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More low income housing key  To Falls’ future? Dyster says yes!

More low income housing key To Falls’ future? Dyster says yes!

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

  Since when is $http://southbuffalonews.com2 million “affordable? That’s the price tag on the new Walnut Avenue Homes project – located on Walnut Avenue and Fifth, Sixth and Seventh streets. The development consists of seven new buildings and the renovation of the former Niagara Falls Board of Education Building. Applications areRead More

Mcnall Named Supreme Court Law Library Trustee

Niagara County November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

LOCKPORT—Wm. Keith McNall, who became chairman of the Niagara County Legislature in January, added a new title today: law library trustee. The news of McNall’s appointment came in a letter from the chief administrative judge of the New York State Unified Court System, naming the long-time public fixture to theRead More

Two Methadone Clinics to Address Rising Problem of Heroin Addiction

Niagara Falls November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

“When one door closes, another door opens,” Alexander Graham Bell once famously said and, when it comes to the problem of drug addiction in Niagara Falls, his words ring true today. When the elderly Dr. Pravin Mehta was arrested at his Pine Avenue office by a combined task force ofRead More

City Hall Jokes….

City Hall Jokes….

Niagara Falls, Columns November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

  What’s the difference between the mayor’s annual city hall Christmas party and a funeral? The funeral is more fun. A Paul Dyster “political equivalent.” In the normal world a job promotion is called a job promotion. In Dyster World a job promotion is called “an administrative thank you.” ARead More

Wingfield’s motive for arson, attempted murder, said to be prompted by being jilted by woman

Wingfield’s motive for arson, attempted murder, said to be prompted by being jilted by woman

Niagara Falls November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

According to Detective Lieutenant John Conti Criminal Investigation Division, Niagara Falls Police Department: In response to many inquiries: Jerome Wingfield was wanted for domestic violence charges when he then shot the male he incorrectly thought was on a relationship with the DV victim. While eluding arrest for the DV and thenRead More

Shocking Cuomo press release reveals real Rationale for Robert Moses Parkway Upgrade

Shocking Cuomo press release reveals real Rationale for Robert Moses Parkway Upgrade

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

It couldn’t have been made any clearer had it been posted on billboards, shouted from rooftops or written in skywriting.   If there was ever the shadow of a doubt in your mind that the south Robert Moses Parkway reconstruction was intended to do anything other than convey tourists past theRead More

Update on ‘Billy’ Case; Suspect, Pringle, flees out back door; community asked to contact police if Pringle is spotted

Update on ‘Billy’ Case; Suspect, Pringle, flees out back door; community asked to contact police if Pringle is spotted

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

  It was back in mid-December that Niagara Falls police were “inundated with calls” and requests for interviews regarding the case of a Niagara Falls man who was being intimidated and slapped on video which was made public on the internet. According to Niagara Falls Police Department Chief of Detectives Kelly Rizzo,Read More

FDR’s View of Public Service Unions Differs Vastly From What They Are Today

FDR’s View of Public Service Unions Differs Vastly From What They Are Today

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

President Franklin Roosevelt, a friend of private-sector unionism, drew a line when it came to government workers. “Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relations and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the Government,” he said in http://southbuffalonews.com937. “The process of collective bargaining, as usuallyRead More

Niagara Falls now more dangerous  than ever before, new study shows

Niagara Falls now more dangerous than ever before, new study shows

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    In its’ never ending quest to excel at something, Niagara Falls scored a big win of sorts this week. The small town with big dreams was ranked as the 44th Most Dangerous City in the entire United States by a website specializing in information for prospective home buyers andRead More

Sensible business or sweetheart deal?  Chilton Avenue residents want to know

Sensible business or sweetheart deal? Chilton Avenue residents want to know

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

  Niagara Falls – A city-owned Chilton Avenue apartment house set to be sold to a volunteer member of the Dyster administration for $500 was never advertised as being for sale, and no sign was ever posted on the front lawn describing it was such. Instead, Community Development Director SethRead More

Maria Brown is the city's longtime controller. She is responsible for overseeing the city's finances and serves at the will of the mayor and the council. 
If the position were elected, as it is in many cities, the office would be independent of the political whims of spendthrift officials. An elected controller cannot propose to spend money but can oppose the spending on the grounds that it is irresponsible.
An appointed controller has to be concerned about calling out her bosses - the mayor and council - on being wasteful.
In the highest taxed city in the highest taxed state, it makes sense to have an independent, elected controller who can fearlessly put the brakes on the spending that has hit this city like a plague.

Reporter’s Call For An Elected City Controller Meets With Rousing Support

Niagara Falls November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

  The Reporter has written any number of articles in the past calling for changes in city government, but never – never – have we received such an immediate and supportive response as our column last week where we called for the city controller position to be made an electedRead More

Taxpayers get cold shoulder on ice pavilion transparency   

Taxpayers get cold shoulder on ice pavilion transparency  

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The city recently announced that it’s accepting RFP’s (requests for proposals) to operate Sal Maglie Stadium. In a Gazette article of December 27, Mayor Dyster said, “We don’t regard the direct operation of Sal Maglie as a cash cow…It doesn’t have the income possibilities as something like the Hyde ParkRead More

Niagara Falls Taxpayers will pay to host Great Lakes Conference  Dyster given $75,000 blank check to spend as he likes  

Niagara Falls Taxpayers will pay to host Great Lakes Conference Dyster given $75,000 blank check to spend as he likes  

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

  The city of Niagara Falls will “officially play host” to the 20http://southbuffalonews.com6 Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Cities Initiative annual conference this June. City taxpayers will officially foot the bill. The conference will host http://southbuffalonews.comhttp://southbuffalonews.com8 U.S. and Canadian representatives, including representatives from Niagara Falls, who will gather to eat, drink, networkRead More

Passage of “Amanda Lynn’s Law”  comforts grieving family here

Passage of “Amanda Lynn’s Law” comforts grieving family here

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

  By Mike Hudson For Leslie Brill Meserole, even the small victories are huge. “I couldn’t be happier,” she said on hearing the news that Amanda Lynn’s Law — which strengthens penalties against those who seek to unlawfully conceal or dispose of a body – had been signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.Read More

The taxpayer subsidized housing in Beloved Community cost about $300,000 per unit to develop. This shows that the poverty industry can be very lucrative for builders and developers.

Housing Authority a Key Player in Commodification of Human Services

Niagara Falls November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Perhaps no agency has benefitted more from the commodification of poverty in Niagara Falls in recent years than the city’s Housing Authority. Created in http://southbuffalonews.com942 to provide housing for soldiers, sailors, Marines and others involved in the war effort, the agency has evolved through the years to provide not onlyRead More

Touma gets the chair, Grandinetti gets the bum’s rush…again

Touma gets the chair, Grandinetti gets the bum’s rush…again

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

(The Reporter’s resident feminist, Anna Howard, says the ‘woman was denied’) The city council held their 20http://southbuffalonews.com6 reorganization meeting today, January http://southbuffalonews.com, 20http://southbuffalonews.com6. And, as we feared, the male dominated council decided to let current chairman, Andrew Touma, remain in the big seat for 20http://southbuffalonews.com6.  As the saying goes, we’reRead More

City tourism office won’t get NTCC monkey off our backs  

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

  At least publicly, Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster has sung the praises of the shadowy and secretive Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., and its’ CEO John Percy. The NTCC benefits from nearly $2 million a year in city money, with around $900,000 coming from bed tax collections and anotherRead More

Only in North Tonawanda: Tale of two ends of Northeast Ave.

Uncategorized November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Oliver Street actually doesn’t look bad if it weren’t for trash, litter and too conspicuous and generally always overflowing garbage totes at some rental properties. The few facades between Schenck and Wheatfield that got attention with the grant program do look “nice” on the outside. Oliver still looks like theRead More

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