Archive for March, 2017

State Grand Jury Focusing on Maziarz Campaign Fund

State Grand Jury Focusing on Maziarz Campaign Fund

News March 2, 2017 at 10:47 pm

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 juryRead More

Airport Taxi Service Publishes Letter to NYS Assembly on Uber Challenge

Airport Taxi Service Publishes Letter to NYS Assembly on Uber Challenge

News March 2, 2017 at 9:53 pm

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,Read More

Print Edition: Mar 2, 2017

Print Edition: Mar 2, 2017

Print Version March 2, 2017 at 7:46 pm
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GOP State Senators Unveil Legislation to Repeal SAFE Act everywhere but NYC

GOP State Senators Unveil Legislation to Repeal SAFE Act everywhere but NYC

State and National News March 2, 2017 at 3:16 am

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 stateRead More

Behold the Niagara Lodge (on right). Described as having "breathtaking views of the Falls and State Park" can only mean that the new hotel is slated for Goat Island, not DeVeaux, Whirlpool or Devil's Hole State Parks.

Cuomo’s State Park “Lodge” a Mockery of Olmsted plan

News March 2, 2017 at 2:59 am

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial proposed “lodge” on Goat Island in the Niagara Falls State Park has been scaled up in size, according to design sketches posted by USA Niagara this week. USA Niagara is a subsidiary of Empire State Development, the state development agency charged with “encouraging growth and renewalRead More

Two years ago, the Calvert Vaux Carriage House on Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park was to be repurposed as a "small inn," according to a USA Niagara RFP document.

Goat Island lodge’s long journey from “Small Inn” to huge Tourist Resort

Niagara Falls March 2, 2017 at 2:58 am

It started out small, then got bigger, much bigger, thanks to the efforts of USA Niagara. First brought to light in a largely-overlooked 2014 USA Niagara Development Corp. Request for Proposals (RFP) that called for bids to retrofit a small building on Goat Island in the Niagara Falls State ParkRead More

The Yellowstone Park Hotel. "By adding the 66-room Yellowstone Park Hotel and the 103 rooms at the Gray Wolf, Delaware North now owns 292 hotel rooms in West Yellowstone."

Delaware North assured of Niagara Lodge thanks to Campaign Contributions to Cuomo

Niagara Falls March 2, 2017 at 2:57 am

Eight – by some accounts, nine – million tourists visit Niagara Falls State Park every year. They access the world-famous attraction from two directions on a dedicated roadway, park on one of 1,500 parking spaces, tour Cave of the Winds and ride Maid of the Mist, dine at Top ofRead More

USA Niagara promotes Niagara Lodge with images linked to Delaware North

USA Niagara promotes Niagara Lodge with images linked to Delaware North

Niagara Falls March 2, 2017 at 2:56 am

If there were any remaining doubts in anyone’s mind that the proposed Niagara Lodge on Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park is earmarked for Jeremy Jacobs’ Delaware North worldwide empire, what follows should dispel them. Two images portraying the embattled hotel/resort have been posted by local economic development agencyRead More

Gov. Cuomo sizes up the share of tourist dollars that will accrue to downtown Niagara Falls businesses after his Niagara Lodge is built in the state park, as his state development honcho, transplanted Brooklynite Howard Zemsky, looks on.

Lots of Mystery Surrounds Goat Island Lodge Plan

Niagara Falls March 2, 2017 at 2:46 am

What did Sam Hoyt say to Dennis Virtuoso last Tuesday in a phone call to convince the Niagara County legislator from Niagara Falls to pull his resolution opposing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial plan to build a world class lodge on Goat Island? Well, true to form, Hoyt, regional vice presidentRead More

WHY PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLS THE PRESS DECEITFUL… BECAUSE THEY ARE!

WHY PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLS THE PRESS DECEITFUL… BECAUSE THEY ARE!

Uncategorized March 2, 2017 at 2:43 am

By J Gary DiLaura The creators of our Constitution recognized the necessity and power of the press as an integral part of our free society. The Constitution never gave the press access to the White House, the presidents did! The press was first given a work space around 1902 but concentratedRead More

OBSTRUCTIONIST OR CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRAT – WHICH ARE YOU?

OBSTRUCTIONIST OR CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRAT – WHICH ARE YOU?

Uncategorized March 2, 2017 at 2:40 am

By J Gary DiLaura We have pretty much been a two party Republic for quite a long time. The beautiful part of our system is that it is a constitutional republic versus a democracy! That means that even though the majority or winning party rules, under the Republic, the winning partyRead More

Niagara County Department of Health Offers Diabetes Prevention  Workshops

Niagara County Department of Health Offers Diabetes Prevention Workshops

Community News March 2, 2017 at 2:21 am

The Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division is offering a Diabetes Prevention Program starting Friday, March 24 at the John Duke Senior Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd, Niagara Falls, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Classes are scheduled in 16 consecutive weekly sessions, then once a month for 6-8 months. Program participants willRead More

Roscetti For City Court Judge Event Draws Crowd

Roscetti For City Court Judge Event Draws Crowd

Niagara Falls March 2, 2017 at 2:13 am

A meet-and-greet event for Niagara Falls City Court candidate Alan Roscetti was held last Monday at the Buffalo Wing Joint and P. U. B. on Niagara Falls Blvd. A turnout of Niagara Falls residents shows that Roscetti has a strong following in this city. Among the prominent political figures inRead More

Kendra McClain, happily hired.

WATER BOARD COUP SEEMS PLANNED TO RAM THROUGH UNION CONTRACT?

News March 2, 2017 at 1:35 am

Did the Niagara Falls Water Board meet illegally to carry out their reorganization of the body? And are Water Board customers about to get hit with an expensive new labor contract? Last Thursday’s Dyster Administration-engineered coup on the Niagara Falls Water Board has left members of the board’s former majorityRead More

Niagara Falls Jokes

Niagara Falls Jokes

Uncategorized March 2, 2017 at 1:32 am

Delaware North owner and billionaire Jeremy Jacobs was visiting his restaurants and food stands in Niagara Falls State Park when he decided to go for a drive through the city of Niagara Falls. He drove past a vacant lot where there was a small group of children who were eatingRead More

How Long Does It Take to Get Out of Shape?

How Long Does It Take to Get Out of Shape?

Columns March 2, 2017 at 1:04 am

By Randy Palladino Colder temperatures and fewer daylight hours make it more difficult to stay active and motivated. But how long does it take to actually get out of shape? It varies from person to person, but most experts agree that it’s pretty simple: you either use it or youRead More

Snow covers the Sierra Nevada mountains and the shoreline of Lake Tahoe on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, near Memorial Point, Nevada.  (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

Snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada at 185% of average

News March 2, 2017 at 12:36 am

Measurements taken in the Sierra Nevada show the range’s snowpack at historically high levels. The average snowpack across the range was at 185% for March 1, the Department of Water Resources said. The Sierra Nevada provides about a third of California’s water when it melts in the spring and summer.Read More

Jeff Flach (left) with Niagara Hub's "Soapbox" host Craig Avery.

Flach to Challenge Virtuoso

News March 2, 2017 at 12:34 am

A decorated Iraq war veteran and the owner of the Gorge View Hostel has announced his candidacy for the 6th District Niagara County Legislative seat now held by Democrat Dennis Virtuoso. Jeffery Flach, who has the full support of Niagara Falls City Republican Chairman Bill Carroll, returned to Niagara FallsRead More

Down Memory Lane with Raniere, Bronfmans, Lama Tenzin and Dalai Lama

Down Memory Lane with Raniere, Bronfmans, Lama Tenzin and Dalai Lama

NXIVM March 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

  As readers know, NXIVM conducts “human potential and ethics” seminars in Albany and elsewhere. Keith Raniere is the company’s founder. And Clare and Sara Bronfman (two of heiresses of the Seagram’s fortune) started investing with Raniere around 2003. By 2007 the Bronfman sisters had invested more than $100 million inRead More

Down Memory Lane with Raniere, Bronfmans Lama Tenzin and Dalai Lama

Down Memory Lane with Raniere, Bronfmans Lama Tenzin and Dalai Lama

Uncategorized March 1, 2017 at 12:17 am

  As readers know, NXIVM conducts “human potential and ethics” seminars in Albany and elsewhere. Keith Raniere is the company’s founder. And Clare and Sara Bronfman (two of heiresses of the Seagram’s fortune) started investing with Raniere around 2003. By 2007 the Bronfman sisters had invested more than $100 million inRead More

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