Articles by: James Hufnagel

Perhaps the instruction should read, "Just fill in three circles." Many voters, apparently, were confused by the task at hand, and poll workers stand accused of ulterior motives in helping them.

Were Polls infiltrated, Election process subverted by Democrats to aid Grandinetti?

Niagara Falls November 10, 2017 at 7:23 pm

The Reporter has it on good information that all may not have been “on the up and up” with regards to election day here in the city of Niagara Falls. “I hope the Board of Elections is looking into this,” posted Niagara Falls Police officer and Air Force Reserve TechnicalRead More

Jeremy M. Jacobs, Sr.

Delaware North’s enormous windfall profits from Niagara Falls State Park accrue to Buffalo Billionaire Jeremy Jacobs’ fortune

State and National News November 3, 2017 at 6:50 am

Nearly two decades into their state contract to provide food service and other amenities in the Niagara Falls State Park, we have obtained hard numbers as to how much money the multinational fast food conglomerate Delaware North Companies reaps from their operations in the world famous tourist destination. And toRead More

Mike Hudson deeply missed by Reporter staff

Mike Hudson deeply missed by Reporter staff

Niagara Falls November 3, 2017 at 6:44 am

A profound sadness descended on all of us on the Reporter staff over the weekend on news of Mike Hudson’s passing. Mike was a guy much loved by everyone who knew him, even if mostly through his music, or his writing. It is here, in the newspaper that Mike founded,Read More

Hoyt resigns in disgrace

Hoyt resigns in disgrace

State and National News November 3, 2017 at 6:30 am

ESD President no friend to Niagara Falls The resignation this week of Empire State Development Regional President Sam Hoyt resonated with this writer, who has crossed paths with Mr. Hoyt several times over the years, certainly more often than the average Niagara County resident. Overwhelmingly the encounters were negative, predictiveRead More

Local school zone speed limits arbitrary, make little sense

Local school zone speed limits arbitrary, make little sense

Niagara County November 3, 2017 at 5:12 am

The speed limit on Mapleton Road in front of the sprawling Starpoint Central School campus in the town of Pendleton has been lowered to 40 mph, and some have questioned the reasonableness of the adjustment. Previously 45 mph on the long, straight stretch of road, with no intersections in theRead More

Residents on new Upper Mountain Road housing development: “Not Now, No Way!”

Residents on new Upper Mountain Road housing development: “Not Now, No Way!”

Niagara County October 27, 2017 at 5:20 am

Is local government stalling, wearing down citizen opposition? The debate over a new, high-density housing subdivision proposed for the town of Lewiston seems to be winding down, as only a handful of citizens attending the Lewiston Town Board meeting Monday evening voiced opposition to the new construction. For the thirdRead More

Congratulations... You're hired! This way to your corner office on the top floor!

Gov. Cuomo’s jobs “Strikeforce” invades Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls October 20, 2017 at 5:40 am

Declares Victory, then retreats back to Albany “Niagara Falls Unemployment Rate highest in New York State” blared the headline for our lead story on August 13 of this year. As we reported, the Niagara Falls unemployment figure for June, 2017 was an appalling 7.7%, by far the highest of anyRead More

Cuomo jokes about Niagara Falls’ loss of casino funds

Cuomo jokes about Niagara Falls’ loss of casino funds

Niagara Falls October 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

Governor turns his back on World-Famous Tourist city “This agreement is a win-win-win; a win for the local governments of Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and Salamanca, a win for the Seneca Nation whose exclusivity will be honored, and a win for all New Yorkers with hundreds of millions of dollars comingRead More

24 Below is the latest Third Street business to be shuttered.

Another Third Street business closes its doors

Niagara Falls October 13, 2017 at 5:36 am

USA Niagara, City wasted millions on Tourism Pipedream Niagara Falls’ “Tourist District” just received another blow with the closing of Third Street’s 24 Below Art Gallery and Cafe’ last week. Described by an Oct. 2016 article in the Niagara Gazette as a “haven for local artists,” the gallery actually doubledRead More

Hillary Clinton campaigns for Andrew Cuomo in 2006. Friends now, but will she run for president again, this time against her lifelong political ally Andrew Cuomo?

Breaking News: Gov. Cuomo rumored not to seek re-election

State and National News October 6, 2017 at 5:52 am

Will concentrate on bid for White House instead In stunning news that is certain to rock the New York State and even national political scenes, the Reporter has it on good information that, should he be subject to a serious primary challenge in 2018, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will decline toRead More

Mayor Dyster doesn't look too happy presenting his 2018 proposed budget at Niagara Falls City Hall, which raises taxes on residents and businesses.

Big Tax Increase in Dyster’s 2018 Budget not enough to offset loss of Casino Revenue

Niagara Falls October 6, 2017 at 5:40 am

While the national and state economies have enjoyed a reasonably robust recovery in the years following the housing meltdown and great recession, the financial condition of the city of Niagara Falls has steadily deteriorated over the decade Mayor Dyster has been in office, and there’s no mystery why. Rock concerts,Read More

Flat stone pavers from Three Sisters Island

NYS Attorney General declines to investigate Niagara Falls State Park bidding scandal

Niagara Falls October 6, 2017 at 5:26 am

“Corruption is a serious crime. We will always enforce one set of rules for everyone — even if they walk the halls of political power.” So stated New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman in an Aug. 10 post on his Facebook page. Yes, believe it or not, Mr.Read 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

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

"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

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

Mayor Dyster (L) and Councilmembers Grandinetti and Touma (R) at a fundraiser four years ago. Will the Dyster majority, which also includes the soon-departing Charles Walker and disappointing 1st draft choice Ezra Scott, Jr. still be intact after Election Day, 2017?

Mayor Dyster, Council Majority to Approve Raises for City Workers next week Despite Bad Audit, Credit Downgrade, Vanishing Casino Funds

Niagara Falls September 15, 2017 at 5:52 am

The city of Niagara Falls is living on borrowed time, financially speaking. The unrestricted fund balance (aka reserve fund) is projected to sink to zero by the end of this year, and according to a draft audit released in August by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office and first made publicRead More

Bringing the City to the Country: The Problem is Density with Bri Estates

Bringing the City to the Country: The Problem is Density with Bri Estates

Niagara County September 15, 2017 at 5:50 am

Opposition to a proposed new housing development in the Town of Niagara is gaining momentum, as more information becomes available to residents of the Colonial Drive and Miller Road neighborhoods which will adjoin the subdivision, should it be built. The local office of Yonkers, NY-based Double C Realty Inc. hasRead More

"The City’s adopted general fund budget for 2017 was approximately $93 million." With casino revenue going away, it's about to hit the fan, and we don't mean this pie.

Mayor Dyster, do-nothing Council to thank for City of Niagara Falls’ Looming Fiscal Nightmare

Niagara Falls September 1, 2017 at 5:32 am

It hit us right between the eyes the instant we pulled it up on the computer. The as yet-unreleased New York State Comptroller’s draft audit, or “Report of Examination – City of Niagara Falls Financial Condition” for the period from January, 2015 to late June of this year, admonishes atRead More

Did Mayor Dyster’s “Friends and Family” policy cause Sewage Spill?

Did Mayor Dyster’s “Friends and Family” policy cause Sewage Spill?

Niagara Falls August 18, 2017 at 5:26 am

When Paul Dyster ran for the office of mayor of the city of Niagara Falls back in 2007, he promised an end to the traditional “friends and family” approach to running government. Over the succeeding years of his tenure at City Hall, however, it’s become clear that the campaign rhetoricRead More

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