Articles by: Tony Farina

Dennis Virtuoso

Virtuoso Says GOP’s Last-Minute Raises Out of Line

Niagara County December 15, 2016 at 9:27 pm

  A last-minute budget amendment giving hefty pay raises to two appointees of the GOP majority of the Niagara County Legislature is coming under heavy fire today from Minority Leader Dennis Virtuoso of Niagara Falls. Virtuoso told the Niagara Falls Reporter that the raises pushed through by the majority inRead More

Parlato’s Legacy Is There for All to See in Niagara Falls

Parlato’s Legacy Is There for All to See in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, Parlato Vs. US Govt. December 8, 2016 at 1:52 am

The One Niagara Welcome Center is located at 360 Rainbow Blvd. within  earshot of mighty Niagara Falls and stands nine-stories tall, a can’t miss landmark that serves, according to its website, as a tourism and sightseeing haven offering bus tours, guided exploration, historical presentations, dining and souvenirs. The bustling touristRead More

The new Niagara Falls International Train Station and Intermodal Transportation Center may have as many as 150 passengers per day, if City Planner Tom DeSantis projection of 50,000 passengers a year comes true.

New Train Station Will Open Tuesday

News December 1, 2016 at 12:02 am

It appears that the long-awaited opening of the $43 million Niagara Falls train station on Depot Ave. West will take place on Tuesday, according to an email advisory from Amtrak sent out late Wednesday afternoon. The email from Amtrak’s Craig Schulz said “the new station incorporates a waiting room, restrooms,Read More

City Council Chairman Andrew Touma

Deal Reached on Falls Budget; No Vetoes Expected

Niagara Falls December 1, 2016 at 12:01 am

With both sides making compromises, Niagara Falls Council Chairman Andrew Touma said there is agreement on the 2017 city budget, with lawmakers finally settling on a total of $558,000 in cuts to the mayor’s proposed $91 million spending plan with no mayoral vetoes on the horizon. “It shows what governmentRead More

Was Parlato Case a ‘Ham Sandwich’ Indictment?

Was Parlato Case a ‘Ham Sandwich’ Indictment?

News, Parlato Vs. US Govt. November 26, 2016 at 3:48 pm

  As former New York State Chief Judge Sol Wachtler once said, “a grand jury would indict a ham sandwich, if that’s what you wanted.” In other words, prosecutors can convince a grand jury that a crime has been committed, if that’s what they wanted, even if the evidence isRead More

Council members Kristen Grandinetti, Andrew Touma and Charles Walker as a majority have approved many spending initiatives of Mayor Paul Dyster.

Walker Will Ultimately be Judged by the Voters

Niagara Falls November 17, 2016 at 2:51 am

Charles Walker has been a member of the Niagara Falls City Council since 1999, but unfortunately he is a lawmaker who has run afoul of the election law, according to the state attorney general, and he now faces four misdemeanor counts for allegedly failing to file campaign financial disclosure formsRead More

James McGinnis...cancer patient victim of insurance dispute between Independent Health and his care provider, CCS Oncology.

CCS Cancer Patients Deeply Stressed as Loss of Coverage Looms

News November 17, 2016 at 2:38 am

As we reported last week, more than 500 cancer patients throughout Western New York are facing the loss of their medical insurance coverage from Independent Health if they stay with their current care provider, CCS Oncology, after Jan. 1, the date when CCS oncologists are slated to be dropped fromRead More

Council Finishing Up Budget Work

Council Finishing Up Budget Work

Niagara Falls November 17, 2016 at 1:43 am

The Niagara Falls City Council finished work on the mayor’s 2017 spending plan that will now count on Amtrak paying for 63 percent of the operating costs ($172,000 a year) for the new station. City lawmakers have taken a sharp knife to Mayor Paul Dyster’s proposed $91 million budget, cuttingRead More

City Finally Lands Amtrak for Train Station

City Finally Lands Amtrak for Train Station

News November 10, 2016 at 5:48 am

The city of Niagara Falls held an open house for its new two-story, $43 million train station on Depot Ave. last July, but it did so without a signed lease in hand with Amtrak, the expected major tenant, and the administration of Mayor Paul Dyster has been saying for theRead More

Dr. Won Sam Yi with Heather Slocum
...CCS Oncology CEO says cancer care provider being dropped by Independent Health.

CCS Oncology to Challenge Independent Health Over Decision to Drop WNY Provider From Network

News November 10, 2016 at 5:29 am

CCS Oncology, the region’s second largest oncology group with offices throughout Western New York, including Niagara Falls, will be going to State Supreme Court in a matter of days in an attempt to stop Independent Health from dropping insurance coverage for more than 500 of its cancer patients, effective Jan.Read More

Matteo Anello Happy Suit Finally Settled

Matteo Anello Happy Suit Finally Settled

News November 3, 2016 at 12:04 am

“I’m happy it is settled, it has been quite a stretch,” said Matteo Anello on Wednesday, the day after the Niagara Falls City Council voted unanimously to settle his federal free-speech lawsuit dating back nine years for $156,414.25 with $40,469 going to Anello and the rest to his attorneys inRead More

Amtrak Vague on Train Station Deal

Amtrak Vague on Train Station Deal

Niagara Falls November 3, 2016 at 12:02 am

While Mayor Paul Dyster’s proposed 2017 budget includes a $172,000 payment from Amtrak as a tenant at the currently empty $43 million train station, there is still no agreement on a lease although in a statement to the Niagara Falls Reporter on Wednesday, Amtrak said work on an agreement isRead More

Owner Still Grieves Over Ordeal in Dog’s Dying Days

Owner Still Grieves Over Ordeal in Dog’s Dying Days

Community News October 27, 2016 at 2:50 am

Perhaps the great Will Rogers said it best:  “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” All of us who know and love dogs understand what the great man was saying because I’m sure most of us feel exactly theRead More

Maziarz May Not Be Out of the Woods Just Yet, as Probe Heats Up

Maziarz May Not Be Out of the Woods Just Yet, as Probe Heats Up

News October 21, 2016 at 10:16 am

Is  former State Senator George Maziarz out of the woods nearly two years after he left office under the cloud of a federal investigation?  While Maziarz left office denying he was being chased out, it appears the investigation into Maziarz’s campaign account is now in the hands of the StateRead More

US Attorney William Hochul

Hochul to Delaware North? Stay Tuned

News October 20, 2016 at 12:43 am

When William Hochul Jr. announced earlier this month that he was resigning as U. S. Attorney for the Western District of New York effective Oct. 28 after serving as the top federal prosecutor in the 17-county area since 2010, it caught many local attorneys and others by surprise. The announcementRead More

Deborah Sirianni
...ghostly mansion reopens Friday.

Historic Echo Club to Reopen on Friday With Lots of Entertainment on Menu

Uncategorized October 13, 2016 at 6:09 am

  The Echo Club at 341 Portage Road in Niagara Falls, a five-story stone building steeped in history and allegedly the home of spirits from long ago, will reopen its doors this week, beginning Friday (Oct. 14), just in time for the Halloween season with a full plate of entertainmentRead More

Exterior image of the new Price Chopper in Colonie, New York  May 30, 2009.(Skip Dickstein / Times Union)

Discount Grocery Store Targets Highland Ave. Area

Niagara Falls October 13, 2016 at 6:01 am

  “It may be the start of something very positive,” according to Niagara Falls Council Chairman Andrew Touma Wednesday night after a public forum attracted an enthusiastic crowd of at least 100 people about the possibility of bringing in a discount grocery store to the Highland Avenue neighborhood. Sponsored byRead More

Dyster Pay Raises Hitting Brick Wall With Lawmakers

Dyster Pay Raises Hitting Brick Wall With Lawmakers

Niagara Falls October 13, 2016 at 2:05 am

As we reported last week, Niagara Falls city lawmakers were surprised by the hefty city hall pay raises for administrators contained in Mayor Paul Dyster’s proposed 2017 spending plan, and as Council Chairman Andrew Touma said on Wednesday, “it is not the right time for substantial pay raises,” given theRead More

Hefty Pay Raises in Dyster Budget Come Under Attack

Hefty Pay Raises in Dyster Budget Come Under Attack

Niagara Falls October 6, 2016 at 11:17 am

Mayor Paul Dyster’s $91 million proposed budget for 2017 includes some hefty raises for several staffers, including his own secretary, and is coming under fire from from a former city economic development chief who called the proposed salary hikes “a slap in the face” to the taxpayers of the cityRead More

In its heyday it was the premier hotel in Niagara Falls. It was reportedly the home of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio while filming Niagara in 1952. Former guests of the hotel include U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joseph Cotten and Al Capone.

Suspicious Developer Seeks Background on Hotel Niagara RFP

Niagara Falls October 6, 2016 at 11:01 am

So what’s up with the state acquisition of the historic Hotel Niagara, the legendary Niagara Falls hotel at 210 Rainbow Blvd. in Niagara Falls? USA Niagara, one of the state’s development agencies under Empire State Development, which played a big role in the state-backed Hamister Hotel project, acquired the once-grandRead More

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