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Mark Hamister and Gov. Andrew Cuomo who helped his campaign donor get a free hotel.

Hamister wants more: How the politically connected developer gets a free hotel and $10 million in his pocket

Niagara Falls September 8, 2016 at 12:22 pm

USA Niagara officials have recommended that state taxpayers give developer Mark Hamister an additional $1 million for his downtown Niagara Falls Hyatt Place hotel project. That money supplements the $3.85 million the state-run agency has already committed to the project. The $4.85 million represents a 14% public subsidy for the purportedRead More

The Lewiston Reservoir is a 1,900-acre, 22 billion gallon reservoir elevated more than 30 feet above the Niagara escarpment.

Former NYPA Official comments on Lewiston Reservoir sinkhole threat

Niagara County September 8, 2016 at 12:10 pm

The chief engineer formerly in charge of the NYPA Niagara Power Project hydroelectric facility at Lewiston, NY, last week responded to a Sept. 1 Artvoice article revealing the presence of what was termed a sinkhole next to its associated reservoir. Although the presumed sinkhole, first discovered during a routine inspectionRead More

JC Seneca

JC Seneca to Run for Seneca President

Niagara Falls September 8, 2016 at 12:05 pm

Promising transparency and a new path that provides hope, faith and trust in government, businessman JC Seneca of the Cattaraugus Territory announced today that he is running for president of the Seneca Nation of Indians in the election scheduled for Nov. 1. Seneca, 56, chairman of the One Nation Organization,Read More

Falls Reassessment Plan Slowing Down

Falls Reassessment Plan Slowing Down

Niagara Falls September 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm

It appears the planned citywide property reassessment in Niagara Falls, the first in 14 years, is not necessarily a done deal just yet after many taxpayers voiced strong opposition to the plan at last Tuesday’s public hearing in council chambers. “People were obviously concerned,” said Council President Andrew Touma onRead More

Jack Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe both stayed at the Hotel Niagara, although not at the same time, in the same room.

USA Niagara Development: “Who wants a free hotel?”

Niagara Falls September 8, 2016 at 12:01 pm

The USA Niagara Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Empire State Development, is issuing a request for proposals for ‘qualified developers’ to purchase, restore/rehabilitate and reuse the historic Hotel Niagara on Rainbow Boulevard.  Several developers participated in a meeting last week hosted by USA Niagara, giving them an opportunity to assessRead More

A water leak surfaces on West Rivershore Drive in Niagara Falls.

More than two thirds of water treated by Niagara Falls Water Board is ‘unaccounted for’ in 2015

Niagara Falls September 1, 2016 at 12:01 pm

The recently published Niagara Falls Water Board’s Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for 2015 disclosed that more than two thirds of the city’s treated water was never sold to customers. The report may offer a clue as to the severity of the underground water leakage problem in the city. TheRead More

Former Erie County Deputy DA Mark Sacha

DA Candidate Sacha Calls for Lead State Prosecutor in Pigeon Case to be Removed!

Erie County September 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Mark Sacha, the former Erie County Deputy District Attorney who is credited for launching the investigation into alleged election law violations of G. Steven Pigeon that led circuitously to his indictment, is now “concerned” that Pigeon’s due process rights are being compromised. Pigeon was charged by New York State AttorneyRead More

It didn't cost any of them a dime including the silver haired guy in the middle - Mark Hamister, since taxpayers and bankers paid for his entire hotel. The clever developer knows how to grease the itchy palms of politicians to win development contracts paid for by the taxpayers. Hamister got a free hotel and  from left to right, Councilmen Kenny Tompkins, Charles Walker, Mayor Paul Dyster, Hamister, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti and Council Chairman Andrew Touma happily shovel some dirt for the cameras. And life is good for everyone but the taxpayers.

Public Can Learn About Reassessment at Council Meeting

Niagara Falls August 31, 2016 at 10:57 pm

  by Tony Farina Residents of Niagara Falls who want to learn more about the planned citywide property reassessment should make a point to attend next Tuesday’s (Sept. 6) council meeting at City Hall when officials including Assessor James Bird will brief lawmakers on the reassessment process. Joining Bird inRead More

Realistically Taxes will go up for most through reassessment in Niagara Falls

Realistically Taxes will go up for most through reassessment in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls August 31, 2016 at 8:52 pm

Realistically Taxes will go up for most through reassessment in Niagara Falls There is a dirty little secret no one but the Niagara Falls Reporter will dare to tell you about the proposed Niagara Falls reassessment of properties. Most people’s taxes will go up. And they are high enough already.Read More

THE WEALTH HAS BEEN DRAINED AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE

THE WEALTH HAS BEEN DRAINED AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE

Niagara Falls August 31, 2016 at 8:37 pm

by Ann Williams – Committee to Stop the Reassessments & Continuous Tax Increases   Too many of our elected officials have found the ways and means to put their own interests above those whom they swore to serve and protect. The profligate spending over the past eight plus years is disgracefulRead More

Niagara County residents enjoy the scenic trek down the Niagara Escarpment to the historic Village of Youngstown for many reasons – to visit Old Fort Niagara, the Stella Niagara Preserve or the Youngstown Yacht Club. On Labor Day, traditionally, the villagers come out to their annual parade and their social in the park. Visitors are welcome. Youngstown, New York is a quaint and historic village located in the Town of Porter, 11 miles north of Niagara Falls, New York and has waterfront on the Niagara River and Lake Ontario.

Youngstown readies for Labor Day Parade

Niagara County August 31, 2016 at 8:17 pm

The Youngstown Labor Day Parade begins at noon on Monday, September 5, along Main Street.

Two Grand Island residents give opposing views on Supervisor McMurray’s bike path

Two Grand Island residents give opposing views on Supervisor McMurray’s bike path

Erie County August 27, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Two readers have offered their opposing views of a state plan to create a bike path on Grand Island that is supported by Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray. Kris writes: Nate McMurray’s campaign for Grand Island Supervisor was about keeping our beautiful, quiet Island rural and to stopRead More

A grand idea for Grand Island?  Development key to future

A grand idea for Grand Island? Development key to future

Erie County August 25, 2016 at 12:08 am

  By Mike Hudson; A great percentage of the visitors coming to see Niagara Falls arrive via the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. About halfway between the airport and the falls themselves is Grand Island, a charming, almost rustic community in the middle of the Niagara River that tourists must crossRead More

When a bevy of public officials broke ground on the new Niagara Falls train station not a one of them stop to discuss who would pay for it. Now we know - the City of Niagara Falls taxpayers, that's who!

Still no contract with Amtrak; Train station remains vacant

Niagara Falls August 24, 2016 at 10:59 pm

  By Mike Hudson; Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and City Planner Tom DeDantis have spent upwards of $44 million of taxpayer money to build a train station that is now facing a slight possibility that no train will ever use and a much more likely possibility that the primeRead More

Dyster Concerned As Seneca Gas Station Moves Forward

Dyster Concerned As Seneca Gas Station Moves Forward

Niagara Falls August 24, 2016 at 9:28 pm

By Tony Farina;       Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, who saw his city held hostage during the four-year gaming dispute between the state and the Seneca Nation, is once again caught in the middle, this time over the construction of a convenience store and gas station on SenecaRead More

Gosy’s Patients Doing Well Under New Arrangement
Attorney Joel Daniels with his client Dr. Eugene Gosy.

Gosy’s Patients Doing Well Under New Arrangement

Erie County August 24, 2016 at 9:17 pm

By Tony Farina; “The 9,500 patients of indicted pain doctor Eugene Gosy are being well treated,” says Joel Daniels, the attorney who represents Gosy who is accused in a federal indictment of issuing over 300,000 illegal painkiller prescriptions over four years. Under a new arrangement, Dr. James Hitt, a painRead More

This week in stupid crime

This week in stupid crime

Niagara Falls August 24, 2016 at 8:37 pm

By Mike Hudson; Merry Christmas! Why would you have a Christmas tree up in August? Shots were fired on Pierce Avenue this week and police recovered an AK-47 beneath a Christmas tree in the apartment of a man charged with menacing. Witnesses told police several shots were fired, but noRead More

As Buffalo becomes more transparent, Niagara Falls is as secretive as hell

As Buffalo becomes more transparent, Niagara Falls is as secretive as hell

Niagara Falls August 19, 2016 at 7:56 pm

BY FRANK PARLATO Late last year, Buffalo City Comptroller Mark J. F. Schroeder created an online database called Open Book Buffalo. A website, it is updated biweekly, and publishes all of the City of Buffalo’s expenditures and revenue, allowing everyone to see detailed financial information while Buffalo spends some $480 million per year.Read More

‘Discover Niagara’ Shuttle Parking Plan, A Blueprint for a Better Future?

‘Discover Niagara’ Shuttle Parking Plan, A Blueprint for a Better Future?

Niagara Falls August 11, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Lest anyone think the Niagara Falls Reporter prefers to dwell on the negative, concentrating on the city’s dire circumstances and cornering the local newspaper market on pessimism, try this article from major business network Bloomberg News, which ran a couple of years ago, on for size.   “Niagara Falls’ descentRead More

Radioactive Spoils Pile on North Ave. has been removed!

Radioactive Spoils Pile on North Ave. has been removed!

Niagara Falls August 11, 2016 at 7:01 am

By Lou Ricciuti and Frank Parlato Niagara Falls – The spoils pile at 915 North Ave. – which had signs around it warning: “Caution Radioactive Materials Area” –was removed earlier this month, along with the chain link fence surrounding it. The pile had sat on an abandoned lot for moreRead More

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