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Print Edition: June 30, 2016

Print Edition: June 30, 2016

News, Print Version June 30, 2016 at 8:55 pm
Aerial Images Contradict City Official’s Claim About Date of Falls’ Radioactive Waste Pile

Aerial Images Contradict City Official’s Claim About Date of Falls’ Radioactive Waste Pile

Niagara County, Community News, News June 30, 2016 at 6:31 pm

By Matt Ricchiazzi & Lou Ricciuti Last week, The Reporter broke a story about a suspected toxic dumpsite at 915 North Avenue in the City of Niagara Falls. The site has signs posted around it warning that it is radioactive; the 100-ton pile within the site appeared abandoned and with brokenRead More

Small Wisconsin City to Siphon Great Lakes Water Gov. Cuomo Approves Historic Water Grab

Small Wisconsin City to Siphon Great Lakes Water Gov. Cuomo Approves Historic Water Grab

Niagara County, Community News, News, Erie County June 30, 2016 at 6:29 pm

By James Hufnagel True to form, and doing exactly what we predicted he would do in our March 31 issue, Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week approved the diversion of millions of gallons of Great Lakes water to the small city of Waukesha, Wisconsin, a few miles west of Milwaukee. CuomoRead More

Republicans, while growing government, love to bash Democrats like Hilary Clinton for supporting programs that grow government.

The Stupid Party Strikes Again

Columns June 30, 2016 at 6:27 pm

By Jim Ostrowsk There’s an old saying in libertarian circles: the GOP is the stupid party. The release of the House Committee report on Benghazi this week is the latest evidence in favor of this thesis. Since terrorists attacked a diplomatic compound and a CIA annex on September 11, 2012, RepublicansRead More

Things We Don’t Need in City Hall

Things We Don’t Need in City Hall

Niagara Falls, Niagara County, Columns June 30, 2016 at 6:05 pm

By Councilman Kenny Tompkins This week, for the second time in two months, the Niagara Falls City Council voted NO (3 to 2) to a request to add an elevated position to the city’s Purchasing department. The department’s director, Johnny Destino, has put forth this request twice, citing the need toRead More

Heap Of Garbage In Alleyway Behind Lasalle Invites Rats and Fire Bugs

Heap Of Garbage In Alleyway Behind Lasalle Invites Rats and Fire Bugs

Niagara Falls, Niagara County, Community News, News June 30, 2016 at 5:57 pm

Speaking of unsightly- since the new garbage plan where the recycle bins are larger than the refuse bins – people all over the city have sought out alleys and abandoned spots to get rid of the trash the city used to pick up. This unsightly mess is in the alleyRead More

Ironworkers

Ironworkers

Community News June 30, 2016 at 5:49 pm

Ironworkers Local 9 Niagara Falls, NY was established in 1902. Despite the areas ups and downs and slow growth economy they recently invested over 200k in there apprenticeship training program with a new steel structure training mock up and safety equipment. Business Manager Scott Brydges states “ we are investingRead More

Warning signs which read “Caution, radioactive materials area” are posted around the hazardous pile on North Ave.

Surprises in Store for Falls’ Residents and Visitors Alike

Community News June 30, 2016 at 5:37 pm

By Moose Jr. The City of Niagara Falls never fails to amaze me. Who could believe that a 44 million dollar construction project could sit 75 feet from a nuclear dump site marked with a sign “CAUTION, RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS AREA.” Is it possible no one noticed the sign before orRead More

Ask The Judge

Ask The Judge

News, Featured June 30, 2016 at 5:35 pm

Dear Judge Bayger: My son was recently in a terrible accident and sustained very serious injuries. I’ve seen various ads on television and on billboards from lawyers soliciting injured people to contact their law firm immediately. How do I choose the right attorney to represent my son in this case?Read More

How Could This Possibly Happen?

How Could This Possibly Happen?

Columns June 30, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Liar, cheat, dishonest, thief, arrogant beyond belief…these are all adjectives that I hear regularly when people speak of the “President of the United States”! How could the people of this Great Nation put someone in office who can claim ALL these “attributes” and then even consider, doing itRead More

Another Atomic Age Spoils Pile -- this one having signs posted around it warning that it’s radioactive - on North Ave., at the past site of the Niagara University bar and hangout once known as McQ’s, has evidently been left abandoned, exposed and open to public access.

Abandoned Nuclear Spoils Pile in Niagara Falls Presents Danger to Public, Despite Radioactive Warning Signs, Broken Fence and Tattered Plastic Cover Allows Unrestricted Access and Possible Spread of Contaminants

Niagara Falls June 23, 2016 at 4:55 pm

By Louis Ricciuti & Frank Parlato NIAGARA FALLS, NY – A spoils pile – which has signs posted around it warning that it is radioactive — at 915 North Ave. — the past site of a Niagara University bar once known as McQ’s, has been left abandoned and open toRead More

Orlando Shooting: The Cold, Cold Monster  Strikes Again

Orlando Shooting: The Cold, Cold Monster Strikes Again

Columns June 23, 2016 at 2:25 pm

By Jim Ostrowski I could write a book about the Orlando shooting, its antecedents and its exploitation by the Progressive State of America.  Alas, that won’t be necessary.  If you understand two key concepts, you can unravel the whole puzzle very quickly.  If you don’t understand them, you will be quicklyRead More

Print Edition: June 16, 2016

Print Edition: June 16, 2016

News, Print Version June 16, 2016 at 10:32 am
Out of control spending by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster has led to the squandering of tens of millions in casino revenue to plug budgetary gaps and deficits of nearly $8 million in some years. Now he’s proposing raising property taxes by between 17 and 40 percent under the guise of a citywide reassessment.

Reassessment To Result In Tax Increases Between 17 And 40 Percent Citywide

News, Featured June 16, 2016 at 10:27 am

by Mike Hudson When Niagara Falls officials say they’re “leaving $112 million on the table” because they haven’t done a reassessment since 2004, what they really mean is that the money has been left in the pockets of city taxpayers. Don’t look now, those pockets are about to be picked.Read More

Taxes In Most Highly Taxed City Just Aren’t High Enough, Dyster Says

Taxes In Most Highly Taxed City Just Aren’t High Enough, Dyster Says

News, Featured June 16, 2016 at 10:25 am

by Mike Hudson It was barely three years ago. On June 13, 2013, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that a settlement had been reached between the state and the Seneca Nation of Indians that ended a long running dispute over the possible development of private casinos along the NiagaraRead More

Cat Hating Grandinetti Shot Down Again On Anti-Cat Legislation Here

Cat Hating Grandinetti Shot Down Again On Anti-Cat Legislation Here

News, Featured June 16, 2016 at 10:23 am

by Mike Hudson It would be comical if it wasn’t so pathetic. Councilwoman Kristin Grandinetti, rubber stamp for anything her neighbor, Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, proposes, Facebook gadabout and untiring champion for issues having to do with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community is still proposing legislationRead More

Transparency Wins Out Over Unnecessary  Feral-Cat Ordinance Expediency

Transparency Wins Out Over Unnecessary Feral-Cat Ordinance Expediency

News, Featured June 16, 2016 at 10:20 am

by Joe Kissel “I don’t understand the hesitation,” said councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti at Monday’s city council meeting just before changes to the city animal code regarding “community” cats got tabled. “We’ve gone to the SPCA and gotten her expert opinion,” said Grandinetti. “We went over all the language with her.Read More

City Attorney Craig Johnson under attack for being too ethical?
City Attorney Craig Johnson under attack for being too ethical?

Complaints Against City Solicitor Suit Dyster’s Final Solution To A T

News, Featured June 16, 2016 at 10:16 am

The three complainants who filed charges against former city controller Maria Brown have now also filed them against Corporation counsel Craig Johnson,  reliable sources told the Niagara Falls Reporter. Who are these people? Why do they attack people in the City Hall of Mayor Paul Dyster who attempt to playRead More

Fancy (and slippery) $60 per square foot granite pavers helped an Albany based contractor earn millions as part of the Niagara Falls State Park improvement plan.
Fancy (and slippery) $60 per square foot granite pavers helped an Albany based contractor earn millions as part of the Niagara Falls State Park improvement plan.

Cuomo Pledges $17 Million To Fix Up Park: Crime, Joblessness, Poverty Remain

News, Featured June 16, 2016 at 10:13 am

by Mike Hudson So the Governor of New York State decides to spend $17 million on Niagara Falls State Park – which of course is owned by New York State – and local politicians and the media fall over swooning as though it were some kind of big win forRead More

Robert Moses: Some say he was a bit of a scoundrel.
Robert Moses: Some say he was a bit of a scoundrel.

Exactly What Are We Getting For Our $17 Million, Gov. Cuomo?

News, Featured June 16, 2016 at 10:11 am

by Mike Hudson Oh how the mighty have fallen. Robert Moses, the onetime “master builder” of New York and the subject of Robert Caro’s bestselling 1974 biography “The Power Broker,” would be rolling over in his grave. Last week, as he announced a $17 million shot in the arm toRead More

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