Articles by: James Hufnagel

Three Sisters Islands was fenced and paved with expensive granite as part of the Niagara Falls State Park “Landscape Improvements” plan. Now it must be closed for several months of the year because people kept slipping and falling on the slippery stone.

Pavers in Niagara State Park an Ongoing Scandal Overpriced Granite a Taxpayer Rip-off

Niagara Falls March 24, 2016 at 5:54 am

Two years ago this month, Reporter publisher Frank Parlato exposed in these pages what appeared to be a blatant case of bid-rigging perpetrated by the Saratoga Springs, NY-based LA Group, a landscape architecture firm chosen by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to implement portionsRead More

Campaign Contributions, Connections, Cronyism Drive State Parks Construction Frenzy

Campaign Contributions, Connections, Cronyism Drive State Parks Construction Frenzy

State and National News March 16, 2016 at 8:38 pm

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s overarching “NY Parks 2020: A 7-Point Vision for Transforming NYS Parks” plan purports to “renew the stewardship of our state parks system” by “modernizing and bringing state parks to 21st century standards.” We’ve taken a closer look at NY Parks 2020, and found it to have lessRead More

Robert Moses to be renamed “Niagara Scenic Parkway”; Why not just remove it?

Robert Moses to be renamed “Niagara Scenic Parkway”; Why not just remove it?

Columns, Community News March 9, 2016 at 10:11 pm

Strike up the band, join the parade, wave the flag and pop the bag. The politicians are renaming the Robert Moses Parkway, to the Niagara Scenic Parkway. Please curb your enthusiasm.   Especially since, instead of renaming it, they should be getting rid of it!   Urging congress to pass ObamacareRead More

Great White Hunter Opens Sandwich Shop On Elmwood

Great White Hunter Opens Sandwich Shop On Elmwood

Erie County March 9, 2016 at 9:33 pm

Some of the menu items at the recently-opened Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches on Elmwood Avenue may lend a whole new meaning to the term “bagging” lunch. That’s because Jimmy John’s owner, James John Liautaud, is an avid big game hunter who loves to travel to places like Africa, seek outRead More

Delaware North Loses Yosemite Contract  Can Niagara Falls State Park Be Next?

Delaware North Loses Yosemite Contract  Can Niagara Falls State Park Be Next?

Niagara Falls March 3, 2016 at 9:13 pm

  News of potential import to the city of Niagara Falls broke late last year when details of an epic legal showdown at Yosemite National Park became public. Subsequent to losing a $2 billion, 15-year contract extension for hospitality (food, hotel) services to competitor Aramark at Yosemite, Buffalo-based Delaware NorthRead More

Delaware North Loses Yosemite Contract

Delaware North Loses Yosemite Contract

Niagara Falls March 2, 2016 at 10:30 pm

Can Niagara Falls State Park be next? News of potential import to the city of Niagara Falls broke late last year when details of an epic legal showdown at Yosemite National Park became public. Subsequent to losing a $2 billion, 15-year contract extension for hospitality (food, hotel) services to competitorRead More

State Parks Plan to Rebuild Bridges to Goat Island; say they will follow environmental regulations [for a change]

State Parks Plan to Rebuild Bridges to Goat Island; say they will follow environmental regulations [for a change]

Niagara Falls, State and National News February 24, 2016 at 10:18 pm

An October, 2015 Design Report/Environmental Assessment document jointly issued by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and the New York State Dept. of Transportation (NYSDOT) outlines the steps the two agencies will take to obtain the myriad regulatory approvals necessary to move forward with the construction of twoRead More

Cuomo losing interest in City of Niagara Falls? Projects stalled,Progress at a Standstill

Cuomo losing interest in City of Niagara Falls? Projects stalled,Progress at a Standstill

Niagara Falls, State and National News February 17, 2016 at 11:39 pm

  Over the past two years Governor Andrew Cuomo has promised tens of millions of dollars of economic aid for the city of Niagara Falls. So far, the city has received none of it. Not only that, but after having been a regular visitor here, it now appears the governor is distancingRead More

Niagara Greenway to Fund Sanborn Parking Lot

Niagara Greenway to Fund Sanborn Parking Lot

Niagara County February 11, 2016 at 2:19 am

The dark and disturbing novel “1984” introduced into everyday language such terms as “Big Brother” and “Orwellian” (after the author, George Orwell). In the book, an all-seeing, all-knowing totalitarian government controls its citizens through various bureaucracies such as the Ministry of Truth (in charge of propaganda and censorship), the Ministry of PeaceRead More

Complaints about Goat Island parking mount; Resentment of State Agency builds among local residents

Complaints about Goat Island parking mount; Resentment of State Agency builds among local residents

Niagara County February 3, 2016 at 11:36 pm

It’s the tourist off-season, and that means the restrooms at Devil’s Hole and Whirlpool State Parks are closed, Three Sisters Islands have been gated off and, as we reported to you last week, parking discounts for seniors in the Niagara Falls State Park are not in effect.   Our storyRead More

New Automated Parking System on Goat Island Stiffs Senior Citizens

New Automated Parking System on Goat Island Stiffs Senior Citizens

Niagara Falls, Niagara County, News January 27, 2016 at 9:51 pm

Whether exposing the crooked Glynn Maid of the Mist monopoly, criticizing the Niagara Falls State Park “Landscape Improvements” plan which ruined Three Sisters Islands, sounding the alarm on the Parks Police barracks which was slated for the edge of the scenic Niagara Gorge, rallying the public against the demolition of the 1864Read More

Rally at Wheatfield Town Hall in Opposition to National Fuel Expansion

Niagara County December 18, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Last evening over fifty residents turned out for a rally at Wheatfield Town Hall to protest the installation of a natural gas dehydrator off Liberty Drive in the town. The proposed facility is to augment a National Fuel pipeline currently being built to transport fracked natural gas from the drillingRead More

Dyster, City Council pleased with “Public Art”                   Especially when it’s at “Public Expense”

Dyster, City Council pleased with “Public Art”                   Especially when it’s at “Public Expense”

Uncategorized January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am

One-time Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill had a favorite saying when he had to accede anything of legislative significance to the Reagan administration, which was not infrequently, given the political skills of “the Gipper”.   “You know,” O’Neill would say, “the Irish gave the Scottish the bagpipes as a joke,Read More

Hufnagel designs Dyster popularity graph; shows lack of support among constituents

Hufnagel designs Dyster popularity graph; shows lack of support among constituents

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

After a landslide victory over Candra Thomason in 2007, Mayor Dyster’s performance in general elections has gone south. This is probably due to the persistent poverty and crime, vacant storefronts on the city’s thoroughfares, slavish devotion to big money Albany and Buffalo interests and his tendency to characterize political opponentsRead More

Goat Island becoming one big Parking lot 

Goat Island becoming one big Parking lot 

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Goat Island becoming one big Parking lot             Local politicians fiddle as City further deteriorates   While 20http://southbuffalonews.com5 was a tough year for the newspaper business, the Niagara Falls Reporter came through with flying colors.   Bucking the trend, it was a banner year forRead More

Shocking Cuomo press release reveals real Rationale for Robert Moses Parkway Upgrade

Shocking Cuomo press release reveals real Rationale for Robert Moses Parkway Upgrade

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

It couldn’t have been made any clearer had it been posted on billboards, shouted from rooftops or written in skywriting.   If there was ever the shadow of a doubt in your mind that the south Robert Moses Parkway reconstruction was intended to do anything other than convey tourists past theRead More

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