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National Fuel: New York Consumers To Get Rate Increase While Pennsylvanians Get Decrease

May 5, 2016 Staff 0
by James Hufnagel

National Fuel supplies natural gas to over 730,000 residential and corporate customers throughout Western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. The Williamsville, NY-based oil and gas concern is vertically integrated across five business divisions: Exploration & Production, Pipeline & Storage, Gathering, Utility, and Energy Marketing, all operating largely within the Buffalo metropolitan area.

National Fuel filed a request late last week with the New York State Public Service Commission to increase utility base rates for New York customers. If approved, it will result in a 7.2% increase in delivery rates, an additional $5.75 a month on a typical gas bill, from approximately $80 to $85.75.

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Senecas Say Damn The Torpedoes To Local Businesses, Full Speed Ahead!

May 5, 2016 Staff 1
by Mike Hudson

They said it couldn’t be done. Or, rather, they said it wouldn’t be done. When leaders of the Seneca Nation of Indians were gifted with 50 acres of prime real estate in the city’s tourist district, along with the multimillion dollar convention center for use as a casino that opened in 2002, they swore up and down that a tax free gas station and smoke shop just wasn’t in the cards.

For some odd reason, we here at the Niagara Falls Reporter didn’t believe them.

Late last month, the Senecas broke ground for their new gas station and smoke shop, on Niagara Street very near the site of the old Pizza Hut restaurant that was put out of business when the state gave the Seneca Nation the land.

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This egregiously politically incorrect cartoon was published back in 2006 to demonstrate the inequities of the Seneca compact with New York State which punished Niagara Falls as it enriches Albany and the Seneca by allowing a group of people by race to operate tax free while dumb Americans who live in Niagara Falls pay the highest taxes in the highest taxed state in America! Where are our elected leaders in opposing this?
This egregiously politically incorrect cartoon was published back in 2006 to demonstrate the inequities of the Seneca compact with New York State which punished Niagara Falls as it enriches Albany and the Seneca by allowing a group of people by race to operate tax free while dumb Americans who live in Niagara Falls pay the highest taxes in the highest taxed state in America! Where are our elected leaders in opposing this?

Seneca Smoke Shop, Gas Station To Open In June – Is Mall Far Behind?

May 5, 2016 Staff 1
by Mike Hudson

Back at the dawn of the new century, the Niagara Falls Reporter was a lone voice in the wilderness, daring to ask the question others dodged.

Would a gas station and smoke shop operation be part of the Seneca Nation’s master plan for the development of the 50 acre parcel of prime real estate they were gifted in the heart of the city’s tourist district?

The answer, from everyone who pretended to know, was a resounding no. Cyrus Schindler, then Seneca president, acted as though he was insulted by the very thought, given that he was presiding over the opening of a casino that would take in $1 million a day.

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“I think it’s a perfect move for the State Park, that it stayed in the state park and is moving to this location.” - John Percy, President and CEO of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., last week.
“I think it’s a perfect move for the State Park, that it stayed in the state park and is moving to this location.” - John Percy, President and CEO of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., last week.

Nikola Tesla sculpture to Remain in State Park

May 5, 2016 Staff 1
by James Hufnagel

Even though the Niagara Falls City Council, the Niagara County Legislature and the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area board all passed unanimous resolutions requesting that the famous sculpture of inventor Nikola Tesla be gifted to the city of Niagara Falls and installed at a place of honor in the city, the actual location of his accomplishments, State Parks last week announced that work has begun to relocate the statue to Stedman’s Bluff, at the brink of the falls, in the Niagara Falls State Park.

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Guys you can trust. Lou with his long time helper Paul will come to your house and handle any repair.
Guys you can trust. Lou with his long time helper Paul will come to your house and handle any repair.

‘I Doubled my Business Through the Reporter’ Lou Avino Isn’t all About Gutters 40-year Falls Legend Keeping On

May 5, 2016 Staff 0
by Mike Hudson

Get your mind out of the gutter!

When people in Niagara Falls think of Lou Avino, they think of gutters. For more than 40 years Lou’s been climbing the ladder of success onto the rooftops of Cataract City homes, cleaning the gutters befouled by the leaves dropped by the city’s majestic maple, oak and fruit trees. “Regular gutter cleaning prevents wood rot, water damage, fungus, mold, bacteria, nesting roaches and insects and sagging and detached gutter. Clean your gutters regularly and prevent damage and save your dollars.” says Avino.

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Bad Blood? New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman tangled with Steve Pigeon on the political front when Schneiderman was a state senator.
Bad Blood? New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman tangled with Steve Pigeon on the political front when Schneiderman was a state senator.

Special Grand Jury to Be Impaneled in Pigeon Case

May 5, 2016 Staff 1
by Tony Farina

We have learned that State Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman is expected to impanel a special grand jury in Buffalo on Monday (May 9) with the sole purpose of investigating former Erie County Democratic Chairman Steve Pigeon’s political activities, a continuing probe that follows the seizure nearly a year ago of computers and a cell phone belonging to Pigeon during a surprise raid at his waterfront residence.

Longtime political consultant and attorney G. Steven Pigeon maintains he has done nothing wrong.
Longtime political consultant and attorney G. Steven Pigeon maintains he has done nothing wrong.

Sources familiar with the Schneiderman investigation say as many as four judges are linked to the case who reportedly received emails from Pigeon which were recovered by investigators with the seizure of Pigeon’s computers and cell phone last May although at least one legal source suggested prosecutors may be reaching to make anything out of the emails reportedly sent by Pigeon.

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Ask the Judge

May 5, 2016 Staff 0

Here is a question/problem a reader asked:

My name is M.A.

I had an auto accident in 2014. The other driver was at fault.

I went to an attorney who advertises on billboards [I don’t want to mention his name].

My attorney said he won’t charge me a fee unless he wins the case. Then he said he wants 40 percent of what we win. Now it is two years later and he doesn’t always return calls. Last week he said I should not take this to trial and to settle for about half of what he originally said I would get. The settlement he said was all the insurance company will ever offer which is $200,000. [He gets 40 percent of that.] 

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Congratulations America! We Are Going To Win Our Country Back!!

May 5, 2016 Staff 1
by J. Gary Dilaura

Congratulations Donald Trump on doing what you have done before. You did the impossible this time and are now the presumptive Republican Candidate for President of the United States of America!

I began calling for the support of Mr. Trump in the Niagara Falls Reporter in September of 2015 but actually hoped he would run in 2012. I am convinced Donald Trump will win decisively in the 2016 elections and still believe that the Democrat candidate will NOT be Hillary “Rotten” Clinton. She will, in my opinion, be disqualified from public office by her failure to abide by the United States Laws on Confidentiality.

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Print Edition 4.28.16

April 28, 2016 Staff 0
Niagara Falls Councilman Ezra Scott is working behind the scenes to aid in fundraising efforts for young Shawn Kennedy who has been stricken with cancer.

Niagara Falls Boy Battles Rare Cancer As Community Leaders Step Up To Help

April 28, 2016 Staff 1

“Baby Shawn” Kennedy is a happy 5-year-old boy with a big problem. He is full of life and always smiling, but has been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a very aggressive cancer located on his brain stem.

Paul Dyster voted to create the Niagara Falls Water Board which ceded control of the city’s water supply - and the right to set the rates for water in this city famous for abundance of fresh water - to Albany - in order to escape the short term political consequences of having to raise water rates in 2002. Now rates are out of control and the city is powerless to do anything about it.
You have to hand it to the uninformed voters of Niagara Falls: they rewarded perhaps the most incompetent, politically expedient and extravagant [with taxpayers’ money] mayor in Niagara Falls history [he blew through $100 million in casino cash]. The voters elected and reelected Dyster three times.
In this artist’s conception, Mayor Dyster [left] is depicted telling the people of Niagara Falls how wonderful a job he has done for them while a Niagara Falls Water Board member [right] looks on.
[Not a real picture].

Politicians Want Water Board Answers On Outrageous “Availability Fee” Here

April 28, 2016 Staff 0

Businessman Dave Bieksza, who owns a commercial property at 259 24th Street, has been battling the Niagara Falls Water Board for five years over what the board refers to as an “availability fee,” $20 a month charged to property owners in the city who have no water service.

The new giant train station will likely cost more than $500,000 per year to operate. Amtrak will not pay for most of the cost - city taxpayers will. As the picture shows- the new station will be huge, but ridership will not necessarily increase since people do not choose to ride trains simply because you increase the size of your train station.

Looming Train Station Disaster Has Dyster Looking For Cover

April 28, 2016 Staff 1

Although the Dyster administration has had more than five years to come to an agreement with Amtrak and the Underground Railroad Interpretive Center for use of the new, $44 million train station on Whirlpool Street, market the facility to other prospective tenants and come up with a budget to run the place, it has done none of those things.