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Jingle Falls USA another accident waiting to happen for Dyster here

Jingle Falls USA another accident waiting to happen for Dyster here

Niagara Falls October 20, 2017 at 5:52 am

When an idea fails miserably twice in recent memory, why not try it a third time? That seems to be the logic being applied by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and John Percy’s publicly funded Destination Niagara USA in announcing yet another winter festival here, this one called “Jingle FallsRead More

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN - An old campaign ad presages the city's present budget predicament.

Dyster’s whopping tax increases to pass as Homeowners, Businesses take the fall

Niagara Falls October 20, 2017 at 5:50 am

The 2018 Niagara Falls city budget, otherwise known as Mayor Paul Dyster’s massive tax increase, has every chance of passing, despite the outcry raised by taxpayers in what is already the most highly taxed municipality in the state. At Monday night’s City Council meeting a vote was taken on aRead More

Congratulations... You're hired! This way to your corner office on the top floor!

Gov. Cuomo’s jobs “Strikeforce” invades Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls October 20, 2017 at 5:40 am

Declares Victory, then retreats back to Albany “Niagara Falls Unemployment Rate highest in New York State” blared the headline for our lead story on August 13 of this year. As we reported, the Niagara Falls unemployment figure for June, 2017 was an appalling 7.7%, by far the highest of anyRead More

"I get sick of people saying, you know, well it's never been done here," remarked Rev. Darius Pridgen on a self-produced video promoting his Affordable Rent and Housing (ARH) program.

More Subsidized Housing on the way; Is it a Blessing, or a Curse?

Niagara Falls October 20, 2017 at 5:30 am

Another day, another scheme to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on low rent housing in a city already so vacant that private landlords are just giving up. You can’t throw a rock around here and not hit some politically connected insider with a yen to house the downtrodden and walkRead More

Cuomo jokes about Niagara Falls’ loss of casino funds

Cuomo jokes about Niagara Falls’ loss of casino funds

Niagara Falls October 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

Governor turns his back on World-Famous Tourist city “This agreement is a win-win-win; a win for the local governments of Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and Salamanca, a win for the Seneca Nation whose exclusivity will be honored, and a win for all New Yorkers with hundreds of millions of dollars comingRead More

Councilmembers Grandinetti and Touma are attempting to postpone the budget vote to raise your taxes until after the Nov. 7 election.

Grandinetti, Touma seek to postpone budget vote until after Council election

Niagara Falls October 13, 2017 at 5:40 am

 City Councilmembers Kristen Grandinetti and Andrew Touma have come up with what they think is a great idea, that is, defer consideration of Mayor Paul Dyster’s whopping proposed tax increase until after the November election. Niagara Falls is already the most highly taxed municipality in the state based on theRead More

24 Below is the latest Third Street business to be shuttered.

Another Third Street business closes its doors

Niagara Falls October 13, 2017 at 5:36 am

USA Niagara, City wasted millions on Tourism Pipedream Niagara Falls’ “Tourist District” just received another blow with the closing of Third Street’s 24 Below Art Gallery and Cafe’ last week. Described by an Oct. 2016 article in the Niagara Gazette as a “haven for local artists,” the gallery actually doubledRead More

"A Council proclamation & Mayoral pin for Mary Ann Hess" proclaims Mayor Dyster on Twitter. Too bad hard-working business owners like Ms. Hess are about to get socked with a 14% tax increase, courtesy of the mayor and 4 of 5 councilmembers pictured here.

Dyster’s whopping tax increase born out of desperation at City Hall

Niagara Falls October 6, 2017 at 5:42 am

The most highly taxed city in the most highly taxed state in the entire country is about to get pricier, thanks to Niagara Falls, New York, Mayor Paul Dyster and the rubber stamp City Council majority that slavishly serves him. Over the nine years of his reign of error, theRead More

Mayor Dyster doesn't look too happy presenting his 2018 proposed budget at Niagara Falls City Hall, which raises taxes on residents and businesses.

Big Tax Increase in Dyster’s 2018 Budget not enough to offset loss of Casino Revenue

Niagara Falls October 6, 2017 at 5:40 am

While the national and state economies have enjoyed a reasonably robust recovery in the years following the housing meltdown and great recession, the financial condition of the city of Niagara Falls has steadily deteriorated over the decade Mayor Dyster has been in office, and there’s no mystery why. Rock concerts,Read More

Introducing… Pizza Squirrel!

Introducing… Pizza Squirrel!

Niagara Falls October 6, 2017 at 5:31 am

Niagara Falls’ newest recycling mascot, Pizza Squirrel. He says, “Thanks for putting recycling 1st.” Now Pizza Squirrel can feed his family ‘n lessen the amount of garbage going into the landfill at the same time. “No, Thank You, Pizza Squirrel.”

Dyster’s Water Board shifts blame after half inch of rain causes disaster

Dyster’s Water Board shifts blame after half inch of rain causes disaster

Niagara Falls October 6, 2017 at 5:30 am

For the third time since the end of July, a little bit of rain on Wednesday caused a major discharge of raw sewage from the Niagara Falls wastewater treatment plant into the Niagara River, the state Department of Environmental Conservation reported. The event came just two months after the lastRead More

Flat stone pavers from Three Sisters Island

NYS Attorney General declines to investigate Niagara Falls State Park bidding scandal

Niagara Falls October 6, 2017 at 5:26 am

“Corruption is a serious crime. We will always enforce one set of rules for everyone — even if they walk the halls of political power.” So stated New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman in an Aug. 10 post on his Facebook page. Yes, believe it or not, Mr.Read More

Dyster’s Human Rights Commissioner defends her role in shooting spree

Dyster’s Human Rights Commissioner defends her role in shooting spree

Niagara Falls September 29, 2017 at 5:58 am

A member of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster’s Human Rights Commission, who was charged with first degree reckless endangerment, a felony, after allegedly firing a shotgun into the back of a car and then aiming at a nearby apartment window on September 25, took to the internet Tuesday to proclaimRead More

Captured on camera, a menacing Evan Stafford is framed by one of the beautiful "public art" murals on Third Street, moments before beating the hell out of a WIVB-TV crew and smashing their equipment.

Niagara Falls’ Successful Title Defense: FBI again ranks city as Most Dangerous in New York State

Niagara Falls September 29, 2017 at 5:50 am

For the second year in a row, the city of Niagara Falls has topped the list as the most violent city in New York State, according to the 2016 report “Crime in the United States,” released this week by the FBI. There were a total of 565 violent crimes reportedRead More

Niagara Falls water bills deemed Cruel, Unusual Punishment

Niagara Falls water bills deemed Cruel, Unusual Punishment

Niagara Falls September 29, 2017 at 5:30 am

Council Candidate Pascoal proposes solutions to vexing problem According to the recently published Niagara Falls Water Board’s Annual Drinking Water Quality Report, “The total water produced in 2015 was over 7.7 billion gallons… The annual amount of water delivered to customers was about 2.5 billion gallons. This leaves about 5.2Read More

Michael DiCienzo

DiCienzo water park initiative gains wide support despite Dyster, Cuomo’s disinterest

Niagara Falls September 29, 2017 at 5:15 am

Sometimes, even in Niagara Falls, the good guys can win one. Take the case of Michael DiCienzo, the prosperous owner of numerous hotels in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, New York, whose development plans here have repeatedly been thwarted by both Mayor Paul Dyster’s City Hall and Governor AndrewRead More

Seneca President Barry Snyder's smile is perhaps because he knows the renewed compact doesn't account for payments past this year, unlike the other two grinning fools.

Dyster blames Council for squandering Casino Cash as financial crisis looms

Niagara Falls September 22, 2017 at 5:42 am

The gall. The unmitigated gall. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, the man responsible for figuring casino revenue into the general fund budget and using it for everything from a failed winter festival to a series of expensive but half baked rock concerts, is now blaming the City Council for theRead More

"She didn't just ask me that, did she?" Councilman Andy Touma appears flummoxed by a straightforward question from a local TV interviewer regarding the city's finances, a question for which he subsequently provided a nonsensical answer.

Niagara Falls Primary Election may be Harbinger of Change, Tongue-Tied Councilman Touma baffles TV audience

Niagara Falls September 22, 2017 at 5:40 am

Change is in the air, and last week’s primary election provided evidence of it. In a stunning turn of events, a complete political outsider, Bill Kennedy, came in a solid second in the Democratic race for three open seats on City Council, a mere 28 votes behind frontrunner Andrew Tuoma.Read More

Mayor Dyster (L) and Councilmembers Grandinetti and Touma (R) at a fundraiser four years ago. Will the Dyster majority, which also includes the soon-departing Charles Walker and disappointing 1st draft choice Ezra Scott, Jr. still be intact after Election Day, 2017?

Mayor Dyster, Council Majority to Approve Raises for City Workers next week Despite Bad Audit, Credit Downgrade, Vanishing Casino Funds

Niagara Falls September 15, 2017 at 5:52 am

The city of Niagara Falls is living on borrowed time, financially speaking. The unrestricted fund balance (aka reserve fund) is projected to sink to zero by the end of this year, and according to a draft audit released in August by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office and first made publicRead More

Since few of the 8 million tourists who come here every year venture outside of Niagara Falls State Park, it's doubtful Cuomo, Uniland or Gov. Cuomo are stupid enough to spend $75 million on "Wonderfalls" in the pretty much empty, decaying downtown of the city of Niagara Falls.

IDA bets on DiCienzo’s downtown waterpark; Meanwhile, Wonderfalls remains a pipe dream

Niagara Falls September 15, 2017 at 5:36 am

Michael DiCienzo’s proposed $20 million indoor water park in downtown Niagara Falls got a big boost this week from the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency, which granted a $6.6 million tax break package to the project. Mr. DiCienzo first announced the project in May with a larger scope that wouldRead More

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