Articles by: Anna Howard

Council meeting “walk on” resolutions come in several sizes and shapes

Council meeting “walk on” resolutions come in several sizes and shapes

News, Niagara Falls January 22, 2016 at 4:04 pm

The Reporter was pleased to see freshman council member Ezra Scott decline to support Mayor Dyster’s attempt to walk on a surprise resolution at the recent council meeting. The resolution aimed to tap the city till for up to $75,000 to support the hosting of a meeting of the GreatRead More

Was City’s sale of Chilton Ave house transparent? Don’t bid on it!

News, Niagara Falls January 21, 2016 at 12:38 am

  There’s a mystery brewing on historic Chilton Avenue and several community activists have expressed interest in getting to the bottom of the puzzle’s particulars at the January 13 Planning Board meeting. The city, under the guidance of Seth Piccirillo, director of Mayor Paul Dyster’s Community Development Department, sold 631Read More

Anello questions the Dyster administration; is he getting stonewalled for his efforts?

Anello questions the Dyster administration; is he getting stonewalled for his efforts?

News, Niagara Falls January 20, 2016 at 1:39 am

Vince Anello is a former Niagara Falls mayor and a current radio talk show host. He is also, by the nature of his time as mayor and councilman, a consummate student of municipal government. And for that reason he has  become persona non grata with the Dyster administration. On hisRead More

New council members are encouraged to take path toward transparency, efficiency, accountability

New council members are encouraged to take path toward transparency, efficiency, accountability

Uncategorized January 18, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    We have little doubt that as you read this column forces within the administration of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster are working to influence and enlist the full cooperation of new council members, Ezra Scott and Kenny Tompkins. As political newcomers the two men are potential allies for thoseRead More

When it comes to “tabloids” size matters

When it comes to “tabloids” size matters

Uncategorized January 13, 2016 at 11:27 pm

Why is everyone reading that damn tabloid?” “How did that tabloid become the go-to news source in this city?” “It’s just a tabloid. Don’t believe a word of it.” We’ve heard it all before but lately we’re hearing it more than ever. While The Reporter has gotten deep under theRead More

Amy Schumer is a foul mouthed young Jewish woman

Amy Schumer is a foul mouthed young Jewish woman

State and National News January 1, 2016 at 12:00 am

 Below is a link to a story on Senator Charles Schumer’s niece Amy Schumer using the C Word at the Golden Globes Sunday. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3393257/Amy-Schumer-censored-dropping-C-word-teaming-BFF-Jennifer-Lawrence-Golden-Globes.html A man could never get away with that but a foul mouthed Jewish female comedian can. She’s both female and Jewish… who would risk tangling withRead More

This just in: Hamister to break ground. Maybe. Possibly. Or maybe not.

This just in: Hamister to break ground. Maybe. Possibly. Or maybe not.

News December 31, 2015 at 8:35 pm

The Reporter, in its December 30 print edition, stuck the proverbial fork in the hind end of the Hamister hotel project as we called it “deader than dead.” The very next day council chairman Andrew Touma appeared on the Vince Anello radio show to say, during his one hour visit,Read More

Second Amendment Watch: We Need Guns and Armed Guards, You Don’t, Say the Wealthy and Politically Connected

Second Amendment Watch: We Need Guns and Armed Guards, You Don’t, Say the Wealthy and Politically Connected

Uncategorized December 29, 2015 at 9:23 pm

  What do presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and President Obama have in common? And what do President Obama and Hillary have in common with Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City?  All three of these famous individuals have around the clock armed guards guaranteeing their personal securityRead More

The Eyes Have it as the Reporter Launches Dyster Watch 2016

The Eyes Have it as the Reporter Launches Dyster Watch 2016

News December 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm

We’re looking, we’re listening, we’re paying attention. The Reporter is watching the moves of Mayor Dyster as his re-election fades in the rear view mirror and the post-election city hall gears get greased with quid pro deals that were made pre-election. The mayor cobbled together a clumsy but ultimately effectiveRead More

Grandinetti offers openness on a city council shrouded in secrecy

Grandinetti offers openness on a city council shrouded in secrecy

Uncategorized December 23, 2015 at 5:52 pm

By Anna Howard The Niagara Falls Reporter continues to catch flack for recommending Kristen Grandinetti for council chairwoman. We recommended, not once, but twice, that she be given the big chair in the council chambers. Why’d we do that? Frankly, it’s because we see her as a breath of fresh airRead More

Is There a Conspiracy to Stop Kristen Grandinetti From Becoming Chairwoman?

Is There a Conspiracy to Stop Kristen Grandinetti From Becoming Chairwoman?

Uncategorized December 18, 2015 at 12:28 am

Two weeks ago the Reporter went on record with an editorial recommending that two term councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti be elected council chairwoman for 2016. We had no idea our editorial would cause a stir and set people howling at the notion that we’d seriously promote Kristen for the top councilRead More

Grandinetti defends her mayor by targeting “disloyal, disruptive, unproductive” employees for removal

Grandinetti defends her mayor by targeting “disloyal, disruptive, unproductive” employees for removal

Uncategorized January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am

Goodness gracious what was councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti thinking as she put pen to paper, or cursor to screen, to write her Gazette January http://southbuffalonews.comhttp://southbuffalonews.com, guest view titled, “The resumes are in”? The column heartily defended Mayor Dyster’s pre-Christmas call for a review of department head resumes. Dyster’s demand for hisRead More

Train Station and Wallenda – same old, same old

Train Station and Wallenda – same old, same old

Niagara Falls January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am

Train station The Niagara Falls Reporter has been pointing out for the past four years that the train station has yet to find an operating budget. The Reporter also wrote not too long ago that the residents should look for US Sen. Charles Schumer to come to the rescue withRead More

Touma at $http://southbuffalonews.com25,000 plus per year courtesy taxpayers can afford to ‘not sign up for the pay’

Touma at $http://southbuffalonews.com25,000 plus per year courtesy taxpayers can afford to ‘not sign up for the pay’

Uncategorized January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am

According to the Buffalo News, Council Chairman Andrew Touma said “council members receive a part-time salary of $http://southbuffalonews.com2,000, but they are on call all the time. He said in comparable cities elected officials receive $http://southbuffalonews.com5,000. “’But we don’t sign up for the pay. Moving the city forward is why weRead More

Nick Melson is said to have an increasingly powerful role in the Dyster administration.

What’s Really Going on With the Rumored City Hall Personnel Changes?

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In our last edition, the Reporter explained how the mayor ordered his top personnel to submit updated resumes if they hoped to keep their jobs. Sources told us the mayor was going to rely heavily on the council to review the resumes. The council was to help him decide whoRead More

The Reporter found this Dyster-look alike to show the elegance of Dyster's new plan to revive a http://southbuffalonews.com9th century mode of travel.  

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  (Ed note: 20http://southbuffalonews.com6 is here and, like many publications, the Niagara Falls Reporter wishes to recap the year just gone by. Since Mayor Paul Dyster is likely to be around for another four years, we might just as well look at his accomplishments in the past year. This storyRead More

Mayor Paul Dyster sent a letter to department heads and nonunion city employees seeking their resumes. This has led to speculation that the mayor may be choosing to replace some employees not protected by civil service.

Dyster continues to raise the fiscal roof as the foundation collapses

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A grateful Mayor Paul Dyster promoted two men who help his reelection efforts.     By Anna Howard   There he goes again. Last week Mayor Dyster started another round of promotions for select people in city government. This time it was the fire department. While we have no doubtRead More

Taxpayers get cold shoulder on ice pavilion transparency   

Taxpayers get cold shoulder on ice pavilion transparency  

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The city recently announced that it’s accepting RFP’s (requests for proposals) to operate Sal Maglie Stadium. In a Gazette article of December 27, Mayor Dyster said, “We don’t regard the direct operation of Sal Maglie as a cash cow…It doesn’t have the income possibilities as something like the Hyde ParkRead More

Touma gets the chair, Grandinetti gets the bum’s rush…again

Touma gets the chair, Grandinetti gets the bum’s rush…again

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(The Reporter’s resident feminist, Anna Howard, says the ‘woman was denied’) The city council held their 20http://southbuffalonews.com6 reorganization meeting today, January http://southbuffalonews.com, 20http://southbuffalonews.com6. And, as we feared, the male dominated council decided to let current chairman, Andrew Touma, remain in the big seat for 20http://southbuffalonews.com6.  As the saying goes, we’reRead More

Non-transparency of Ice Pavilion raises questions about Sal Maglie RFP

Non-transparency of Ice Pavilion raises questions about Sal Maglie RFP

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The Dyster administration is back at it again, trying to find an operator for Sal Maglie Stadium. The mayor’s first pass at landing a manager and promoter for the historic, but dilapidated, sports facility didn’t go so well and the Reporter wrote at length about it last year. At thatRead More

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