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Print Edition 4.28.16

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Niagara Falls Councilman Ezra Scott is working behind the scenes to aid in fundraising efforts for young Shawn Kennedy who has been stricken with cancer.

Niagara Falls Boy Battles Rare Cancer As Community Leaders Step Up To Help

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“Baby Shawn” Kennedy is a happy 5-year-old boy with a big problem. He is full of life and always smiling, but has been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a very aggressive cancer located on his brain stem.

Paul Dyster voted to create the Niagara Falls Water Board which ceded control of the city’s water supply - and the right to set the rates for water in this city famous for abundance of fresh water - to Albany - in order to escape the short term political consequences of having to raise water rates in 2002. Now rates are out of control and the city is powerless to do anything about it.
You have to hand it to the uninformed voters of Niagara Falls: they rewarded perhaps the most incompetent, politically expedient and extravagant [with taxpayers’ money] mayor in Niagara Falls history [he blew through $100 million in casino cash]. The voters elected and reelected Dyster three times.
In this artist’s conception, Mayor Dyster [left] is depicted telling the people of Niagara Falls how wonderful a job he has done for them while a Niagara Falls Water Board member [right] looks on.
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Politicians Want Water Board Answers On Outrageous “Availability Fee” Here

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Businessman Dave Bieksza, who owns a commercial property at 259 24th Street, has been battling the Niagara Falls Water Board for five years over what the board refers to as an “availability fee,” $20 a month charged to property owners in the city who have no water service.

The new giant train station will likely cost more than $500,000 per year to operate. Amtrak will not pay for most of the cost - city taxpayers will. As the picture shows- the new station will be huge, but ridership will not necessarily increase since people do not choose to ride trains simply because you increase the size of your train station.

Looming Train Station Disaster Has Dyster Looking For Cover

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Although the Dyster administration has had more than five years to come to an agreement with Amtrak and the Underground Railroad Interpretive Center for use of the new, $44 million train station on Whirlpool Street, market the facility to other prospective tenants and come up with a budget to run the place, it has done none of those things.

The present train station is small, but large enough to accommodate the average of 30 passengers who leave the falls every day. The good  news is that it costs taxpayers nothing to operate. The cost of running it is borne by Amtrak. That will soon change.
The present train station is small, but large enough to accommodate the average of 30 passengers who leave the falls every day. The good  news is that it costs taxpayers nothing to operate. The cost of running it is borne by Amtrak. That will soon change.

Dyster’s Train Station Ten Times Larger Than Needed, According To Amtrak

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Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster hasn’t said a word about the $44 million train station he built on Whirlpool Street in weeks, leaving public pronouncements about the project to his associate, City Planner Thomas DeSantis.

Kristen Grandinetti tried to pass a law that would put women like this one in jail for the crime she is committing: feeding stray cats. After an expose in the Reporter the proposed law unraveled as thousands of cat lovers complained.

Grandinetti Targeted By Cat Lovers Online For Proposed Anti-Cat Legislation

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When the Niagara Falls Reporter broke the story of city Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti’s draconian anti-cat legislation here a couple of weeks ago, we had no idea that she would become the target of harassment and threats from cat lovers across the country.

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Reclaim Niagara Aims To Get Albany Out Of Our Pockets

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The ways in which the Niagara Frontier, and the city of Niagara Falls in particular, has been ripped off for decades by Albany has been a recurring theme for the Niagara Falls Reporter since the paper was founded 16 years ago.

Gov. Cuomo loves the little children. He wants them to have a bright future, which is why he’s spending $70 million on the state-owned waterfront while reneging on tens of millions in aid promised for downtown Niagara Falls.

Cuomo Lavishes $70 Million On Parkway, State Park  Little Benefit Seen For Local Economy, Quality Of Life

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By the time the Niagara Falls State Park Landscape Improvements plan and south Robert Moses Parkway upgrade are finished sometime next year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have spent $70 million derived from Niagara Greenway, “Buffalo Billion” and “NY Works” economic development programs. That’s more than $140 for every man, woman and child living in the city of Niagara Falls.

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DEC Launches Investigation Into Illegal Dumping In Niagara Falls

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Since The Reporter broke a story about illegal dumping at a city-operated composting facility last week, the State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has launched an investigation into the illegal dumping. On the same day, last Thursday, Department of Public Works supervisors instructed employees to put sweeper dirt in dumpsters rather than atop mounds already at the composting site.

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Christina Custode To Perform at NCCC Saturday

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Acclaimed singer/songwriter/pianist Christina Custode will perform acoustic arrangements of her original music and will be shooting a live video on Saturday (April 30) at Niagara Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd. in Sanborn.

Custode, a Niagara Falls artist who has won many local and national honors, invites her fans to join her for a night of “songs, stories, &sass,” and to join her in the unique live video audience setting beginning at 7:30 Saturday night.

Custode has been recognized locally as the Best Female Vocalist by Artvoice in 2013 and 2015 for her original music which transcends jazz, pop, folk, and rock.  She is a classically trained pianist, vocalist, composer/arranger and a graduate of the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester. read more

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Niagara County Judges and Police Conference Honors Law Enforcement Officers of the Year

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The Judges and Police Executive Conference of Niagara County honored the group’s law enforcement officers of the year last Saturday night at Antonio’s Banquet and Conference Center in Niagara Falls.

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Trane Seeks Lewiston Highway Superintendent Appointment, Will Run For Post

April 28, 2016 Staff 0

Dave Trane has announced he is seeking both the Lewiston Town Board’s appointment as town Highway Superintendent and will be running for the office in the November elections.   The position has been vacant since February with the death of Douglas Janese who was re-elected last November in a narrow victory over Dave Trane.

“I have made no public remarks up until now on the position out of respect for the Janese family,” Trane said. “But now is the time to publicly announce my interest in being appointed Highway Superintendent and running in the election this November.” read more