Archive for December 22nd, 2017

Exclusive: Bronfman reached out to ‘Crisis’ PR as well as lobbyists,

Exclusive: Bronfman reached out to ‘Crisis’ PR as well as lobbyists,

Uncategorized December 22, 2017 at 10:23 pm

By Frank Parlato; The New York Times reported yesterday, in connection to their damning report on Keith Raniere, “Federal Officials Reportedly Investigating Group here Women were Branded”,  that ‘In recent months, Nxivm has … attempted to hire lobbyists in Albany to represent it before politicians and regulators”. Frank Report has also learnedRead More

The Niagara Falls Water Board was significantly revamped at the top levels earlier this year, with the influential Nick Forster serving as common council representative. Forster says many of the problems the city is grappling with were ignored by the previous regimes. Photo by Joseph Kissel.

STORIES OF THE YEAR: Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:58 am

Tough year for Niagara Falls with water board, casino cash woes By Joe Kissel It’s not surprising that Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently snubbed Niagara Falls and rebuked calls for emergency state aid when that very same entity is contributing to this city’s downward spiral to a control board. Which means Niagara FallsRead More

Independence Party candidate Austin Tylec won an impressive victory in Niagara County, upsetting former Niagara county Manager Jeffrey Glatz and gaining a seat on N.T.'s monolithic common council. Photo by Joe Kissel.

Single-party Governance meets varying fates across Niagara County

Niagara County December 22, 2017 at 5:56 am

Legislature rewards itself with raises after election By Joe Kissel Single-party governance — which is never in the best interests of the people — is part of why Niagara Falls currently finds itself between a rock and a hard place. With the election of libertarian and registered Republican Chris VoccioRead More

An avid runner, Mr. Touma (right) enjoys 5k races. Unfortunately, this year's Boys & Girls Club race was cancelled due to lack of interest, while the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association's 5k race was scrapped last year. Maybe if Councilman Touma didn't vote to raise taxes, and waste money on Dyster's silly projects all the time, the city wouldn't be in such desperate straits.

Did Touma endorsement compromise Conservative Party ideals, and vice versa?

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:54 am

New York is one of only eight states that perpetuates the antiquated system of “electoral fusion,” an arrangement by which two or more political parties cross endorse a candidate, and of those eight states, it’s only commonly practiced here. As a result, several peculiarities that are unique to our electionsRead More

Council Chair Andrew Touma is "on board" with the Voccio resolution.

Community leaders talk about “changing the culture” but what does it mean and to whom?

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:50 am

By Joseph Kissel When the recently built $43 million train station provided lucrative employment for mostly out-of-city workers, residents from surrounding neighborhoods quickly noticed nobody from their community was employed at the site. “It’s a hard process and the biggest problem we have is to change the culture,” said outgoingRead More

Risky Sanabria, president of Local 714 Firefighters

Poison Pen letter is sneaky, vicious attack on Niagara Falls Firefighters

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:44 am

“You know there was a time when public servants really did care about the public they served,” the unsigned screed that arrived in the mail this week said, “Well I guess as the song says: ‘Those times they are a changin’.” “TAKE A LOOK AT THIS EXCERPT FROM A LETTERRead More

The stench plaguing Military Road and area residents is coming from more than just the landfill and it's importation of gympsum drywall, which generates noxious hydrogen sulfide. Photo by Joseph Kissel.

Stench from Allied landfill getting worse, impacting businesses on Military Road

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:40 am

By Joseph Kissel How bad does it have to get before the DEC steps in? For two years, the stench emanating from the Allied Landfill has been getting steadily worse. So much so, this summer tourists were seen retching by the side of the road as they hit the vileRead More

The $650,000 "Untroubled Waters" has generated backlash from residents but only time will tell how history and tourists will judge it. Photo by Joseph Kissel.

Falls, County react harshly to new “American” outdoor art installation, price tag

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:28 am

By Joseph Kissel It’s been a rough debut for artist Jeff Laramore’s “Untroubled Waters” in downtown Niagara Falls’ Centennial Circle. Hundreds of residents have commented through social media on the $619,000 final price tag as well as the interpretive nature of the piece, which is to commemorate the obscure BoundaryRead More

Another Laramore piece, this one in Indianapolis, also unencumbered by ugly traffic signs.

Reporter critical of Mayor Dyster’s “public art” from the start

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:24 am

There’s a saying that well sums up public opinion here in Niagara Falls with regards to the new Boundary Waters “public art” sculpture that was installed at the Rainbow Blvd. traffic circle last week – “Americans don’t act, they react.” “How could this happen?” people are now demanding of eachRead More

"Untroubled Waters" in its present location at Centennial Circle

New Statue Far From a Winner

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:20 am

“We need to look forward, not backward,” said Councilman-elect Chris Voccio in offering his restrained view of the nearly $620,000 metallic artwork now sitting 30 feet high—inside and somewhat blocked from view by a ring of traffic signs—at Centennial Circle.        The new artwork has ruffled some feathers given theRead More

AN EDUCATED GUESS… I PREDICT…

AN EDUCATED GUESS… I PREDICT…

Uncategorized December 22, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Right Side By J Gary DiLaura Without any direct information regarding any of what I am about to say, relying on my experience and gut feelings about several things, this is all my personal opinion. Regarding the Hillary investigation, I believe that the FBI under James Comey was theRead More

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