Archive for May, 2016

Print Edition 5.26.16

Print Edition 5.26.16

News, Print Version May 26, 2016 at 10:57 am
Mayor Paul Dyster is shown with a model of a sculpture he plans for a small traffic circle on Rainbow Blvd. The sculpture will cost taxpayers $472,000 of state, city and Greenway money.  Standing next to him is City Administrator Donna Owens who will be axed - but not until after she stays on past her eighth anniversary so she can pick up additional taxpayer funded goodies. 
One thing about Dyster: He is never transparent. He could have said, when announcing Owens’ departure date, that he wanted her to stay until she got one more year of benefits. But he didn’t. Sly.
Mayor Paul Dyster is shown with a model of a sculpture he plans for a small traffic circle on Rainbow Blvd. The sculpture will cost taxpayers $472,000 of state, city and Greenway money. Standing next to him is City Administrator Donna Owens who will be axed - but not until after she stays on past her eighth anniversary so she can pick up additional taxpayer funded goodies. One thing about Dyster: He is never transparent. He could have said, when announcing Owens’ departure date, that he wanted her to stay until she got one more year of benefits. But he didn’t. Sly.

Brown Gets Bum’s Rush Here As Owens Hangs On For More Cash

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 10:52 am

by Mike Hudson Inquiring minds want to know: What’s the big hurry to get City Controller Maria Brown out of office next week when Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster is letting City Administrator Donna Owens hang around until July 8? Both women were canned by the mayor in the sameRead More

The new Niagara Falls International Railway Station and Intermodal Transportation Center
The Reporter predicts it’s going to be a huge, empty [expensive] train station. The city got grants to pay for much of the construction, but will not get grants to maintain it. The taxpayers of this city will pay for this soon to be empty building. This suggests that just because you’re offered a grant, doesn’t mean you accept it. Suppose you got a grant that would be used to buy a white elephant, but you had to pay to feed and house him - and pay someone to clean up his manure, would you still accept the grant?

Without High Speed Rail Service What Good Is New Train Station?

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 10:48 am

by Mike Hudson Back in 2010, for Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, it was all about high speed rail. President Barack Obama had committed to funding the concept, with New York State alone to receive $151 million to promote the concept. Dyster used the publicity to justify spending $44 million onRead More

Train travel the mode of transportation that never goes out of style
Train travel the mode of transportation that never goes out of style

No Lease Between Amtrak, City May Mean Future Surprises for Train Station

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 10:46 am

by Mike Hudson & Frank Parlato Since no lease agreement exists between Amtrak and the city for space in the Whirlpool Street “Intermodal Transportation Center,” there is no guarantee that Amtrak will move into the $44 million facility at all, much less any sort of agreement as to how muchRead More

Enough Already, The Train Station Name’s Too Long

Enough Already, The Train Station Name’s Too Long

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 10:34 am

The Niagara Falls International Railway Station & Intermodal Transportation Center – a name which is, by the way, a mouthful of grammatically contorted & ponderously laughable exaggeratedly glorified windy pretentiousness and with its nine word name it is an example of name sprawl. Of the 51 railroad stations in AmericaRead More

US Attorney Preetinder Singh “Preet” Bharara prosecuted Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos for exchanging taxpayer money for donations or other favors.
US Attorney Preetinder Singh “Preet” Bharara prosecuted Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos for exchanging taxpayer money for donations or other favors.

Power is Corruption: Are Silver, Skelos and Cuomo Victims of the Progressive Government They Fought to Sustain?

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 10:24 am

by Jim Ostrowski This may come as a shock but I have a slightly different take on the corruption scandal that led to the indictment and conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.  I like to startRead More

It’s time to move the Albright-Knox and  Buffalo Zoo to Niagara Falls

It’s time to move the Albright-Knox and Buffalo Zoo to Niagara Falls

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 10:20 am

by Matt Ricchiazzi If we could ever put the interests of institutional advancement over the prissy sensibilities of cynics, we may be able to make something spectacular of the The Albright–Knox Art Gallery which barely earns 200,000 attendees annually at its Delaware Park location. To put that in perspective, theRead More

Nickled and dimed for 81 years. Motorists have been delayed and charged to enter Grand Island since the days of the model T Ford to the present.
Nickled and dimed for 81 years. Motorists have been delayed and charged to enter Grand Island since the days of the model T Ford to the present.

Despite Harm To Region, GI Tolls SNAFU May Face Slow Resolution

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 10:12 am

by Joseph Kissel Straight from the pockets of commuters and tourists, the Grand Island tolls bring in $18 million a year for the NYS Thruway Authority. And they also create pollution and rush-hour traffic jams virtually any time of the year but especially during the region’s critical tourist season. “It’sRead More

At the end of the day, what’s wrong with people renting out their private property to people from other parts of the country and the world, who clearly understand the terms and conditions of airbnb?
Why is there a sudden need for government to regulate and tax the people and deprive them of life’s simple joys? Like making a new friend half way around the world or earning a little money to pay your taxes while playing host to someone new and giving them an experience they might never get otherwise?
Once government gets in the middle of this - it will ruin it, not improve it, and another freedom will disappear: the simple right to rent one’s own room out to a stranger who might soon become a friend.
People have been taking in boarders and renting rooms in America for centuries without onerous regulations. Other than a money grab what’s the need now?
At the end of the day, what’s wrong with people renting out their private property to people from other parts of the country and the world, who clearly understand the terms and conditions of airbnb? Why is there a sudden need for government to regulate and tax the people and deprive them of life’s simple joys? Like making a new friend half way around the world or earning a little money to pay your taxes while playing host to someone new and giving them an experience they might never get otherwise? Once government gets in the middle of this - it will ruin it, not improve it, and another freedom will disappear: the simple right to rent one’s own room out to a stranger who might soon become a friend. People have been taking in boarders and renting rooms in America for centuries without onerous regulations. Other than a money grab what’s the need now?

Although “Illegal,” Airbnb Hosts In City Not Imminently Facing Bed Taxes

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 10:07 am

by Joseph Kissel It’s certainly one of the nicest, best-maintained houses on 18th Street. Inside, the meticulously clean house has been thoroughly updated while retaining the original architectural details that make this middle-class Niagara Falls home unique. Part of what makes that home unique is the owner, an Airbnb “superhost”Read More

Richard Palladino (left), business manager of Local 91, has never been shy about criticizing either his own union’s past practices or the hiring practices of companies who take New York State taxpayer subsidies to develop businesses than hire out of state, low wage, non union workers. “I want local workers - people who live in Western New York to work on all projects locally that involve taxpayer subsidies,” he said.
Richard Palladino (left), business manager of Local 91, has never been shy about criticizing either his own union’s past practices or the hiring practices of companies who take New York State taxpayer subsidies to develop businesses than hire out of state, low wage, non union workers. “I want local workers - people who live in Western New York to work on all projects locally that involve taxpayer subsidies,” he said.

Unopposed, Palladino Wins Reelection As Laborers Local 91 Business Manager

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 10:02 am

by Mike Hudson Six years ago, Dick Palladino ran to become business manager of Laborers Local 91 here based on a single premise – to clean up the once troubled union, and rid it of the last vestiges of the corrupt element that once controlled it for as long asRead More

Community Memorial Day Parade Begins at 10 a. m. Saturday

Community Memorial Day Parade Begins at 10 a. m. Saturday

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 9:59 am

by Tony Farina Thanks to the tireless efforts of Niagara Falls Councilmen Kenny Tompkins and Ezra Scott Jr., the Niagara Falls Memorial Day Parade will launch the holiday weekend on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at City Market and continue down Pine Avenue, eventually concluding at the Niagara Falls VeteransRead More

Seat belt road blocks coming to a street near you.
Seat belt road blocks coming to a street near you.

Nanny State ‘Click It Or Ticket’ Campaign In Effect; ‘Godvernment’ Law Will Harass Motorists

News, Featured May 26, 2016 at 9:52 am

by Frank Parlato Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard, once again, is reminding motorists that the nanny state ‘Click It or Ticket’ revenue generator will be in effect between May 23 to June 5, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. The county sheriff’s departmentRead More

LEGAL CORNER: Victims Of Domestic Violence Have Many Options

LEGAL CORNER: Victims Of Domestic Violence Have Many Options

News May 26, 2016 at 9:45 am

by Nick Pelosino The State of New York defines domestic violence (DV) as: A pattern of coercive tactics, which can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic and emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person against an adult intimate partner, with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control over the victim.Read More

Print Edition 5.19.16

Print Edition 5.19.16

News, Print Version May 19, 2016 at 10:18 am
Before, during and after Isaiah 61 tackled the renovation of a home on Centre Ave. Failure to put proper support beams in the attic of this home caused it to collapse.
Before, during and after Isaiah 61 tackled the renovation of a home on Centre Ave. Failure to put proper support beams in the attic of this home caused it to collapse.

Dyster, Piccirillo Misspent Federal Funds On Isaiah 61; Still Call Program A Success

News, Featured May 19, 2016 at 10:05 am

by Mike Hudson Results of an audit released this week by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development were sharply critical of the city’s much vaunted and insanely expensive relationship with the Isaiah 61 organization, backing up much of the Niagara Falls Reporter’s coverage of the situation during theRead More

After two terms Mayor Paul Dyster wants to move in a different direction: More spending.
After two terms Mayor Paul Dyster wants to move in a different direction: More spending.

Dyster Throws Baby Out With Bathwater; Fires Maria Brown As Well As Donna Owens

News, Featured May 19, 2016 at 10:01 am

by Mike Hudson Last week, the Niagara Falls Reporter predicted that City Administrator Donna Owens was going to be given the axe by Mayor Paul Dyster. This week, Dyster showed up at City Hall, axe in hand and let her have it. He also announced that, if the council approves,Read More

Artist conception: NTCC CEO John Percy rides high as he hopes to close down or tax the poor people of Niagara Falls who try to make a few bucks renting rooms to tourists in the highest taxed city in the highest taxed state in the USA.
Artist conception: NTCC CEO John Percy rides high as he hopes to close down or tax the poor people of Niagara Falls who try to make a few bucks renting rooms to tourists in the highest taxed city in the highest taxed state in the USA.

Percy Leads Charge Against Taxpayers Renting Tourist Rooms In Private Homes

News, Featured May 19, 2016 at 9:57 am

by Mike Hudson High-priced hotel rooms are what John Percy’s all about. The globe-trotting Percy, CEO of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., typically spends your money — sent to him by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster — on five-star accommodations when he visits London, Delhi, Mumbai, Prague, Berlin, Geneva, MilanRead More

What’s in a name? Arby’s on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Niagara Falls advertises Arby’s newest sandwich creation, the “Loaded Italian”.
While it is no doubt a delicious and nourishing sandwich, if the nationality for the sandwich was a little different, the result might be a sh-t storm of boycott and protest not a line up of customers for this mouthwatering delight.
What’s in a name? Arby’s on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Niagara Falls advertises Arby’s newest sandwich creation, the “Loaded Italian”. While it is no doubt a delicious and nourishing sandwich, if the nationality for the sandwich was a little different, the result might be a sh-t storm of boycott and protest not a line up of customers for this mouthwatering delight.

Arby’s Loaded Italian?

News May 19, 2016 at 9:56 am

Arby’s has introduced a new sandwich dubbed The Loaded Italian.  The subtle mafia implication aside, is this use of a peoplehood to describe food appropriate? Or is it a misappropriation of a culture motivated by commercial gain?  Sure, reasonable minds can disagree. But substitute the word Italian with Jew, Black,Read More

Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray represents a sea change in the political will of the leadership of Grand Island. Unlike his predecessors, he wants the tolls removed. “Mr. Cuomo, tear down these tolls!” McMurray said at a rally attended by activist Rus Thompson.
Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray represents a sea change in the political will of the leadership of Grand Island. Unlike his predecessors, he wants the tolls removed. “Mr. Cuomo, tear down these tolls!” McMurray said at a rally attended by activist Rus Thompson.

Money Grab At Bridges Hurting WNY Says Grand Island Supervisor McMurray, Activist Thompson Toll Removal Effort Reignited, Regional Support Needed!

News, Featured May 19, 2016 at 9:54 am

by Joseph Kissel Where’s the money going? That’s the question newly elected Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray wants to know regarding the tolls that have been collected at the bridges since 1929. “This is an old fight,” McMurray said. As such, the veteran warrior of the remove-the-tolls effort, Rus Thompson,Read More

Computerized rendering of proposed city owned - taxpayer funded Tony Hawks skatepark at Hyde Park next to Sal Maglie Stadium.
Computerized rendering of proposed city owned - taxpayer funded Tony Hawks skatepark at Hyde Park next to Sal Maglie Stadium.

Skaters, Neighbors Find Own Reasons For Thinking Skate Parks Just Uncool

News, Featured May 19, 2016 at 9:50 am

by Mike Hudson HOLLYWOOD – How cool are skateparks? With a population of 3.9 million, Los Angeles, the birthplace of skateboarding, has just 13 citywide. And complaints from the neighbors combined with apathy and rejection on the part of the skaters themselves make it unlikely that more will open anytime soon.Read More

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