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Local Media mum as Greenway Director throws in towel after short stint

Local Media mum as Greenway Director throws in towel after short stint

Niagara County December 8, 2017 at 5:36 am

Having held the position for barely a year, Jeanne Leccese abruptly and unexpectedly resigned as Executive Director of the Niagara River Greenway last month, leaving unanswered questions. Namely, why did she leave the high-paying, prestigious position at the public benefit corporation for a staff job at a lowly non-profit? ButRead More

Baby Shawn is a Niagara Falls resident who's the longest surviving patient of a rare childhood brain cancer. Here, Bill Kennedy appears with Baby Shawn just before the fundraising walk that took place around Three Sisters Island.

Political outsider Kennedy is a question mark until the next votes come in

Niagara Falls December 8, 2017 at 5:34 am

By Joseph Kissel What is it about incoming councilman Bill Kennedy that makes him such a compelling figure as the city begins looking past three terms of Mayor Paul Dyster? First off, his election was a surprise and a resounding success, emerging from a crowded Democratic primary field though old-fashionedRead More

Chris Voccio at the primary candidates forum hosted by the Niagara Community Forum at the Niagara Falls Public Library.

Small-government libertarian Chris Voccio sets his sights on city budget

Niagara Falls December 8, 2017 at 5:32 am

By Joseph Kissel “I’m not the axman everyone thinks I am,” said incoming Falls councilman Chris Voccio. The now-retired newspaper publisher arrived here in 2014 to turn around The Niagara Gazette (after many similar assignments in other parts of the county) and reducing expenses considerably. “Even when you think youRead More

Wishing well for Kristen Grandinetti as she leaves behind council, few accomplishments

Wishing well for Kristen Grandinetti as she leaves behind council, few accomplishments

Niagara Falls December 8, 2017 at 5:30 am

By Joseph Kissel Kristen Grandinetti never made it easy to like or admire her as a Niagara Falls city councillor. Although she does ask relevant questions from time to time during discussions and presentations, even more so she manages to alienate nearly everyone with her disrespectful and seemingly incessant smartphoneRead More

Members of Niagara Falls police officers speak with incoming council member Chris Voccio on Wednesday about the five department jobs being eliminated through retirement.

City avoids hard cuts to 2018 budget, “gambles” casino funds will return

Niagara Falls December 1, 2017 at 5:52 am

Council vows to override possible mayoral veto on police retirements By Joseph Kissel In total, 14 positions were eliminated from the city’s 2018 budget through a $10,000 retirement incentive. “If the mayor had done it in July, he could have saved the taxpayers a million dollars,” said Councilman Andy Touma.Read More

According to the FBI's annual Crime Report, the city of Niagara Falls has the highest rates of violent and property crime in New York State for cities with population over 25,000. The proposed 2018 budget cuts two detectives and two patrol officers. What are they thinking?

Niagara Falls City Council, Mayor Dyster exceed tax cap, cut Police

Niagara Falls December 1, 2017 at 5:40 am

Budget Woes lead to big Tax Increases for Residents, Businesses It took less than twenty minutes. The meat cleaver came down hard on Mayor Paul Dyster’s proposed 2018 budget Wednesday afternoon, courtesy of the Niagara Falls City Council. In short order, the council eliminated four police positions, paring the mayor’sRead More

"The Mouse that Roared" (1959) was a dark comedy that foreshadowed the classic "Dr. Strangelove" in which Peter Sellers played three roles in the movie.

Answer to Niagara Falls’ fiscal distress may lie in classic comedy film

Niagara Falls December 1, 2017 at 5:36 am

The Niagara Falls Reporter has a solution to the budget crisis facing the city of Niagara Falls. It’s common knowledge that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is planning to run for president in 2020. The governor recently even went on a fundraising trip to California, being feted by Silicon Valley titans, HollywoodRead More

Signage at Lewiston (above) and the town of Porter (below) is routinely ignored by commercial traffic

State Parks trashes Niagara “Scenic” Parkway by tolerating commercial traffic

Niagara County December 1, 2017 at 5:36 am

When it comes to Niagara Falls, it’s like the Wild West around here. That’s because New York State completely and willfully ignores the law when it comes to just about anything to do with the 80% of Niagara Falls waterfront that it owns and operates. The Cuomo administration blatantly violatedRead More

Raising Salaries While Lowering Expectations

Raising Salaries While Lowering Expectations

Niagara County December 1, 2017 at 5:30 am

If you asked the average person whether their elected representative to the County Legislature deserved a raise, you can be almost certain the answer would be a resounding, ‘No!’  Even if the county is fiscally solvent, most people do not appreciate giving raises to politicians with their hard-earned tax dollars. Read More

At $585,000, Mayor Dyster's Boundary Waters sculpture is costing more that twice what the City Council saved the other night when it eliminated four police positions from the budget.

Boundary Waters Sculpture soon to grace Downtown Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls December 1, 2017 at 5:04 am

It’s taken long enough, almost ten years, but soon Mayor Dyster’s pride and joy Boundary Waters sculpture will be unveiled and subjected to a dedication ceremony, to take place at its seat of honor in the middle of the Rainbow Blvd. traffic roundabout. It was supposed to have been finishedRead More

Scott Kiedrowski

REPUBLICANS HOLD OFF DEMOCRATS, CONTINUE DOMINANCE

Niagara County November 11, 2017 at 12:11 pm

If Niagara County Democratic Party Chairman Nick Forster entered Tuesday night hoping for redemption, he found none. Despite being given the political equivalent of kryptonite with the fall from grace of former State Senator George D. Maziarz, the bombastic Democratic boss has failed to convert the county from its currentRead More

Perhaps the instruction should read, "Just fill in three circles." Many voters, apparently, were confused by the task at hand, and poll workers stand accused of ulterior motives in helping them.

Were Polls infiltrated, Election process subverted by Democrats to aid Grandinetti?

Niagara Falls November 10, 2017 at 7:23 pm

The Reporter has it on good information that all may not have been “on the up and up” with regards to election day here in the city of Niagara Falls. “I hope the Board of Elections is looking into this,” posted Niagara Falls Police officer and Air Force Reserve TechnicalRead More

Mike Hudson, founder of Niagara Falls Reporter, has died

Mike Hudson, founder of Niagara Falls Reporter, has died

Local News November 3, 2017 at 7:35 pm

By Frank Parlato Mike Hudson, 61, passed away in his home in Los Angeles at around 8:30 pm Pacific time, Friday, October 27, 2017. He died of sepsis from a lacerated bowel. He did not appear to be suffering from any illness, and had no pain until about 24 hoursRead More

Mike Hudson deeply missed by Reporter staff

Mike Hudson deeply missed by Reporter staff

Niagara Falls November 3, 2017 at 6:44 am

A profound sadness descended on all of us on the Reporter staff over the weekend on news of Mike Hudson’s passing. Mike was a guy much loved by everyone who knew him, even if mostly through his music, or his writing. It is here, in the newspaper that Mike founded,Read More

We HAVE to Do Better Than This

We HAVE to Do Better Than This

Niagara Falls November 3, 2017 at 6:40 am

By Councilman Kenny Tompkins As I continue to review the 2018 Niagara Falls city budget, one word runs through my mind: Disappointed. I am disappointed in what I see. There are no tough decisions being made with regard to department and personnel expenses. There was no mention of new revenueRead More

Local school zone speed limits arbitrary, make little sense

Local school zone speed limits arbitrary, make little sense

Niagara County November 3, 2017 at 5:12 am

The speed limit on Mapleton Road in front of the sprawling Starpoint Central School campus in the town of Pendleton has been lowered to 40 mph, and some have questioned the reasonableness of the adjustment. Previously 45 mph on the long, straight stretch of road, with no intersections in theRead More

100 YEARS OF WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE. GO CYNDY AND CELIA!

100 YEARS OF WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE. GO CYNDY AND CELIA!

Grand Island November 2, 2017 at 4:52 pm

Fellow Islanders, The year 2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of women in New York State gaining the right to vote. When you vote on November 7, you will get a sticker with a logo created to commemorate the occasion. I’m sure you’ve noticed that three of the Town Council candidatesRead More

Be Grand

Be Grand

Grand Island November 2, 2017 at 4:50 pm

Dear Islanders, The two Town Councilmen who are leaving office, Ray Billica and Chris Aronica, wrote a letter last week. Their message, essentially, was that we need to elect Town Council Candidates who will do the will of the people rather than the will of a select few. And thus,Read More

Mike Hudson, founder of Niagara Falls Reporter, has died

Mike Hudson, founder of Niagara Falls Reporter, has died

Local News October 27, 2017 at 11:51 pm

Mike Hudson, 61, passed away today in his home in Los Angeles at around 8:30 pm Pacific time. He died of sepsis from a recently torn bowel. He did not appear to be suffering from any illness, and had no pain until about 24 hours prior to his death. OnRead More

Gov. Cuomo and his lawyers negotiated a pact with the Senecas that didn't include payments past 2016. Perhaps the city of Niagara Falls should sue him for incompetence and see about getting him disbarred.

Dyster rejected Seneca offer to pay casino revenue directly to city

Niagara Falls October 27, 2017 at 5:52 am

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster knew well in advance that the Seneca Nation of Indians planned to end its revenue sharing agreement with the state in March of this year, and rejected an invitation by tribal leaders to enter into discussions that would have resulted in direct payments to theRead More

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