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Learn about your government, it’s fun: Gov. Cuomo blew through $50 million at Niagara Falls State Park – mostly on pavers

Learn about your government, it’s fun: Gov. Cuomo blew through $50 million at Niagara Falls State Park – mostly on pavers

Niagara Falls, State and National News September 2, 2017 at 3:28 pm

By Frank Parlato Ever wonder why the Niagara Falls State Park looks so bad these days? A horridly overpaved spectacle of bad and ugly pavement?   It occurred thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $50 million Niagara Falls State Park Landscape Improvements plan. It was an “improvement’ of historic proportions. But giveRead More

Widespread outrage over sewer discharges at the Falls

Widespread outrage over sewer discharges at the Falls

State and National News August 4, 2017 at 4:00 am

Legislature to consider criminal investigations By Matt Ricchiazzi The New York Post told readers “don’t go chasing this waterfall,” before describing visitors as “horrified.” The Washington Post described the plume as “an alarming shade of black.” Similar shock was expressed in papers from London to Los Angeles. In response to the widespread outrage andRead More

Email addresses of select Group invited on Niagara Gorge tour

Email addresses of select Group invited on Niagara Gorge tour

State and National News July 27, 2017 at 3:00 am

Here is the complete list of email addresses that were sent notice of the Niagara Gorge site tour by USA Niagara and ESD. Not a single one of these entities or organization is based in Niagara Falls or Niagara County. Also note that there are no preservation or nature groupsRead More

Cuomo’s efforts at upstate development yield few results despite costing billions

Cuomo’s efforts at upstate development yield few results despite costing billions

State and National News July 20, 2017 at 4:04 am

Four new studies reveal that the $8 billion spent annually by the Cuomo administration on economic development – particularly upstate – has done relatively little to develop much in the way of attracting new industry, creating jobs or spurring economic growth. The studies, conducted by Pew Charitable Trusts, the W.E.Read More

An open letter to Paul Dyster and Gov. Andrew Cuomo

An open letter to Paul Dyster and Gov. Andrew Cuomo

State and National News July 14, 2017 at 3:00 am

From the scandal plagued “Buffalo Billion” program to the outrageous expenditure of $43 million tax dollars on a new train station that might be obsolete in less than a year, and from the abrupt shutdown of the Moreland Ethics Commission to the hiring of a “city engineer” unlicensed to practiceRead More

Reefer Madness; Administration Signals  Crackdown In Cannabis Despite Science

Reefer Madness; Administration Signals Crackdown In Cannabis Despite Science

State and National News May 18, 2017 at 6:10 pm

By Mike Hudson; Reefer madness indeed. Statements made recently by President Donald Trump’s Homeland Security Secretary and Attorney General would seem to indicate that a crackdown on marijuana — even for medicinal use — may be in the cards. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit substance in the U.S.,Read More

President-elect Donald Trump walks to take his seat for the inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Friday, January 20, 2017. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

#First100Days

State and National News May 12, 2017 at 12:04 am

1. Appoints the Vice President, Mike Pence. 2. Justice Neil Gorsuch, as a new Supreme Court Justice  committed to the Constitution. 3. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, committed to the rule of law. 4. Defense Secretary James Mattis, a warrior committed to restoring America’s military. 5. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly,Read More

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done miracles for New York State, according to studies conducted by Gov. Cuomo.

Gov. Cuomo advertises his greatness with taxpayer money

News, State and National News April 7, 2017 at 7:17 am

By Frank Parlato  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is in a battle with federal highway officials over state-funded “I Love New York” billboards scattered along highways in New York State. The signs are meant to inform motorists about a state-funded phone app which guides people toward state selected tourist attractions andRead More

Tax Burden in New York (1=Highest, 25=Avg.):

Tax Burden in New York (1=Highest, 25=Avg.):

State and National News April 7, 2017 at 6:55 am

  1st – Overall Tax Burden (12.94%) 7th – Property Tax Burden (4.55%) 1st – Individual Income Tax Burden (4.76%) 21st – Total Sales & Excise Tax Burden (3.63%)

New York Is No #1 Again – Highest Taxed State

New York Is No #1 Again – Highest Taxed State

News, State and National News April 7, 2017 at 6:44 am

It costs a lot to be a nanny state The personal-finance website WalletHub released its 2017 Tax Burden by State report. New Yorkers will be happy to know they pay their fair share – and some of everyone else’s share too. WalletHub’s analysts compared 50 states based on three components ofRead More

Roger STone

Part 3: STILL No evidence of Roger Stone’s collaboration with Russia

News, State and National News April 1, 2017 at 1:01 pm

Should Americans Trust the Intelligence Community on Russian Hacking? By Frank Parlato The US Intelligence Community has concluded with ‘high confidence’ that hacks which led to leaks of emails of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton Campaign Manager John Podesta were orchestrated by the Russian government. In analytics, “highRead More

Cuomo’s fight with feds over I Love New York signs point to other reported successes in state tourism marketing efforts

Cuomo’s fight with feds over I Love New York signs point to other reported successes in state tourism marketing efforts

State and National News March 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm

By Frank Parlato; As we reported previously, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is in a battle with federal highway officials over state-funded “I Love New York” billboards scattered along highways in New York State. The signs are meant to inform motorists about a state-funded phone app which guides people toward stateRead More

Niagara Falls’ model show how state controlled tourism impacts poverty stricken city

Niagara Falls’ model show how state controlled tourism impacts poverty stricken city

News, State and National News March 5, 2017 at 5:56 pm

By Frank Parlato; There is a battle between the US Dept. of Highways and Gov. Cuomo’s NYS Department of Transportation over the state’s right to keep illegal “I Love New York” billboard sized signs along highways in the state. The US Highway Department wants them down since they claim theyRead More

The state signs, which promote state selected tourism, are said to be illegal by US Highway officials.

Although illegal, ‘I Love New York’ billboards promote Cuomo’s socialist dream of state-directed tourism via state phone app

State and National News March 5, 2017 at 4:31 pm

By Frank Parlato; As readers know, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has installed I Love New York billboards along highways in New York State which US Highway officials have declared  “illegal”. The state installed 514 of the “illegal” billboards although some people who didn’t like them illegally took down sevenRead More

Five investigations so far into Maziarz campaign account

Five investigations so far into Maziarz campaign account

State and National News March 4, 2017 at 9:24 pm

To date there have been five autonomous government investigations into the campaign bank account of former State Senator George Maziarz. The five are: The Moreland Commission, 2014. Gov, Cuomo launched it. It was targeted at state legislators for possible campaign fund improprieties. Moreland noted Maziarz had the largest amount ofRead More

GOP State Senators Unveil Legislation to Repeal SAFE Act everywhere but NYC

GOP State Senators Unveil Legislation to Repeal SAFE Act everywhere but NYC

State and National News March 2, 2017 at 3:16 am

While it is not likely to pass, it’s the thought that counts. NY State Senators Rob Ortt (R,C,I-North Tonawanda) and Jim Seward (R,C,I,Ref-Oneonta) joined Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,C,I,Ref-Newport) and other lawmakers and gun rights advocates to unveil legislation to repeal elements of the NY SAFE Act throughout the stateRead More

Dennis Virtuoso (above) takes the lead in opposing the development of a lodge in Goat Island.

Cuomo’s Goat Island ‘World Class Lodge’ Under Fire

State and National News February 15, 2017 at 11:54 pm

            The governor’s Goat Island lodge plan, rolled out during one of his State of the State speeches in Amherst last month, is coming under strong attack from Niagara Falls legislators.            Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it is time for a “world class lodge” on GoatRead More

An Uber-Bad Senate Bill for Upstate NY

An Uber-Bad Senate Bill for Upstate NY

State and National News February 9, 2017 at 2:29 am

By Jim Ostrowski; I have advocated a free market approach to transportation since 1989.  In an article, published in Business First, I proposed allowing drivers of smaller vehicles to compete with buses and provide a better product including door-to-door service.  After the digital age came along, companies like Uber beganRead More

Cabbies Still Battling Uber as Fight Goes On

Cabbies Still Battling Uber as Fight Goes On

State and National News February 9, 2017 at 2:09 am

By Tony Farina; It is truly a David vs. Goliath story playing out in Albany these days as the ride-sharing giant Uber and its smaller competitor, Lyft, inch closer to their goal of operating beyond New York City and likely overwhelming conventional taxi services across the state, especially if theyRead More

Gov. Cuomo and ex-Assemblyman Ceretto get an earful from a constituent.

Local Leaders Blast Cuomo for Shifting Cost Burdens to Local Taxpayers

State and National News January 19, 2017 at 7:03 am

Local leaders are said to be fuming about Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State address—delivered, unconventionally, in Buffalo—after he inserted a demand that local governments hold referenda ostensibly designed to cut local tax bills. “Cuomo’s plan doesn’t cut [excrement],” a frustrated county official told us Wednesday. “Meanwhile, he’s the biggestRead More

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