Everyone had at least one brush with Pigeon
By Frank Parlato
A POLITICAL QUESTION
The question of whether politics was a motive for New York State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman’s prosecution of political operative and attorney G. Steven Pigeon, 55, has been debated in a few circles.
Last month, Pigeon was charged by Schneiderman with bribing a New York State Supreme Court Justice and extorting a young attorney appointed by that judge to a receivership.
Following Pigeon’s arraignment, where he pleaded innocent to all nine counts alleged against him, a reporter asked Pigeon’s attorney, Paul Cambria, if he thought politics played a role in the prosecution.
Despite the fact that no contract exists between Amtrak or any other entity to actually use the facility, city officials are ready to show off the new $44 million Niagara Falls International Railway and Intermodal Transportation Center to the public.
A “sneak preview” of the new train station will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at its Whirlpool Street location in the city’s North End.
Hosted by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and acting City Planner Tom DeSantis – who led the charge to develop the new train station – the general public is invited for a “free self-guided tour” of the new, albeit empty, building.
By Jim Hufnagel
On January 6, 2015, halfway through an interview with actress Nicole Kidman, NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon casually dropped a bomb on the city of Niagara Falls, NY.
The conversation turned on an appearance the week before by Kidman’s husband, country singer Keith Urban, at a New Years Eve concert on the other side of the border in Canada, attended by tens of thousands.
The playground of the region, its hotels, casinos, restaurants and night life framed by the most famous natural attraction in the world, Niagara Falls, Ontario is widely regarded as a tourism success story, effectively capitalizing on the millions of tourists who visit every year.
Political operative and former Erie County Democratic Chairman Steve Pigeon faces nine felony counts in a state prosecution involving former State Supreme Court Justice John Michalek who has already pleaded guilty to two felony counts, including taking bribe, and who is expected to be a key witness against Pigeon if the case goes to trial.
But Pigeon and his lawyer, prominent defense attorney Paul Cambria, seem prepared to vigorously fight the charges brought by the attorney general’s special grand jury, claiming Pigeon did nothing wrong in his dealings with Michalek.
By Members of Stop the Reassessment Committee
Time Warner News was in the neighborhoods yesterday taking photos of stop the reassessment signs and interviewing residents.
The link to the Time Warner video is http://www.twcnews.com/nys/buffalo/ news/2016/07/26/niagara-falls-propertyreassessment-.html
A reporter interviewed Council Chairman Andrew Touma, and again, he deceived the people. He said that if an assessment increased by $10,000 that taxes would only increase $180.00 per year.
Not true, the taxes would increase $465.40 per year.
By the Committee to Stop the Reassessments & Continuous Tax Increases
As mentioned in a previous article, Mayor Paul Dyster, with the support of Council Chairman Andrew Touma, deceived the taxpayers by waiting five days after the mayoral election to tell us he was planning to do a citywide reassessment.
We were told this will raise assessments from between 17 and 40 percent!
An attempt to deceive us by trying to convince us that this is not a tax increase is so great that even Chairman Touma cannot keep his own versions straight and keeps contradicting himself.
Councilman Kenny Tompkins
Last Saturday, July 23, my wife Terry and I had the pleasure of experiencing two of Niagara Falls’ newest events: The Black Squirrel Home and Garden Walk and the Park Place Porch Fest.
It was refreshing to participate in both.
On 12th Street and Memorial Parkway – the Black Squirrel and Garden Walk- we encountered spectacular lush gardens, none of which showed signs of this summer’s unending dry spell. Each one gained praise from Terry, who is has an amazing green thumb of her own.
Ask the Judge – Question #9
Dear Judge Bayger:
I’m really miffed at my lawyer. Over a year ago, I fell off of a ladder after it slipped while I was repairing my neighbor’s roof. I was trying to do someone a favor, but the ladder he provided didn’t stay in place. Anyway, I got a lawyer, and at first he seemed happy to have me. He talked about suing my neighbor’s insurance company, the store he bought the ladder from, and the company that made the ladder. That was then. Now, I call to check on the progress of the case, and I rarely hear anything. He doesn’t return my calls, and when I get a call back, it’s usually his assistant. What can I do to get his attention? Sincerely,
John Q. Annoyed
Ned Beecher, Executive Director NEBRA (www.nebiosolids.org)
Last week, the Town Board in Wheatfield decided to defend the town’s local ban on biosolids use on farms. Biosolids are treated and tested wastewater solids that are excellent soil amendments.
In June, Wheatfield was notified by the Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) that the Town Biosolids Law runs contrary to the state’s “right-to-farm” law, which is intended to protect farms from arbitrary restrictions. In their response (available at the Wheatfield website), the Town Board claims that NYSDAM “largely ignored the mounting scientific evidence concerning the inadequacy of the federal and state governments’ outdated biosolids regulations and completely failed to address the scientific evidence of the unfavorable local soil conditions within the town.” They claim that unregulated pollutants in biosolids (e.g. trace chemicals from products used in homes every day) create risk.
In an attempt to eradicate the invasive aquatic plant hydrilla in the Erie Canal, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, will be treating the canal from the Delaware Bridge in the cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, to West Canal Marina in the Town of Pendleton, approximately 5-miles upstream – with an application of endothall (Aquathol K) an aquatic herbicid.
After application, swimming is prohibited for one day. The concentration of endothall in treated areas will not be toxic to dogs, cats, or livestock exposed to the herbicide. There are no restrictions on catching and eating fish.
By Lou Ricciuti and Frank Parlato
Niagara Falls – A section of Portage Road – between Ferry and Niagara – is scheduled for road work this summer and is expected to start any day.
The Portage Road work – which is listed as part of Mayor Paul Dyster’s “in-house street paving & other roadway re-construction costs” in his proposed 2016 capital spending plan is budgeted for $650,000.
It may cost more than that depending on the type of work the city winds up doing on the road and what they unearth.