Articles by: Tony Farina

Restaurant Review: La Cucina Italian Dining

Restaurant Review: La Cucina Italian Dining

Niagara Falls May 22, 2018 at 10:08 pm

Please click the link below to subscribe to a FREE PDF version of each print edition of the Niagara Reporter http://eepurl.com/dnsYM9     By: Tony Farina If you are in the mood for old world Italian dining at its simple and elegant finest, you might want to visit La CucinaRead More

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs a bill on Oct. 21, 2015 enhancing women's rights at the same time his administration was ignoring reports of women being branded by a cult leader.

Cuomo Can Be Tough on Women; Just Ask DiPizio, DeWitt, and Nixon

News May 1, 2018 at 10:43 pm

Please click the link below to subscribe to a FREE PDF version of each print edition of the Niagara Reporter http://eepurl.com/dnsYM9       By: Tony Farina Analysis / Opinion In case you didn’t know it, Gov. Andrew Cuomo can be an intimidating guy.  If you work for him, theRead More

Actress Who Was NXIVM Enforcer May Be Looking for a Plea Deal

Actress Who Was NXIVM Enforcer May Be Looking for a Plea Deal

News April 24, 2018 at 9:55 pm

Please click the link below to subscribe to a FREE PDF version of each print edition of the Niagara Reporter http://eepurl.com/dnsYM9     Allison Mack Seeks Plea Deal in Exchange for Cooperation Against Former Master Keith Raniere By: Tony Farina The Albany-based Nxivm cult that allegedly recruited women to beRead More

Former Niagara Falls City Councilman Michael Gawel

Niagara Falls, Buffalo Business Partnership Off to Good Start

Niagara Falls April 17, 2018 at 10:44 pm

Please click the link below to subscribe to a FREE PDF version of each print edition of the Niagara Reporter http://eepurl.com/dnsYM9     By: Tony Farina You might say it was a perfect fit. That’s what former Niagara Falls city lawmaker Michael Gawel and Seneca Vocational High School product MarlonRead More

Gaming Stalemate That Threatens to Deal NF a Knockout Punch

Gaming Stalemate That Threatens to Deal NF a Knockout Punch

Niagara Falls April 17, 2018 at 10:26 pm

Please click the link below to subscribe to a FREE PDF version of each print edition of the Niagara Reporter http://eepurl.com/dnsYM9   Cuomo Too Busy to Focus on Gaming Stalemate That Threatens to Deal Niagara Falls a Knockout Punch By: Tony Farina Gov. Andrew Cuomo may be focused on hisRead More

Reporting by Parlato Credited With Arrest of Cult Leader

Reporting by Parlato Credited With Arrest of Cult Leader

News April 17, 2018 at 9:48 pm

Please click the link below to subscribe to a FREE PDF version of each print edition of the Niagara Reporter http://eepurl.com/dnsYM9       By: Tony Farina   The dogged determination of businessman-turned-journalist Frank Parlato, using the same no-holds-barred reporting he used to end the Maid of the Mist monopolyRead More

One Niagara Welcome Center Dressing Up for Season

One Niagara Welcome Center Dressing Up for Season

Local News April 3, 2018 at 10:41 pm

Please click the link below to subscribe to a FREE PDF version of each print edition of the Niagara Reporter http://eepurl.com/dnsYM9     BY: Tony Farina   With the tourist season about to begin, the bustling welcome center known as One Niagara at 360 Rainbow Blvd., adjacent to the RainbowRead More

Vindication? George Maziarz Accepts Plea Deal as Prosecution Lacks Evidence for Trial

Vindication? George Maziarz Accepts Plea Deal as Prosecution Lacks Evidence for Trial

Community News March 9, 2018 at 3:45 pm

It was just a year ago that Democratic State Atty. General Eric Schneiderman unloaded on two top Niagara County Republican figures in a headline-grabbing announcement that featured a total of eight felony counts.   Now, a year later, Schneiderman has egg on his face after the much- hyped cases againstRead More

Cuomo Soars Magically Over Clouds of Corruption

Cuomo Soars Magically Over Clouds of Corruption

News February 9, 2018 at 12:52 am

By Tony Farina        Gov. Andrew Cumo’s right-hand man used “ziti” as innocent slang for money, not as a covert code for ill-gotten gains, according to his defense attorney.           Now that’s worth some thought.  Imagine, Joseph Percoco, the governor’s former top man who is on trial for receiving more than $300,000 inRead More

Councilman Chris Voccio is sponsoring a key resolution.

Falls Lawmakers to Push City to Shave Expenses

Niagara Falls January 12, 2018 at 5:48 am

Resolution Expected to Pass Unanimously      Still hoping for a resolution to the gaming dispute in months, not years, Niagara Falls city lawmakers nonetheless are attempting to brace for an uncertain future by sending a message to the Dyster administration and city workers that the city needs to take actionRead More

"Untroubled Waters" in its present location at Centennial Circle

New Statue Far From a Winner

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:20 am

“We need to look forward, not backward,” said Councilman-elect Chris Voccio in offering his restrained view of the nearly $620,000 metallic artwork now sitting 30 feet high—inside and somewhat blocked from view by a ring of traffic signs—at Centennial Circle.        The new artwork has ruffled some feathers given theRead More

Economic Aid to Niagara Falls in State Budget Still Unclear

Economic Aid to Niagara Falls in State Budget Still Unclear

Niagara Falls, News April 7, 2017 at 1:23 am

By Tony Farina   With the state budget being passed in bits and pieces in Albany, it is difficult to figure out how much real money will be flowing to municipalities like Niagara Falls when all is said and done. Assemblyman Angelo Morinello (R. C. – Niagara Falls), said WednesdayRead More

Dyster ‘Surprised’ Council on Tentative Fire Union Deal

Dyster ‘Surprised’ Council on Tentative Fire Union Deal

Niagara Falls, News April 7, 2017 at 1:22 am

By Tony Farina It appears that Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster may sometimes need to be reminded that municipal government is more than just a chief executive, it also includes five lawmakers who are elected–just like him–by the residents of the city to protect their financial interests and provide safeRead More

James Cancemi
...seeking third term as school board president

Cancemi Excited About School District’s Progress, Wants Another Term as Board President

Niagara Falls, News April 7, 2017 at 1:19 am

By Tony Farina   Retired Niagara Falls special education teacher James Cancemi is seeking his third five-year term as president of the Niagara Falls Board of Education in next month’s election, and despite his long tenure in the unpaid position, there is no sign he is ready to leave. “We’reRead More

Ortt Says He Was Victim in Grand Jury Appearance

Ortt Says He Was Victim in Grand Jury Appearance

News April 2, 2017 at 2:19 pm

By Tony Farina   State Sen. Robert Ott (R.- North Tonawanda) is keeping up his offensive against State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this week, claiming felony indictments filed against him last week should be dismissed because he was effectively blocked from addressing the charges against him during his grand juryRead More

Gaming Dispute Takes Back Seat to Budget

Gaming Dispute Takes Back Seat to Budget

News April 2, 2017 at 2:16 pm

By Tony Farina The developing crisis between the Seneca Nation and the state in the gaming dispute over revenue sharing payments is taking a back seat these days to the budget negotiations in Albany as lawmakers and the governor try to meet the April 1 budget deadline. “It is definitelyRead More

Goat Island Lodge Plan Could Be Coming Soon

Goat Island Lodge Plan Could Be Coming Soon

News April 2, 2017 at 2:12 pm

By Tony Farina It was only a few weeks ago that the state plan to build a “world-class lodge” on Goat Island State Park was swirling in controversy as the Niagara Falls Council and the Niagara County Legislature voiced strong opposition to the idea of marring the pristine beauty ofRead More

State Grand Jury Focusing on Maziarz Campaign Fund

State Grand Jury Focusing on Maziarz Campaign Fund

News March 2, 2017 at 10:47 pm

I reported last October that the State Attorney General’s office was focusing squarely on the campaign account of former State Sen. George Maziarz and the former senator himself, and we have now learned that subpoenas have been issued in that investigation and evidence could be presented to a grand juryRead More

Gov. Cuomo sizes up the share of tourist dollars that will accrue to downtown Niagara Falls businesses after his Niagara Lodge is built in the state park, as his state development honcho, transplanted Brooklynite Howard Zemsky, looks on.

Lots of Mystery Surrounds Goat Island Lodge Plan

Niagara Falls March 2, 2017 at 2:46 am

What did Sam Hoyt say to Dennis Virtuoso last Tuesday in a phone call to convince the Niagara County legislator from Niagara Falls to pull his resolution opposing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial plan to build a world class lodge on Goat Island? Well, true to form, Hoyt, regional vice presidentRead More

Jeff Flach (left) with Niagara Hub's "Soapbox" host Craig Avery.

Flach to Challenge Virtuoso

News March 2, 2017 at 12:34 am

A decorated Iraq war veteran and the owner of the Gorge View Hostel has announced his candidacy for the 6th District Niagara County Legislative seat now held by Democrat Dennis Virtuoso. Jeffery Flach, who has the full support of Niagara Falls City Republican Chairman Bill Carroll, returned to Niagara FallsRead More

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