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Council Chair Andrew Touma is "on board" with the Voccio resolution.

Community leaders talk about “changing the culture” but what does it mean and to whom?

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:50 am

By Joseph Kissel When the recently built $43 million train station provided lucrative employment for mostly out-of-city workers, residents from surrounding neighborhoods quickly noticed nobody from their community was employed at the site. “It’s a hard process and the biggest problem we have is to change the culture,” said outgoingRead More

Risky Sanabria, president of Local 714 Firefighters

Poison Pen letter is sneaky, vicious attack on Niagara Falls Firefighters

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:44 am

“You know there was a time when public servants really did care about the public they served,” the unsigned screed that arrived in the mail this week said, “Well I guess as the song says: ‘Those times they are a changin’.” “TAKE A LOOK AT THIS EXCERPT FROM A LETTERRead More

The stench plaguing Military Road and area residents is coming from more than just the landfill and it's importation of gympsum drywall, which generates noxious hydrogen sulfide. Photo by Joseph Kissel.

Stench from Allied landfill getting worse, impacting businesses on Military Road

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:40 am

By Joseph Kissel How bad does it have to get before the DEC steps in? For two years, the stench emanating from the Allied Landfill has been getting steadily worse. So much so, this summer tourists were seen retching by the side of the road as they hit the vileRead More

The $650,000 "Untroubled Waters" has generated backlash from residents but only time will tell how history and tourists will judge it. Photo by Joseph Kissel.

Falls, County react harshly to new “American” outdoor art installation, price tag

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:28 am

By Joseph Kissel It’s been a rough debut for artist Jeff Laramore’s “Untroubled Waters” in downtown Niagara Falls’ Centennial Circle. Hundreds of residents have commented through social media on the $619,000 final price tag as well as the interpretive nature of the piece, which is to commemorate the obscure BoundaryRead More

Another Laramore piece, this one in Indianapolis, also unencumbered by ugly traffic signs.

Reporter critical of Mayor Dyster’s “public art” from the start

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:24 am

There’s a saying that well sums up public opinion here in Niagara Falls with regards to the new Boundary Waters “public art” sculpture that was installed at the Rainbow Blvd. traffic circle last week – “Americans don’t act, they react.” “How could this happen?” people are now demanding of eachRead More

"Untroubled Waters" in its present location at Centennial Circle

New Statue Far From a Winner

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:20 am

“We need to look forward, not backward,” said Councilman-elect Chris Voccio in offering his restrained view of the nearly $620,000 metallic artwork now sitting 30 feet high—inside and somewhat blocked from view by a ring of traffic signs—at Centennial Circle.        The new artwork has ruffled some feathers given theRead More

AN EDUCATED GUESS… I PREDICT…

AN EDUCATED GUESS… I PREDICT…

Opinion December 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Right Side By J Gary DiLaura Without any direct information regarding any of what I am about to say, relying on my experience and gut feelings about several things, this is all my personal opinion. Regarding the Hillary investigation, I believe that the FBI under James Comey was theRead More

New York Times breaks the news: The DOJ/FBI investigating Raniere/NXIVM

New York Times breaks the news: The DOJ/FBI investigating Raniere/NXIVM

NXIVM December 21, 2017 at 5:48 pm

  Federal Officials Reportedly Investigating Group Where Women Were Branded   By BARRY MEIER and PAULINA VILLEGAS DEC. 21, 2017 As winter arrives, the winter of NXVM may be at hand. The New York Times and its distinguished investigative journalist Barry Meier have offered Expians a wonderful early Christmas present in theRead More

Leah Remini to investigate NXIVM on A&E; Sarah Edmondson may co-host episode

Leah Remini to investigate NXIVM on A&E; Sarah Edmondson may co-host episode

NXIVM December 19, 2017 at 7:18 pm

Scientology isn’t the only cult-like group Leah Remini is trying to expose Leah Remini will be back on A&E for a third season, and reportedly she will dedicate at least one episode to NXIVM. https://www.inquisitr.com/4687346/leah-remini-will-return-to-ae-to-investigate-jehovahs-witnesses-and-nxivm/ Leah Remini has been exposing Scientology on Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, which has been a success on A&E. TheRead More

NXIVM doctors, Danielle Roberts & Brandon Porter represented by top medical malpractice law firm; but NY State has not taken action yet

NXIVM doctors, Danielle Roberts & Brandon Porter represented by top medical malpractice law firm; but NY State has not taken action yet

NXIVM December 19, 2017 at 4:30 am

Two NXIVM doctors, Danielle Roberts and Brandon Porter, are represented by the law firm of Abrams Fensterman.  This large NYC law firm has a department devoted to representing physicians in the defense of medical malpractice, professional negligence and professional misconduct. The department is headed by Michael S. Kelton. Assisting Mr. Kelton are Jordan Fensterman, RobertRead More

Raniere photographed in Monterrey – with Mariana and baby

Raniere photographed in Monterrey – with Mariana and baby

NXIVM December 18, 2017 at 4:11 am

As of Sunday, December 17, 2017, Keith Raniere is alive and well and living with one of his longtime girlfriends, Mariana Fernandez, and their infant son, in San Pedro Garza Garcia, an affluent suburb of Monterrey. Mr. Raniere was photographed walking with Ms. Fernandez and is pushing a stroller withRead More

ABC’s 20/20 to air investigation into NXIVM & Raniere, Friday December 15th

ABC’s 20/20 to air investigation into NXIVM & Raniere, Friday December 15th

NXIVM December 14, 2017 at 9:47 am

By Frank Parlato;   The ABC TV show “20/20” has been investigating NXIVM for some time and has announced their show about the now infamous cult will air on Friday, December 15th (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. The full hour is expected to be devoted to NXIVM and its founder, KeithRead More

Print Edition – Dec 8, 2017

Print Edition – Dec 8, 2017

Print Version December 10, 2017 at 9:05 pm
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Clare Bronfman in Mexico, seen in San Pedro near Raniere

Clare Bronfman in Mexico, seen in San Pedro near Raniere

NXIVM December 9, 2017 at 12:17 am

Clare Bronfman was seen on the streets of San Pedro Garza Garcia, the wealthiest municipality in all of Mexico and part of greater Monterrey. Keith Raniere was reported to be living in that affluent community. Ms. Bronfman was positively identified in several locations. The Monterrey ESP Center is also inRead More

County residents say ‘no’ to proposed legislature pay increase

County residents say ‘no’ to proposed legislature pay increase

Niagara County December 8, 2017 at 5:52 am

By Joseph Kissel Other than Town of Lockport Supervisor Mark Crocker, all the speakers at Tuesday’s public hearing on the county’s proposed budget shot down the idea of raises for legislators. Mr. Crocker and legislators in favor of the 28 percent raise said it was time after 18 years ofRead More

James Glynn and Andrew Cuomo make an excellent team when it comes to land deals. Twice the governor has come to James' rescue, first granting him land in the Niagara Gorge for a new boatyard and then relieving him of unwanted acreage on Buffalo Avenue.

First “Buffalo Billion” land deal in Falls just another Cuomo favor for Maid’s Glynn

Niagara Falls December 8, 2017 at 5:48 am

As part of his “Buffalo Billion II,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this year that he had decided to purchase “distressed lands adjacent to Niagara Falls State Park” as part of a new “Strategic Land Acquisition Program” for the purpose of subsequent redevelopment, the idea being to spur economic growthRead More

Local Media mum as Greenway Director throws in towel after short stint

Local Media mum as Greenway Director throws in towel after short stint

Niagara County December 8, 2017 at 5:36 am

Having held the position for barely a year, Jeanne Leccese abruptly and unexpectedly resigned as Executive Director of the Niagara River Greenway last month, leaving unanswered questions. Namely, why did she leave the high-paying, prestigious position at the public benefit corporation for a staff job at a lowly non-profit? ButRead More

Baby Shawn is a Niagara Falls resident who's the longest surviving patient of a rare childhood brain cancer. Here, Bill Kennedy appears with Baby Shawn just before the fundraising walk that took place around Three Sisters Island.

Political outsider Kennedy is a question mark until the next votes come in

Niagara Falls December 8, 2017 at 5:34 am

By Joseph Kissel What is it about incoming councilman Bill Kennedy that makes him such a compelling figure as the city begins looking past three terms of Mayor Paul Dyster? First off, his election was a surprise and a resounding success, emerging from a crowded Democratic primary field though old-fashionedRead More

Chris Voccio at the primary candidates forum hosted by the Niagara Community Forum at the Niagara Falls Public Library.

Small-government libertarian Chris Voccio sets his sights on city budget

Niagara Falls December 8, 2017 at 5:32 am

By Joseph Kissel “I’m not the axman everyone thinks I am,” said incoming Falls councilman Chris Voccio. The now-retired newspaper publisher arrived here in 2014 to turn around The Niagara Gazette (after many similar assignments in other parts of the county) and reducing expenses considerably. “Even when you think youRead More

Wishing well for Kristen Grandinetti as she leaves behind council, few accomplishments

Wishing well for Kristen Grandinetti as she leaves behind council, few accomplishments

Niagara Falls December 8, 2017 at 5:30 am

By Joseph Kissel Kristen Grandinetti never made it easy to like or admire her as a Niagara Falls city councillor. Although she does ask relevant questions from time to time during discussions and presentations, even more so she manages to alienate nearly everyone with her disrespectful and seemingly incessant smartphoneRead More

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