Twin City Ambulance has saved the City of Lockport $1 million per year.

Lockport City Democratic Committee to Field Candidate to Oppose Abbott Over Ambulance Issue

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Twin City Ambulance has saved the City of Lockport $1 million per year.
Twin City Ambulance has saved the City of Lockport $1 million per year.

The Lockport City Democratic Committee says it will part ways with 5th Ward Alderman Rick Abbott, also a Democrat, for opposing restoring to union firefighters the job of providing city ambulance service.

Prior to 2014, the Lockport Fire Department (LPD) provided ambulance service to city residents for 40 years. The city outsources to a private company which has saved taxpayers $1 million per year.

Lockport City Democratic Committee Chairman Roger Sherrie said, “Rick Abbott duped voters in the 5th ward into thinking he was a principled Democrat when he is not. Abbott should be ashamed for deceiving the public into thinking he is more than just a rubber stamp for [Republican Lockport Mayor] Anne McCaffrey.”
Abbott voted with Republicans this week with a “no” vote to a Lockport Common Council resolution which could potentially streamline the return of the ambulance service to the union-run Lockport Fire Department (LFD.)

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New York Is No #1 Again – Highest Taxed State

April 7, 2017 Staff 0

It costs a lot to be a nanny state

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The personal-finance website WalletHub released its 2017 Tax Burden by State report.

New Yorkers will be happy to know they pay their fair share – and some of everyone else’s share too.

WalletHub’s analysts compared 50 states based on three components of state tax burden — property taxes, individual income taxes, and sales and excise taxes — as a share of total personal income. New York – with its Democrat rule – beat out the competition and is proud to announce it forces its residents to pay the most of any residents in any state.
States with Highest Tax Burdens (%) States with Lowest Tax Burdens (%)
1 New York (12.94%) 41 Montana (7.51%)
2 Hawaii (11.27%) 42 Wyoming (7.29%)
3 Vermont (10.75%) 43 Alabama (7.19%)
4 Maine (10.73%) 44 South Dakota (7.12%)
5 Minnesota (10.24%) 45 Florida (6.79%)
6 Connecticut (10.23%) 46 New Hampshire (6.70%)
7 New Jersey (10.14%) 47 Oklahoma (6.61%)
8 Rhode Island (10.09%) 48 Tennessee (6.45%)
9 Illinois (10.00%) 49 Alaska (6.27%)
10 California (9.52%) 50 Delaware (5.59%)

downloadKey Stats

  • Red states have a lower overall tax burden, with an average rank of 30.27, than Blue states, which have an average rank of 18.30 (lower rank = higher tax burden).
  • New Hampshire has the highest property tax as a share of personal income, 5.33 percent, which is 3.9 times higher than in Oklahoma, the state with the lowest at 1.38 percent.
  • New York has the highest individual income taxes as a share of personal income, 4.76 percent, whereas Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming do not levy such a tax on their residents.
  • Hawaii has the highest total sales and excise tax as a share of personal income, 6.52 percent, which is 5.7 times higher than in Oregon, the state with the lowest at 1.14 percent.

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Roscetti Fundraiser a Success

April 7, 2017 Staff 0
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Andrew Feldman and Matthew Feldman of the law firm Feldman Kieffer LLP, were the hosts Thursday night at a fundraiser in support of attorney Alan Roscetti, a candidate for Niagara Falls city court judge.  Also on hand was Alan’s father, prominent Niagara Falls attorney Jim Roscetti who is also the chairman of the board of Memorial Medical Center.  The event attracted a strong turnout from the legal community and was held at the Big Ditch Brewing Company in Buffalo.

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Thousands of U.S. Cities Have Worse Lead Problems Than Flint

April 6, 2017 Staff 0

By Randy Palladino;

It’s been almost three years since the water crisis in Flint, Michigan first hit the news and brought renewed attention to this country’s lead problem. But as bad as the situation in Flint continues to be, new data from state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that thousands of areas in the U.S. have even worse lead problems. Children in almost 3,000 U.S. neighborhoods show lead poisoning rates at least twice as high as those measured during the peak of Flint’s lead crisis. More than 1,100 of these communities had rates at least four times higher.

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Part 3: STILL No evidence of Roger Stone’s collaboration with Russia

April 1, 2017 Staff 0

Should Americans Trust the Intelligence Community on Russian Hacking?

By Frank Parlato

The US Intelligence Community has concluded with ‘high confidence’ that hacks which led to leaks of emails of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton Campaign Manager John Podesta were orchestrated by the Russian government.

In analytics, “high confidence” is defined as an assessment deemed very likely to be true yet carries with it the possibility of being in error.

For instance, in 2002, the US Intelligence Community concluded with “high confidence” that Iraq was “expanding its chemical, biological, nuclear and missile programs.” After lives were lost, taxpayer money spent, a nation destabilized, and American multinational corporations enriched, it was found to be false.

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Martial arts legend Frank Dux’s so-called ‘non-existent’ teacher Senzo Tanaka’s death, travel records found

March 15, 2017 Staff 0

By Frank Parlato;

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For nearly 30 years critics have disputed martial arts legend, Frank W. Dux’s claim that he was taught as a boy by an elderly and mysterious Japanese martial arts master named Senzo ‘Tiger’ Tanaka.

An 1988 LA Times story – which came out shortly after the movie Bloodsport became a surprise hit in theaters – all but called Dux a liar, claiming the only known Senzo ‘Tiger’ Tanaka they or their martial arts expert sources could find was a character of the same name in Ian Fleming’s novel “You Only Live Twice.”

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Source Says Maziarz Never Had Debit Card; But Staffers Did

March 2, 2017 Staff 0
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The New York State Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity Bureau is said to be looking into expenditures from the account of former State Senator George Maziarz after his campaign treasurer, Laureen M. Jacobs, filed an amended financial disclosure report with the New York State Board of Elections on Feb. 6.

Last September, the Committee to Elect Maziarz State Senate filed a petition in New York State Supreme Court against Jacobs, demanding she file reports explaining more than $209,000 in undocumented expenditures and account for a shortfall of $120,566 in the fund.

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Airport Taxi Service Publishes Letter to NYS Assembly on Uber Challenge

March 2, 2017 Staff 1

From the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Buffalo, New York, Gerald Chiarmonte, Vice President ITA of Airport Taxi Service has released to Artvoice a letter sent to New York State Assembly members.

Airport Taxi voiced its concerns about proposed legislation that regulates the taxi industry while allowing ride sharing companies, essentially providing the same service, to escape the same requirements through loopholes, which create an unfair playing field.

The letter in full:

AIRPORT TAXI SERVICE

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GOP State Senators Unveil Legislation to Repeal SAFE Act everywhere but NYC

March 2, 2017 Staff 0
gun3 While it is not likely to pass, it’s the thought that counts. NY State Senators Rob Ortt (R,C,I-North Tonawanda) and Jim Seward (R,C,I,Ref-Oneonta) joined Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,C,I,Ref-Newport) and other lawmakers and gun rights advocates to unveil legislation to repeal elements of the NY SAFE Act throughout the state except for the five boroughs of New York City. Lawmakers are calling on both houses of the state legislature to reform several measures of the gun control law Upstate and on Long Island.

The comments from the legislators are instructive about how a lot of people upstate feel about the SAFE Act and the control New York City has over the lives of people downstate.

Senator Ortt said, “New York City plays by its own rules on so many issues. It has its own regulations when it comes to ride-sharing services and minimum wage increases, so it only makes sense to let New York City progressives keep the SAFE Act and reform the law everywhere else. The divide in our state is clear and since the un-SAFE Act was signed into law, that divide has only deepened. Its sweeping overreach turned yesterday’s law-abiding citizens and sportsmen into today’s criminals. Separating gun regulations between New York City and the rest of the state will help to relieve the unnecessary burden placed on gun owners and begin to bridge the divide.” 

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Behold the Niagara Lodge (on right). Described as having "breathtaking views of the Falls and State Park" can only mean that the new hotel is slated for Goat Island, not DeVeaux, Whirlpool or Devil's Hole State Parks.

Cuomo’s State Park “Lodge” a Mockery of Olmsted plan

March 2, 2017 Staff 2

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial proposed “lodge” on Goat Island in the Niagara Falls State Park has been scaled up in size, according to design sketches posted by USA Niagara this week.

USA Niagara is a subsidiary of Empire State Development, the state development agency charged with “encouraging growth and renewal of the tourism industry in the City of Niagara Falls,” according to its mission statement.

According to www.niagaraexperiencecenter.org, a website maintained by USA Niagara, and updated recently with this new information, “The lodge will feature three stories of guest accommodations, 250 rooms in total, with a wraparound veranda offering breathtaking views of the Falls and State Park… Additional features of the lodge include an elegant main dining hall, smaller private dining rooms and a family health spa with a swimming pool and ‘green roof.”

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