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Reflections on… My First Year in Council

Reflections on… My First Year in Council

Uncategorized January 7, 2017 at 4:02 am

By Kenny Tompkins Niagara Falls City Council January 1 marked my first official year as a Niagara Falls City Council member. What a year this has been! There was a mix of successes and frustrations that come with government. The biggest plus of this job has been the opportunity toRead More

Source: Cuomo Finds Ceretto Cushy Job at State Parks

Source: Cuomo Finds Ceretto Cushy Job at State Parks

News January 6, 2017 at 7:23 pm

This just in: Since publishing our article on “Are Democrats Scrambling to Find a Job for Ceretto”, we have been informed that former Assemblyman John Ceretto (Democrat  -> Republican -> Democrat) has landed a job with NY State Parks and will be stationed at the Niagara Falls State Park. His “title”Read More

Craft speaks out on Lewiston Board’s skewed view of signs, and ambiance

Craft speaks out on Lewiston Board’s skewed view of signs, and ambiance

Niagara County January 2, 2017 at 2:04 pm

By Ronald Craft;   ; I would like to comment on the recent Lewiston Village Board’s Article in the Lewiston Sentinal regarding the Board favoring ‘ambiance’ over ‘signage safety’ – which includes the same reasoning for a ban on sandwich boards – to be appalling. These same board members continuallyRead More

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center greets first newborn of 2017

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center greets first newborn of 2017

Community News January 2, 2017 at 1:04 pm

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center greeted its first baby of 2017 at 8:09 p.m. New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) when Santina Fittante of Youngstown gave birth to son Dillon John Barker. Dillon, shown here with his mother and father Jeffrey Barker in their private labor and delivery suite at Memorial’sRead More

‘Nuclear Lou’ rejects accuracy, notes omissions in Kratt’s ‘Niagara Falls in WW II’

‘Nuclear Lou’ rejects accuracy, notes omissions in Kratt’s ‘Niagara Falls in WW II’

Niagara Falls December 27, 2016 at 8:18 pm

By Lou Ricciuti; (Editor’s note: Lou Ricciuti has spent decades studying and evaluating the history of the nuclear industry in Niagara Falls in the mid 20th century and its lingering aftereffects.  Dubbed “Nuclear Lou” by admirers and critics alike, Ricciuti has been a voice in the wilderness for years. HisRead More

Grand Island Supervisor: An Island without fear Part 3.

Grand Island Supervisor: An Island without fear Part 3.

Erie County December 26, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Island Without Fear Part 3 of 4: by Nate McMurray Freedom from the fear of others Diversity is not just an empty motto. It’s an ideal we strive for because diversity brings strength. Even on a basic level, genetic diversity helps us survive and adapt. And cultural diversity (meaning drawingRead More

Remembering The Festival of Lights

Remembering The Festival of Lights

Niagara Falls December 23, 2016 at 12:50 am

By Robert Ventry; If the Festival of Lights were still held it would be in its 35th year. The first annual Festival of Lights was launched in 1981 as economic stimulant for the local economy. The event was used to draw visitors into the city during the winter, which manyRead More

Joseph A. Ruffalo, President and CEO, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

Crucial Drug Discount Program at Risk  

Community News September 22, 2016 at 2:38 am

By Joseph A. Ruffolo, President & CEO Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center   Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is a safety-net facility. That means we treat all sick people regardless of their ability to pay. Many of our patients are on Medicaid, Medicare or lack health insurance altogether. A little-known federalRead More

Tesla, The Power of the Sun … And Progress on Grand Island

Tesla, The Power of the Sun … And Progress on Grand Island

Erie County September 15, 2016 at 3:09 am

  By Nate McMurray Supervisor of Grand Island I read a book about Nikola Tesla earlier this year called “Wizard, The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla.” I thought I knew about Tesla, and especially his work at Niagara Falls. It was Tesla who finally mastered the mighty cataracts toRead More

Niagara Falls Ranked As One of 55 Most Breathtaking Destinations in the World; And one of the dumbest

Niagara Falls Ranked As One of 55 Most Breathtaking Destinations in the World; And one of the dumbest

Niagara Falls September 15, 2016 at 2:52 am

  It made me laugh and made me kind of sad, at the same time when I saw it. A recent article published on Expedia entitled the “The 55 most breathtaking destinations in the world” rates Niagara Falls New York (but not Niagara Falls, Ontario) as one of them. “Beauty mayRead More

What Are You Going to Do About Boston, Mr. Barnicle?

What Are You Going to Do About Boston, Mr. Barnicle?

Uncategorized September 15, 2016 at 2:07 am

By Jim Ostrowski; I refer to Mike Barnicle’s now-famous gotcha question of the clueless alleged libertarian candidate Gary Johnson on Morning Joe the other day: “what are you going to do about Aleppo [Syria]” To cut to the chase, I could just as well ask Mr. Barnicle what he’s goingRead More

This season, the view is better from the Canadian Side

This season, the view is better from the Canadian Side

Niagara Falls September 15, 2016 at 2:01 am

BY MATT RICCHIAZZI;     Hamilton’s news broadcaster, CHCH, is reporting that Niagara Falls, ON enjoyed the best season it has had in nearly eight years. Niagara Falls Tourism chair Wyane Thomson says the city is on pace for a record tourism year measured by visitors and spending. “We’ve stepped up theRead More

Niagara Falls Among Top 15 Cities For Healthcare Professionals

Niagara Falls Among Top 15 Cities For Healthcare Professionals

Community News September 15, 2016 at 1:53 am

ValuePenguin, a leading personal finance company  has published a report looking at the Best Cities to Be a Healthcare Professional, and the Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY Metro ranked 12th  The study evaluated 200 metropolitan statistical areas across 20 key data points, covering everything from education quality and salary to insurance rates and medical malpractice payouts.Read More

Independent Living of Niagara County can help YOU register to vote!

Independent Living of Niagara County can help YOU register to vote!

Community News September 15, 2016 at 1:47 am

   If you’ve been intending to register so you can vote in the November General Election, but  haven’t gotten around to it and you’re going to be in Niagara Falls, New York on Tuesday September 27, 2016, Independent Living of Niagara County (ILNC) is participating in National Voters Registration Day.Read More

Scott Modell PHD

Fall conference will focus on sex trafficking, crimes against children with disabilities

Community News September 15, 2016 at 1:38 am

  Nationally recognized experts on crime against children with disabilities and youth sex trafficking will headline a Nov. 3 conference at the Niagara Falls Conference and Event Center. “Safe at Home: Seeking Solutions for Adult and Child Victims of Family Violence” will be the 19th annual Safe at Home conferenceRead More

Vicki Landes

Memorial promotes Vicki Landes to vice president of Community Care Coordination and Services

Community News September 15, 2016 at 1:34 am

Vicki Landes, RN, BSN, MBA has been named Vice President of Community Care Coordination and Services at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Landes is a graduate of Medaille College, where she was awarded a master’s degree in Business Administration, and SUNY at Brockport, where she earned a Bachelor of ScienceRead More

Niagara Falls Assessor Worked for Revaluation Contractor in Line to Do Reassessment

Niagara Falls Assessor Worked for Revaluation Contractor in Line to Do Reassessment

Niagara Falls September 15, 2016 at 12:19 am

BY Tony Farina; As Niagara Falls city officials try to address taxpayer concerns about a planned citywide property reassessment, the first in 14 years, we have learned that lawmakers may have a new problem on their hands that may not sit too well with already apprehensive city residents:  the appearanceRead More

Two Grand Island residents give opposing views on Supervisor McMurray’s bike path

Two Grand Island residents give opposing views on Supervisor McMurray’s bike path

Erie County August 27, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Two readers have offered their opposing views of a state plan to create a bike path on Grand Island that is supported by Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray. Kris writes: Nate McMurray’s campaign for Grand Island Supervisor was about keeping our beautiful, quiet Island rural and to stopRead More

A grand idea for Grand Island?  Development key to future

A grand idea for Grand Island? Development key to future

Erie County August 25, 2016 at 12:08 am

  By Mike Hudson; A great percentage of the visitors coming to see Niagara Falls arrive via the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. About halfway between the airport and the falls themselves is Grand Island, a charming, almost rustic community in the middle of the Niagara River that tourists must crossRead More

When a bevy of public officials broke ground on the new Niagara Falls train station not a one of them stop to discuss who would pay for it. Now we know - the City of Niagara Falls taxpayers, that's who!

Still no contract with Amtrak; Train station remains vacant

Niagara Falls August 24, 2016 at 10:59 pm

  By Mike Hudson; Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and City Planner Tom DeDantis have spent upwards of $44 million of taxpayer money to build a train station that is now facing a slight possibility that no train will ever use and a much more likely possibility that the primeRead More

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