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Gov. Andrew Cuomo [center] promised in 2013 a new Niagara. It was tied in part to the tipping point Hamister hotel which has not been built largely because Cuomo's campaign contributor and developer Mark Hamister [left] does not have the financing to build it.  Hamister has inflated the price of the proposed hotel by 100 percent in order to falsely qualify for more taxpayer funding.
The new Niagara is much like the old Niagara.

Falls Hierarchy At Odds With Outside Assessments Of Falls Sorry Condition

Niagara Falls April 7, 2016 at 7:26 am

There are two sides to every story, so they say, and if you want to hear the side that completely goes against the grim portrayals of Niagara Falls that regularly appear in the national media or the statistically based rankings that show the city to be at the top ofRead More

Press Release: Preliminary Statement Brief Regarding Plaintiffs: Jean Bridenbaker and Garry K Connors, the Estate of Matthew Connors, in opposition to the Defendants: City of Buffalo, Buffalo Police Department

Press Release: Preliminary Statement Brief Regarding Plaintiffs: Jean Bridenbaker and Garry K Connors, the Estate of Matthew Connors, in opposition to the Defendants: City of Buffalo, Buffalo Police Department

Community News, Erie County April 6, 2016 at 1:33 pm

  The Niagara Falls Reporter makes no comment on the actual case, however are posting as we received as a press release.

Vacancy and blight and not spin off greet the visitors approaching the Seneca Niagara casino 

What Were They Thinking? Seneca Casino Sucks Life From City

Niagara Falls, Featured March 31, 2016 at 10:54 am

What were they thinking? Back in 2002, when the state of New York, under the leadership of then Gov. George Pataki, handed 50 prime acres of downtown Niagara Falls real estate to the Seneca Nation of Indians to settle the Grand Island land claim and allow the Seneca to openRead More

When the Robert Moses Power Plant opened in 1961, the generation of electricity by private industry in Niagara Falls became a thing of the past. What were they thinking?

Urban Renewal, State Park, Power Project:, What Were They Thinking?

Niagara Falls, Featured March 31, 2016 at 10:53 am

Stupidity and corruption of the part of city officials in Niagara Falls isn’t a recent development. It is a tradition that goes back to even before the founding of this great metropolis, on March 17, 1897. In fact, things started going downhill as early as 1885, with the creation ofRead More

Mark Hamister is an extremely well connected businessman who has donated to a plethora of local and state wide politicians.

What Were They Thinking? Hamister Hotel Shows They Weren’t Thinking At All

Niagara Falls, Featured March 31, 2016 at 10:50 am

The Hamister Hotel deal is exactly the sort of fiasco that makes Niagara Falls such a special place. Choose a politically connected “developer” who apparently doesn’t have any money, hand him a parcel of prime real estate for pennies on the dollar, along with tax breaks and other incentives, thenRead More

From soup to nuts, the 72nd Street water main project that left residents there without running water for two winters in a row. Politicians ignored the problem until it became an issue in last year’s election. What were they thinking?

Water Board Creation Leaves to Wonder What Were They Thinking?

Niagara Falls, Featured March 31, 2016 at 10:45 am

At the behest of the Niagara Falls City Council, the New York State Legislature created the city Water Board back in 2002. Locally, the primary cheerleader for spinning off the city’s water and wastewater treatment services was Paul Dyster, then a freshman Council member and now mayor of the city.Read More

Will tourists be prohibited from experiencing Terrapin Point this summer?

Terrapin Point….Off Limits

Niagara Falls, Featured March 31, 2016 at 10:43 am

By Emma Gibbs As another tourist season approaches, the New York State Parks Office is trying to fine tune a sale pitch explaining to some eight million annual visitors why the American side viewing area of the Horseshoe Falls is off limits. Terrapin Point, located at the western end ofRead More

Ezra Scott

Tompkins, Scott Seek To Wrest Water Board Control From Albany

Niagara Falls, Featured March 31, 2016 at 10:39 am

In addition to calling for the termination of Niagara Falls Water Board Executive Director Paul Drof, city Councilman Ken Tompkins has introduced a resolution with Councilman Ezra Scott asking that all five members of the Water Board by approved by the mayor and the Council, so as to regain cityRead More

Ortt: No State Funding for Sanctuary Cities

Niagara County March 31, 2016 at 10:37 am

Please see the following statement from State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North To-nawanda) regarding the State Senate’s Budget that seeks to prohibit local governments from adopting laws or policies that impede the enforcement of federal homeland secu-rity laws. “New Yorkers are sick and tired of working hard, playing byRead More

Nick Melson and Brigette Myles to get a raise?

Will Taxpayers Foot The Bill For Dyster’s Personnel “Surprise”? Dyster Secret Plan To Give Raises To Appointees Requires Council Support 

Niagara Falls, Featured March 31, 2016 at 10:33 am

By Emma Gibbs Nowhere in either his proposed or adopted 2016 Budgets did Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster have the courage to introduce the plan he now wants to ask the City Council to approve sometime in April. You read it here first. Niagara Falls’ Chief Executive has plans toRead More

Despite “Geno”…. Final Four Fever Spreads

Niagara County March 31, 2016 at 10:30 am

By Emma Gibbs The drama surrounding the NCAA basketball Final Fours, both Men’s and Women’s, approach what promises to be a frenzied finish. On the Men’s side Oklahoma faces Villanova, while the surprising ‘tainted’’ Orange of Syracuse University meets up with the number one-seeded Tarheels of North Carolina. The Women’sRead More

Tompkins Says Memorial Day Parade Will Go On

Tompkins Says Memorial Day Parade Will Go On

Niagara Falls, Featured March 31, 2016 at 10:28 am

In perhaps his finest hour in his first year as a Niagara Falls city councilman, Kenneth Tompkins announced Wednesday night there will be a Memorial Day Parade this year only hours after the Veterans Memorial Commission had announced the parade had been suspended due to lack of funding.  And theRead More

Republicans to Honor Tompkins

Niagara Falls March 31, 2016 at 10:17 am

The Niagara Falls Republican Leadership is planning to honor their lone elected representative in city government, Councilman Kenny Tompkins, on Thursday, April 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p. m. at Gagsters, 708 E. Market Street. Tompkins, who campaigned on taking a business approach to running city government, has alreadyRead More

Little Evidence To Support City’s Link With Underground Railroad

Little Evidence To Support City’s Link With Underground Railroad

Niagara Falls March 24, 2016 at 6:41 am

  Is the decision by the city’s Underground Railroad Commission to broaden the scope of what was to have been the Underground Railroad interpretive center at the Whirlpool Street train station a tacit admission that Niagara Falls has little if any Underground Railroad history of its own to begin with?Read More

Niagara Falls Will Be Competing With Cincinnati  Underground Railroad Museum

Niagara Falls Will Be Competing With Cincinnati Underground Railroad Museum

Niagara Falls March 24, 2016 at 6:37 am

Before the Civil War, the Ohio River meant freedom. Even though it was the primary water route for the still-thriving American slave trade, the river was also the border between the slave states of the South and the free states of the Northwest Territory. This attracted escaping slaves and abolitionistsRead More

Underground Railroad Related Tourism Competition Healthy?

Underground Railroad Related Tourism Competition Healthy?

Niagara Falls March 24, 2016 at 6:32 am

The Castellani Freedom Crossing exhibit at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center and the Underground Railroad interpretive center at the new Whirlpool Street train station won’t just be competing with each other, they’ll be competing with museums all around the country designed to lure tourists interested in former slaves escapingRead More

NACC to open Underground Railroad exhibit before city’s is ready to go

NACC to open Underground Railroad exhibit before city’s is ready to go

Niagara Falls March 24, 2016 at 6:26 am

For Bill Bradberry, history is both an avocation and a passion. A decade ago, he became deeply involved when the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University undertook its Freedom Crossing exhibit, and when Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster announced the formation of an Underground Railroad Commission to mount an exhibitionRead More

Three Sisters Islands was fenced and paved with expensive granite as part of the Niagara Falls State Park “Landscape Improvements” plan. Now it must be closed for several months of the year because people kept slipping and falling on the slippery stone.

Pavers in Niagara State Park an Ongoing Scandal Overpriced Granite a Taxpayer Rip-off

Niagara Falls March 24, 2016 at 5:54 am

Two years ago this month, Reporter publisher Frank Parlato exposed in these pages what appeared to be a blatant case of bid-rigging perpetrated by the Saratoga Springs, NY-based LA Group, a landscape architecture firm chosen by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to implement portionsRead More

Critics of Mixed Martial Arts say that the character of audiences for this sport/spectacle are not dissimilar to those who enjoyed the contests of the Roman-era gladiators. The big difference is that all MMA contestants enter the ring voluntarily.

Mixed martial arts promoters have tough road despite passage

Erie County March 24, 2016 at 12:51 am

It may be bloody and highly controversial, but mixed martial arts will be coming to New York in the not too distant future, and the popular sport will then face the challenge of lining up promoters to meet the re-quirements contained in the bill passed by the Assembly this weekRead More

Amber Small, Democratic candidate for 60th district State Senate seat.

Shaky union support may have delivered key blow to Panepinto

Erie County March 24, 2016 at 12:49 am

It could be more than an office scandal and financial pressures that drove State Sen. Marc Panepinto’s decision two weeks ago not to seek a second-term in the 60th District only days after the Erie County Democratic Committee endorsed him for re-election. Political sources tell this newspaper that his unionRead More

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