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With Three Popular Candidates, School Board Election May Have Higher Than Usual Turn Out

With Three Popular Candidates, School Board Election May Have Higher Than Usual Turn Out

Niagara Falls April 14, 2016 at 8:40 am

By Matt Ricchiazzi There are two seats up for election on the City of Niagara Falls’ school board, which will be held on May 17th. The full slate of candidates is still in flux, with a crucial filing deadline of April 27. As a body, the school board has immenseRead More

Niagara Falls School Board Election on May 17; Two Seats Up for Election

Niagara Falls School Board Election on May 17; Two Seats Up for Election

Niagara Falls April 14, 2016 at 8:40 am

By Gia Arnold The Niagara Falls City School District election will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Not only will the annual budget be voted on that day, but there are also two [out of a total of nine seats] for the School Board up for re-election. Incumbents Robert RestainoRead More

Mainstream Media Gets Wise To Smoke And Mirrors Hamister Hotel

Niagara Falls April 14, 2016 at 8:38 am

While some media outlets still cling to the fantasy that do nothing Buffalo developer Mark Hamister will one day build a boxy, truck stop style hotel on one of the choicest pieces of property in the Niagara Falls tourist district, more are coming to the realization the Reporter reached onRead More

Hamister May Need More Taxpayer Money to Revive Failed Project

Hamister May Need More Taxpayer Money to Revive Failed Project

Niagara Falls April 14, 2016 at 8:33 am

According to informed sources in the Buffalo development community, Mark Hamister is about $6 million short of the mark in financing for his much-hyped $35.7 million Niagara Falls hotel project on Rainbow Blvd. that was trumpeted by state and local officials more than three years ago as the city’s bestRead More

Robert Warshaw was hired by Mayor Paul Dyster to oversee policy for the Niagara Falls Police Department. Sources say trouble is brewing over some of his policies.

Sad History Of Warshaw Here Points To High Level Administration Bungling

Niagara Falls April 14, 2016 at 8:30 am

You’ve got to hand it to Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster. He chose a city engineer, Ali Marzban, who was unlicensed to practice engineering anywhere in The United States. And he picked as his preferred hotel developer Mark Hamister, who not only had never built a hotel before but lackedRead More

Educated, Experienced Board Member Seeks Re-Election, To Provide Quality Education To Secure Our Future

Educated, Experienced Board Member Seeks Re-Election, To Provide Quality Education To Secure Our Future

Uncategorized April 14, 2016 at 8:21 am

By Carmelette Rotella Being a member of the Niagara Falls Board of Education has been a tremendous challenge and responsibility.  I am pleased with what we have been able to accomplish but realize that there is much more to do. I am seeking re-election because I believe it is essentialRead More

Potholes abound on Third Street, on what was once hoped to be a tourist magnet.

Neglected Third Street Tourism District Casualty of State Park

Niagara Falls April 14, 2016 at 7:57 am

As you read this, work on the state’s $50 million upgrade of Niagara Falls State Park, expanding parking, food service and gift shop facilities, is being rushed to completion in anticipation of the estimated eight million tourists who will come to visit Niagara Falls this summer. Meanwhile, the city ofRead More

Gawel to Seek Chairmanship of City GOP Committee

Gawel to Seek Chairmanship of City GOP Committee

Niagara Falls April 13, 2016 at 11:34 pm

Former Councilman Michael Gawel says it is time for new leadership at the helm of the Niagara Falls City Republican Executive Committee and he will be challenging current GOP Chairman Vince Sandonato for the top job at the reorganization meeting in September. Gawel, who has been a highly visible figureRead More

The “Democratic” Party And Hypocrisy At Its Best!

The “Democratic” Party And Hypocrisy At Its Best!

Columns April 13, 2016 at 10:20 pm

The lexical definition of Democracy is a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system. The definition of Democratic is relating to or supporting democracy. So when did the Democrat Party become the Democratic Party?Read More

New York State Has the Highest Taxes in USA in 2016, Study Concludes

New York State Has the Highest Taxes in USA in 2016, Study Concludes

State and National News April 13, 2016 at 9:58 pm

With Tax Day here and with many Americans finding the current tax code too confusing to determine exactly how much their home states are actually taking from their income in taxes, the personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s States with the Highest & Lowest Tax Burdens.Read More

Ranking Has Niagara Falls Among State’s Worst Places to Live

Ranking Has Niagara Falls Among State’s Worst Places to Live

Uncategorized April 13, 2016 at 8:38 pm

  It was nearly four years ago that people flocked to Niagara Falls and watched from around the world as aerial daredevil Nik Wallenda made his historic wire walk over the roaring waters of the Niagara River and put the cataract city on the world stage for a brief moment. Read More

Meat Industry – 9, Consumers – 0

Uncategorized April 12, 2016 at 3:41 pm

Editor, Niagara Falls Reporter Dear Editor: The “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” released yesterday by U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services mark the ninth time in a row that the meat industry has successfully suppressed scientific findings recommending reduced meat consumption. The reduction was recommended by the government-appointedRead More

Print edition Mar 31

Print edition Mar 31

Print Version April 7, 2016 at 10:30 am
In Niagara Falls, under Council woman Kristen Grandinetti’s proposed legislation, someone who left an open can of Friskies on the back steps at night would be risking fines and jail time.

Council Tables Grandinetti’s Anti-Cat Amendments To Animal Law

Niagara Falls, Featured April 7, 2016 at 8:29 am

This week the Niagara Falls City Council tabled legislation introduced by Council member Kristen Grandinetti that would have tightened regulations for cat owners in the city, and made feeding a stray cat a criminal offense. Grandinetti’s bill seeks to amend Chapter 701 of the Codified City Ordinances, which governs ownershipRead More

Mayor Paul Dyster spent more than $700,000 of public money on a series of Hard Rock concerts. Happily, he got to emcee many of those concerts.

Mayor Dyster Talks For 90 Minutes Says Absolutely Nothing At All

Niagara Falls, Featured April 7, 2016 at 7:45 am

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster is a man of many unique abilities. Just this past Monday, for example, he spoke before the city Council for an hour and a half without saying anything at all. “It really was astounding,” said one awestruck witness. “He just went on and on!” Ostensibly, theRead More

A small mistake - not putting up support beams in the attic led to this Centre Ave. home's collapse. Thankfully the Isaiah 61 students had left the building before the home fell down.

Isaiah 61 Struggles Despite More Than $1 Million In Public Funding

Niagara Falls, Featured April 7, 2016 at 7:43 am

  Although the city, state and various charitable organizations have thrown over $1 million at the Isaiah 61 Project since its’ inception in 2012, little has been accomplished to date. Isaiah 61 is a not for profit which receives local and state funding to rebuild rather than tear down vacantRead More

How curious: When Mayor Paul Dyster campaigned for reelection his motto was "moving forward together' and he used a fast forward button symbol. Now that he has been reelected Dyster suggests that his department heads have been holding him back.

City Hall Morale Plunges As Dyster Misses Own Deadline For Reevaluation

Niagara Falls, Featured April 7, 2016 at 7:39 am

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster suggested last week that employees might perform better with a veritable sword of Damocles hanging over their heads. Despite running on a platform that touted his leadership skills in assembling a team of the “best and the brightest” during last year’s election, once he wasRead More

Writer Ginger Strand penned an entirely different view of Niagara Falls than the elected officials described.

International Journalists Help Us See Ourselves As Others See Us

Niagara Falls, Featured April 7, 2016 at 7:33 am

In our effort to see Niagara Falls as others see it, we’ve examined both the statistical rankings that regularly appear on internet websites devoted to such things and the views of community leaders whose livelihoods largely depend on making people think things are good or at least getting better (SeeRead More

As one can see from the aerial picture, much of downtown Niagara Falls is being utilized for parking. Oddly, parking is in demand for only three months of the year, during the tourist season; the rest of the year, the lots are mostly empty.

See Yourself As Others See You? In Falls, Parking, Crime, Taxes, Health Problematic

Niagara Falls, Featured April 7, 2016 at 7:28 am

Niagara Falls, already Number One in so many categories – is now poised to take the top spot in a competition to see which American city has squandered the most valuable real estate for use as surface parking lots, which often sit empty for large parts of the year. StreetsblogRead More

Still from The Incredicle Adventures of Jojo

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: BILL COWELL

Community News, Featured April 7, 2016 at 7:27 am

By Jordan Canahai An established writer, producer, and director as well as founder and President of the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival, few individuals have worked as hard to expand the film industry of Western New York as Bill Cowell. The Niagara Falls native’s passion for the arts can be tracedRead More

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