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September 09, 2014

Human Waste (Equate) Dumped in Cambria??

The equate from Quasar is being dumped in Cambria. Go down Rte 104 just past Rt. 425. On the left is where they're dumping it. Directly across from the winery on Rt. 104.

There are very nice homes on Rt. 425 and directly behind them they have been stripping the trees and digging. For the last month, every night every day large dump trucks took clay.

Now they are bringing the Equate in to dump there.

I've been saying for years that ----wants his clay ponds to be used for equate.

Ron Catchpole


Praises the Reporter

Thank you for the truth in reporting that our mainstream media has failed to report.

I recently attended a Niagara Falls City Council meeting regarding the proposed "Veterans" complex at the old 39th Street school site. Residents rightly called out the plan as low income housing under the guise of "Veteran's Housing".

The Niagara Gazette wrote an article with a headline claiming Residents Reject Vet Housing, as if the residents reject veterans.

That is not true, the residents reject using Veterans for this lie.

No wonder The Reporter gets links to it's stories in the national media that our local mainstream media fails to garner.

Great job Reporter!

Sign Me, Another Reason to Read the Reporter


Lewiston Council Candidate Explains His Reasons for Running

I am running for Lewiston Town Council as a fiscal minded, results oriented candidate who wants to bring change to the town board, work to curb unnecessary spending, and help put the town's financial health in order.

Like many others, I'm a concerned citizen, who has become disenchanted with the political process and how things run.

What we've seen in recent years is most disturbing: We saw scandals with town gasoline stolen and town equipment improperly used. We say taxpayers' money squandered at Joseph Davis Park and on plans for an extravagant recreation center the voters overwhelmingly rejected.

Many of the problems in Lewiston came from a rubber stamp town board that let the previous supervisor do what he wanted. I want to be an independent voice, vigilantly watching that every

dollar we spend is spent wisely.

As a disabled person, I know firsthand how important it is for parking accessibility throughout our town. It's also good for business with restaurants and shops, which benefit from adequate parking.

Finally, I find this to be a great area to live and raise a family, and I want to contribute to that in the best way possible. I am running for Lewiston Town Council to make a difference.

Keith "Casey" Ahlas,



Cayuga Island: a river runs around it

I wish to thank the Niagara Falls Reporter for making us aware of the new Jayne Park plan being readied. Let's face it, Cayuga Island homeowners should be aware of the Dyster Dynamic that's at play as the mayor toys with their property values.

Cayuga Island is surrounded by water and as "stewards" of all that is water Mayor Paul Dyster, his "senior planner" Tom DeSantis and the Riverkeeper of Buffalo claim a virtual, all powerful, if not a holy, right to do whatever they please to the Cayuga Island community since it borders the water resource of which they are "stewards."

Their self-anointed stewardship trumps landowner rights of the Cayuga Island residents. That's the way it is.

That skewed attitude is buttressed via Greenway cash they use to leverage public opinion against the residents.

Whatever they say, they have money to spend and their eye is upon Jayne Park.

They will hold meetings allaying the residents concerns, but parse their "promises" carefully.

You're forewarned.

Angeline Thomas

Niagara Falls


Reader adds to mayor contenders' list

Your story last week naming potential challengers to Paul Dyster's mayoral was interesting, but sadly you idiots missed the mark, not so much by who you included, but who you left out.

Francine DelMonte


People wonder how to bring Niagara Falls back from the brink? If former assemblywoman Francine DelMonte sold her mansion on Lower River Road in Lewiston and moved back to the city, she'd make a wonderful mayor She, if anybody ever could, could turn this city around.

Maria Brown


The city is larded with financial problems and irresponsible spending so it only makes sense to elect the one city employee with the most knowledge of financials: Maria Brown, the city controller, is the woman who could balance a budget. She's a Republican too.

Dave Bieksza

We' did the PhD thing two times now with a nun (Irene Elia) and a beer salesman (Paul Dyster). Now let's get our heads out of our butts and consider Dave Bieksza, a salt of the earth kind of guy, who pays his taxes, keeps up his property and is pissed at what's become of his city. DAVE FOR MAYOR!!!"

Rose Mariglia

You clowns mentioned Sal Paonessa as a contender, but ignored the life of his internet show, Rose Mariglia. ( I hate having to look at Sal all the time when she is not on.) Rose tells it like it is, never minces words and you have to love the way she puts Dyster in his place. We could use a mayor with cleavage for a change.

Dave Kinney

Mayor Dyster grabbed the credit for snow plowing, street repairs and work on the city infrastructure. But Dave Kinney is the brains behind Dyster. Years ago Dave ran for county legislator, maybe we can talk him into going for mayor.

James Szwedo

He's got a really big (actually, a cavernous) mouth, but a love of Niagara Falls to match it. Jimmy Szwedo should be the next mayor. Trouble is he's too honest to kiss butt to get the job.

Tom DeSantis

Who should be the next mayor? That's easy, Tom DeSantis. It's only fair that the guy who screwed up the city with his "planning" should be made responsible to fix what he broke.

John Guido

I don't know much about his politics, but how about John Guido for mayor? He's business smart. Geez, he leased the parking concession on the city-owned (future?) Hamister property (which the city wants to give to Hamister for $100,000). Funny, this property nets Guido $500,000 a year - for a gravel parking lot. So, as Hamister fiddles, Guido, who only pays the city $27,000 per year in rent, collects half a million each year. He would have plenty of money to run for office.

Tom Darro

Just like other elected officials, WJJL?radio host Tom Darro speaks of things he knows nothing about, but - and here's the difference - he does it with a mellifluous yet commanding voice. Gee, if he knew what he was talking about, he'd be dangerous. Besides he is not hoopster tall.

Frank H. Candellio

Tampa, Fla.

(Formerly Niagara Falls)

Agrees on SAFE Act

I read your article online, and while I strongly agree with the sentiments presented, there is no right to inform a jury of their "right to jury nullification", as you printed in the text that accompanies the picture. An attorney is in fact prohibited from advocating this to a jury in NY State.

Otherwise, keep up the good work.

Justin Brusgul


Another View on Albion

SAFE Act Story

OK, so here's the way I'm reading this story:

State Police officers demanded that the gun shop owner give them certain records he is required by federal law to retain. However, they had no warrant, a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution's 4th Amendment. So the ARMED cops committed at least one federal crime - and having a firearm in your possession during the commission of a crime is both a NY State and a Federal felony.

Now the same cops searched for and confiscated an allegedly 'illegal' rifle from another individual, and arrested the owner of that rifle. Again, without the necessary warrant(s) REQUIRED by existing federal law. Now we have at least one, possibly more, additional federal crimes being committed by the cops - AGAIN, while they were in possession of firearms, so additional felony gun crimes have been committed.

Now we add in human rights violations against the victim(s), since as 'professional' law enforcement officers these cops can be reasonably expected to know that they are violating the federal laws which prohibit them from infringing the natural rights of the individual(s) involved.

And finally we have the criminal act of deprivation of rights under color of law, as set forth in the U.S.C.

In short, we have a criminal conspiracy to commit crimes, and we have the commission of these crimes, carried out by armed members of a criminal gang.

And yet - who is the only person to be charged with a crime? Who is the only one in this story who spent some time in a locked cage? Well, of course, the answer is the VICTIM of the criminal acts committed by the cops.

When does the county sheriff plan to indict the criminal gang members who violated the law while relying on their badges to shield them from prosecution? And when are the folks who are charged with protecting the rights and welfare of the citizens of their communities going to actually do something about the illegal enforcement actions being taken by the state?

Make no mistake about it - if ALL of the members of law enforcement who were connected in any way with this crime spree were arrested and detained in a locked cage to await trial, it would NEVER happen again.

"Dark & difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right, and what is easy." Talk is cheap. It's time for those who have been so vocal about their opposition to the NY SAFE Act, and their commitment not to engage in enforcement of its provisions, to put up or shut up.

Mark Anspacher


Didn't Like Our Naming Names


I opened your paper recently and read about the crimewave last month the city experienced.

For a week or so there were shootings everyday, not only in the new

"Beloved Community" but other parts.

It upset me when I read that some 20 families are committing 80% of the crime, and then went on to name those families.... Unity will take us a whole lot further. These papers meet the masses, please use better ethical judgment.

Willie Rogers

Hufnagel Should Stop Smack-talking Buffalo Bills Suitors

In your recent Reporter column by James Hufnagel, "Billionaire Pegula to Own Buffalo Bills? Fracker's Fortune has Sordid History," Mr. Hufnagel wastes no time in smack-talk against two possible suitors for the Buffalo Bills.

As regards Jeremy Jacobs, a Buffalo native who owns concession company Delaware North, as well as the Boston Bruins, Hufnagel inveighs against Jacobs' company for their sales of "unwholesome fare, generally consisting of high caloric, sugary drinks and fat-laden fried finger foods, (which) is purveyed at stadiums (and other entertainment venues) the world over."

Mr. Hufnagel, here's a news flash: when people go to a ball game, a hockey game, or anything else of the type, by and large they are not really interested in "good-for-you" fare. They want something that's easy, and which is more or less conducive to the event they are attending. Since when do people like yourself, Mr. Hufnagel, have the place to determine what is in other people's own interests? We don't need to be "saved from ourselves," dear sir.

And next, on Terry Pegula: Hufnagel wastes no time badmouthing fracking, or badmouthing how Pegula earns his money. Does it not occur that progressing times means progressing technology that allows us to get oil and energy with minimal impact on the environment? What's to lose by fracking, if it can help us lessen our dependence on foreign sources for oil? We here in the Commonwealth of Niagara could benefit from fracking.

I say, if Mr. Hufnagel can come up with a way to make money in the area of what Messrs. Jacobs and Pegula have, I'd be more inclined to hear whatever inveighings he has against these men. Until then, I'd have to say Mr. Hufnagel is out of his depth.

In closing, I have one last thing: I would much rather the Buffalo Bills be owned by someone who has the desire and passion to keep the team here in Buffalo/Niagara and make them competitive, and show that dedication year after year after year. It's much better than having them taken by possibly John Bon Jovi, who would likely up and move them the moment the itch comes upon him and his crew. If keeping the Bills here means Jacobs or Pegula as owner, then we all(and that includes Mr. Hufnagel) should unite as one and say, "AMEN!"

Lloyd A. Marshall Jr.


Fine Article on Grandinetti's 'Rockin' for Abortion'


Fine article with splendid illustrations! You may appreciate information about the laws overturned by Roe v. Wade, including their 19th Century Boston/A.M.A. origin and their profound effect on our current population.

I have placed a huge amount of material related to Boston's Horatio Robinson Storer, M.D., LL.B. (1830-1922) on and http: /

Dr. Storer founded American Gynecology and was the major impetus for the American Medical Association effort that led to the laws against abortion that were overturned by Roe v. Wade.

Of particular interest is the Storer-written 1860 AMA "memorial to Congress and the several State legislatures of the Union, with the prayer that the laws by which the crime of procuring abortion is attempted to be controlled may be revised, and that such other action may be taken in the premises as they in their wisdom may deem necessary."

The 19th Century abortion laws that resulted have had a profound effect on who is alive today in the U.S.

There is a recent article on this:

I hope you will come to agree that this needs to be discussed widely and in U.S. History and U.S. Law courses and textbooks.

Frederick N. Dyer, Ph.D.

Columbus GA

School Lunches Require

Parent's Careful Attention

With the new school year, parents' attention is turning to school lunches.

Traditionally, USDA had used the National School Lunch Program as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. Children consumed animal fat and sugary drinks, to the point where one-third have became overweight or obese. Their early dietary flaws became lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

In recent years, several state legislatures asked their schools to offer daily vegetarian options, and 64% of U.S. school districts now do. Moreover, hundreds of schools and school districts, including Baltimore, Buffalo, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami-Dade, Oakland, Philadelphia, and San Diego have implemented Meatless Mondays. A New York City school went all vegetarian last year.

Current USDA school lunch guidelines, mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, require doubling the servings of fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, less sodium and fat, and meat-free breakfast. The challenge is to get students to eat the healthier foods.

Parents should work with school cafeteria managers to encourage consumption of healthy foods. Initiatives could include student recipe or poster contests, student garden, and/or Meatless Mondays. Detailed guidance is available at,,, and

Nelson Gustavo

Niagara Falls





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