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Maziarz Probe Heating Up

March 9, 2017 Reporter 0

By Tony Farina

The Niagara Falls Reporter has learned that state grand jury subpoenas issued in the investigation into the campaign account of former State Sen. George Maziarz are returnable next week and witnesses could be called to testify as the investigation picks up steam.

Sources say the Public Integrity Unit of the state Attorney General’s Office is conducting the probe that sources say is focusing on Maziarz and possibly others in connection with activity involving the former senator’s campaign account which at one time totaled more than $1 million.

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Dux: On backbiters, Bruce Lee, bogus ninjas and fake news

March 7, 2017 Reporter 1

Frank Dux;

Frank Dux

Few people are aware of how the late Bruce Lee – although a world famous star of martial arts films – was one of the most controversial and ridiculed martial artists within the martial arts community.

Lee likened the criticism to the children’s game of “King of The Hill” since various people took turns, it seemed to him, sometimes ganging up on him, to push him off his top of the hill position in martial arts.

I observed it myself.

In the 1960’s, I was part of the upcoming group of young martial artists who grew up in the “San Fernando Valley of The Champions”.  I heard many unflattering stories about Lee, floated around from mouth-to-ear of gossipers, some of them notable martial artists.

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Niagara Falls’ model show how state controlled tourism impacts poverty stricken city

March 5, 2017 Reporter 0

By Frank Parlato;

There is a battle between the US Dept. of Highways and Gov. Cuomo’s NYS Department of Transportation over the state’s right to keep illegal “I Love New York” billboard sized signs along highways in the state.


The US Highway Department wants them down since they claim they are a distraction to motorists.

The state wants to keeps the I Love New York signs since it aids the state in its efforts to direct tourism in the state. The signs both direct tourists to specific places nearby and also advertise a state operated tourism phone app which when downloaded will give directions to places the state has decided are places for tourists to visit.

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The state signs, which promote state selected tourism, are said to be illegal by US Highway officials.

Although illegal, ‘I Love New York’ billboards promote Cuomo’s socialist dream of state-directed tourism via state phone app

March 5, 2017 Reporter 1

By Frank Parlato;

As readers know, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has installed I Love New York billboards along highways in New York State which US Highway officials have declared  “illegal”.


The state installed 514 of the “illegal” billboards although some people who didn’t like them illegally took down seven in Long Island.

Federal officials says the state signs violate US law because they have a complicated message which may cause drivers to crash. The I Love New York billboards direct tourist to download a state phone app which guides people toward state selected attractions and business.

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Dilaura: Senior FBI agents should interview Obama’s black ops team

March 5, 2017 Reporter 0
 by J. Gary DiLaura;

(A retired FBI Special Agent, Gary DiLaura was legendary in his heyday for personally chasing and collaring bank robbers. He investigated terrorists and government officials for corruption. He writes regularly about issues of national security from his law enforcement perspective. His opinions are his own.)

I hope you’re following FOX news on Trump allegations about Obama wiretapping him before the election. To determine the truth, Trump needs to launch an investigation by a team of older FBI agents led by a dedicated Republican US Attorney with a special Grand Jury to investigate these allegations along with possible other acts of treason, espionage, sabotage, and violations of the Hobbs Act against the United States by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and etc.

The team must pull all wiretaps issued during a specific time period. They should be looking for insiders to flip. They are there; they must be found and flipped! Obama has, without a doubt, a very good ‘Black Ops Team’ [a covert operation team]. Who are they? Who contacts them? They need to be found.

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Raniere, claiming he invented teleconferencing, is called a liar by Judge Lynn in lawsuit against Microsoft, ATT&T

March 4, 2017 Reporter 0

Keith Raniere may not be a cult leader.

He may not or may not have swindled the gullible Clare and Sara Bronfman out of more than $100 million. He may not have led Clare Bronfman to commit perjury repeatedly in different lawsuits.

But, according to one US District Judge, Keith Raniere is most certainly a liar.

Chief Judge Barbara MG Lynn of the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, wrote in a decision last September that Raniere deceived the court.

Raniere himself admitted he lied but it was a harmless lie.

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Five investigations so far into Maziarz campaign account

March 4, 2017 Reporter 1

To date there have been five autonomous government investigations into the campaign bank account of former State Senator George Maziarz.

The five are:

  1. The Moreland Commission, 2014. Gov, Cuomo launched it. It was targeted at state legislators for possible campaign fund improprieties. Moreland noted Maziarz had the largest amount of unitemized spending of any state senator on his campaign’s Board of Elections filings (about $150,o00). The Moreland Commission was disbanded by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. No charges were filed.
  2. The US Attorney, Southern District of New York, headed by Preet Bharara subpoenaed Moreland records in 2014. A grand jury convened to investigate Maziarz’s campaign account. Witnesses were called. No charges were filed.
  3. New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s Public Integrity Bureau started investigating in 2014. The investigation, seemingly dormant for years, has been suddenly reactivated. A grand jury convened following Maziarz treasurer, Laureen Jacobs, in response to a civil suit, filing an amended report explaining unitemized expenditures, on Feb. 6, 2017. The State investigation may be targeting Maziarz for possible violation of elections law through possible use of campaign funds donated to him which he in turn may have donated without full disclosure to the campaigns of other GOP candidates.
  4. Niagara County DA.; 2015-2017. On an entirely different and arguably more serious track than the state, the county sought evidence that Maziarz senate staffers, Marcus Hall and Alicia Colatarci-Reimann and his treasurer, Jacobs, stole money from Maziarz campaign fund and that is why it was filed as unitemized. The investigation, commenced under former DA Michael Violante, was halted by the election of Caroline Wojtaszek as DA, based on a conflict of interest; she is married to longtime Maziarz ally, Henry Wojtaszek.
  5. Erie County DA, 2017. The Niagara County DA transferred the case to Erie County DA, Michael Flynn in February 2017. It is reported that Erie County DA may await results of the Attorney General’s investigation despite the investigation being on an entirely different track (grand larceny of staff) than the state (election law).

To date, perhaps as much as $5 million in taxpayer money has been spent to investigate what appears to be no more than $151,000 in unitemized campaign funds.

There are also private costs to targets or potential targets of the investigation.

Hall retained attorney Rodney Personius.

Jacobs retained Terrance Conners.

Colatarci-Reimann retained Daniel French.

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Source Says Maziarz Never Had Debit Card; But Staffers Did

March 2, 2017 Staff 0
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The New York State Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity Bureau is said to be looking into expenditures from the account of former State Senator George Maziarz after his campaign treasurer, Laureen M. Jacobs, filed an amended financial disclosure report with the New York State Board of Elections on Feb. 6.

Last September, the Committee to Elect Maziarz State Senate filed a petition in New York State Supreme Court against Jacobs, demanding she file reports explaining more than $209,000 in undocumented expenditures and account for a shortfall of $120,566 in the fund.

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State Grand Jury Focusing on Maziarz Campaign Fund

March 2, 2017 Tony Farina 0

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I reported last October that the State Attorney General’s office was focusing squarely on the campaign account of former State Sen. George Maziarz and the former senator himself, and we have now learned that subpoenas have been issued in that investigation and evidence could be presented to a grand jury as soon as later this month.

Sources familiar with the probe say that Maziarz, who has consistently denied any wrongdoing in connection with his campaign account that once totaled more than $1 million, is among the targets of the grand jury investigation and there may be others.

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Airport Taxi Service Publishes Letter to NYS Assembly on Uber Challenge

March 2, 2017 Staff 1

From the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Buffalo, New York, Gerald Chiarmonte, Vice President ITA of Airport Taxi Service has released to Artvoice a letter sent to New York State Assembly members.

Airport Taxi voiced its concerns about proposed legislation that regulates the taxi industry while allowing ride sharing companies, essentially providing the same service, to escape the same requirements through loopholes, which create an unfair playing field.

The letter in full:

AIRPORT TAXI SERVICE

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March 2, 2017 Staff 0
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GOP State Senators Unveil Legislation to Repeal SAFE Act everywhere but NYC

March 2, 2017 Staff 0
gun3 While it is not likely to pass, it’s the thought that counts. NY State Senators Rob Ortt (R,C,I-North Tonawanda) and Jim Seward (R,C,I,Ref-Oneonta) joined Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,C,I,Ref-Newport) and other lawmakers and gun rights advocates to unveil legislation to repeal elements of the NY SAFE Act throughout the state except for the five boroughs of New York City. Lawmakers are calling on both houses of the state legislature to reform several measures of the gun control law Upstate and on Long Island.

The comments from the legislators are instructive about how a lot of people upstate feel about the SAFE Act and the control New York City has over the lives of people downstate.

Senator Ortt said, “New York City plays by its own rules on so many issues. It has its own regulations when it comes to ride-sharing services and minimum wage increases, so it only makes sense to let New York City progressives keep the SAFE Act and reform the law everywhere else. The divide in our state is clear and since the un-SAFE Act was signed into law, that divide has only deepened. Its sweeping overreach turned yesterday’s law-abiding citizens and sportsmen into today’s criminals. Separating gun regulations between New York City and the rest of the state will help to relieve the unnecessary burden placed on gun owners and begin to bridge the divide.” 

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