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Councilmembers Grandinetti and Touma, pictured here with Mayor Dyster, support his proposed tax increases on businesses and residents. They are up for re-election in less than two weeks.

Baby steps approach to Budget won’t help in closing $12 million shortfall

Niagara Falls October 27, 2017 at 5:46 am

“Baby steps.” It’s a term used in Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-Step programs to warn those with substance abuse problems not to try and take on too much at once. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and his reliable rubber stamps on the City Council, Kristen Grandinetti and Andrew Touma, haveRead More

Tom Lowe, dressed to impress in one of his nicest t-shirts, represents Niagara University and the city of Niagara Falls at UB's Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness inaugural "Social Innovation" conference this past April.

Not another faith based initiative! ReNU Niagara eyes 5th, 6th Streets

Niagara Falls October 27, 2017 at 5:30 am

Back in Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood’s motto was, “Take from the rich and give to the poor.” Not a bad objective, but one that’s been revised by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster. “Take from the working poor and give to the non-working poor,” might well be his motto. Last week,Read More

Probably the last time the Reporter will run this photo, since Ms. Grandinetti (L) and Mr. Walker (R) are leaving the council, but not before voting through Mayor Paul Dyster's huge tax increases.

An early Christmas for 300 city workers, Dyster, Grandinetti, Touma hand out raises

Niagara Falls October 20, 2017 at 5:56 am

With a recent state audit confirming that the city will be completely broke by December, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo stating unequivocally that no addition aid would be forthcoming in the wake of the abrupt end of cash from the Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and Councilmembers KristenRead More

Jingle Falls USA another accident waiting to happen for Dyster here

Jingle Falls USA another accident waiting to happen for Dyster here

Niagara Falls October 20, 2017 at 5:52 am

When an idea fails miserably twice in recent memory, why not try it a third time? That seems to be the logic being applied by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and John Percy’s publicly funded Destination Niagara USA in announcing yet another winter festival here, this one called “Jingle FallsRead More

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN - An old campaign ad presages the city's present budget predicament.

Dyster’s whopping tax increases to pass as Homeowners, Businesses take the fall

Niagara Falls October 20, 2017 at 5:50 am

The 2018 Niagara Falls city budget, otherwise known as Mayor Paul Dyster’s massive tax increase, has every chance of passing, despite the outcry raised by taxpayers in what is already the most highly taxed municipality in the state. At Monday night’s City Council meeting a vote was taken on aRead More

Congratulations... You're hired! This way to your corner office on the top floor!

Gov. Cuomo’s jobs “Strikeforce” invades Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls October 20, 2017 at 5:40 am

Declares Victory, then retreats back to Albany “Niagara Falls Unemployment Rate highest in New York State” blared the headline for our lead story on August 13 of this year. As we reported, the Niagara Falls unemployment figure for June, 2017 was an appalling 7.7%, by far the highest of anyRead More

"I get sick of people saying, you know, well it's never been done here," remarked Rev. Darius Pridgen on a self-produced video promoting his Affordable Rent and Housing (ARH) program.

More Subsidized Housing on the way; Is it a Blessing, or a Curse?

Niagara Falls October 20, 2017 at 5:30 am

Another day, another scheme to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on low rent housing in a city already so vacant that private landlords are just giving up. You can’t throw a rock around here and not hit some politically connected insider with a yen to house the downtrodden and walkRead More

Cuomo jokes about Niagara Falls’ loss of casino funds

Cuomo jokes about Niagara Falls’ loss of casino funds

Niagara Falls October 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

Governor turns his back on World-Famous Tourist city “This agreement is a win-win-win; a win for the local governments of Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and Salamanca, a win for the Seneca Nation whose exclusivity will be honored, and a win for all New Yorkers with hundreds of millions of dollars comingRead More

Councilmembers Grandinetti and Touma are attempting to postpone the budget vote to raise your taxes until after the Nov. 7 election.

Grandinetti, Touma seek to postpone budget vote until after Council election

Niagara Falls October 13, 2017 at 5:40 am

 City Councilmembers Kristen Grandinetti and Andrew Touma have come up with what they think is a great idea, that is, defer consideration of Mayor Paul Dyster’s whopping proposed tax increase until after the November election. Niagara Falls is already the most highly taxed municipality in the state based on theRead More

24 Below is the latest Third Street business to be shuttered.

Another Third Street business closes its doors

Niagara Falls October 13, 2017 at 5:36 am

USA Niagara, City wasted millions on Tourism Pipedream Niagara Falls’ “Tourist District” just received another blow with the closing of Third Street’s 24 Below Art Gallery and Cafe’ last week. Described by an Oct. 2016 article in the Niagara Gazette as a “haven for local artists,” the gallery actually doubledRead More

"A Council proclamation & Mayoral pin for Mary Ann Hess" proclaims Mayor Dyster on Twitter. Too bad hard-working business owners like Ms. Hess are about to get socked with a 14% tax increase, courtesy of the mayor and 4 of 5 councilmembers pictured here.

Dyster’s whopping tax increase born out of desperation at City Hall

Niagara Falls October 6, 2017 at 5:42 am

The most highly taxed city in the most highly taxed state in the entire country is about to get pricier, thanks to Niagara Falls, New York, Mayor Paul Dyster and the rubber stamp City Council majority that slavishly serves him. Over the nine years of his reign of error, theRead More

Mayor Dyster doesn't look too happy presenting his 2018 proposed budget at Niagara Falls City Hall, which raises taxes on residents and businesses.

Big Tax Increase in Dyster’s 2018 Budget not enough to offset loss of Casino Revenue

Niagara Falls October 6, 2017 at 5:40 am

While the national and state economies have enjoyed a reasonably robust recovery in the years following the housing meltdown and great recession, the financial condition of the city of Niagara Falls has steadily deteriorated over the decade Mayor Dyster has been in office, and there’s no mystery why. Rock concerts,Read More

Introducing… Pizza Squirrel!

Introducing… Pizza Squirrel!

Niagara Falls October 6, 2017 at 5:31 am

Niagara Falls’ newest recycling mascot, Pizza Squirrel. He says, “Thanks for putting recycling 1st.” Now Pizza Squirrel can feed his family ‘n lessen the amount of garbage going into the landfill at the same time. “No, Thank You, Pizza Squirrel.”

Dyster’s Water Board shifts blame after half inch of rain causes disaster

Dyster’s Water Board shifts blame after half inch of rain causes disaster

Niagara Falls October 6, 2017 at 5:30 am

For the third time since the end of July, a little bit of rain on Wednesday caused a major discharge of raw sewage from the Niagara Falls wastewater treatment plant into the Niagara River, the state Department of Environmental Conservation reported. The event came just two months after the lastRead More

Flat stone pavers from Three Sisters Island

NYS Attorney General declines to investigate Niagara Falls State Park bidding scandal

Niagara Falls October 6, 2017 at 5:26 am

“Corruption is a serious crime. We will always enforce one set of rules for everyone — even if they walk the halls of political power.” So stated New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman in an Aug. 10 post on his Facebook page. Yes, believe it or not, Mr.Read More

Dyster’s Human Rights Commissioner defends her role in shooting spree

Dyster’s Human Rights Commissioner defends her role in shooting spree

Niagara Falls September 29, 2017 at 5:58 am

A member of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster’s Human Rights Commission, who was charged with first degree reckless endangerment, a felony, after allegedly firing a shotgun into the back of a car and then aiming at a nearby apartment window on September 25, took to the internet Tuesday to proclaimRead More

Captured on camera, a menacing Evan Stafford is framed by one of the beautiful "public art" murals on Third Street, moments before beating the hell out of a WIVB-TV crew and smashing their equipment.

Niagara Falls’ Successful Title Defense: FBI again ranks city as Most Dangerous in New York State

Niagara Falls September 29, 2017 at 5:50 am

For the second year in a row, the city of Niagara Falls has topped the list as the most violent city in New York State, according to the 2016 report “Crime in the United States,” released this week by the FBI. There were a total of 565 violent crimes reportedRead More

Niagara Falls water bills deemed Cruel, Unusual Punishment

Niagara Falls water bills deemed Cruel, Unusual Punishment

Niagara Falls September 29, 2017 at 5:30 am

Council Candidate Pascoal proposes solutions to vexing problem According to the recently published Niagara Falls Water Board’s Annual Drinking Water Quality Report, “The total water produced in 2015 was over 7.7 billion gallons… The annual amount of water delivered to customers was about 2.5 billion gallons. This leaves about 5.2Read More

Michael DiCienzo

DiCienzo water park initiative gains wide support despite Dyster, Cuomo’s disinterest

Niagara Falls September 29, 2017 at 5:15 am

Sometimes, even in Niagara Falls, the good guys can win one. Take the case of Michael DiCienzo, the prosperous owner of numerous hotels in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, New York, whose development plans here have repeatedly been thwarted by both Mayor Paul Dyster’s City Hall and Governor AndrewRead More

Seneca President Barry Snyder's smile is perhaps because he knows the renewed compact doesn't account for payments past this year, unlike the other two grinning fools.

Dyster blames Council for squandering Casino Cash as financial crisis looms

Niagara Falls September 22, 2017 at 5:42 am

The gall. The unmitigated gall. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, the man responsible for figuring casino revenue into the general fund budget and using it for everything from a failed winter festival to a series of expensive but half baked rock concerts, is now blaming the City Council for theRead More

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