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Agenda for Niagara Falls City Council Meeting on January 17th, 2018

Agenda for Niagara Falls City Council Meeting on January 17th, 2018

Niagara Falls, Local News January 17, 2018 at 2:25 pm

NIAGARA FALLS CITY COUNCIL AGENDA FOR JANUARY 17, 2018 COUNCIL CHAMBERS COUNCIL CHAMBERS 6:00 P.M. – COUNCIL MEMBERS KENNEDY SCOTT TOMPKINS VOCCIO TOUMA _ __ PRAYER – CHAIRMAN TOUMA PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Approval of Minutes from the Council Meeting of December 26, 2017 and the Organizational Meeting of January 1,Read More

Councilman Chris Voccio is sponsoring a key resolution.

Falls Lawmakers to Push City to Shave Expenses

Niagara Falls January 12, 2018 at 5:48 am

Resolution Expected to Pass Unanimously      Still hoping for a resolution to the gaming dispute in months, not years, Niagara Falls city lawmakers nonetheless are attempting to brace for an uncertain future by sending a message to the Dyster administration and city workers that the city needs to take actionRead More

Affluent DeVeaux (upper left, 201) and Lasalle (lower right, 222, includes Cayuga Island) are losing population, while the poverty-stricken Highland Avenue census tract (202) gains population, indicative of a city in decline. (Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey)

Latest US Census numbers Dire News for Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls January 12, 2018 at 5:45 am

Population, Wealth taking flight from City in Decline More evidence of the continuing downward spiral of the city of Niagara Falls under the Dyster administration was released last month by the US Census Bureau. According to its “American Communities Survey,” while the population of New York State expanded by 1.9%Read More

Tompkins: What I propose this coming year

Tompkins: What I propose this coming year

Niagara Falls January 12, 2018 at 5:20 am

Councilman Kenny Tompkins As the calendar turned to a new year, we watched as Councilmembers Chris Voccio and Bill Kennedy were sworn in for their inaugural terms. As with all new beginnings, there is a sense of hope. Here are some ideas I am hopeful of implementing this year: ·      ThereRead More

The Two Faces of Ezra: Button-down Ezra (above) by day, Wildman Ezra (below) cavorts to "Phuck Cancer.

Chairman charade: Touma becomes Chairman as Scott bows out

Niagara Falls January 12, 2018 at 5:18 am

By Nicholas D. D’Angelo Managing Editor As friends, family, and elected officials walked into the City Council chambers on New Year’s Day awaiting the swearing-in ceremony for Bill Kennedy, Chris Voccio, Andy Touma, Owen Steed, Mark Grozio, and Dennis Virtuoso to begin, those who frequently attend council meetings noticed somethingRead More

Rob Depaolo, who works in the city's inspection department, addressed the board about issues regarding the city's dog population. The official number of registered dogs is 2,209, which seems low to city officials. Council President Eric Zadzilka suggested a dog census as a first step to addressing and possibly re-vamping some of the city's dog laws.

Dog Census proposed for North Tonawanda

Niagara Falls January 12, 2018 at 5:14 am

North Tonawanda council looking at dog census, higher registration fees By Joseph Kissel A census for dogs? North Tonawanda Common Council President Eric Zadzilka said on Tuesday he’d like to see a dog census take place as a first step to getting a handle on any toothy canine issues inRead More

A Talking Heads music video from the late '70's was insulting to Niagara Falls.

Talking Heads’ music video derided Falls, Moses Parkway decades ago

Niagara Falls January 12, 2018 at 5:08 am

Being a tourist destination with international name recognition can be a double-edged sword, as the city of Niagara Falls finds out on a regular basis. It seems that every time something positive around here makes headlines worldwide, such as the Wallenda walk, or the falls and Goat Island displaying winterRead More

YOUNG REPUBLICANS GROUP FORMING

YOUNG REPUBLICANS GROUP FORMING

Niagara County January 12, 2018 at 5:07 am

Niagara Falls, NY – Niagara Falls Young Republicans, a new group for people 18-40 who believe in Republican principles of limited government, free enterprise and individual responsibility, is starting a local chapter. Their first meeting will be a pizza party to be held on Tuesday, January 30th, at 5:30 pmRead More

A New Year's Resolution for the residents of Niagara Falls
A New Year's Resolution for the residents of Niagara Falls

A New Year’s Resolution for the residents of Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, Local News January 7, 2018 at 11:40 am

As we enter 2018, there is no better time to reflect on what the previous year has taught us. On a national level, and even on the local level, we see the result of one of the most divided political climates in recent memory. Once thoughtful conversations or debates thatRead More

The Niagara Falls Water Board was significantly revamped at the top levels earlier this year, with the influential Nick Forster serving as common council representative. Forster says many of the problems the city is grappling with were ignored by the previous regimes. Photo by Joseph Kissel.

STORIES OF THE YEAR: Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:58 am

Tough year for Niagara Falls with water board, casino cash woes By Joe Kissel It’s not surprising that Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently snubbed Niagara Falls and rebuked calls for emergency state aid when that very same entity is contributing to this city’s downward spiral to a control board. Which means Niagara FallsRead More

Independence Party candidate Austin Tylec won an impressive victory in Niagara County, upsetting former Niagara county Manager Jeffrey Glatz and gaining a seat on N.T.'s monolithic common council. Photo by Joe Kissel.

Single-party Governance meets varying fates across Niagara County

Niagara County December 22, 2017 at 5:56 am

Legislature rewards itself with raises after election By Joe Kissel Single-party governance — which is never in the best interests of the people — is part of why Niagara Falls currently finds itself between a rock and a hard place. With the election of libertarian and registered Republican Chris VoccioRead More

An avid runner, Mr. Touma (right) enjoys 5k races. Unfortunately, this year's Boys & Girls Club race was cancelled due to lack of interest, while the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association's 5k race was scrapped last year. Maybe if Councilman Touma didn't vote to raise taxes, and waste money on Dyster's silly projects all the time, the city wouldn't be in such desperate straits.

Did Touma endorsement compromise Conservative Party ideals, and vice versa?

Niagara Falls December 22, 2017 at 5:54 am

New York is one of only eight states that perpetuates the antiquated system of “electoral fusion,” an arrangement by which two or more political parties cross endorse a candidate, and of those eight states, it’s only commonly practiced here. As a result, several peculiarities that are unique to our electionsRead More

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

County residents say ‘no’ to proposed legislature pay increase

County residents say ‘no’ to proposed legislature pay increase

Niagara County December 8, 2017 at 5:52 am

By Joseph Kissel Other than Town of Lockport Supervisor Mark Crocker, all the speakers at Tuesday’s public hearing on the county’s proposed budget shot down the idea of raises for legislators. Mr. Crocker and legislators in favor of the 28 percent raise said it was time after 18 years ofRead 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

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