Archive for December, 2015

This just in: Hamister to break ground. Maybe. Possibly. Or maybe not.

This just in: Hamister to break ground. Maybe. Possibly. Or maybe not.

News December 31, 2015 at 8:35 pm

The Reporter, in its December 30 print edition, stuck the proverbial fork in the hind end of the Hamister hotel project as we called it “deader than dead.” The very next day council chairman Andrew Touma appeared on the Vince Anello radio show to say, during his one hour visit,Read More

Free Emergency Preparedness Training offered twice in Buffalo on January 6

Free Emergency Preparedness Training offered twice in Buffalo on January 6

Erie County December 31, 2015 at 7:38 pm

  BUFFALO- New York National Guard troops, in conjunction with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, will be presenting a free disaster preparedness class twice on Wednesday, January 6 at the Catholic Charities office in Buffalo. The two-hour program will be held at 11 a.m. andRead More

Columbia U and LA Times joint investigation looks at ‘How Big Oil Braced for Climate Change’

Uncategorized December 31, 2015 at 7:31 pm

How Big Oil Braced for Climate Change It was two-pronged strategy: Publicly emphasize doubt about climate change science, while internally gird for rising sea levels and warming temperatures. As we told you in October, Exxon took that approach in the late 1980s. Records and interviews show the strategy was widespreadRead More

City Taxpayers Footing Bill for Scores of $100,000 Salaries Here

City Taxpayers Footing Bill for Scores of $100,000 Salaries Here

Niagara Falls, News December 31, 2015 at 11:50 am

  One hundred thousand dollars. It’s a lot of money anywhere, but in a place like Niagara Falls, where money’s tight and jobs are scarce, it can be considered a fortune. In a city where the per capita income for all residents is just $20,327 and the average household scrapesRead More

Jury Nullification Has Long History of Righting Wrong Laws

Jury Nullification Has Long History of Righting Wrong Laws

Uncategorized December 31, 2015 at 12:14 am

Below is something that somehow is not taught in public schools. It is history nonetheless and easy enough for anyone who is interested to verify. Jury ended power of Kings In 1215, when the Barons of England compelled King John to sign the Magna Carta, trial by jury was established.Read More

Print edition Dec 31

Print edition Dec 31

Uncategorized December 30, 2015 at 1:03 pm

(Click here to view the Dec 31st, print edition)

Second Amendment Watch: We Need Guns and Armed Guards, You Don’t, Say the Wealthy and Politically Connected

Second Amendment Watch: We Need Guns and Armed Guards, You Don’t, Say the Wealthy and Politically Connected

Uncategorized December 29, 2015 at 9:23 pm

  What do presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and President Obama have in common? And what do President Obama and Hillary have in common with Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City?  All three of these famous individuals have around the clock armed guards guaranteeing their personal securityRead More

The Eyes Have it as the Reporter Launches Dyster Watch 2016

The Eyes Have it as the Reporter Launches Dyster Watch 2016

News December 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm

We’re looking, we’re listening, we’re paying attention. The Reporter is watching the moves of Mayor Dyster as his re-election fades in the rear view mirror and the post-election city hall gears get greased with quid pro deals that were made pre-election. The mayor cobbled together a clumsy but ultimately effectiveRead More

   DiPizio Construction Co. Wins Major Appellate Court Ruling on Canalside Suit

   DiPizio Construction Co. Wins Major Appellate Court Ruling on Canalside Suit

News, Erie County December 29, 2015 at 4:42 pm

  The local construction company suing the state over its termination as the Canalside contractor in July of 2013 has won a major victory in the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court. In a unanimous ruling handed down last week, the court reinstated DiPizio Construction’s claim that the president ofRead More

CULT OF NXIVM PART 6: RANIERE AND THE BRONFMANS TRY TO BUY THE DALAI LAMA

CULT OF NXIVM PART 6: RANIERE AND THE BRONFMANS TRY TO BUY THE DALAI LAMA

NXIVM December 23, 2015 at 9:02 pm

>BY FRANK PARLATO During my tenure as a press consultant for purported cult leader, Keith Raniere, and his benefactors, Clare and Sara Bronfman (heiresses of the Seagram’s liquor fortune), I was tasked with improving Raniere’s public image and that of his company, NXIVM. Officially, NXIVM conducts “human potential and ethics”Read More

Grandinetti offers openness on a city council shrouded in secrecy

Grandinetti offers openness on a city council shrouded in secrecy

Uncategorized December 23, 2015 at 5:52 pm

By Anna Howard The Niagara Falls Reporter continues to catch flack for recommending Kristen Grandinetti for council chairwoman. We recommended, not once, but twice, that she be given the big chair in the council chambers. Why’d we do that? Frankly, it’s because we see her as a breath of fresh airRead More

Can the dreariness of losing in Buffalo get any more prolonged?

Can the dreariness of losing in Buffalo get any more prolonged?

Uncategorized December 23, 2015 at 5:12 pm

John Tavares (right) is retiring after an illustrious career with the Buffalo Bandits 2015: The Year In Sports > BY ANDREW KULYK AND PETER FARRELL The University of Buffalo mens basketball team finally, finally made it to the Dance and the NCAA tournament after so many years of trying. ThatRead More

Memorial, UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine to offer free baseline testing to “Concussion” attendees

Uncategorized December 23, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Memorial, UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine to offer free baseline testing to “Concussion” attendees Athletes age 12-30 with ticket stub to test free; others to receive 50% discount   The Niagara region’s leader in sports medicine and concussion management is making a special offer to athletes to celebrate the releaseRead More

KING CON SHMUEL SHMUELI CHALLENGES ISRAELI NATIONAL HERO

KING CON SHMUEL SHMUELI CHALLENGES ISRAELI NATIONAL HERO

Shmueli December 23, 2015 at 5:01 pm

>BY FRANK PARLATO   This week in our series on that fascinating conman, Shmuel Shmueli, we go to Shmueli’s native country Israel. Shmueli, who by our calculation has sued or was sued about two dozen times, finds it easy to participate in litigation, for win or lose he rarely paysRead More

Will the council men’s club finally give Grandinetti her due?

Will the council men’s club finally give Grandinetti her due?

Uncategorized December 21, 2015 at 10:58 pm

 By Anna Howard By this time next week the council is expected to have elected a chairman. While we’ve gone on record repeatedly in support of Kristen Grandinetti becoming the 2016 chairwoman we continue to hear that current chairman Andrew Touma wants the keep the seat and that former chairmanRead More

Did Raniere Scam the Bronfmans By Using Secret Corp.?

Did Raniere Scam the Bronfmans By Using Secret Corp.?

Uncategorized December 19, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Almost daily I get emails or calls from people who are reading the Cult of NXIVM series as published in Artvoice, the Niagara Falls Reporter, http://www.leavingNXIVM.com and on http://www.frankreport.com. Some of the emails are from ex-NXIVM members, some are from relatives and friends involved in NXIVM and some may beRead More

Print edition Dec 17

Print edition Dec 17

Print Version December 18, 2015 at 5:20 pm

(Click here to read the Niagara Falls Reporter, December 17th edition, as it appears in the print edition.)

King Con Shmuel Shmueli Learns New Trade: Stiffing Lawyers and Winning Through Losing –Lawsuits

King Con Shmuel Shmueli Learns New Trade: Stiffing Lawyers and Winning Through Losing –Lawsuits

Shmueli December 18, 2015 at 1:54 pm

We’ve previously written in this series that while living in Brooklyn Shmuel Shmueli started a Hebrew newspaper, Israel Shelanu (Our Israel), and instead of hiring reporters, he found it convenient to “lift” stories from other Hebrew newspapers without their permission. Haaretz Daily, Maariv Modiin and Shalom sued him for copyrightRead More

City Hall Jokes

City Hall Jokes

Uncategorized December 18, 2015 at 1:52 pm

Hot on the heels of the surprise announcement that a methadone clinic will be setting up shop in the former school district offices on 6th Street, the Reporter is chasing a hot rumor that Dyster’s city hall is going to locate an ISIS owned Burger King on Rainbow Boulevard. TheRead More

News of the Weird

Uncategorized December 18, 2015 at 1:50 pm

But Isn’t That Their Skill Set? In November, lawyer Michael Petersen of Appleton, Wisconsin, was ordered by county judge Philip Kirk (in a sentence for contempt of court) to inform every client he acquires in the following 12 months that Petersen is a “crook,” “cheat,” “thief” and “liar.” Kirk concludedRead More

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