Niagara Falls Reporter
OCT 14 - OCT 21 2014

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New Sal Maglie Operator Ward Has Checkered Past in Arena Football ... But Has Vision for 'Sal', Kids and Baseball

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner a future,” author and playright Oscar Wilde once said, and he could have been talking about Ray Ward, whose proposal to operate Sal Maglie Stadium was, according to Mayor Paul Dyster, the only one received by the city. Completely rebuilt in 1999 under the direction of former Mayor James Galie

With $9 M Deficit, Cuts in City Budget Won’t Come Easy
Layoffs, tax hikes, less overtime .... won't be enough

The Niagara Falls Reporter has learned there is an estimated $9 million shortfall expected in the 2015 budget for the City of Niagara Falls. The $9 million gap is the difference between what the city expects to collect from property and sales tax, state aid and other revenues and what the administration of Mayor Paul Dyster plans to spend.

Late Budget Should Come as no Surprise Neither Should Size of Deficit

For the third year in a row, the city has spent considerably more than it has taken in. And Dyster missed the Oct. 1 deadline mandated by the City Charter for handing his proposed 2015 budget over to the city council, just as he did two years ago.

DeSantis Redecorates as City Debt Grows

City Planner, Tom DeSantis, the man who gave us the train station, the Underground Railroad Interpretive Center, countless studies and conflicting plans of the Jayne Park renovation, is redecorating his city hall office. On the council agenda for tonight (Oct. 14) is item #2 that will

Dyster Deficit by Any Other Name Means Higher Taxes

All together now, put your lips together and say with me: “structural deficit.” If you don’t say it, if you don’t know it, if you don’t learn it, you’re going to fall behind the Niagara Falls information curve, and be left in the dust as the next six weeks of municipal budget drama passes over your head

Oh, Budget How do I Cut Thee… Let Me Count the Ways

It’s not the job of the Niagara Falls Reporter to run city government, but, since the $9 million shortfall represents a looming municipal tragedy that has within it the power to bankrupt Niagara Falls and turn the city over to a control board, we feel a duty to present recommendations. If we were running city government we would:

Dyster Polling Starting Already for 2015 Candidacy?

Over the past weekend an automated phone poll was launched in an attempt to take the pulse of candidate Paul Dyster. People receiving the call informed the Reporter that the poll had six questions: How do you rate the mayor’s performance? Would you vote for him again? Do you think it’s time to give another person a chance? How do you rate Mayor Dyster’s leadership?

Destino, Brochey Join CWM Opponents In Seeking Extension of Permit Process

The opposition to the proposed expansion of Chemical Waste Management’s Town of Porter hazardous waste landfill is still a rallying point for environmental interests and many other citizens and public officials concerned with the future

Dominic’s Little River an Undiscovered Treasure Here

Delicious food at reasonable prices. That’s the story of Dominic’s Little River Bar & Grill, a LaSalle institution that refuses to rest on its laurels. Located on the upper Niagara River on Buffalo Avenue, Dominic’s Little River is truly a diamond in the rough.

What Will Actually Be Done At Jayne Park?
Public yet to see actual contract

The Jayne Park "improvement" plan is back before the council. Tonight’s (Oct. 14) agenda lists item #8 that will see the “park work” awarded to low bidder Scott Lawn Yard Care at a cost of $269,115.

UAW to Push Destino Bid at Lockport Event

United Auto Workers Local 686, based in Lockport and representing nearly 1,300 members, will hold a press conference on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6 p. m. at the union hall, 524 Walnut St., to state why they are behind the State Senate candidacy of Democrat Johnny Destino.

Remembering a Great Gentleman; Michael Whitenight, 1960-2014

I just received word of the sudden death of my old friend, Michael Whitenight. I am sad beyond measure, and my heart goes out to his wife Kristen and their boys, Michael and Maxwell. Mike Whitenight was one of the good guys.

It’s Official: Niagara Falls Now Most Dangerous City in State

Niagara Falls is the most dangerous city in the state of New York according to a study released Monday by the popular internet site MyLife. Researchers examined five sets of data, including the number of law enforcement officers per capita, violent crimes per capita, property crimes per capita, the number

Libertarian Gov. Candidate Wants Your Vote Even if it’s a Protest Vote

Michael McDermott, a Libertarian, running for New York State Governor, is asking voters to cast their vote on an alternative party line - any line but Democrat or Republican - and preferably his party's line this year.

Niagara Power Bring First Rate Baseball Action, Family Values

Since 2007, Sal Maglie Stadium has played host to the Niagara Falls Power, an amateur, summer league team affiliated with the New York Collegiate Baseball League and an affiliate of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Workshop Offers Help for Children Afflicted With Sensory Processing Disorder

A workshop, sponsored by the Parent Network of WNY, will be held on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in North Tonawanda, at the Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road, on November 3, at 6:00 p.m.

Council Recognizes Pyska for His Attainment of Rank of Eagle Scout

A resolution sponsored by Niagara Falls Council Member Glenn Choolokian recognizes Andrew Pyska for his attainment of the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.

Who’s Funding Ortt, Destino as 62nd District Senate Race Heats Up

The State Senate campaign between Republican North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt and Democratic Niagara Falls School Board member Johnny Destino for control of retiring State Sen. George Maziarz’s seat is shaping up to be one of the most heated in recent memory here on the Niagara Frontier.

This Week in Stupid Crime

Stabbing on Niagara Street A city man was stabbed in the chest recently after stopping his car in the 2200 block of Niagara Street to try and break up an altercation nvolving a group of black males.

Green Party's Hawkins at 9% in Poll

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for governor, is polling at 9 percent according to a new Quinnipiac Poll. Cuomo holds a majority (51 percent). The poll asked Hawkins' supporters who their second choice was.

Martial Law, Ebola and Obama

If you were President of the United States and wanted to HELP your citizens in times of natural disaster, what would you do? You would probably set up FEMA facilities with supplies, equipment, housing trailers you could rush to the “flood” or “hurricane” or “earthquake” zones. You would concentrate them close to areas that are prone to disasters.

Aquarium of Niagara Introduces Rescued Blind Pacific Harbor Seal Pup

Niagara Falls– The Aquarium of Niagara has introduced ‘Pup 2014,’ a harbor seal rescued off the coast of northern California when he was days old, abandoned by his mother and unable to remain alone in the wild, possibly because he was born blind.

Lewiston - Meet the Candidates Tues., Oct 21

The Lewiston Senior Club will be holding a Meet the Candidates Forum, Tuesday, October 21st, 12:30 p.m. at the Town of Lewiston Senior Center, 4361 Lower River Road. The public is welcomed to attend and meet the candidates

State Park Making (bad) Changes, Not Improvements

GUEST VIEW Robert M. Onesi Niagara Falls The Niagara Falls State Park is a constant disappointment. Three years of construction fences everywhere. Another tourist season lost with millions going home unable to enjoy the fabulous views.

TNR Feral Cats Are Still Destructive Killers and Nuisance

GUEST VIEW Lori Ogozalek West Alexander, PA. I would like to comment on your story on feral cats in North Tonawanda. The problem of feral cat overpopulation cannot be solved with trap, neuter, and release (TNR) programs.

Letters to the Editor

Ebola Not the Only Problem Meat Eating is ... U.S., state, and municipal health authorities are working overtime and spending millions of dollars to stem the spread of Ebola, which has killed just one person here.

2015 Premier to Honor Seneca President Snyder, Dr. Ko

The president of the Seneca Nation of Indians and the medical director for Adult Behavioral Health Services at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will be honored at The 2015 Premier, Memorial’s annual dinner gala.

Tonawandas Chamber Honors DeGraff, Ramblin’ Lou, Saltarelli and Zonta Club

The Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas is announcing that DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda has been named 2014 Business of the Year. The hospital is celebrating 100 years in the Twin Cities and is one of the area’s largest employers.

Deficit Jokes Leave Us With a Humor Deficit

Deficit jokes Mayor Dyster has a plan to close the $9 million deficit. He’s going to hold a bake sale at city hall. “We sell nine million cupcakes at a buck a piece and we’re flush,” said the mayor.

Burley of Youngstown, Honored at National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

Emmitsburg, Md. – The late Thomas J. Burley of Youngstown, N. Y., was one of 107 fallen firefighters honored at the 2014 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, Sunday, October 12.

If the whole world stands against you sword in hand, would you still dare to do what you think is right?

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