Articles by: James Hufnagel

Mayor Dyster (L) and Councilmembers Grandinetti and Touma (R) at a fundraiser four years ago. Will the Dyster majority, which also includes the soon-departing Charles Walker and disappointing 1st draft choice Ezra Scott, Jr. still be intact after Election Day, 2017?

Mayor Dyster, Council Majority to Approve Raises for City Workers next week Despite Bad Audit, Credit Downgrade, Vanishing Casino Funds

Niagara Falls September 15, 2017 at 5:52 am

The city of Niagara Falls is living on borrowed time, financially speaking. The unrestricted fund balance (aka reserve fund) is projected to sink to zero by the end of this year, and according to a draft audit released in August by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office and first made publicRead More

Bringing the City to the Country: The Problem is Density with Bri Estates

Bringing the City to the Country: The Problem is Density with Bri Estates

Niagara County September 15, 2017 at 5:50 am

Opposition to a proposed new housing development in the Town of Niagara is gaining momentum, as more information becomes available to residents of the Colonial Drive and Miller Road neighborhoods which will adjoin the subdivision, should it be built. The local office of Yonkers, NY-based Double C Realty Inc. hasRead More

"The City’s adopted general fund budget for 2017 was approximately $93 million." With casino revenue going away, it's about to hit the fan, and we don't mean this pie.

Mayor Dyster, do-nothing Council to thank for City of Niagara Falls’ Looming Fiscal Nightmare

Niagara Falls September 1, 2017 at 5:32 am

It hit us right between the eyes the instant we pulled it up on the computer. The as yet-unreleased New York State Comptroller’s draft audit, or “Report of Examination – City of Niagara Falls Financial Condition” for the period from January, 2015 to late June of this year, admonishes atRead More

Did Mayor Dyster’s “Friends and Family” policy cause Sewage Spill?

Did Mayor Dyster’s “Friends and Family” policy cause Sewage Spill?

Niagara Falls August 18, 2017 at 5:26 am

When Paul Dyster ran for the office of mayor of the city of Niagara Falls back in 2007, he promised an end to the traditional “friends and family” approach to running government. Over the succeeding years of his tenure at City Hall, however, it’s become clear that the campaign rhetoricRead More

Source: NYS Department of Labor

Unemployment, Crime, Poverty, Taxes, Potholes, Credit Downgrades afflict City of Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls August 18, 2017 at 5:12 am

Despite 160 Tourists for each and every Resident Unemployment is a hardship, so much so that it comprises half of something called the Misery Index, a widely cited economic indicator (the other half is inflation). Unemployment is connected with all kinds of community, family and individual dysfunction. It leads toRead More

With the state's industrial tourism complex, otherwise known as Niagara Falls State Park, monopolizing the eight million tourists who come here every year, it's little wonder the city of Niagara Falls has the highest rate of unemployment of any city in the entire state.

Niagara Falls Unemployment Rate highest in New York State

Niagara Falls August 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm

State’s monopoly on Park, failed Economic Development policies to blame By James Hufnagel The city of Niagara Falls suffers from some of the highest rates of taxation and poverty (nearly double the rate of childhood poverty), and from the highest rates of per capita violent and property crime of anyRead More

Having Tried to bring Frackwater here, Gov. Cuomo now ‘Up in Arms’ over Sewage Spill

Having Tried to bring Frackwater here, Gov. Cuomo now ‘Up in Arms’ over Sewage Spill

Niagara Falls August 13, 2017 at 11:55 am

By James Hufnagel Governor Andrew Cuomo, by loudly and publicly demanding that the July 29 discharge of black, smelly wastewater into the area surrounding the Maid of the Mist dock be promptly and thoroughly investigated by his State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), is engaging in a blatant 180-degree flip-flopRead More

Falls, Gorge site tour by USA Niagara a “Fail”

Falls, Gorge site tour by USA Niagara a “Fail”

Niagara Falls August 4, 2017 at 3:22 am

Public Opposition mounting to “Outdoor Recreation” Proposal The latest skirmish between the David of the citizens of the city of Niagara Falls and the Goliath of state agencies such as State Parks, USA Niagara and the New York Power Authority, when it comes to waterfront development, appears to have beenRead More

USA Niagara and State Parks want a "sensitively-design 'natural' water element (i.e., that could provide summer respite and potentially a location for ice skating in the winter months)" built on the south end of Goat Island.

Outdoor Recreation RFP found lacking

Niagara Falls August 4, 2017 at 3:20 am

Pushes new Infrastructure at the expense of Local Economy, Natural Beauty We took a closer look at USA Niagara’s “Outdoor Recreation and Programming & Associated Real Estate Development” RFP that fleshes out Gov. Cuomo’s vision for introducing different tourist activities such as rock climbing, ziplining and horseback riding to theRead More

City Council Nixes State’s “Outdoor Recreation” plan

City Council Nixes State’s “Outdoor Recreation” plan

Niagara Falls July 27, 2017 at 3:04 am

USA Niagara, ESD bar media, disinvite NF Reporter correspondent from attending Info Tour State Parks, NYPA and USA Niagara recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purpose of establishing activities such as bicycling, ziplining, rockclimbing and horseback riding at Niagara Falls State Park and along the Niagara Gorge,Read More

The tarp has been dangling off the DeVeaux Woods Carriage Barn for over three months. Hopefully State Parks will repair it so that future generations can enjoy this historic building (photo by Michael Federspiel).

DeVeaux Woods Carriage Barn previously doomed; now Centerpiece of state Outdoor Recreation proposal

Community News July 20, 2017 at 3:48 am

“There may have been a time when preservation was about saving an old building here or there, but those days are gone. Preservation is in the business of saving communities and the values they embody.” – National Trust for Historic Preservation An emailed response by Western Region director and AssistantRead More

State Parks neglects DeVeaux Carriage Barn

State Parks neglects DeVeaux Carriage Barn

Niagara Falls July 14, 2017 at 2:58 am

Historic building may soon be razed Even though the local State Parks office reaps $20 million annually from its operations in Niagara Falls State Park and $3 million a year from Niagara Greenway, it seems they can’t spare a few dollars for a new roof on the historic DeVeaux WoodsRead More

Millions may already be budgeted for Cuomo’s Goat Island “lodge”

Millions may already be budgeted for Cuomo’s Goat Island “lodge”

News, Niagara Falls April 7, 2017 at 1:28 am

By James Hufnagel The first $25 million for the “Landscape Improvements” plan, with its bulldozing and paving of Three Sisters Islands and construction of bigger parking lots and expanded food service in the park, insuring that the 8 million tourists don’t have any reason to enter or spend money inRead More

Two years ago, the Calvert Vaux Carriage House on Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park was to be repurposed as a "small inn," according to a USA Niagara RFP document.

Goat Island lodge’s long journey from “Small Inn” to huge Tourist Resort

Niagara Falls March 2, 2017 at 2:58 am

It started out small, then got bigger, much bigger, thanks to the efforts of USA Niagara. First brought to light in a largely-overlooked 2014 USA Niagara Development Corp. Request for Proposals (RFP) that called for bids to retrofit a small building on Goat Island in the Niagara Falls State ParkRead More

The Yellowstone Park Hotel. "By adding the 66-room Yellowstone Park Hotel and the 103 rooms at the Gray Wolf, Delaware North now owns 292 hotel rooms in West Yellowstone."

Delaware North assured of Niagara Lodge thanks to Campaign Contributions to Cuomo

Niagara Falls March 2, 2017 at 2:57 am

Eight – by some accounts, nine – million tourists visit Niagara Falls State Park every year. They access the world-famous attraction from two directions on a dedicated roadway, park on one of 1,500 parking spaces, tour Cave of the Winds and ride Maid of the Mist, dine at Top ofRead More

USA Niagara promotes Niagara Lodge with images linked to Delaware North

USA Niagara promotes Niagara Lodge with images linked to Delaware North

Niagara Falls March 2, 2017 at 2:56 am

If there were any remaining doubts in anyone’s mind that the proposed Niagara Lodge on Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park is earmarked for Jeremy Jacobs’ Delaware North worldwide empire, what follows should dispel them. Two images portraying the embattled hotel/resort have been posted by local economic development agencyRead More

Winston Churchill was able to take a stand.

Dyster’s position on Cuomo’s lodge assures Placement in Pantheon of Great Leaders 

Uncategorized February 23, 2017 at 12:42 am

  Gov. Cuomo’s proposed “lodge” on Goat Island in the Niagara Falls State Park has been met with swift, unequivocal and forceful public opposition since he announced his intentions during a January speech at the University of Buffalo. Earlier this week the Niagara Falls City Council passed a resolution opposingRead More

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State DEC greenwashes Delaware North so-called “Improvements” to State Park

Niagara Falls February 16, 2017 at 4:39 am

The very survival of the human race is being threatened by global warming, air and water pollution, overpopulation, natural resource depletion, loss of biodiversity, deforestation and ocean acidification, but don’t despair! Delaware North, which sells fast food, gifts and souvenirs in the former nature preserve we know as Niagara FallsRead More

Delaware North co-CEO Lou Jacobs shakes with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown as Delaware North seals the deal. Kevin Kelly (right) is both president of Delaware North’s travel business and chairman of the Olmsted Park Conservancy’s board of directors.  The woman on the left is Stephanie Crockatt, the Conservancy’s executive director.

“Buffalo Olmsted” rolls over for Cuomo, Delaware North $$$

Niagara Falls February 16, 2017 at 2:09 am

It’s no secret why the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, one of the largest, most prominent and influential local non-profit community organizations in Western New York, has adopted a strictly hands-off approach when it comes to advocacy on behalf of one of the most famous Frederick Law Olmsted-designed parks in theRead More

The Mayor is fond of ballcaps.

Is Mayor Dyster one of the ‘immigrant’ faces on Cuomo Pamphlet ???

Niagara Falls February 3, 2017 at 2:53 am

On Jan. 20, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s representative, Empire State Development’s Sr. VP Sam Hoyt appeared in Council Chambers at Niagara Falls City Hall to deliver an encapsulated version of the “State of the State” speech performed by Cuomo on Jan. 9 at the University of Buffalo’s North Campus. At theRead More

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