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John Gotti nephew Bill Gotti attacked in Los Angeles; homeless advocate not in ‘family’ business   

John Gotti nephew Bill Gotti attacked in Los Angeles; homeless advocate not in ‘family’ business  

Columns July 1, 2017 at 1:54 am

  By Mike Hudson Bill Gotti Sr. was, and remains, a remarkable man. He never wanted to go into the family business. His brother, legendary mob kingpin John Gotti, and his other siblings, Peter, Richard, Gene and Vincent followed John Gotti into what they call “the life.” Bill went hisRead More

Morinello Urges the Two Sides to Go to Arbitration on Gaming Payments

Morinello Urges the Two Sides to Go to Arbitration on Gaming Payments

News March 23, 2017 at 10:15 pm

By Tony Farina; Assemblyman Angelo Morinello (R. C. – Niagara Falls) is urging the governor and the Seneca Nation of Indians to use the arbitration provision in the gaming compact to come to a “timely resolution” of the latest gaming dispute, triggered by the announcement this week by Seneca officialsRead More

Seneca Nation to Stop Gaming Payments to State

Seneca Nation to Stop Gaming Payments to State

News March 23, 2017 at 2:45 pm

By Tony Farina The long and sometimes bitter gaming war between the State of New York and the Seneca Nation ended in the summer of 2013 with an agreement that started casino revenue-sharing payments flowing again under the gaming compact to the three Western New York cities where the SenecasRead More

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Indictments Expected Next Week in Maziarz Probe

News March 16, 2017 at 8:17 pm

By Tony Farina; A state grand jury sitting in Albany County could return indictments next Thursday (March 23) in the investigation into the Niagara County political operation and campaign war chest run by former Republican State Sen. George Maziarz of Newfane. According to our sources, the State Atty. General’s PubicRead More

No evidence of Roger Stone’s collaboration with Russian spies, hackers or ‘Guccifer 2.0′ – Part #1

No evidence of Roger Stone’s collaboration with Russian spies, hackers or ‘Guccifer 2.0′ – Part #1

News March 14, 2017 at 2:12 am

By Frank Parlato; Media articles published in the last few days are reporting that Trump friend and adviser, Roger Stone has admitted he had a private Twitter exchange with “Guccifer 2.0”, an online entity suspected of being a front for a Russian spy group. Reportedly, Stone is under investigation byRead More

Steve Pigeon with his attorney Paul Cambria.

Democrats line up in various roles as Pigeon trial is set for September

News March 13, 2017 at 1:09 am

The trial of renegade Democrat, G. Steven Pigeon is scheduled to begin Sept. 5. before acting State Supreme Court Justice Donald F. Cerio Jr., a mainstream Democrat. Pigeon was once a mainstream Democrat when he was chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party from 1996-2002. After being ousted, he servedRead More

Cuomo’s fight with feds over I Love New York signs point to other reported successes in state tourism marketing efforts

Cuomo’s fight with feds over I Love New York signs point to other reported successes in state tourism marketing efforts

State and National News March 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm

By Frank Parlato; As we reported previously, 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 stateRead More

Touma Appears Poised to Announce He’s Running

Touma Appears Poised to Announce He’s Running

News March 10, 2017 at 12:29 am

By Tony Farina Three of the five incumbents will have to win re-election this year to continue to serve as members of the Niagara Falls City Council. The three lawmakers who are up this year are Chairman Charles Walker, Kristen Grandinettti, and former Chairman Andrew Touma. Walker, who pleaded guiltyRead More

Connors Wins $3.2 Million Settlement in Orleans County Case

Connors Wins $3.2 Million Settlement in Orleans County Case

News March 10, 2017 at 12:12 am

By Tony Farina A noted Buffalo attorney has won a $3,225,000 settlement, one of the largest ever in Orleans County, for a Town of Shelby man who died in a December, 2013, one-car accident after losing control of his vehicle on flooded South Gravel Rd. before it overturned in aRead More

Maziarz Probe Heating Up

Maziarz Probe Heating Up

News March 9, 2017 at 11:52 pm

By Tony Farina The Niagara Falls Reporter has learned that state grand jury subpoenas issued in the investigation into the campaign account of former State Sen. George Maziarz are returnable next week and witnesses could be called to testify as the investigation picks up steam. Sources say the Public IntegrityRead More

Dux: On backbiters, Bruce Lee, bogus ninjas and fake news

Dux: On backbiters, Bruce Lee, bogus ninjas and fake news

Uncategorized March 7, 2017 at 12:32 am

Frank Dux; Few people are aware of how the late Bruce Lee – although a world famous star of martial arts films – was one of the most controversial and ridiculed martial artists within the martial arts community. Lee likened the criticism to the children’s game of “King of TheRead More

Niagara Falls’ model show how state controlled tourism impacts poverty stricken city
All signs lead to the state park.

Niagara Falls’ model show how state controlled tourism impacts poverty stricken city

News, State and National News March 5, 2017 at 5:56 pm

By Frank Parlato; There is a battle between the US Dept. of Highways and Gov. Cuomo’s NYS Department of Transportation over the state’s right to keep illegal “I Love New York” billboard sized signs along highways in the state. The US Highway Department wants them down since they claim theyRead More

The state signs, which promote state selected tourism, are said to be illegal by US Highway officials.

Although illegal, ‘I Love New York’ billboards promote Cuomo’s socialist dream of state-directed tourism via state phone app

State and National News March 5, 2017 at 4:31 pm

By Frank Parlato; As readers know, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has installed I Love New York billboards along highways in New York State which US Highway officials have declared  “illegal”. The state installed 514 of the “illegal” billboards although some people who didn’t like them illegally took down sevenRead More

Dilaura: Senior FBI agents should interview Obama’s black ops team

Dilaura: Senior FBI agents should interview Obama’s black ops team

Uncategorized March 5, 2017 at 12:07 am

 by J. Gary DiLaura; (A retired FBI Special Agent, Gary DiLaura was legendary in his heyday for personally chasing and collaring bank robbers. He investigated terrorists and government officials for corruption. He writes regularly about issues of national security from his law enforcement perspective. His opinions are his own.) I hopeRead More

Raniere, claiming he invented teleconferencing, is called a liar by Judge Lynn in lawsuit against Microsoft, ATT&T

Raniere, claiming he invented teleconferencing, is called a liar by Judge Lynn in lawsuit against Microsoft, ATT&T

NXIVM March 4, 2017 at 10:10 pm

Keith Raniere may not be a cult leader. He may not or may not have swindled the gullible Clare and Sara Bronfman out of more than $100 million. He may not have led Clare Bronfman to commit perjury repeatedly in different lawsuits. But, according to one US District Judge, KeithRead More

Five investigations so far into Maziarz campaign account

Five investigations so far into Maziarz campaign account

State and National News March 4, 2017 at 9:24 pm

To date there have been five autonomous government investigations into the campaign bank account of former State Senator George Maziarz. The five are: The Moreland Commission, 2014. Gov, Cuomo launched it. It was targeted at state legislators for possible campaign fund improprieties. Moreland noted Maziarz had the largest amount ofRead More

What’s ahead for Big Al Cutaia, convicted child molester of little girl?

What’s ahead for Big Al Cutaia, convicted child molester of little girl?

Uncategorized February 27, 2017 at 2:04 am

Alfonso ‘Big Al’ Cutaia had a sudden change of lifestyle after he was arrested for sexually molesting a 10 year old girl about a year ago. He was biker. His moniker was ‘Thunder. Everyone called him ‘Big Al.” Earlier this month, Judge Matt Murphy sentenced him to 25 years toRead More

Niagara Falls Jokes

Niagara Falls Jokes

Uncategorized February 23, 2017 at 4:53 am

Mayor Dyster was hosting a diversity training session when he heard one of the Hispanic attendees use the word “manana”. Dyster asked him to explain what “manana” meant. He was told that the term means “Maybe the job will be done tomorrow, maybe the next day, maybe the day afterRead More

Niagara County’s ‘Big Al’ Cutaia gets 25 to life for sex assault of child

Niagara County’s ‘Big Al’ Cutaia gets 25 to life for sex assault of child

News February 23, 2017 at 4:49 am

  By Frank Parlato; It will be a long time, maybe never, before Alfonso ‘Big Al’ Cutaia rides again. Formerly of North Tonawanda, Lockport, Pendleton, Wheatfield, Wilson, and, recently Niagara County jail, Big Al, 41, was sentenced to 25 years to life for sexually abusing a child. There was aRead More

Oddsmakers Taking Wagers: Goat Island Lodge a Done Deal for Delaware North

Oddsmakers Taking Wagers: Goat Island Lodge a Done Deal for Delaware North

News February 23, 2017 at 3:26 am

      The Reporter strongly suspects Goat Island is the preferred choice for the lodge and a developer/operator has already been selected by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.   That operator is Delaware North headed up by Gov. Cuomo’s magnificent campaign donor, Jeremy Jacobs. It may be coincidence but Gov. Cuomo’s Lt. Gov.Read More

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