Niagara Falls

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

Depression, Suicide Attempts, Risky Sex response of Niagara Falls’ youth to life in state’s “most violent” city

Depression, Suicide Attempts, Risky Sex response of Niagara Falls’ youth to life in state’s “most violent” city

Niagara Falls November 25, 2016 at 11:43 am

     The recently-released FBI report “Crime in the United States” singled out the city of Niagara Falls as having the highest rate of violent crime in all of New York State. During 2015, residents experienced 555 violent crimes, characterized as robbery, rape, murder and assault, a per capita rateRead More

A Hamilton, Ontario resident shows his love for Tesla with an awesome tat.

Hamilton, Ontario renames Street, School to Tout Tesla, while Niagara Falls Neglects Nikola

Niagara Falls November 25, 2016 at 11:39 am

     This summer the city of Hamilton, a prosperous Canadian city of over a half million inhabitants located just over the border in Ontario, renamed a portion of its heavily-traveled Burlington Street, “Nikola Tesla Boulevard”.      According to the Hamilton Community News, “Several hundred spectators attended the roadRead More

Three men with a shovel. While Mayor Paul Dyster (left) may not make a good Santa Claus for the taxpayers of Niagara Falls, he has been a good Santa to millionaire developers like Mark Hamister (center). 
Above, Hamister gets help from Mayor Dyster and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (right) in breaking ground for a small hotel with a lot of subsidies, some 300 feet from the entrance to the Niagara Falls State Park. 
The Reporter believes the deal involved initially a rigged selection scheme and later a fraudulently, provably, inflated price tag for the smallish, low amenities hotel to be built on one of the most important undeveloped sites in Niagara Falls - in order to secure millions more in taxpayer subsidies for Hamister.  
There is a chance that Dyster and Cuomo were secretly complicit in arranging the financing scheme.
As Franklin said, "Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead."
Let's see how this shakes out.

Reporter to reveal fraudulently inflated price of Hamister hotel — again

Niagara Falls November 25, 2016 at 8:44 am

Maybe this time someone will listen. We’re talking about the Hamister Hotel now being built in downtown Niagara Falls. So far we have written about it dozens of times. And so far, as far as we can tell, federal and state investigators seem content to ignore this ‘hide in plainRead More

WKBW has commenced a shocking investigative series of patient neglect and abuse at the Niagara Rehab Nursing Home at 822 Cedar Ave., in Niagara Falls.

Niagara Rehab under fire for Alleged Violations

Niagara Falls November 25, 2016 at 8:21 am

There seems to be no let-up of bad news for Niagara Rehabilitation & Nursing Center as just this week Channel 7 Eyewitness News reported yet another incident involving the facility, which has frequently been the target of state investigations over the years. A patient named David Willis simply walked outRead More

A couple of thoughts worth mentioning in Dyster-ville

A couple of thoughts worth mentioning in Dyster-ville

Niagara Falls November 17, 2016 at 6:53 am

Rumor has it that the $500,000 fire hall renovation by Isaiah 61 has once again proven the incompetence of the Dyster administration. After spending more than $100,000 fixing the roof, the city just discovered that the back wall is caving in. Reminds us of when Isaiah 61 was renovating aRead More

Who needs the moon when you've got 50 million candlepower spotlights?

Light Pollution Ruins Natural Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls November 17, 2016 at 4:25 am

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie – it could be because you were outside enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime experience this week. The moon was 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than it normally is. A “supermoon”, as its called, occurs when the moonRead More

Liz and Dr. Michael Mitchell, Shannon and Dharshan Jayasinghe

Memorial announces Premier 2017 co-chairs

Niagara Falls November 17, 2016 at 3:20 am

Dharshan and Shannon Jayasinghe and Dr. Michael and Liz Mitchell have been named co-chairs of The 2017 Premier, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s annual black tie dinner and entertainment gala. Dharshan Jayasinghe is chief executive officer of bizWin Strategies, a national executive search and recruiting firm that provides innovative andRead More

Niagara Falls youth contribute to, are impacted by High Rate of Violent Crime

Niagara Falls youth contribute to, are impacted by High Rate of Violent Crime

Niagara Falls November 17, 2016 at 3:08 am

As we reported two weeks ago, the 2015 FBI annual report “Crime in the United States”, released in late September of this year, ranked Niagara Falls as being the most violent city in New York State. Based on 555 violent crimes reported for Niagara Falls for 2015, and a populationRead 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

Niagara Falls City Councilman Charles Walker

Councilman Walker to answer in Court for Campaign Finance Violations

Niagara Falls November 17, 2016 at 2:45 am

If you access the NYS Board of Elections website, click on “Campaign Finance” and then “View Disclosure Reports”, and type in “Charles Walker”, there’s sparse information indeed on City Councilman Charles Walker’s campaign finances over the years. Serving on the city council since January of 1999, Walker is halfway throughRead 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

Cheeky Burglar caught on camera robbing home in his underwear.

Niagara Falls Tops National Security Company List for Most Burglaries Per Capita in New York State

Niagara Falls November 10, 2016 at 6:27 am

The Niagara Falls Reporter received a recent message from Zane Schwarzlose, community liaison for Protect America, a national home security company. Protect America sells home security systems. Their business is dependent on the existence of burglars. The more the supply of burglars, the greater the demand for security systems. InRead More

Clever Jamestown Exploits Lucy Legacy, Clueless Niagara Falls Ignores Tesla

Clever Jamestown Exploits Lucy Legacy, Clueless Niagara Falls Ignores Tesla

Niagara Falls November 10, 2016 at 3:34 am

Niagara Falls could learn a lesson or two from the city of Jamestown, NY, located a little more than an hour’s drive south of here, when it comes to not only honoring but capitalizing economically on the memory of its most famous residents. In 1996, Jamestown officially opened the LucilleRead More

The policies of Mayor Paul Dyster, as implemented during his nine years in office, have ensured that the city's  waterfront, and the economic prosperity that should come with it, will flow to Albany for decades to come.

Buffalo Waterfront Renewal proceeds apace with Front Park road removal, Niagara Falls lags, cedes waterfront benefits to State

Niagara Falls November 3, 2016 at 2:50 am

While Buffalo enjoys a massive renaissance of waterfront reclamation and renewal, Niagara Falls has been left behind. This is because, from the Grand Island bridge to the Falls and north to the Power Project, miles upon miles of Niagara Falls waterfront are owned and operated by State Parks and NYPA,Read More

Figure 1. While Buffalo has stabilized its population loss over recent years, Niagara Falls is still losing people at a steady clip.

Slight Niagara Falls Crime decrease attributable to demographics, state trends

Niagara Falls November 3, 2016 at 1:32 am

Last week we reported statistics obtained from the the 2015 FBI annual report “Crime in the United States”, which officially ranked Niagara Falls as being the most violent city in New York State. Of course, this was not good news for a city that wishes to present itself to theRead More

Return to the Grand Hamister and Niagara Falls

Return to the Grand Hamister and Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls November 3, 2016 at 12:10 am

By Peter A. Reese Last Sunday, my bride and I stopped by the bar at the Four Points Sheraton in LaSalle. We struck up a conversation with a nice young couple from Pennsylvania and got to reminiscing about our visit to the Grand Hamister last summer (See “Staying at theRead More

The real Frank Dux (r) in front of the man that played him, Jean Claude Van Damme.

Legendary Martial Artist Frank Dux’s Arrival in Niagara Falls Reminds Readers there are some Great Fighters here

Niagara Falls November 3, 2016 at 12:08 am

Following the publication of an interview with martial arts legend Frank Dux — Jim Allcorn of Niagara Falls wrote to remind us that our area has several great martial artists and fighters who have resided, fought and/or taught here for years. Dux, who divides his time between Los Angeles, HoustonRead More

Matteo Anello got $40,000. The lawyers got more than $250,000. The taxpayers paid for all of it.

The Matteo Case: And the winner is… The Lawyers!

Niagara Falls November 3, 2016 at 12:07 am

“The judicial process is like a cow. The public is impaled on its horns, the government has it by the tail, and all the while the lawyers are milking it.” – anonymous The final disposition of the (Matteo) Anello v. (Robert) Anderson case came down last week in the formRead 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

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