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Council Clashes Over Water Board Resolution, Secretary Hire, Salary Reductions, and More

Council Clashes Over Water Board Resolution, Secretary Hire, Salary Reductions, and More

Niagara Falls, Local News January 18, 2018 at 11:24 am

  Solidarity amongst the entire Niagara Falls City Council was in short supply Wednesday. The closest the council came to unity on a substantive issue was the hiring of its new assistant.   Only Councilman Tompkins voted against offering the secretarial position to Mark Diodate, who had worked at aRead More

Tompkins: What I propose this coming year

Tompkins: What I propose this coming year

Niagara Falls January 12, 2018 at 5:20 am

Councilman Kenny Tompkins As the calendar turned to a new year, we watched as Councilmembers Chris Voccio and Bill Kennedy were sworn in for their inaugural terms. As with all new beginnings, there is a sense of hope. Here are some ideas I am hopeful of implementing this year: ·      ThereRead More

The Two Faces of Ezra: Button-down Ezra (above) by day, Wildman Ezra (below) cavorts to "Phuck Cancer.

Chairman charade: Touma becomes Chairman as Scott bows out

Niagara Falls January 12, 2018 at 5:18 am

By Nicholas D. D’Angelo Managing Editor As friends, family, and elected officials walked into the City Council chambers on New Year’s Day awaiting the swearing-in ceremony for Bill Kennedy, Chris Voccio, Andy Touma, Owen Steed, Mark Grozio, and Dennis Virtuoso to begin, those who frequently attend council meetings noticed somethingRead More

Kristen M. Grandinetti

Former Councilwoman Grandinetti Appointed to Housing Authority

Community News January 12, 2018 at 5:16 am

The Niagara Falls Housing Authority gained a new member at Tuesday night’s meeting adding former Niagara Falls City Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti, who was appointed to the position by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster to its Board of Commissioners. Ms. Grandinetti is the seventh member of the Board, joined by AliciaRead More

Rob Depaolo, who works in the city's inspection department, addressed the board about issues regarding the city's dog population. The official number of registered dogs is 2,209, which seems low to city officials. Council President Eric Zadzilka suggested a dog census as a first step to addressing and possibly re-vamping some of the city's dog laws.

Dog Census proposed for North Tonawanda

Niagara Falls January 12, 2018 at 5:14 am

North Tonawanda council looking at dog census, higher registration fees By Joseph Kissel A census for dogs? North Tonawanda Common Council President Eric Zadzilka said on Tuesday he’d like to see a dog census take place as a first step to getting a handle on any toothy canine issues inRead More

YOUNG REPUBLICANS GROUP FORMING

YOUNG REPUBLICANS GROUP FORMING

Niagara County January 12, 2018 at 5:07 am

Niagara Falls, NY – Niagara Falls Young Republicans, a new group for people 18-40 who believe in Republican principles of limited government, free enterprise and individual responsibility, is starting a local chapter. Their first meeting will be a pizza party to be held on Tuesday, January 30th, at 5:30 pmRead More

IT’S CALLED “HARDBALL”

IT’S CALLED “HARDBALL”

Opinion January 12, 2018 at 5:04 am

The Right Side By J Gary DiLaura Call me a “Grinch” if you want, but what a few top executives at the FBI did was to commit multiple crimes including but not limited to obstruction of justice, interfering in a federal election, conspiring to commit both, possibly conspiring to fabricateRead More

Niagara Falls Jokes

Niagara Falls Jokes

Uncategorized January 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

Niagara Falls School Board president Nick Vilardo was the sole “No” vote last month on bringing sex ed to Niagara Falls High School, which has nearly the highest rates of teen pregnancy and venereal disease in the entire state. When asked about it, President Vilardo said it wasn’t so muchRead 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

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

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

AN EDUCATED GUESS… I PREDICT…

AN EDUCATED GUESS… I PREDICT…

Opinion 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

Print Edition – Dec 8, 2017

Print Edition – Dec 8, 2017

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Clare Bronfman in Mexico, seen in San Pedro near Raniere

Clare Bronfman in Mexico, seen in San Pedro near Raniere

NXIVM December 9, 2017 at 12:17 am

Clare Bronfman was seen on the streets of San Pedro Garza Garcia, the wealthiest municipality in all of Mexico and part of greater Monterrey. Keith Raniere was reported to be living in that affluent community. Ms. Bronfman was positively identified in several locations. The Monterrey ESP Center is also inRead More

County residents say ‘no’ to proposed legislature pay increase

County residents say ‘no’ to proposed legislature pay increase

Niagara County December 8, 2017 at 5:52 am

By Joseph Kissel Other than Town of Lockport Supervisor Mark Crocker, all the speakers at Tuesday’s public hearing on the county’s proposed budget shot down the idea of raises for legislators. Mr. Crocker and legislators in favor of the 28 percent raise said it was time after 18 years ofRead More

Baby Shawn is a Niagara Falls resident who's the longest surviving patient of a rare childhood brain cancer. Here, Bill Kennedy appears with Baby Shawn just before the fundraising walk that took place around Three Sisters Island.

Political outsider Kennedy is a question mark until the next votes come in

Niagara Falls December 8, 2017 at 5:34 am

By Joseph Kissel What is it about incoming councilman Bill Kennedy that makes him such a compelling figure as the city begins looking past three terms of Mayor Paul Dyster? First off, his election was a surprise and a resounding success, emerging from a crowded Democratic primary field though old-fashionedRead More

Chris Voccio at the primary candidates forum hosted by the Niagara Community Forum at the Niagara Falls Public Library.

Small-government libertarian Chris Voccio sets his sights on city budget

Niagara Falls December 8, 2017 at 5:32 am

By Joseph Kissel “I’m not the axman everyone thinks I am,” said incoming Falls councilman Chris Voccio. The now-retired newspaper publisher arrived here in 2014 to turn around The Niagara Gazette (after many similar assignments in other parts of the county) and reducing expenses considerably. “Even when you think youRead More

Wishing well for Kristen Grandinetti as she leaves behind council, few accomplishments

Wishing well for Kristen Grandinetti as she leaves behind council, few accomplishments

Niagara Falls December 8, 2017 at 5:30 am

By Joseph Kissel Kristen Grandinetti never made it easy to like or admire her as a Niagara Falls city councillor. Although she does ask relevant questions from time to time during discussions and presentations, even more so she manages to alienate nearly everyone with her disrespectful and seemingly incessant smartphoneRead More

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