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January 1, 1970 Reporter 0

ALBANY, NY — The New York State Bar Association applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo for supporting measures that will make our streets safer while protecting innocent individuals from wrongful conviction.

“Wrongful convictions take a tremendous toll on our society,” said State Bar President David P. Miranda of Albany (Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti).

“The New York State Bar Association joins with the District Attorney’s Association of the State of New York and the Innocence Project in urging the enactment of a bill proposed by Governor Cuomo that would require the recording of custodial interrogations and change of identification procedures in lineups to better assure accurate identification of suspects. read more

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Touma at $http://southbuffalonews.com25,000 plus per year courtesy taxpayers can afford to ‘not sign up for the pay’

January 1, 1970 Anna Howard 3

According to the Buffalo News, Council Chairman Andrew Touma said “council members receive a part-time salary of $http://southbuffalonews.com2,000, but they are on call all the time. He said in comparable cities elected officials receive $http://southbuffalonews.com5,000.

“’But we don’t sign up for the pay. Moving the city forward is why we are all here,” said Touma.”

He’s right.

But he can afford to be right since Touma makes $http://southbuffalonews.com03,500 as a school teacher/administrator, plus he gets health insurance benefits worth about $http://southbuffalonews.com7,000 at the school district. read more

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Train Station and Wallenda – same old, same old

January 1, 1970 Anna Howard 0
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The new train station will be large, beautiful, expensive for taxpayers and will likely be empty most, or all of the time.

Train station

The Niagara Falls Reporter has been pointing out for the past four years that the train station has yet to find an operating budget.

The Reporter also wrote not too long ago that the residents should look for US Sen. Charles Schumer to come to the rescue with federal money to run the station for the first couple of years… the train station is too costly to fail in that Schumer has hung his name on the project and he can’t afford to let himself look like he backed a ridiculous facility that has no riders and no budget. read more

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In Niagara Falls, home of big government the rich get richer while the poor get poorer

January 1, 1970 Mike Hudson 0
In Niagara Falls the rich get richer and the poor get poorer – and In Niagara Falls – the rich are the government workers. With their high pay and pension padding, they form an elite rulership.

Bad luck comes in threes, they say, and for residents of Niagara Falls this cliché has been visited with a vengeance. The perennially cash strapped city has both the highest crime rate and the highest taxes per capita of any municipality in New York State, and is run by a disproportionately large number of administrators who make more than $http://southbuffalonews.com00,000 annually.

The city boasts one of the best known tourist attractions on the face of the earth, the majestic falls themselves, and is the site of the Seneca Niagara Casino which, until recently, has contributed an average of $20 million a year into the city’s coffers. read more

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Obama, Cuomo, Dyster join forces to make transparency more blurry  

January 1, 1970 Mike Hudson 0
Lack of transparency from low to high positions in government seems to be the Democratic way…. Together in obfuscation: B. H. Obama and Paul Dyster

Aside from the fact that they all happen to be Democrats, President Barack Obama, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Paul Dyster all have another trait in common – The belief that they can punish members of the press and the news organizations they work for by freezing them out, obstructing the news gathering process in retaliation for anything less than favorable coverage.

The tactic is not new. In fact it was developed by movie studios and record companies who literally ran reporters out of New York City and Hollywood and bankrupted publications for criticizing their product, a practice that has continued in those places to this day. read more

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Dyster, City Council pleased with “Public Art”                   Especially when it’s at “Public Expense”

January 1, 1970 James Hufnagel 0
The statue of Nikola Tesla may have been a more dignified and better public art – at a lower cost to taxpayers – for the traffic circle on Rainbow Blvd.
One-time Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill had a favorite saying when he had to accede anything of legislative significance to the Reagan administration, which was not infrequently, given the political skills of “the Gipper”.   “You know,” O’Neill would say, “the Irish gave the Scottish the bagpipes as a joke, and the Scots took it seriously.”   It appears to us that the Buffalo artistic elite is playing a joke on the city of Niagara Falls, considering the recent selection of an abstract “sculpture” that is soon to adorn the traffic circle at Third and Rainbow Blvd, and with a price tag of $435,000, it’s clear somebody wants us to take it seriously, that somebody being Mayor Dyster and his city council.   “Really? You’re trying to tell me that $435,000K could not have been better spent? How about taking that money and bulldozing some of the hundreds of abandoned houses?” asked an anonymous commenter on the Buffalo News website.  

In fairness, the city of Niagara Falls’ share of the total cost is “only” $50,000. The remaining funds are to come from USA Niagara and the Niagara  read more

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Grandinetti defends her mayor by targeting “disloyal, disruptive, unproductive” employees for removal

January 1, 1970 Anna Howard 0

Goodness gracious what was councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti thinking as she put pen to paper, or cursor to screen, to write her Gazette January http://southbuffalonews.com, guest view titled, “The resumes are in”? The column heartily defended Mayor Dyster’s pre-Christmas call for a review of department head resumes. Dyster’s demand for his top people to submit resumes and letters of intent was first reported on by the Reporter and later used without attribution by other media. No matter, the Reporter sees this sort of story “borrowing” as the highest form of journalism flattery. read more

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Membership Set For CO. Manager Search; Sources Say Updegrove may be offered position

January 1, 1970 Reporter 0

LOCKPORT— Niagara County is looking for a new county manager to replace Jeffrey Glatz who handed in his resignation recently and will retire shortly.

As long ago as late Spring last year there were rumblings about 20http://southbuffalonews.com5 being Glatz’s final year with the county.

Now the membership of the Niagara County Manager search committee has been finalized, Niagara County Legislature Chairman Wm. Keith McNall, R-Lockport, announced.

The addition of Lockport teacher Kevin Clark, who has been a high school instructor for 35 years, rounds out the eight-member committee. read more

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Websites ranks Niagara Falls third worst– but that’s their opinion

January 1, 1970 Reporter 0

These days every other website is doing rankings.

And website ranking opinions are like certain anatomical parts – everybody has one or two of them.

So this website called Road Snacks decides to rank cities in New York State and using their yardstick – Niagara Falls is the third worst place to live in New York State.

So what?

They don’t live here. Maybe they haven’t even spent a day here. It doesn’t mean too much, but here is what they wrote anyway:

These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In New York State read more

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Tompkins explains position on ending council health insurance and his decision to accept health insurance

January 1, 1970 Reporter 0

By Ken Tompkins

During my campaign, I focused on ways in which to reduce the city’s financial footprint and save tax payers’ money.

One way was to reduce or eliminate the health care benefits and insurance opt-out payments for part-time elected officials and part-time political appointees (like the civil service commissioner).

On Monday, January http://southbuffalonews.com, 20http://southbuffalonews.com6, the Niagara Falls City Council passed two resolutions. The first resolution, which defined city employees not included under the collective bargaining agreement as full time employees, was unanimously passed. read more

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Only in NT – NT Environmental Committee doesn’t tell us these things!

January 1, 1970 Sweeney Payne 0

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation recently reclassified the Niagara Sanitation site as a Class 2 site, a “significant threat to the public health or environment—action required.” Although in the Town of Wheatfield, it’s at the NT border, silently affecting NT residents with its contaminants.

In early 20http://southbuffalonews.com5, NT was recognized by the Department of State as a Brownfield Opportunity Area! The focus of recent administrations on downtown and Oliver Street has been on putting that brownfield designation to use with grant funding. read more