Niagara Falls

Minnie Pearl he ain't, but you must admit, the Mayor does look quite comely sporting his new custom headgear.

$585,000 Commemorative Sculpture Another Example of Public Art

Niagara Falls October 27, 2016 at 2:30 am

We think that this Art Alley/public art initiative has a great deal of potential, especially when Mayor Paul Dyster’s breathtaking Boundary Waters Commemorative sculpture gets its grand dedication at the center of the Rainbow Boulevard traffic circle, just down Third Street a few blocks. Not that the classic stainless steelRead More

It says, "Niagara Falls, New York" in case you were wondering.

Third Street’s “Art Alley” opens to Admiration, Acclaim, Assault

Niagara Falls October 27, 2016 at 1:52 am

“This will be a perfect backdrop for tourists, as well as wedding parties,” said Seth Piccirillo, Director of Niagara Falls Community Development, “We want people to come in here and take pictures.” We decided to take Mr. Piccirillo up on his kind suggestion and, as you can see on theseRead More

Anti-Abortion Activist Sensabaugh Passes at 81

Anti-Abortion Activist Sensabaugh Passes at 81

Niagara Falls October 27, 2016 at 1:31 am

We were saddened to learn of the passing last week of Carol Sensabaugh of Niagara Falls, a retired cosmetologist who devoted much of her time and energy to fighting legalized abortion. Pro-life, as well as a Pro-lific writer of letters to the editor to local dailies such as the NiagaraRead More

Morinello: A Refreshing Change from the Norm

Morinello: A Refreshing Change from the Norm

Niagara Falls October 27, 2016 at 12:02 am

Choolokian Castigates Ceretto for Lack of Principles By Glenn Choolokian When you think about the people who are representing our city, do you envision them trying to serve themselves, their political party or the people that they represent? Which do you think is right? I think most of us wouldRead More

State Department of Transportation dump trucks block off the Robert Moses Parkway as it enters the Niagara Power Project in the days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Did Parkway Removal speech trigger Power Project Terror Drills?

Niagara Falls October 20, 2016 at 1:34 am

  On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms blew up two buses and an unidentified third vehicle at an unused quarry on Rochester Road in Gasport, as part of a demonstration of what things look like after they’ve been blown up.   Later in theRead More

The standard practice of only 2 inches of milling and repaving in the city of Niagara Falls, such as is taking place on Buffalo Avenue, usually results in the blacktop cracking and potholes developing within just a few years, due to the brutally cold winters here.

Old Trolley Tracks spell Headache for Buff Ave. Repaving – City less than candid in bidding process?

Niagara Falls October 20, 2016 at 12:52 am

A local contractor in the process of repaving a section of Buffalo Avenue in the city, abandoned the job due to an impasse with the Dyster administration over cost overruns, but as of press time has resumed the project, the Reporter has learned. Accadia Site Contracting of Depew, NY wasRead More

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster presents his 2017 budget to the public and the City Council last month, big on spending and gimmicks, as usual.

Niagara Falls 2017 Budget Hearing set for Nov. 1

Niagara Falls October 20, 2016 at 12:17 am

A Public Hearing for the 2017 Proposed Budget for the city of Niagara Falls will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers on November 1, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. In reviewing Mayor Paul Dyster’s tentative budget, we came up with the following questions: 1. Has thereRead More

Robert E. Nichols

Assemblyman Ceretto, Mayor Dyster Retaliate, Withhold Tesla funding to punish Reporter writer

Niagara Falls October 13, 2016 at 9:12 am

Last night with the Reporter’s deadline rapidly approaching, a veritable bombshell was dropped on us, courtesy of the Buffalo News.   A “former Ceretto employee” blew the whistle on illegal activities that allegedly took place in Assemblyman John Ceretto’s office which included, according to the breaking News story, campaign meetingsRead More

Movie Review: The Birth of a Nation

Movie Review: The Birth of a Nation

Niagara Falls October 13, 2016 at 6:04 am

by Niagara Falls City Councilman Ezra P. Scott, Jr. Released on October 7th 2016, I recently had an opportunity to view The Birth of a Nation as a social study of American History. Unlike the original 1915 American silent film The Birth of a Nation (The Clansman), that was directed and co-produced by D.Read More

Questions on Raises and Stipends

Questions on Raises and Stipends

Niagara Falls October 13, 2016 at 6:02 am

by Niagara Falls City Councilman Kenny Tompkins On September 30, my council colleagues and I were handed the 2017 city budget. Over the next several weeks, we’ll individually scrutinize the details enclosed in the thousands of small-print pages of the book that contains the cost and revenue figures our cityRead More

Exterior image of the new Price Chopper in Colonie, New York  May 30, 2009.(Skip Dickstein / Times Union)

Discount Grocery Store Targets Highland Ave. Area

Niagara Falls October 13, 2016 at 6:01 am

  “It may be the start of something very positive,” according to Niagara Falls Council Chairman Andrew Touma Wednesday night after a public forum attracted an enthusiastic crowd of at least 100 people about the possibility of bringing in a discount grocery store to the Highland Avenue neighborhood. Sponsored byRead More

Tax & Spend Dyster Offers Huge Pay Increases + 8 New Positions

Tax & Spend Dyster Offers Huge Pay Increases + 8 New Positions

Niagara Falls October 13, 2016 at 5:05 am

by Ann Williams And Once Again, He Expects Us to Pay for it Through Tax Rate Increases & Looming Reassessments Committee to Stop the Reassessments & Continuous Tax Increases Mayor Paul Dyster is yet again proposing huge pay increases for mayoral appointees and the creation of eight new positions inRead More

Dyster Pay Raises Hitting Brick Wall With Lawmakers

Dyster Pay Raises Hitting Brick Wall With Lawmakers

Niagara Falls October 13, 2016 at 2:05 am

As we reported last week, Niagara Falls city lawmakers were surprised by the hefty city hall pay raises for administrators contained in Mayor Paul Dyster’s proposed 2017 spending plan, and as Council Chairman Andrew Touma said on Wednesday, “it is not the right time for substantial pay raises,” given theRead More

Niagara Falls joke

Niagara Falls joke

Niagara Falls October 6, 2016 at 8:41 pm

While walking down the street, a Niagara Falls resident is tragically hit by a bus and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met at the Pearly Gates by, to his surprise, the spirit of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.   “Welcome to Heaven,” says Mayor Dyster. “But weRead More

Perhaps Mayor Paul Dyster imagined train travel was still like this.

While Niagara Falls Train Station remains empty, Dyster goes to Buffalo to teach them how to build a train station

Niagara Falls October 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm

NIagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and Senior Planner Tom DeSantis are expected to headline a discussion hosted by Citizens for Regional Transit at their quarterly meeting scheduled for October 19th, promoting the group’s call to construct a new metropolitan mass transit station in downtown Buffalo. Among the advocates participating will beRead More

Another taxpayer-subsidized proposal, adjacent to the tax free Seneca Casino. Had the Casino really been the catalyst for development government officials promised, property across the street surely would not need taxpayer subsidies. When will people start to learn that everything government officials in this city promise, will not come true. Perhaps they will learn this proven again and again truth by simply asking themselves --"what do their officials know about business or development anyway?" They're politicians, which means at the end of the day, they haven't the slightest scruples about telling the public Bullshit... And with all due respect this present project has all the earmarks of the promises of the past.

Rolling in that “spin off” from Seneca Casino

Niagara Falls October 6, 2016 at 11:18 am

by Matt Ricchiazzi The administration of Mayor Paul Dyster is advancing a redevelopment project at the corner of Niagara and 7th – directly across the street from the Seneca Niagara Casino.  The project is causing controversy because the Dyster administration is seeking $1 million in state capital for the project, before issuingRead More

Hefty Pay Raises in Dyster Budget Come Under Attack

Hefty Pay Raises in Dyster Budget Come Under Attack

Niagara Falls October 6, 2016 at 11:17 am

Mayor Paul Dyster’s $91 million proposed budget for 2017 includes some hefty raises for several staffers, including his own secretary, and is coming under fire from from a former city economic development chief who called the proposed salary hikes “a slap in the face” to the taxpayers of the cityRead More

In its heyday it was the premier hotel in Niagara Falls. It was reportedly the home of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio while filming Niagara in 1952. Former guests of the hotel include U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joseph Cotten and Al Capone.

Suspicious Developer Seeks Background on Hotel Niagara RFP

Niagara Falls October 6, 2016 at 11:01 am

So what’s up with the state acquisition of the historic Hotel Niagara, the legendary Niagara Falls hotel at 210 Rainbow Blvd. in Niagara Falls? USA Niagara, one of the state’s development agencies under Empire State Development, which played a big role in the state-backed Hamister Hotel project, acquired the once-grandRead More

What’s Needed In City Government is Basic Common Sense

What’s Needed In City Government is Basic Common Sense

Niagara Falls September 29, 2016 at 6:59 am

By Vince Anello Former Mayor, Niagara Falls As you read this, the mayor, the city administrator, the city’s department heads and the city’s finance office are working on the 2017 budget. Anyone who is familiar with the 2013 New York State Comptroller’s audit of our city’s budget or the city’sRead More

Niagara Falls Municipal Complex

Niagara Falls’ experience with Ciminelli reviewed in light of indictment

Niagara Falls September 29, 2016 at 6:50 am

by James Hufnagel and Frank Parlato The banner headline at the top of the LPCiminelli website proclaims, “Integrity and Ingenuity at Work” That integrity has been called into question as shock waves from the federal indictments handed down last week accusing Louis Ciminelli, two of his executive staffers and severalRead More

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