towards a 2016 Presidential candidacy. Politico reported that "A person in attendance at the former president’s 90th birthday party in Kennebunkport this past June said the elder Bush spoke of a Jeb Bush candidacy as a near certainty.

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