Archive for September, 2017

Hitting The Wall

Hitting The Wall

Uncategorized September 30, 2017 at 8:44 pm

By Craig Reger “Because it was him, and because it was me”. French Philosopher Montaigne was casually anecdotal in his Renaissance era essays. I thought of Montaigne shortly after witnessing a solo car wreck. Let me explain. I was tracking west on Amherst Street in North Buffalo early last weekRead More

Dyster’s Human Rights Commissioner defends her role in shooting spree

Dyster’s Human Rights Commissioner defends her role in shooting spree

Niagara Falls September 29, 2017 at 5:58 am

A member of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster’s Human Rights Commission, who was charged with first degree reckless endangerment, a felony, after allegedly firing a shotgun into the back of a car and then aiming at a nearby apartment window on September 25, took to the internet Tuesday to proclaimRead More

Presumed Innocence vs. Perceived Guilt

Presumed Innocence vs. Perceived Guilt

Uncategorized September 29, 2017 at 5:56 am

Being accused of a crime is probably one of the most serious matters that can attach to a person, ranking below actually being a victim of a crime.  From a personal standpoint, both are dehumanizing, invasive, and externally driven experiences.  But from a legal standpoint, being the accused is alsoRead More

Captured on camera, a menacing Evan Stafford is framed by one of the beautiful "public art" murals on Third Street, moments before beating the hell out of a WIVB-TV crew and smashing their equipment.

Niagara Falls’ Successful Title Defense: FBI again ranks city as Most Dangerous in New York State

Niagara Falls September 29, 2017 at 5:50 am

For the second year in a row, the city of Niagara Falls has topped the list as the most violent city in New York State, according to the 2016 report “Crime in the United States,” released this week by the FBI. There were a total of 565 violent crimes reportedRead More

"We have good relationships with a lot of local leaders and the business community," Seneca Nation President Todd Gates told reporters, as council members look on.

Native American commentator likens Dyster’s dependency on casino cash to drug addiction

State and National News September 29, 2017 at 5:40 am

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, grandmasters of the idiotic Seneca Niagara casino agreement that gifted the tribe with a 20-year extension on their compact deal while forgetting to include any provision for the state or the city to receive any revenue whatsoever, are taking their lumpsRead More

Niagara Falls water bills deemed Cruel, Unusual Punishment

Niagara Falls water bills deemed Cruel, Unusual Punishment

Niagara Falls September 29, 2017 at 5:30 am

Council Candidate Pascoal proposes solutions to vexing problem According to the recently published Niagara Falls Water Board’s Annual Drinking Water Quality Report, “The total water produced in 2015 was over 7.7 billion gallons… The annual amount of water delivered to customers was about 2.5 billion gallons. This leaves about 5.2Read More

“Plant Lady” Sally Cunningham to host native plant gardening talk in Niagara Falls

“Plant Lady” Sally Cunningham to host native plant gardening talk in Niagara Falls

Community News September 29, 2017 at 5:18 am

On Wednesday, October 4 at 7 pm, the Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting a special talk at the Niagara Falls Public Library with featured speaker, Sally Cunningham. Sally is the author of the nationally popular gardening book “Great Garden Companions,” and is well known in Western New YorkRead More

Michael DiCienzo

DiCienzo water park initiative gains wide support despite Dyster, Cuomo’s disinterest

Niagara Falls September 29, 2017 at 5:15 am

Sometimes, even in Niagara Falls, the good guys can win one. Take the case of Michael DiCienzo, the prosperous owner of numerous hotels in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, New York, whose development plans here have repeatedly been thwarted by both Mayor Paul Dyster’s City Hall and Governor AndrewRead More

Somerset Supervisor Dan Engert

County taxpayers to benefit from new Health Care initiative, but not in Falls

Niagara County September 29, 2017 at 5:14 am

Take a wild guess. Which was the only municipality in Niagara County to opt out of a money saving, state health care consolidation and the lion’s share of a $15.8 million state grant to bring current costs for municipal employees health benefits back in line? If you guessed the cityRead More

NOT AGAIN!!!!!! Grandinetti lashes out at critics in meltdown Facebook posting

NOT AGAIN!!!!!! Grandinetti lashes out at critics in meltdown Facebook posting

Community News September 29, 2017 at 5:10 am

Kristen Grandinetti is angry. Very angry. “I am saddened by the amount of people who believe the nonsense they read,” she wrote on her Facebook page this week. “I don’t not appreciate being called a thief. I do not appreciate being accused of illegal activity.” Not for nothing, but theRead More

WHAT EXACTLY IS “PROOF?”

WHAT EXACTLY IS “PROOF?”

Uncategorized September 29, 2017 at 5:06 am

The Right Side By J Gary Dilaura There are all kinds and degrees of “proof,” or evidence. Some is circumstantial, other is personal knowledge. There’s physical proof like fingerprints, DNA, blood, shoe prints, tire tracks, photo/video, wiretaps and much more. As investigators, we oftentimes “over investigate” and even with aRead More

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

Uncategorized September 29, 2017 at 5:04 am

The Right Side By J Gary DiLaura There is only ONE profession in the United States that does not utilize “affirmative action!” What is it? It MUST be a very important profession where only the best, most qualified people are hired… something that human life depends upon like the medicalRead More

Niagara Falls jokes

Niagara Falls jokes

Uncategorized September 29, 2017 at 5:00 am

Somebody recently stole one of the city’s credit cards. The police didn’t bother to try to catch the thief – he was spending less than the city did. *** Mayor Dyster was talking to Gov. Cuomo and asked him how he runs the state so well. Cuomo replied quite simplyRead More

Seneca President Barry Snyder's smile is perhaps because he knows the renewed compact doesn't account for payments past this year, unlike the other two grinning fools.

Dyster blames Council for squandering Casino Cash as financial crisis looms

Niagara Falls September 22, 2017 at 5:42 am

The gall. The unmitigated gall. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, the man responsible for figuring casino revenue into the general fund budget and using it for everything from a failed winter festival to a series of expensive but half baked rock concerts, is now blaming the City Council for theRead More

"She didn't just ask me that, did she?" Councilman Andy Touma appears flummoxed by a straightforward question from a local TV interviewer regarding the city's finances, a question for which he subsequently provided a nonsensical answer.

Niagara Falls Primary Election may be Harbinger of Change, Tongue-Tied Councilman Touma baffles TV audience

Niagara Falls September 22, 2017 at 5:40 am

Change is in the air, and last week’s primary election provided evidence of it. In a stunning turn of events, a complete political outsider, Bill Kennedy, came in a solid second in the Democratic race for three open seats on City Council, a mere 28 votes behind frontrunner Andrew Tuoma.Read More

Bob Pascoal

So, who is Robert Pascoal and why is he running for City Council?

Community News September 22, 2017 at 5:36 am

I’m originally from Fall River, Massachusetts, but I’ve lived in 7 different states. I graduated high school in Schenectady, NY and met my wife Andrea in New Hampshire. And that’s where the connection with Niagara Falls begins. Andrea (Morello/Riggi) Pascoal was born at St. Mary’s Hospital on 6th Street. SheRead More

Christopher Bohnenkamp, right, is shown in this 2015 photo with former co-owner of Niagara Jet Adventures, Mike Fox, at their Youngstown dock. Mr. Fox is now one of those suing Mr. Bohnenkamp.

Youngstown jet boat firm hits some unusually stormy seas

Niagara County September 22, 2017 at 5:32 am

Niagara Jet Adventures, the Youngstown firm that sought to challenge Lewiston’s Whirlpool Jetboat Tours, Hornblower Niagara Falls and even Jimmy Glynn’s incomprehensibly still-in-business Maid of the Mist franchise, has hit some extraordinarily rough water For starters, Christopher Bohnenkamp, founder of Niagara Jet Adventures, was sentenced last month to five yearsRead More

Niagara Greenway Executive Director Jeanne Leccese didn't do very much to earn her near six figure salary this summer.

Not a Single Project Submission for Greenway this Funding Cycle

Niagara County September 22, 2017 at 5:30 am

For the first time in the ten year history of the Niagara River Greenway, not a single proposal was submitted for review this bimonthly project period. The September 19 meeting was strictly a formality, with no presentations taking place. Funded through the 2007 relicensing agreement with the New York PowerRead More

A skunk enjoys a meal from a garbage can. Skunks are experiencing a population explosion here in Niagara Falls.

Surfeit of Smelly Skunks overrun Niagara Falls, City Hall helpless

Community News September 22, 2017 at 5:04 am

  Here at the Niagara Falls Reporter, we’ve often said things stink at City Hall, speaking metaphorically and meaning the wholesale waste of taxpayer money, the sweetheart deals given to developers, consultants, law firms and construction companies which are unethical, if not illegal. But Councilman Kenny Tompkins is a literal guy.    Read More

PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!!!

PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!!!

Uncategorized September 22, 2017 at 5:01 am

The Right Side By J Gary DiLaura I listened to our President Trump speak to the UN today and could not be more proud of our president and what he said! He put Iran and North Korea on notice that we WILL annihilate the entire country of N. Korea (interpretedRead More

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