Tompkins: Give code enforcement tools to fight blight and help distressed homeowners

February 9, 2017 Reporter 1

By Kenny Tompkins;

Niagara Falls City Councilman

Niagara Falls City Councilman Kenny Tompkins has ideas on how to improve the code enforcement in the city.

One area that continues to be a problem in Niagara Falls is our code enforcement of derelict properties in our city. These properties pose a safety hazard for residents, decreases property values, and make our city unappealing.

Last summer, I rode around with code enforcement inspectors to see what they do. I believe the inspectors are dedicated individuals with the best of intentions when it comes to cleaning up our city and enforcing the rules on the books. However, the process doesn’t fully support their efforts. read more

Niagara Falls celebrates Black History Month with NACC Exhibit

February 9, 2017 Reporter 0

The Niagara Arts & Cultural Center (NACC) is holding an art exhibition entitled Artists of Color: Freedom through March 19 at their Townsend Gallery.

The works of African American artists of Western New York, including Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Rochester are on display, according to exhibit curator Ray Robertson.  Artists of Color: Freedom is envisioned as a comprehensive representation of the African American experience from the historical, contemporary and personal perspective.

Highlighting the display is an artistic representation “Freedom Crossing” by Rochester artist Richmond Futch, Jr., enabling visitors to explore the story of the Underground Railroad Movement in this region and the people who risked their lives in the name of freedom. read more

An Uber-Bad Senate Bill for Upstate NY

February 9, 2017 Reporter 1

By Jim Ostrowski;

I have advocated a free market approach to transportation since 1989.  In an article, published in Business First, I proposed allowing drivers of smaller vehicles to compete with buses and provide a better product including door-to-door service.  After the digital age came along, companies like Uber began to supply just such services but Buffalo and Upstate remain the last areas in the country that make Uber driving an imaginary crime.  I mean, it’s an actual crime punishable by law, but one which, lacking a victim, logically exists only in the minds of progressive legislators and their gendarmes. read more

Cabbies Still Battling Uber as Fight Goes On

February 9, 2017 Reporter 0

By Tony Farina;

It is truly a David vs. Goliath story playing out in Albany these days as the ride-sharing giant Uber and its smaller competitor, Lyft, inch closer to their goal of operating beyond New York City and likely overwhelming conventional taxi services across the state, especially if they get a pass on some key regulations that govern traditional taxi businesses

Uber, reported to be worth $69 billion last month, and Lyft ($2 billion) have spent big dollars lobbying state lawmakers, with Uber alone spending close to $800,000 in the first six months of last year to push its agenda of expanding ride-sharing without regulations, and they have big-name supporter across the state and including the governor who want cities like Rochester and Buffalo to have the location-based app that makes it easy to hire an on-demand driver. read more

Dr. Dashkoff to discuss ‘Heart Health’ and importance of Memorial Hospital’s new cardiac catheterization lab; public invited

February 9, 2017 Reporter 0

The medical director of the new cardiac catheterization laboratory at The Heart Center of Niagara will be the featured speaker Wednesday (Feb. 15) during a Heart Month luncheon at the Elderwood Residences at Wheatfield Community Center, 2600 Niagara Falls Blvd.

Neil Dashkoff, M.D., will discuss “Heart Health and the Importance of a Cardiac Catheterization Lab in Niagara.”  He will explain the procedures performed at a cardiac catheterization lab and the impact the new facility will make on the health of area residents. read more