Niagara County

Learn to ID trees while hiking the Niagara Escarpment

Learn to ID trees while hiking the Niagara Escarpment

Niagara County January 18, 2018 at 8:53 pm

Most everybody can tell a maple from an oak, but would you know an American Hornbeam if you walked into one? The Western New York Land Conservancy, the organization restoring the Stella Niagara preserve as well as spearheading the $2.1 million Niagara Gorge ecological diversity project, will be sponsoring a WinterRead More

YOUNG REPUBLICANS GROUP FORMING

YOUNG REPUBLICANS GROUP FORMING

Niagara County January 12, 2018 at 5:07 am

Niagara Falls, NY – Niagara Falls Young Republicans, a new group for people 18-40 who believe in Republican principles of limited government, free enterprise and individual responsibility, is starting a local chapter. Their first meeting will be a pizza party to be held on Tuesday, January 30th, at 5:30 pmRead More

Independence Party candidate Austin Tylec won an impressive victory in Niagara County, upsetting former Niagara county Manager Jeffrey Glatz and gaining a seat on N.T.'s monolithic common council. Photo by Joe Kissel.

Single-party Governance meets varying fates across Niagara County

Niagara County December 22, 2017 at 5:56 am

Legislature rewards itself with raises after election By Joe Kissel Single-party governance — which is never in the best interests of the people — is part of why Niagara Falls currently finds itself between a rock and a hard place. With the election of libertarian and registered Republican Chris VoccioRead More

County residents say ‘no’ to proposed legislature pay increase

County residents say ‘no’ to proposed legislature pay increase

Niagara County December 8, 2017 at 5:52 am

By Joseph Kissel Other than Town of Lockport Supervisor Mark Crocker, all the speakers at Tuesday’s public hearing on the county’s proposed budget shot down the idea of raises for legislators. Mr. Crocker and legislators in favor of the 28 percent raise said it was time after 18 years ofRead More

Local Media mum as Greenway Director throws in towel after short stint

Local Media mum as Greenway Director throws in towel after short stint

Niagara County December 8, 2017 at 5:36 am

Having held the position for barely a year, Jeanne Leccese abruptly and unexpectedly resigned as Executive Director of the Niagara River Greenway last month, leaving unanswered questions. Namely, why did she leave the high-paying, prestigious position at the public benefit corporation for a staff job at a lowly non-profit? ButRead More

Signage at Lewiston (above) and the town of Porter (below) is routinely ignored by commercial traffic

State Parks trashes Niagara “Scenic” Parkway by tolerating commercial traffic

Niagara County December 1, 2017 at 5:36 am

When it comes to Niagara Falls, it’s like the Wild West around here. That’s because New York State completely and willfully ignores the law when it comes to just about anything to do with the 80% of Niagara Falls waterfront that it owns and operates. The Cuomo administration blatantly violatedRead More

Raising Salaries While Lowering Expectations

Raising Salaries While Lowering Expectations

Niagara County December 1, 2017 at 5:30 am

If you asked the average person whether their elected representative to the County Legislature deserved a raise, you can be almost certain the answer would be a resounding, ‘No!’  Even if the county is fiscally solvent, most people do not appreciate giving raises to politicians with their hard-earned tax dollars. Read More

Scott Kiedrowski

REPUBLICANS HOLD OFF DEMOCRATS, CONTINUE DOMINANCE

Niagara County November 11, 2017 at 12:11 pm

If Niagara County Democratic Party Chairman Nick Forster entered Tuesday night hoping for redemption, he found none. Despite being given the political equivalent of kryptonite with the fall from grace of former State Senator George D. Maziarz, the bombastic Democratic boss has failed to convert the county from its currentRead More

Local school zone speed limits arbitrary, make little sense

Local school zone speed limits arbitrary, make little sense

Niagara County November 3, 2017 at 5:12 am

The speed limit on Mapleton Road in front of the sprawling Starpoint Central School campus in the town of Pendleton has been lowered to 40 mph, and some have questioned the reasonableness of the adjustment. Previously 45 mph on the long, straight stretch of road, with no intersections in theRead More

Residents on new Upper Mountain Road housing development: “Not Now, No Way!”

Residents on new Upper Mountain Road housing development: “Not Now, No Way!”

Niagara County October 27, 2017 at 5:20 am

Is local government stalling, wearing down citizen opposition? The debate over a new, high-density housing subdivision proposed for the town of Lewiston seems to be winding down, as only a handful of citizens attending the Lewiston Town Board meeting Monday evening voiced opposition to the new construction. For the thirdRead More

State DEC finally cracks down on Allied Waste, worse than skunks

State DEC finally cracks down on Allied Waste, worse than skunks

Niagara County October 20, 2017 at 5:12 am

Even stinkier than the skunk invasion written about just weeks ago on these pages, a smelly landfill rivals only the city’s own Buffalo Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant in terms of the putrid, nauseating stench that now blankets much of the city, particularly during the summer tourist season. Complaints about theRead More

Retired State Senator George D. Maziarz

Maziarz Case Expected to be Dismissed in November

Niagara County October 13, 2017 at 5:42 am

Sources say that the New York State Attorney General’s prosecution of George Maziarz may wind up in a dismissal. The reason: No crimes were committed. The trial was supposed to commence in September. It has been adjourned. Sources familiar with the case said that expected testimony of prosecution witnesses unraveledRead More

Art Pappas (Mayor of North Tonawanda), Jody Lomeo (President & CEO, Kaleida Health), Robin Schimminger (State Assembly), Rob Ortt (State Senate), Darcy Craven (President of Millard Fillmore & DeGraff Memorial Hospitals & Jill Pawlowski, M.D., (Director of Emergency Medicine, DeGraff Memorial Hospital) celebrate the groundbreaking of DeGraff Memorial Hospital's new emergency department.

DeGraff Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department project underway

Niagara County October 6, 2017 at 5:02 am

Kaleida Health’s plan to enhance and upgrade its Niagara County hospital location continues to progress. Today, the health system broke ground on its $7.8 million emergency department renovation. The project is the focal point of “DeGraff 2020,” Kaleida Health’s plan for the future state of the North Tonawanda hospital. “TheRead More

Somerset Supervisor Dan Engert

County taxpayers to benefit from new Health Care initiative, but not in Falls

Niagara County September 29, 2017 at 5:14 am

Take a wild guess. Which was the only municipality in Niagara County to opt out of a money saving, state health care consolidation and the lion’s share of a $15.8 million state grant to bring current costs for municipal employees health benefits back in line? If you guessed the cityRead More

Christopher Bohnenkamp, right, is shown in this 2015 photo with former co-owner of Niagara Jet Adventures, Mike Fox, at their Youngstown dock. Mr. Fox is now one of those suing Mr. Bohnenkamp.

Youngstown jet boat firm hits some unusually stormy seas

Niagara County September 22, 2017 at 5:32 am

Niagara Jet Adventures, the Youngstown firm that sought to challenge Lewiston’s Whirlpool Jetboat Tours, Hornblower Niagara Falls and even Jimmy Glynn’s incomprehensibly still-in-business Maid of the Mist franchise, has hit some extraordinarily rough water For starters, Christopher Bohnenkamp, founder of Niagara Jet Adventures, was sentenced last month to five yearsRead More

Niagara Greenway Executive Director Jeanne Leccese didn't do very much to earn her near six figure salary this summer.

Not a Single Project Submission for Greenway this Funding Cycle

Niagara County September 22, 2017 at 5:30 am

For the first time in the ten year history of the Niagara River Greenway, not a single proposal was submitted for review this bimonthly project period. The September 19 meeting was strictly a formality, with no presentations taking place. Funded through the 2007 relicensing agreement with the New York PowerRead More

Bringing the City to the Country: The Problem is Density with Bri Estates

Bringing the City to the Country: The Problem is Density with Bri Estates

Niagara County September 15, 2017 at 5:50 am

Opposition to a proposed new housing development in the Town of Niagara is gaining momentum, as more information becomes available to residents of the Colonial Drive and Miller Road neighborhoods which will adjoin the subdivision, should it be built. The local office of Yonkers, NY-based Double C Realty Inc. hasRead More

Angler holding Lower Niagara River steelhead

WATERBOARDED – An open letter to the Niagara Falls Water Board

Niagara County September 8, 2017 at 4:11 am

To: Gretchen Leffler, Colleen Larkin, Renae Kimble, Nick Forster and Dan O’Callaghan, Niagara Falls is being waterboarded. In general parlance, waterboarding is a form of water torture in which water is poured over a cloth covering the face and breathing passages of an immobilized captive, causing the individual to experience theRead More

The opulent Niagara Falls Water Board administration building.

FISH ON DRUGS

Niagara County September 8, 2017 at 4:10 am

New study finds high levels of drugs, antidepressants in Niagara River fish Everyone knows Niagara Falls has a serious drug problem. But a new study shows that the problem isn’t confined to humans. Even the fish in the Niagara River are swimming around high. In the study, researchers detected highRead More

NIAGARA OFFICIALS REACT TO AG’s FENTANYL WARNING

NIAGARA OFFICIALS REACT TO AG’s FENTANYL WARNING

Niagara County September 8, 2017 at 3:31 am

NIAGARA OFFICIALS REACT TO AG’s FENTANYL WARNING County Opiate Task Force Will Meet to Consider Further Steps                                                                             LOCKPORT—Niagara County officials are taking the discovery of fentanyl-laced pillsRead More

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