Articles by: Tony Farina

Ranking Has Niagara Falls Among State’s Worst Places to Live

Ranking Has Niagara Falls Among State’s Worst Places to Live

Uncategorized April 13, 2016 at 8:38 pm

  It was nearly four years ago that people flocked to Niagara Falls and watched from around the world as aerial daredevil Nik Wallenda made his historic wire walk over the roaring waters of the Niagara River and put the cataract city on the world stage for a brief moment. Read More

Tompkins Says Memorial Day Parade Will Go On

Tompkins Says Memorial Day Parade Will Go On

Featured, Niagara Falls March 31, 2016 at 10:28 am

In perhaps his finest hour in his first year as a Niagara Falls city councilman, Kenneth Tompkins announced Wednesday night there will be a Memorial Day Parade this year only hours after the Veterans Memorial Commission had announced the parade had been suspended due to lack of funding.  And theRead More

Republicans to Honor Tompkins

Niagara Falls March 31, 2016 at 10:17 am

The Niagara Falls Republican Leadership is planning to honor their lone elected representative in city government, Councilman Kenny Tompkins, on Thursday, April 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p. m. at Gagsters, 708 E. Market Street. Tompkins, who campaigned on taking a business approach to running city government, has alreadyRead More

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Tax Filing Deadline is April 19 This Year

Community News March 31, 2016 at 10:16 am

Our friends at Liberty Tax Service have sent us a reminder that the deadline for filing a tax return to get a refund that might be due is April 19th this year as the IRS has extended the filing deadline from April 15 because of Emancipation Day. According to EdwinRead More

Critics of Mixed Martial Arts say that the character of audiences for this sport/spectacle are not dissimilar to those who enjoyed the contests of the Roman-era gladiators. The big difference is that all MMA contestants enter the ring voluntarily.

Mixed martial arts promoters have tough road despite passage

Erie County March 24, 2016 at 12:51 am

It may be bloody and highly controversial, but mixed martial arts will be coming to New York in the not too distant future, and the popular sport will then face the challenge of lining up promoters to meet the re-quirements contained in the bill passed by the Assembly this weekRead More

Amber Small, Democratic candidate for 60th district State Senate seat.

Shaky union support may have delivered key blow to Panepinto

Erie County March 24, 2016 at 12:49 am

It could be more than an office scandal and financial pressures that drove State Sen. Marc Panepinto’s decision two weeks ago not to seek a second-term in the 60th District only days after the Erie County Democratic Committee endorsed him for re-election. Political sources tell this newspaper that his unionRead More

Caroline Wojtaszek has announced she will run for Niagara County DA.

Complaints against violent no surprise to lawyer representing Donatello

News March 24, 2016 at 12:47 am

It was in the Sept. 3, 2013 editions of the Niagara Falls Reporter that I broke the story that one of the top prosecutors in the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office was threatening to bring legal action against the county on her claims that she had been discriminated against inRead More

Brian Meyer to head regional news partnership at WBFO

Brian Meyer to head regional news partnership at WBFO

Community News March 24, 2016 at 12:23 am

Award-winning veteran journalist Brian Meyer, who has served as news director at WBFO in Buffalo since 2014, has been promoted to the position of senior director of news and public affairs for WNED/WBFO where he will oversee a new regional collaboration that will focus on Great Lakes reporting. Chief ProgramRead More

Touma Wants Water, Sewer Rate Reductions in Wake of State Audit

Niagara Falls March 23, 2016 at 11:50 pm

The state audit released on Wednesday that found that the Niagara Falls Water Board and Water Authority had millions of dollars in excess funds sitting around as the city was looking for help to repair water lines on 72nd Street caught Council President Andrew Touma by complete surprise. “I wasRead More

State Bureaucrats, Hamister Silent On Failed Hotel Project

State Bureaucrats, Hamister Silent On Failed Hotel Project

Niagara Falls March 17, 2016 at 7:26 am

  The sad truth behind the state development agencies that helped push through the proposed Hamister Hotel project in Niagara Falls four years ago is that silence is indeed golden, because despite all the talk about the city capitalizing on an opportunity too good to pass up, nothing has happenedRead More

Snowden Seen As Trumpiest Of Trumpsters, Develops Line Of Campaign Buttons

Snowden Seen As Trumpiest Of Trumpsters, Develops Line Of Campaign Buttons

Erie County March 17, 2016 at 6:21 am

Flamboyant and entrepreneurial Rick Snowden, who owned a nightclub and the historic Miller Mansion on Nottingham Terrace in Buffalo where he hosted several spectacular parties between 2004 and 2010 – many of them to benefit local charities – has now become one of Donald Trump’s most ardent and visible supporters.Read More

Flaherty, Flynn to Mix Politics, St. Patrick’s Celebration   At Famed Irish Center Luncheon

Flaherty, Flynn to Mix Politics, St. Patrick’s Celebration At Famed Irish Center Luncheon

Erie County March 9, 2016 at 10:57 pm

Just in case you are a newcomer to these parts, we’d like to remind you that St. Patrick’s Day next Thursday (March17) is more than a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture, it is the starting point of the political season and that’s particularly true this year with DARead More

Judge Frank Bayger, Hall of Fame Trial Lawyer, Is Back Practicing Law

Judge Frank Bayger, Hall of Fame Trial Lawyer, Is Back Practicing Law

Community News March 9, 2016 at 10:19 pm

Frank “Duke” Bayger worked at a bowling alley while attending high school, worked as a dishwasher and waiter at the famed Roycroft Inn in East Aurora, worked as a bartender at the Town Casino nightclub in Buffalo, and won a $12.5 million defamation judgment for the late Niagara Falls restaurateurRead More

State Money Flows Again, But Question Remains: What Happened?

State Money Flows Again, But Question Remains: What Happened?

Erie County March 2, 2016 at 11:21 pm

  The carpenters, all 70 of them, are back on the job at SolarCity, but more than 120 plumbers were still out as of Tuesday as the state scrambled to make $82.5 million in late payments to contractors who hadn’t been paid since October on the much-hyped Buffalo Billion program.Read More

Panepinto Ready to Take on All Challengers for 60th District Seat

Panepinto Ready to Take on All Challengers for 60th District Seat

Erie County March 2, 2016 at 11:18 pm

State Sen. Marc Panepinto may face a Democratic primary in the 60th District this year and if he is victorious he will likely face a strong Republican challenge from the winner of an expected Republican primary between Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs and Tonawanda attorney Kevin Stocker, but Panepinto isRead More

Jacobs Ends Speculation, Will  Run For Senate Seat

Jacobs Ends Speculation, Will Run For Senate Seat

Erie County February 25, 2016 at 8:47 am

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, a Republican and a member of the prominent Jacobs family which owns the Delaware North companies, has told political leaders he is going to run for the 60th District State Senate seat now occupied by Sen. Marc Panepinto, a Democrat. “He told me he’s goingRead More

Quinn Leads $100,000-plus Earners at ECC

Quinn Leads $100,000-plus Earners at ECC

Erie County February 10, 2016 at 11:02 pm

If there’s a financial crisis at Erie Community College, as certainly appears the case, there’s no sign of it if you take a look at the salaries at the college headed by President Jack Quinn at $192,500 even though he spends many days away from the institution on outside payingRead More

Flynn Endorsement Expected Saturday; Flaherty Vows to Fight On

Flynn Endorsement Expected Saturday; Flaherty Vows to Fight On

Erie County February 10, 2016 at 10:59 pm

  As we have been reporting for the last several weeks, Tonawanda Town Attorney John Flynn appears to have locked up the Erie County Democratic Party’s endorsement for district attorney, and he is expected to officially get the nod at the Executive Committee’s meeting on Saturday (Feb. 13). Sources sayRead More

Paladino to Speak at Verel Installation Feb. 24

Paladino to Speak at Verel Installation Feb. 24

Erie County February 10, 2016 at 10:04 pm

  Carl Paladino will be the guest speaker on Wednesday, Feb. 24, when A. J. Verel of South Buffalo, a member of the martial arts Hall of Fame, will be sworn in as the 52nd president of the Judges and Police Conference of Erie County at DiPaolo’s Restaurant on SouthRead More

Acting DA Hires Former Ch. 7 Anchor Joanna Pasceri

Acting DA Hires Former Ch. 7 Anchor Joanna Pasceri

Erie County February 10, 2016 at 6:06 pm

Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael Flaherty who is facing a bruising Democratic primary battle against Tonawanda Town Attorney John Flynn this year, has tapped former Ch. 7 news anchor Joanna Pasceri to become the first public information officer in the history of the office. Flaherty announced the appointment thisRead More

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