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NY State Senate Wins Online Democracy Award for Website that Smells a lot like ‘Digital Franking’

NY State Senate Wins Online Democracy Award for Website that Smells a lot like ‘Digital Franking’

State and National News August 19, 2016 at 7:57 pm

By Frank Parlato The New York State Senate was recognized last week for having the “best legislative website in the country” by the National Conference of State Legislatures and, consequently, received the 2016 “Online Democracy Award,” according to a press release issued by the New York State Senate. The awardRead More

As Buffalo becomes more transparent, Niagara Falls is as secretive as hell

As Buffalo becomes more transparent, Niagara Falls is as secretive as hell

Niagara Falls August 19, 2016 at 7:56 pm

BY FRANK PARLATO Late last year, Buffalo City Comptroller Mark J. F. Schroeder created an online database called Open Book Buffalo. A website, it is updated biweekly, and publishes all of the City of Buffalo’s expenditures and revenue, allowing everyone to see detailed financial information while Buffalo spends some $480 million per year.Read More

Guest View: Stop the Reassessment!

Guest View: Stop the Reassessment!

Columns August 18, 2016 at 7:54 pm

By The Committee to Stop the Reassessments & Continuous Tax Increases Once again, on August 15, 2016, at 11:45 a.m. workers from the Department of Public Works were seen removing Stop the Reassessment signs that residents put up on utility poles in front of their homes. Yes that is right, City workersRead More

No one should have the nuclear codes

No one should have the nuclear codes

Columns August 18, 2016 at 7:53 pm

BY JIM OSTROWSKI The latest attack on Donald Trump from Pravda (the mainstream media) is that we can’t trust him with the nuclear codes. Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw nukes. Hillary helped start illegal wars in Libya and Syria, resulting in murder and mayhem in those countriesRead More

How I spent my summer vacation

How I spent my summer vacation

Columns August 18, 2016 at 7:52 pm

BY COUNCILMAN KENNY TOMPKINS As a freshman councilman, part of my learning curve in this city is to understand the inner workings of city hall. My job is to be a strong financial watchdog for residents. This requires a sharp understanding of the processes that impact residents and the departments thatRead More

Erie County bosses say no cross-endorsements for judgeships this year, DelMonte bypassed
Niagara Falls attorney, John DelMonte, despite having strong local support, and preeminent qualifications, would not curry favor with Erie County Democratic Party bosses. Ironically, the very temperament that would qualify him for the bench, disqualified him from gaining Democrats support.

Erie County bosses say no cross-endorsements for judgeships this year, DelMonte bypassed

News August 18, 2016 at 7:51 pm

BY TONY FARINA It appears there will be no bipartisan endorsements for the now two open State Supreme Court seats that will be on the ballot in November in the 8th Judicial District covering the eight counties of Western New York to fill the seats of retiring Justice Joseph Glownia andRead More

Trio of Doctors to Perform Free Cataract Surgeries for One Day

Trio of Doctors to Perform Free Cataract Surgeries for One Day

News August 18, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Cataract Surgeons, Dr. Kenneth D. Anthone, Dr. Amar Atwal and Dr. Ephraim Atwal, will provide cataract surgery at “no charge on Friday, October 7, to people of all ages who have no means to pay. The three are part of an annual charitable event called “Mission Cataract Day” where, forRead More

Niagara Falls Memorial awarded three-year national reaccreditation

Niagara Falls Memorial awarded three-year national reaccreditation

News August 18, 2016 at 7:49 pm

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center was awarded a three-year reac- creditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent accredita- tion organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It earned this distinction after the HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of the quality andRead More

We Love ‘em to Death: The hypocrisy of ‘animal lovers’ who eat meat

We Love ‘em to Death: The hypocrisy of ‘animal lovers’ who eat meat

Columns August 10, 2016 at 10:33 pm

  Guest View: By Nick Guntermann Niagara Falls, NY Today’s ten highest grossing box office releases are about animals, including: “Finding Dory,” “The Jungle Book,” “Zootopia,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and “Kung Fu Panda.” Nearly half of our households include a dog and nearly 40 percent have a cat. TwoRead More

Governor Cuomo’s austere smile says it all as he reflects on the natural wonder of the campaign donations he receives from Maid of the Mist owner James Glynn and Delaware North billionaire Jeremy Jacobs, who run Niagara Falls State Park as if they own it.

Crime, Poverty, Fiscal Distress Here Direct Result Of Cuomo’s Policies, Broken Promises

Featured, Niagara Falls July 28, 2016 at 1:25 pm

By Jim Hufnagel On January 6, 2015, halfway through an interview with actress Nicole Kidman, NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon casually dropped a bomb on the city of Niagara Falls, NY. The conversation turned on an appearance the week before by Kidman’s husband, country singer Keith Urban, at a NewRead More

According to New York State’s Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments, Niagara Falls is the highest taxed municipality in New York which,  according to a recent study by WalletHub, is the highest state in the US. Therefore, the City of Niagara Falls is the highest taxed municipality in the highest taxed state.

Did Touma Lie By Omission when telling Time Warner about tax hikes?

Featured, Niagara Falls July 28, 2016 at 1:14 pm

By Members of Stop the Reassessment Committee Time Warner News was in the neighborhoods yesterday taking photos of stop the reassessment signs and interviewing residents. The link to the Time Warner video is http://www.twcnews.com/nys/buffalo/ news/2016/07/26/niagara-falls-propertyreassessment-.html A reporter interviewed Council Chairman Andrew Touma, and again, he deceived the people. He saidRead More

Council Chairman Andrew Touma, who will face reelection next year if he chooses to run, has led the charge to reassess every property in Niagara Falls.

Dyster, Touma Continue To Deceive Taxpayers On Reassessments & Ignore The Will Of The People

Featured, Niagara Falls July 28, 2016 at 1:06 pm

By the Committee to Stop the Reassessments & Continuous Tax Increases As mentioned in a previous article, Mayor Paul Dyster, with the support of Council Chairman Andrew Touma, deceived the taxpayers by waiting five days after the mayoral election to tell us he was planning to do a citywide reassessment.Read More

Councilman Kenny Thompkins visits Black Squirrel Garden Walk.

Black Squirrel Home and Garden Walk, Park Place Porch Fest, and Neighborhoods Taking Charge

Featured, Niagara Falls July 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Councilman Kenny Tompkins Last Saturday, July 23, my wife Terry and I had the pleasure of experiencing two of Niagara Falls’ newest events: The Black Squirrel Home and Garden Walk and the Park Place Porch Fest. It was refreshing to participate in both. On 12th Street and Memorial Parkway –Read More

Ask The Judge

Ask The Judge

News July 28, 2016 at 12:46 pm

  Ask the Judge – Question #9 Dear Judge Bayger: I’m really miffed at my lawyer. Over a year ago, I fell off of a ladder after it slipped while I was repairing my neighbor’s roof. I was trying to do someone a favor, but the ladder he provided didn’tRead More

Biosolids Are a Normal Part of Agriculture

Biosolids Are a Normal Part of Agriculture

Featured, Niagara County July 28, 2016 at 12:39 pm

Ned Beecher, Executive Director NEBRA (www.nebiosolids.org) Last week, the Town Board in Wheatfield decided to defend the town’s local ban on biosolids use on farms. Biosolids are treated and tested wastewater solids that are excellent soil amendments. In June, Wheatfield was notified by the Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM)Read More

Corps of Engineers to use herbicide to kill hydrilla in Erie Canal

Niagara County July 28, 2016 at 12:30 pm

In an attempt to eradicate the invasive aquatic plant hydrilla in the Erie Canal, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, will be treating the canal from the Delaware Bridge in the cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, to West Canal Marina in the Town of Pendleton, approximately 5-milesRead More

Gary DiLaura

Stupid Party ? I Think Not, Stupid Politicians ?…I Think So!

Columns, Featured July 21, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Both parties can claim some really stupid people BUT… there is a MAJOR difference between the two parties and that is…which one believes in our RULE of LAW!? You see, the Democrat Party believes in the true definition of a Democratic society and that is a duly electedRead More

The ring nebula is 2300 light years from earth but is likely to be seen at Penn Dixie in Blasdell.

Blasdell’s Penn Dixie Invites Public to View ‘The Classical Planets of Antiquity’ Five planets will be visible in one night!

Erie County, Featured July 21, 2016 at 12:30 pm

By Frank Parlato Here’s something different. On Saturday evening, July 30, starting at 7:30, the Penn Dixie Paleontological & Outdoor Education Center will afford the public an opportunity, weather permitting, to view through telescopes “The Classical Planets of Antiquity”. Absent significant cloud cover, all in one night people will beRead More

At a more than $28 subsidy per passenger, these Redcoats are in no hurry to “Brexit” the Discovery shuttle!

‘Discover Niagara’ Shuttle Numbers Disappoint Ridership, Tourism Impact Fail To Meet Expectations

Featured, Niagara Falls July 21, 2016 at 11:09 am

By Jim Hufnagel Recently the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area reported that its new Discover Niagara shuttle, which functions to remove tourists from downtown Niagara Falls to attractions in Lewiston and Youngstown, including their Center Street and Main Street business districts, respectively, boarded its 10,000th rider over the weekend ofRead More

War Is The Health Of The State:  An Argument For  The Impeachment Of Obama And Hillary

War Is The Health Of The State: An Argument For The Impeachment Of Obama And Hillary

Featured, State and National News July 21, 2016 at 11:00 am

By Jim Ostrowski “War is the health of the state,” said Randolph Bourne.  “War is hell,” said General Sherman.  The war criminal Sherman was an expert in the subjects of hell and war.  When I was twelve, I attended my brother Mike’s graduation from St. Joe’s.  The year was 1970Read More

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