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Council Chair Andrew Touma is "on board" with the Voccio resolution.

Community leaders talk about “changing the culture” but what does it mean and to whom?

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:50 am

By Joseph Kissel When the recently built $43 million train station provided lucrative employment for mostly out-of-city workers, residents from surrounding neighborhoods quickly noticed nobody from their community was employed at the site. “It’s a hard process and the biggest problem we have is to change the culture,” said outgoingRead More

Risky Sanabria, president of Local 714 Firefighters

Poison Pen letter is sneaky, vicious attack on Niagara Falls Firefighters

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:44 am

“You know there was a time when public servants really did care about the public they served,” the unsigned screed that arrived in the mail this week said, “Well I guess as the song says: ‘Those times they are a changin’.” “TAKE A LOOK AT THIS EXCERPT FROM A LETTERRead More

The stench plaguing Military Road and area residents is coming from more than just the landfill and it's importation of gympsum drywall, which generates noxious hydrogen sulfide. Photo by Joseph Kissel.

Stench from Allied landfill getting worse, impacting businesses on Military Road

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:40 am

By Joseph Kissel How bad does it have to get before the DEC steps in? For two years, the stench emanating from the Allied Landfill has been getting steadily worse. So much so, this summer tourists were seen retching by the side of the road as they hit the vileRead More

The $650,000 "Untroubled Waters" has generated backlash from residents but only time will tell how history and tourists will judge it. Photo by Joseph Kissel.

Falls, County react harshly to new “American” outdoor art installation, price tag

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:28 am

By Joseph Kissel It’s been a rough debut for artist Jeff Laramore’s “Untroubled Waters” in downtown Niagara Falls’ Centennial Circle. Hundreds of residents have commented through social media on the $619,000 final price tag as well as the interpretive nature of the piece, which is to commemorate the obscure BoundaryRead More

Another Laramore piece, this one in Indianapolis, also unencumbered by ugly traffic signs.

Reporter critical of Mayor Dyster’s “public art” from the start

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:24 am

There’s a saying that well sums up public opinion here in Niagara Falls with regards to the new Boundary Waters “public art” sculpture that was installed at the Rainbow Blvd. traffic circle last week – “Americans don’t act, they react.” “How could this happen?” people are now demanding of eachRead 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

James Glynn and Andrew Cuomo make an excellent team when it comes to land deals. Twice the governor has come to James' rescue, first granting him land in the Niagara Gorge for a new boatyard and then relieving him of unwanted acreage on Buffalo Avenue.

First “Buffalo Billion” land deal in Falls just another Cuomo favor for Maid’s Glynn

Niagara Falls December 8, 2017 at 5:48 am

As part of his “Buffalo Billion II,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this year that he had decided to purchase “distressed lands adjacent to Niagara Falls State Park” as part of a new “Strategic Land Acquisition Program” for the purpose of subsequent redevelopment, the idea being to spur economic growthRead More

Baby Shawn is a Niagara Falls resident who's the longest surviving patient of a rare childhood brain cancer. Here, Bill Kennedy appears with Baby Shawn just before the fundraising walk that took place around Three Sisters Island.

Political outsider Kennedy is a question mark until the next votes come in

Niagara Falls December 8, 2017 at 5:34 am

By Joseph Kissel What is it about incoming councilman Bill Kennedy that makes him such a compelling figure as the city begins looking past three terms of Mayor Paul Dyster? First off, his election was a surprise and a resounding success, emerging from a crowded Democratic primary field though old-fashionedRead More

Chris Voccio at the primary candidates forum hosted by the Niagara Community Forum at the Niagara Falls Public Library.

Small-government libertarian Chris Voccio sets his sights on city budget

Niagara Falls December 8, 2017 at 5:32 am

By Joseph Kissel “I’m not the axman everyone thinks I am,” said incoming Falls councilman Chris Voccio. The now-retired newspaper publisher arrived here in 2014 to turn around The Niagara Gazette (after many similar assignments in other parts of the county) and reducing expenses considerably. “Even when you think youRead More

Wishing well for Kristen Grandinetti as she leaves behind council, few accomplishments

Wishing well for Kristen Grandinetti as she leaves behind council, few accomplishments

Niagara Falls December 8, 2017 at 5:30 am

By Joseph Kissel Kristen Grandinetti never made it easy to like or admire her as a Niagara Falls city councillor. Although she does ask relevant questions from time to time during discussions and presentations, even more so she manages to alienate nearly everyone with her disrespectful and seemingly incessant smartphoneRead More

Members of Niagara Falls police officers speak with incoming council member Chris Voccio on Wednesday about the five department jobs being eliminated through retirement.

City avoids hard cuts to 2018 budget, “gambles” casino funds will return

Niagara Falls December 1, 2017 at 5:52 am

Council vows to override possible mayoral veto on police retirements By Joseph Kissel In total, 14 positions were eliminated from the city’s 2018 budget through a $10,000 retirement incentive. “If the mayor had done it in July, he could have saved the taxpayers a million dollars,” said Councilman Andy Touma.Read More

According to the FBI's annual Crime Report, the city of Niagara Falls has the highest rates of violent and property crime in New York State for cities with population over 25,000. The proposed 2018 budget cuts two detectives and two patrol officers. What are they thinking?

Niagara Falls City Council, Mayor Dyster exceed tax cap, cut Police

Niagara Falls December 1, 2017 at 5:40 am

Budget Woes lead to big Tax Increases for Residents, Businesses It took less than twenty minutes. The meat cleaver came down hard on Mayor Paul Dyster’s proposed 2018 budget Wednesday afternoon, courtesy of the Niagara Falls City Council. In short order, the council eliminated four police positions, paring the mayor’sRead More

"The Mouse that Roared" (1959) was a dark comedy that foreshadowed the classic "Dr. Strangelove" in which Peter Sellers played three roles in the movie.

Answer to Niagara Falls’ fiscal distress may lie in classic comedy film

Niagara Falls December 1, 2017 at 5:36 am

The Niagara Falls Reporter has a solution to the budget crisis facing the city of Niagara Falls. It’s common knowledge that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is planning to run for president in 2020. The governor recently even went on a fundraising trip to California, being feted by Silicon Valley titans, HollywoodRead More

At $585,000, Mayor Dyster's Boundary Waters sculpture is costing more that twice what the City Council saved the other night when it eliminated four police positions from the budget.

Boundary Waters Sculpture soon to grace Downtown Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls December 1, 2017 at 5:04 am

It’s taken long enough, almost ten years, but soon Mayor Dyster’s pride and joy Boundary Waters sculpture will be unveiled and subjected to a dedication ceremony, to take place at its seat of honor in the middle of the Rainbow Blvd. traffic roundabout. It was supposed to have been finishedRead More

Perhaps the instruction should read, "Just fill in three circles." Many voters, apparently, were confused by the task at hand, and poll workers stand accused of ulterior motives in helping them.

Were Polls infiltrated, Election process subverted by Democrats to aid Grandinetti?

Niagara Falls November 10, 2017 at 7:23 pm

The Reporter has it on good information that all may not have been “on the up and up” with regards to election day here in the city of Niagara Falls. “I hope the Board of Elections is looking into this,” posted Niagara Falls Police officer and Air Force Reserve TechnicalRead More

Mike Hudson deeply missed by Reporter staff

Mike Hudson deeply missed by Reporter staff

Niagara Falls November 3, 2017 at 6:44 am

A profound sadness descended on all of us on the Reporter staff over the weekend on news of Mike Hudson’s passing. Mike was a guy much loved by everyone who knew him, even if mostly through his music, or his writing. It is here, in the newspaper that Mike founded,Read More

We HAVE to Do Better Than This

We HAVE to Do Better Than This

Niagara Falls November 3, 2017 at 6:40 am

By Councilman Kenny Tompkins As I continue to review the 2018 Niagara Falls city budget, one word runs through my mind: Disappointed. I am disappointed in what I see. There are no tough decisions being made with regard to department and personnel expenses. There was no mention of new revenueRead More

Gov. Cuomo and his lawyers negotiated a pact with the Senecas that didn't include payments past 2016. Perhaps the city of Niagara Falls should sue him for incompetence and see about getting him disbarred.

Dyster rejected Seneca offer to pay casino revenue directly to city

Niagara Falls October 27, 2017 at 5:52 am

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster knew well in advance that the Seneca Nation of Indians planned to end its revenue sharing agreement with the state in March of this year, and rejected an invitation by tribal leaders to enter into discussions that would have resulted in direct payments to theRead More

Councilmembers Grandinetti and Touma, pictured here with Mayor Dyster, support his proposed tax increases on businesses and residents. They are up for re-election in less than two weeks.

Baby steps approach to Budget won’t help in closing $12 million shortfall

Niagara Falls October 27, 2017 at 5:46 am

“Baby steps.” It’s a term used in Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-Step programs to warn those with substance abuse problems not to try and take on too much at once. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and his reliable rubber stamps on the City Council, Kristen Grandinetti and Andrew Touma, haveRead More

Tom Lowe, dressed to impress in one of his nicest t-shirts, represents Niagara University and the city of Niagara Falls at UB's Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness inaugural "Social Innovation" conference this past April.

Not another faith based initiative! ReNU Niagara eyes 5th, 6th Streets

Niagara Falls October 27, 2017 at 5:30 am

Back in Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood’s motto was, “Take from the rich and give to the poor.” Not a bad objective, but one that’s been revised by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster. “Take from the working poor and give to the non-working poor,” might well be his motto. Last week,Read More

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