Gov. Cuomo advertises his greatness with taxpayer money

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By Frank Parlato 

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is in a battle with federal highway officials over state-funded “I Love New York” billboards scattered along highways in New York State.

The signs are meant to inform motorists about a state-funded phone app which guides people toward state selected tourist attractions and businesses.

Federal officials say the signs pose a threat to motorists with poor self- preservation instincts who might download the app while driving.

Initially New York State officials told the public that the signs cost taxpayers $1.9 million. The controversy with the feds however stirred inquiries by the media and subsequently the state admitted the cost for the signs was $8.1 million. In this instance the state was 400 percent off in the numbers they initially told the public. read more

Low pay, long hours, few promotions, freezer sex all part of Delaware North employment experience

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 Delaware North's casinos aren't in luxury resorts, they're in downtrodden midwest locations like this spartan gaming floor outside of economically depressed Davenport, Iowa.
Delaware North’s casinos aren’t in luxury resorts, they’re in downtrodden midwest locations like this spartan gaming floor outside of economically depressed Davenport, Iowa.

Buffalo-based mega-concessionaire Delaware North already plays a major role in the local economy – feeding the eight million tourists who visit Niagara Falls State Park every year at the expense of the handful of restaurants and diners that still exist in downtown Niagara Falls. Recent developments indicate that the global hospitality, casino, resort and fast food giant is poised to assume an even larger role here, so we decided to take a closer look at the business practices and reputation of the vast multinational conglomerate before it further muscles its way into Niagara Falls. read more

Community Memorial Day Parade 2017 Kicks into Gear

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By Kenny Tompkins

 Niagara Falls Councilman

Now that winter is over in Niagara Falls, planning for the 2017 Community Memorial Day parade has kicked into high gear. 

The date is set for Saturday, May 27, at 10 am. 

We’ll start at City Market and march down Pine Avenue to the Niagara Falls Veteran’s Memorial.

Last year if you recall, we pulled together a 70-unit parade in a matter of weeks following an announcement that it would be canceled. This year’s event has been several months in the making, as we’ve worked on gathering the funds needed to pay for bands and expenses, while inviting groups and others to be part of this parade to honor those who gave all for our freedoms. read more


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By Mike Lee

President President-Patrol Division Niagara Falls Police Club

On March 20, 2017 the Niagara Falls City Council voted to adopt New York State resolution# 17 as it relates to Subpart J of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget bill. The city council voted 4-0 in favor of supporting the change for raising the age of criminal responsibility among youthful offenders.

Councilman Kenny Tompkins abstained requesting more information prior to casting his  vote.

The Police Conference of NY, which represents the union of Police Officers throughout New York State, has raised several issues as it relates to this proposed bill. Issues that some members of our city council failed to explore prior to voting in favor of this resolution. read more

Parks and Threats to our space

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=&0=& =&1=& Since I have been Supervisor of Grand Island, I have met with developers who have come to my office trying to hawk the white elephant gift of sprawl as a solution to Grand Island’s problems.  Let me say it here clearly, “I DON’T WANT IT.”  You can keep your cloned apartment complexes and cut rate subdivisions. We don’t have the infrastructure to support it. And further, there is no apparent need or desire to have it. I don’t have droves of people coming in demanding more apartments. Quite the opposite.

Let me also say this clearly, “I did not, and do not support the apartments on Grand Island Blvd.” That was  underway before I took office.

I hope the apartments are a success, but I miss the green space that was there. Those apartments (no matter how fancy they claim to be) were a mistake. It’s too big, too costly, and poorly conceived. I’m not just against superfluous apartments. I don’t want big box stores covering Grand Island either. I would support (and am actively trying to find) a grocery store that would come here. But you can keep Walmart. Would a few chains make Grand Island a more convenient place to live? Maybe. But at what cost to our existing stores and our town? The path to success for Grand Island is keeping it unique and protecting its green space and not mimic the failed development schemes of other cities and towns in America.

Master Plan

Some people think a Master Plan means a plan to carve up the Island for developers. Or they think we should sell out to the big box chains.

I have seen the circles of decaying apartment complexes and strip malls in  Phoenix and Houston. Once they build one complex, they are off to the next, with each layer of development leaving its predecessor behind to decay. read more

Memorial to begin parking garage renovations

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Renovations to the parking garage at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will begin Monday, April 10.

The work, which will be completed in stages, is expected to last into the summer and will include structural repairs and maintenance on five of the structure’s seven levels.

The project is the first stage of Memorial’s plan to renovate and transform the parking garage and bridge connector into an aesthetically attractive interactive facility that will also host medical center and community activities. read more

New cardiac catheterization lab in Falls offers 24/7 help for heart patients

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NIAGARA FALLS, NY –Catholic Health, Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has opened the first cardiac catheterization laboratory in Niagara County.

The new facility, at The Heart Center of Niagara on Memorial’s downtown Niagara Falls campus, is the result of community collaboration between the four health systems and will be jointly operated by them.

Western New York has higher than average cardiovascular mortality rates, according to Neil Dashkoff, M.D., medical director of the new lab.  read more

Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse Unveils Easter Display

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Niagara Falls, ON – The perfect April activity, come rain or shine, is a leisurely stroll within the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse, as you enjoy the sights and scents of spring during the annual Easter Display, a seasonal favourite for over 70 years. In addition to the beautiful springtime blooms, the Easter Display will also include adorable live chicks and bunnies, which has proven to be a special treat for visitors of all ages.

The Easter Show features a cross display of festive lilies surrounded by colourful and fragrant spring flowers such as daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and azaleas to get you in the mood for spring. The warm and serene setting is bursting with gorgeous blooms, orchids and exotic tropical plants, all accompanied by the peaceful sounds of resident songbirds. read more

Tax Burden in New York (1=Highest, 25=Avg.):

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  • 1st – Overall Tax Burden (12.94%)
  • 7th – Property Tax Burden (4.55%)
  • 1st – Individual Income Tax Burden (4.76%)
  • 21st – Total Sales & Excise Tax Burden (3.63%)

Annual Rock Scaling Along Gorge Wall in Ontario

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Niagara Falls, ON – The Niagara Parks Commission will conduct rock scaling operations along the wall of the Niagara Gorge on the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls, from April 10 to April 13, weather permitting.

Niagara Parks undertakes this activity annually to remove loose rocks and debris that have built up over the winter to ensure safe operations and opening of the lower observation deck of Niagara Parks’ Journey Behind the Falls attraction, which is scheduled to open Friday, April 14. read more


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April is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise public awareness about the impact of STDs on the lives of Americans and the importance of preventing, testing for and treating sexually transmitted diseases. 

This year’s theme focuses on tackling the resurgence of Syphilis, which has reported rates for primary and secondary syphilis that are the highest they have been in more than 20 years. Syphilis incidence is severe among gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men. read more

Lockport City Democratic Committee to Field Candidate to Oppose Abbott Over Ambulance Issue

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Twin City Ambulance has saved the City of Lockport $1 million per year.
Twin City Ambulance has saved the City of Lockport $1 million per year.

The Lockport City Democratic Committee says it will part ways with 5th Ward Alderman Rick Abbott, also a Democrat, for opposing restoring to union firefighters the job of providing city ambulance service.

Prior to 2014, the Lockport Fire Department (LPD) provided ambulance service to city residents for 40 years. The city outsources to a private company which has saved taxpayers $1 million per year.

Lockport City Democratic Committee Chairman Roger Sherrie said, “Rick Abbott duped voters in the 5th ward into thinking he was a principled Democrat when he is not. Abbott should be ashamed for deceiving the public into thinking he is more than just a rubber stamp for [Republican Lockport Mayor] Anne McCaffrey.”
Abbott voted with Republicans this week with a “no” vote to a Lockport Common Council resolution which could potentially streamline the return of the ambulance service to the union-run Lockport Fire Department (LFD.) read more