Niagara Falls

City Hall Shenanigans: Trickery on Civil Service exams unfair to other applicants

City Hall Shenanigans: Trickery on Civil Service exams unfair to other applicants

Niagara Falls August 5, 2016 at 2:28 am

  City Hall — A woman in the Niagara Falls’ finance department – we will call her Tammy – who has worked there for several years on what is called “provisional” status, recently flunked her civil service exam. It was the second time she failed the exam. Tammy was appointedRead More

Local Economy, Quality of Life Harmed by Politicians, Tourism Bureaucracy 

Local Economy, Quality of Life Harmed by Politicians, Tourism Bureaucracy 

Niagara Falls August 5, 2016 at 1:44 am

  For many who live in the City of Niagara Falls, life is a daily struggle. Poverty, crime, substandard housing, lack of educational attainment, drug abuse and teen pregnancy here are across-the-board higher than New York State averages. For example, according to US Census figures, 40.6% of children in Niagara FallsRead More

Guest View: Niagara Falls Schools Superintendent Lists Goals

Guest View: Niagara Falls Schools Superintendent Lists Goals

Columns, Niagara Falls August 4, 2016 at 11:30 pm

What I want to accomplish as your Superintendent   By Mark Laurrie Superintendent of Schools, Niagara Falls School District   In considering what I want to accomplish as your Superintendent, I sat thoughtfully with the Strategic Goals of the District. Owing to the excellent work done been my predecessors, I believe weRead More

Are crowded train stations a thing of the past or of the future?

Dyster’s New Train Station Open House Event Will Feature Toy Trains But Not The Real Ones – Yet!

Featured, Niagara Falls July 28, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Despite the fact that no contract exists between Amtrak or any other entity to actually use the facility, city officials are ready to show off the new $44 million Niagara Falls International Railway and Intermodal Transportation Center to the public. A “sneak preview” of the new train station will beRead More

Governor Cuomo’s austere smile says it all as he reflects on the natural wonder of the campaign donations he receives from Maid of the Mist owner James Glynn and Delaware North billionaire Jeremy Jacobs, who run Niagara Falls State Park as if they own it.

Crime, Poverty, Fiscal Distress Here Direct Result Of Cuomo’s Policies, Broken Promises

Featured, Niagara Falls July 28, 2016 at 1:25 pm

By Jim Hufnagel On January 6, 2015, halfway through an interview with actress Nicole Kidman, NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon casually dropped a bomb on the city of Niagara Falls, NY. The conversation turned on an appearance the week before by Kidman’s husband, country singer Keith Urban, at a NewRead More

According to New York State’s Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments, Niagara Falls is the highest taxed municipality in New York which,  according to a recent study by WalletHub, is the highest state in the US. Therefore, the City of Niagara Falls is the highest taxed municipality in the highest taxed state.

Did Touma Lie By Omission when telling Time Warner about tax hikes?

Featured, Niagara Falls July 28, 2016 at 1:14 pm

By Members of Stop the Reassessment Committee Time Warner News was in the neighborhoods yesterday taking photos of stop the reassessment signs and interviewing residents. The link to the Time Warner video is http://www.twcnews.com/nys/buffalo/ news/2016/07/26/niagara-falls-propertyreassessment-.html A reporter interviewed Council Chairman Andrew Touma, and again, he deceived the people. He saidRead More

Council Chairman Andrew Touma, who will face reelection next year if he chooses to run, has led the charge to reassess every property in Niagara Falls.

Dyster, Touma Continue To Deceive Taxpayers On Reassessments & Ignore The Will Of The People

Featured, Niagara Falls July 28, 2016 at 1:06 pm

By the Committee to Stop the Reassessments & Continuous Tax Increases As mentioned in a previous article, Mayor Paul Dyster, with the support of Council Chairman Andrew Touma, deceived the taxpayers by waiting five days after the mayoral election to tell us he was planning to do a citywide reassessment.Read More

Councilman Kenny Thompkins visits Black Squirrel Garden Walk.

Black Squirrel Home and Garden Walk, Park Place Porch Fest, and Neighborhoods Taking Charge

Featured, Niagara Falls July 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Councilman Kenny Tompkins Last Saturday, July 23, my wife Terry and I had the pleasure of experiencing two of Niagara Falls’ newest events: The Black Squirrel Home and Garden Walk and the Park Place Porch Fest. It was refreshing to participate in both. On 12th Street and Memorial Parkway –Read More

What lies under Portage Road?  A test would find out conclusively.

Portage Road Repaving Presents Danger of Radioactive Contamination: US Surveys Show high concentration of radioactive material likely under the road

Featured, Niagara Falls July 28, 2016 at 12:27 pm

By Lou Ricciuti and Frank Parlato Niagara Falls – A section of Portage Road – between Ferry and Niagara – is scheduled for road work this summer and is expected to start any day. The Portage Road work – which is listed as part of Mayor Paul Dyster’s “in-house streetRead More

At a more than $28 subsidy per passenger, these Redcoats are in no hurry to “Brexit” the Discovery shuttle!

‘Discover Niagara’ Shuttle Numbers Disappoint Ridership, Tourism Impact Fail To Meet Expectations

Featured, Niagara Falls July 21, 2016 at 11:09 am

By Jim Hufnagel Recently the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area reported that its new Discover Niagara shuttle, which functions to remove tourists from downtown Niagara Falls to attractions in Lewiston and Youngstown, including their Center Street and Main Street business districts, respectively, boarded its 10,000th rider over the weekend ofRead More

Despite the nonsensical claims of the Hamister hotel being a signature hotel and catalyst for development, it is merely a smallish, 128 room, few or no amenities  Hyatt Place hotel.
Considering that it was located 300 feet from the entrance of the Niagara Falls State Park some would call it an horrific case of underdevelopment!

Goldman Sachs Bails Out Hamister, Cuomo, Dyster

Featured, Niagara Falls July 14, 2016 at 6:14 pm

Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to Niagara Falls on Tuesday to officially break ground on the long-awaited Hamister hotel project in downtown Niagara Falls and he used the occasion to praise his state development team led locally by Howard Zemsky and Sam Hoyt and paint a rosy picture of the successRead More

Thomas DeSantis says the radioactive waste on North Ave. is safe.

Everything Desantis Said Concerning Radioactive Waste Dump Was Wrong

Featured, Niagara Falls July 14, 2016 at 6:10 pm

  It turns out that nearly everything City Planner Tom DeSantis told the mainstream media last week in connection with a radioactive waste dump on North Avenue was incorrect, and Tuesday he was back peddling in the Niagara Gazette after an investigation by that paper found that the reporting onRead More

Over a half-million dollars’ worth of substandard granite pavers now grace Niagara Falls State Park, courtesy of a suspected bid rigging scheme perpetrated by Gov. Cuomo’s State Parks agency.

Scrutiny Of Alleged Niagara Falls Bid Rigging Needed

Featured, Niagara Falls July 14, 2016 at 6:05 pm

As the sultry summer weather settles in, investigations into alleged corrupt activities of the Cuomo administration are also heating up. Independent probes by both Manhattan-based U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, delving deeply into the state’s putrescent pay-to-play political culture, have already revealedRead More

Have you ever seen anything so ugly? Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster is spending $585,000 of your money to build this monstrosity on a traffic island in the city’s tourist district.

Monument To Dyster’s Poor Taste Now Costing New Yorkers $585,000

Featured, Niagara Falls July 14, 2016 at 5:54 pm

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster may not know much about art, but he knows that he likes to spend other people’s money. Last week it was announced that the sculpture he’s having installed on the traffic island in front of the old Hotel Niagara on Rainbow Boulevard will cost $150,000Read More

The right reverend Andrew Cuomo preaches to the choir about how Niagara Falls will turn around based on a politically dirty deal for a smallish hotel that the taxpayers of New York gifted to the developer.

Subdued Hotel Groundbreaking Has Hamister Making Excuses

Featured, Niagara Falls July 14, 2016 at 5:52 pm

  State and local officials were looking sheepish and Buffalo developer Mark Hamister was spinning excuses at Tuesday’s long delayed groundbreaking for a small, midmarket hotel project that was first announced four years ago. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, who has accepted campaign contributions from Hamister, offered up his usualRead More

Lawn signs residents are putting up in Niagara Falls
Unfortunately a Department of Public Works truck was seen removing a sign that was installed on a utility pole on 86th Street last Friday around 12:00 p.m. The strange thing is there were other advertising signs on that pole that were not removed. 
There were also two signs removed from two commercial buildings on Buffalo Avenue that same day. These buildings both have a very small area of grass next to them which is probably technically the city right-of-way and probably shouldn’t of been placed there.
But they probably would not have been removed if they said “Start The Reassessments”.

Stop on the Reassessment!

Featured, Niagara Falls July 14, 2016 at 5:37 pm

Just another great reason to live in Niagara Falls. Highest paid taxes and least received services. I do not live downtown, I live in Lasalle. I will have to ask the Mayor how much of an increase I should get based on the boarded up former crack house that isRead More

Captains Delia and Stephen Carrol.

New Salvation Army Leaders Have Strong Ties to Niagara Falls.

Featured, Niagara Falls July 14, 2016 at 5:32 pm

The Salvation Army has appointed Captains Delia and Stephen Carroll as the new commanding officers (ordained ministers) for its Niagara Falls Corps located at 7018 Buffalo Avenue. The Carrolls have been officers in The Salvation Army for 12 years. They have served as The Salvation Army leaders in Staten IslandRead More

Stop The Reassessments A Huge Tax Increase

Niagara Falls July 14, 2016 at 5:22 pm

By Ann Williams – Committee to Stop the Reassessments & Continuous Tax Increases Mayor Paul Dyster deceived the taxpayers by waiting until five days after the mayoral election to tell us that he was planning to do a citywide reassessment. He plans to raise our assessments on average from betweenRead More

Radioactive Waste no Cause for Concern: According to Falls’ Senior Planner, Desantis

Radioactive Waste no Cause for Concern: According to Falls’ Senior Planner, Desantis

Community News, Featured, Niagara County, Niagara Falls June 30, 2016 at 6:38 pm

Niagara Falls city officials attempted to address concerns this week in the wake of an expose in The Reporter on the creation of a radioactive waste dump on North Avenue here. Approximately 100 tons of radioactive soils was excavated during the construction of the city’s new train station and dumpedRead More

Things We Don’t Need in City Hall

Things We Don’t Need in City Hall

Columns, Niagara County, Niagara Falls June 30, 2016 at 6:05 pm

By Councilman Kenny Tompkins This week, for the second time in two months, the Niagara Falls City Council voted NO (3 to 2) to a request to add an elevated position to the city’s Purchasing department. The department’s director, Johnny Destino, has put forth this request twice, citing the need toRead More

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