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Movie Review: The Birth of a Nation

Movie Review: The Birth of a Nation

Niagara Falls October 13, 2016 at 6:04 am

by Niagara Falls City Councilman Ezra P. Scott, Jr. Released on October 7th 2016, I recently had an opportunity to view The Birth of a Nation as a social study of American History. Unlike the original 1915 American silent film The Birth of a Nation (The Clansman), that was directed and co-produced by D.Read More

Questions on Raises and Stipends

Questions on Raises and Stipends

Niagara Falls October 13, 2016 at 6:02 am

by Niagara Falls City Councilman Kenny Tompkins On September 30, my council colleagues and I were handed the 2017 city budget. Over the next several weeks, we’ll individually scrutinize the details enclosed in the thousands of small-print pages of the book that contains the cost and revenue figures our cityRead More

Exterior image of the new Price Chopper in Colonie, New York  May 30, 2009.(Skip Dickstein / Times Union)

Discount Grocery Store Targets Highland Ave. Area

Niagara Falls October 13, 2016 at 6:01 am

  “It may be the start of something very positive,” according to Niagara Falls Council Chairman Andrew Touma Wednesday night after a public forum attracted an enthusiastic crowd of at least 100 people about the possibility of bringing in a discount grocery store to the Highland Avenue neighborhood. Sponsored byRead More

Tax & Spend Dyster Offers Huge Pay Increases + 8 New Positions

Tax & Spend Dyster Offers Huge Pay Increases + 8 New Positions

Niagara Falls October 13, 2016 at 5:05 am

by Ann Williams And Once Again, He Expects Us to Pay for it Through Tax Rate Increases & Looming Reassessments Committee to Stop the Reassessments & Continuous Tax Increases Mayor Paul Dyster is yet again proposing huge pay increases for mayoral appointees and the creation of eight new positions inRead More

Dyster Pay Raises Hitting Brick Wall With Lawmakers

Dyster Pay Raises Hitting Brick Wall With Lawmakers

Niagara Falls October 13, 2016 at 2:05 am

As we reported last week, Niagara Falls city lawmakers were surprised by the hefty city hall pay raises for administrators contained in Mayor Paul Dyster’s proposed 2017 spending plan, and as Council Chairman Andrew Touma said on Wednesday, “it is not the right time for substantial pay raises,” given theRead More

Niagara Falls joke

Niagara Falls joke

Niagara Falls October 6, 2016 at 8:41 pm

While walking down the street, a Niagara Falls resident is tragically hit by a bus and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met at the Pearly Gates by, to his surprise, the spirit of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.   “Welcome to Heaven,” says Mayor Dyster. “But weRead More

Perhaps Mayor Paul Dyster imagined train travel was still like this.

While Niagara Falls Train Station remains empty, Dyster goes to Buffalo to teach them how to build a train station

Niagara Falls October 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm

NIagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and Senior Planner Tom DeSantis are expected to headline a discussion hosted by Citizens for Regional Transit at their quarterly meeting scheduled for October 19th, promoting the group’s call to construct a new metropolitan mass transit station in downtown Buffalo. Among the advocates participating will beRead More

Another taxpayer-subsidized proposal, adjacent to the tax free Seneca Casino. Had the Casino really been the catalyst for development government officials promised, property across the street surely would not need taxpayer subsidies. When will people start to learn that everything government officials in this city promise, will not come true. Perhaps they will learn this proven again and again truth by simply asking themselves --"what do their officials know about business or development anyway?" They're politicians, which means at the end of the day, they haven't the slightest scruples about telling the public Bullshit... And with all due respect this present project has all the earmarks of the promises of the past.

Rolling in that “spin off” from Seneca Casino

Niagara Falls October 6, 2016 at 11:18 am

by Matt Ricchiazzi The administration of Mayor Paul Dyster is advancing a redevelopment project at the corner of Niagara and 7th – directly across the street from the Seneca Niagara Casino.  The project is causing controversy because the Dyster administration is seeking $1 million in state capital for the project, before issuingRead More

Hefty Pay Raises in Dyster Budget Come Under Attack

Hefty Pay Raises in Dyster Budget Come Under Attack

Niagara Falls October 6, 2016 at 11:17 am

Mayor Paul Dyster’s $91 million proposed budget for 2017 includes some hefty raises for several staffers, including his own secretary, and is coming under fire from from a former city economic development chief who called the proposed salary hikes “a slap in the face” to the taxpayers of the cityRead More

In its heyday it was the premier hotel in Niagara Falls. It was reportedly the home of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio while filming Niagara in 1952. Former guests of the hotel include U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joseph Cotten and Al Capone.

Suspicious Developer Seeks Background on Hotel Niagara RFP

Niagara Falls October 6, 2016 at 11:01 am

So what’s up with the state acquisition of the historic Hotel Niagara, the legendary Niagara Falls hotel at 210 Rainbow Blvd. in Niagara Falls? USA Niagara, one of the state’s development agencies under Empire State Development, which played a big role in the state-backed Hamister Hotel project, acquired the once-grandRead More

What’s Needed In City Government is Basic Common Sense

What’s Needed In City Government is Basic Common Sense

Niagara Falls September 29, 2016 at 6:59 am

By Vince Anello Former Mayor, Niagara Falls As you read this, the mayor, the city administrator, the city’s department heads and the city’s finance office are working on the 2017 budget. Anyone who is familiar with the 2013 New York State Comptroller’s audit of our city’s budget or the city’sRead More

Niagara Falls Municipal Complex

Niagara Falls’ experience with Ciminelli reviewed in light of indictment

Niagara Falls September 29, 2016 at 6:50 am

by James Hufnagel and Frank Parlato The banner headline at the top of the LPCiminelli website proclaims, “Integrity and Ingenuity at Work” That integrity has been called into question as shock waves from the federal indictments handed down last week accusing Louis Ciminelli, two of his executive staffers and severalRead More

Trott Access Center

Virtuoso, Zona, Grozio Help Keep Methadone Clinic at Current Site

Niagara Falls September 29, 2016 at 6:34 am

The Northpointe Council’s methadone clinic in Niagara Falls, which only a few short months ago was on track to move to a Sixth Street site that some residents were resisting, will remain at its current location at the Trott Access Center on 11th Street thanks to bipartisan efforts of severalRead More

There she is, the most beautiful $43 million vacant building in Niagara Falls. But don't worry, some people made a lot of money on this baby...

Train Station Will be Empty With or Without Amtrak

Niagara Falls September 22, 2016 at 4:46 am

  By Frank Parlato Only in Niagara Falls would government officials be stupid enough to build a train station without a tenant that can run trains. But city leaders, not known for either brains or heart, built a $43 million train station without ever once considering the fact that beforeRead More

New York Nanny State Takes all the fun out of Experiencing Nature

New York Nanny State Takes all the fun out of Experiencing Nature

Niagara Falls September 22, 2016 at 1:13 am

The average reader might suspect that we photoshopped the above vintage photos of Niagara Falls on this page – but we didn’t. They’re real images of real people perched at the precipice of Niagara Falls before areas such as Prospect Point, Three Sisters Islands and most of the entire perimeterRead More

Former City Manager Albond shares thoughts with Reporter on NYPA, hydropower issues

Former City Manager Albond shares thoughts with Reporter on NYPA, hydropower issues

Niagara Falls September 22, 2016 at 1:10 am

We recently had a conversation with Harvey Albond, a gentleman who has seen the ups and downs experienced by the city of Niagara Falls over a period spanning nearly the last six decades. Mr. Albond, 88, served as City Manager for Niagara Falls for two terms, the first 1959-60, andRead More

Niagara Falls Ranked As One of 55 Most Breathtaking Destinations in the World; And one of the dumbest

Niagara Falls Ranked As One of 55 Most Breathtaking Destinations in the World; And one of the dumbest

Niagara Falls September 15, 2016 at 2:52 am

  It made me laugh and made me kind of sad, at the same time when I saw it. A recent article published on Expedia entitled the “The 55 most breathtaking destinations in the world” rates Niagara Falls New York (but not Niagara Falls, Ontario) as one of them. “Beauty mayRead More

This season, the view is better from the Canadian Side

This season, the view is better from the Canadian Side

Niagara Falls September 15, 2016 at 2:01 am

BY MATT RICCHIAZZI;     Hamilton’s news broadcaster, CHCH, is reporting that Niagara Falls, ON enjoyed the best season it has had in nearly eight years. Niagara Falls Tourism chair Wyane Thomson says the city is on pace for a record tourism year measured by visitors and spending. “We’ve stepped up theRead More

Amtrak move, Opening Day for Train Station delayed, as the weeks, months and possibly years go by

Amtrak move, Opening Day for Train Station delayed, as the weeks, months and possibly years go by

Niagara Falls September 15, 2016 at 1:17 am

A remarkable publication from 2013 entitled “Station Program and Planning Guidelines”, put out by the passenger rail concern Amtrak to assist municipalities in the design, planning and construction of new “intermodal transportation centers” (aka train stations), raises continuing questions about the practicality of the $44 million facility recently built onRead More

The new Niagara Falls International Railway Station and Intermodal Transportation Center

New Train Station, Amtrak both Heavily Dependent on Government Subsidies

Niagara Falls September 15, 2016 at 1:13 am

The 2013 Amtrak “Station Program and Planning Guidelines” document specifies numerous requirements for any municipality contemplating construction of a new rail passenger station. Notwithstanding its imposing height and size, and the fact that it spans an entire city block, the new Niagara Falls International Railway Station and Intermodal Transportation CenterRead More

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