Articles by: James Hufnagel

Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

HUFNAGEL: A Letter to Gov. Cuomo on Delaware North and the Niagara Falls State Park

News December 21, 2019 at 7:24 am

Please click the link below to subscribe to a FREE PDF version of each print edition of the Niagara Reporter     Dear Governor Cuomo, Two years from now, on December 31, 2021, the Delaware North Companies’ state contract to provide food service in Niagara Falls State Park isRead More

OPINION: Study Claims $35 Million Impact from ‘Discover Niagara’ Shuttle While Tourists Exit Downtown Niagara Falls on “Free” Buses

OPINION: Study Claims $35 Million Impact from ‘Discover Niagara’ Shuttle While Tourists Exit Downtown Niagara Falls on “Free” Buses

Community News March 9, 2018 at 6:14 pm

Please click the link below to subscribe to a FREE PDF version of each print edition of the Niagara Reporter   Recent glowing reports in the local media about the economic impact of the Discover Niagara shuttle, which conveys tourists out of downtown Niagara Falls to Lewiston and Youngstown,Read More

Senecas Ramp Up Opposition to Pegula Fracking Proposal

Senecas Ramp Up Opposition to Pegula Fracking Proposal

News February 24, 2018 at 10:26 am

There’s an old expression that comes close to describing billionaire Bills and Sabres owner Terry Pegula’s business philosophy, and that is, “Don’t make a mess in your own nest.” The thrills and enjoyment Pegula provides to Western New York sports fans, as his teams go forth to do battle againstRead More

“Smokin'” Land Deal Pending for Downtown Niagara Falls?

“Smokin'” Land Deal Pending for Downtown Niagara Falls?

Community News February 23, 2018 at 11:27 am

A sweeping and transformational real estate transaction is possibly in the works as the Cuomo administration, through its Empire State Development agency, is poised to purchase numerous downtown Niagara Falls parcels from local developer and Native American entrepreneur “Smokin’” Joe Anderson, the Reporter has learned, despite all parties concerned refusingRead More

Strikingly, six months ago we correctly predicted that Niagara Falls unemployment would rise in 2017, simultaneous with better job numbers for the rest of the state. Dyster administration policies, combined with Albany's exploitation of our tourism resources, have resulted in the misery of joblessness here, the highest in New York State.

Niagara Falls December jobless rate soars over 8%

Local News February 9, 2018 at 1:31 am

Highest Unemployment in New York State While the United States has officially been at “full employment” for several months, as a nearly decade-long economic expansion continues, the situation here in Niagara Falls is bad and getting worse, according to figures released last week by the NYS Department of Labor. NiagaraRead More

“Be vewy, vewy quiet…” advises Sandwich Shop owner in emails to Reporter

“Be vewy, vewy quiet…” advises Sandwich Shop owner in emails to Reporter

News February 8, 2018 at 6:57 pm

  You’d think with the kind of no-holds-barred, hard hitting journalism practiced by the Reporter, we’d receive a lot more flack, or possibly even death threats, from certain individuals unhappy with one or more aspects of our reporting. So you can imagine how thrilled we were when some decidedly negativeRead More

People kayaking on the Allegheny River between Olean and Allegany, NY. Will Mr. Pegula, owner of the Sabres and Bills, soon be dumping "treated" frack wastewater into the river?

Proposal to dump Pegula Frackwater in Allegheny River upstream of NY’s southern tier advances

State and National News January 26, 2018 at 12:42 am

Last July, 2017 the Coudersport (Pennsylvania) Area Municipal Authority (CAMA) board members leased land to an outfit called Epiphany Allegheny LLC. Epiphany plans to build a wastewater treatment plant on the Allegheny River to process wastewater produced as a byproduct of high volume horizontal hydrofracturing (“fracking”). The top customer ofRead More

Toxic Niagara Sanitation landfill still plagues Town of Wheatfield

Toxic Niagara Sanitation landfill still plagues Town of Wheatfield

Community News January 26, 2018 at 12:40 am

Government officials propose new fence to contain toxic below-ground leachate Foot-dragging over decades by the Town of Wheatfield and the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in their efforts at testing and remediation of the former Niagara Sanitation toxic landfill in the town has some residents of Nash Road frustratedRead More

Bwana, go home! Jimmy John’s shutters Elmwood Village store

Bwana, go home! Jimmy John’s shutters Elmwood Village store

Erie County January 26, 2018 at 12:20 am

The Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo location of Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches has closed after less than two years in operation. No explanation was given by the nationwide Jimmy John’s chain for the failure of its franchise on the busy commercial street, bounded by economically upscale neighborhoods and student housing for BuffaloRead More

Vince Anello served as Niagara Falls Mayor from 2004-2008.

Former Mayor schools City Council on Budgeting 101

Niagara Falls January 19, 2018 at 1:36 pm

  One-time Mayor Vince Anello addressed the newly-installed Niagara Falls City Council at their first regular meeting Wednesday afternoon on prudent fiscal management. Unfortunately, none of the five councilmembers were seen to be taking notes. “The last thirty years only two mayors have had a budget surplus. Mayor O’Laughlin beingRead More

The 27th Congressional district battleground.

McMurray seeking Dem nod to challenge Collins

State and National News January 18, 2018 at 10:21 pm

Town of Grand Island Supervisor and occasional Niagara Falls Reporter contributor Nate McMurray has announced his candidacy for the 27th Congressional district of New York State, which spans a vast region of Western New York comprising most of Niagara County and points east all the way to Rochester, and wrappingRead More

"I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant." - H. L. Mencken

NF Reporter Agent of Change for Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls January 18, 2018 at 10:14 pm

Record of Reform continues with recent State website change The first issue of the Niagara Falls Reporter hit the newstands on June 28, 2000, and while that’s less than 18 years ago, it must seem like an eternity to many of the ruling elite of the Cataract City. Since itsRead More

Affluent DeVeaux (upper left, 201) and Lasalle (lower right, 222, includes Cayuga Island) are losing population, while the poverty-stricken Highland Avenue census tract (202) gains population, indicative of a city in decline. (Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey)

Latest US Census numbers Dire News for Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls January 12, 2018 at 5:45 am

Population, Wealth taking flight from City in Decline More evidence of the continuing downward spiral of the city of Niagara Falls under the Dyster administration was released last month by the US Census Bureau. According to its “American Communities Survey,” while the population of New York State expanded by 1.9%Read More

A Talking Heads music video from the late '70's was insulting to Niagara Falls.

Talking Heads’ music video derided Falls, Moses Parkway decades ago

Niagara Falls January 12, 2018 at 5:08 am

Being a tourist destination with international name recognition can be a double-edged sword, as the city of Niagara Falls finds out on a regular basis. It seems that every time something positive around here makes headlines worldwide, such as the Wallenda walk, or the falls and Goat Island displaying winterRead More

An avid runner, Mr. Touma (right) enjoys 5k races. Unfortunately, this year's Boys & Girls Club race was cancelled due to lack of interest, while the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association's 5k race was scrapped last year. Maybe if Councilman Touma didn't vote to raise taxes, and waste money on Dyster's silly projects all the time, the city wouldn't be in such desperate straits.

Did Touma endorsement compromise Conservative Party ideals, and vice versa?

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:54 am

New York is one of only eight states that perpetuates the antiquated system of “electoral fusion,” an arrangement by which two or more political parties cross endorse a candidate, and of those eight states, it’s only commonly practiced here. As a result, several peculiarities that are unique to our electionsRead 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

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

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

According to the FBI's annual Crime Report, the city of Niagara Falls has the highest rates of violent and property crime in New York State for cities with population over 25,000. The proposed 2018 budget cuts two detectives and two patrol officers. What are they thinking?

Niagara Falls City Council, Mayor Dyster exceed tax cap, cut Police

Niagara Falls December 1, 2017 at 5:40 am

Budget Woes lead to big Tax Increases for Residents, Businesses It took less than twenty minutes. The meat cleaver came down hard on Mayor Paul Dyster’s proposed 2018 budget Wednesday afternoon, courtesy of the Niagara Falls City Council. In short order, the council eliminated four police positions, paring the mayor’sRead More

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