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Three unsolved mysteries at  City Hall begging for answers

Three unsolved mysteries at City Hall begging for answers

Niagara Falls, News March 9, 2016 at 10:00 pm

 Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster is known for running one of the most secretive administrations in recent city history. Freedom of Information Law requests need to be filed in order to obtain even the most routine public documents and high priced consultants reports have been put away in drawers andRead More

Great White Hunter Opens Sandwich Shop On Elmwood

Great White Hunter Opens Sandwich Shop On Elmwood

Erie County March 9, 2016 at 9:33 pm

Some of the menu items at the recently-opened Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches on Elmwood Avenue may lend a whole new meaning to the term “bagging” lunch. That’s because Jimmy John’s owner, James John Liautaud, is an avid big game hunter who loves to travel to places like Africa, seek outRead More

Delaware North Loses Yosemite Contract  Can Niagara Falls State Park Be Next?

Delaware North Loses Yosemite Contract  Can Niagara Falls State Park Be Next?

Niagara Falls March 3, 2016 at 9:13 pm

  News of potential import to the city of Niagara Falls broke late last year when details of an epic legal showdown at Yosemite National Park became public. Subsequent to losing a $2 billion, 15-year contract extension for hospitality (food, hotel) services to competitor Aramark at Yosemite, Buffalo-based Delaware NorthRead More

Multimillion dollar methadone clinic  to profit from human suffering here  

Multimillion dollar methadone clinic to profit from human suffering here  

Niagara Falls March 3, 2016 at 12:03 am

   There’s one thing about the people who run the poverty industry here in Niagara Falls. Whether they’re taking care of the homeless or battered women, generational welfare recipients who make up the majority of public housing residents or dope fiends seeking a daily fix of methadone, the providers ofRead More

Opposition to Walnut Ave. drug  clinic mounts amid political intrigue

Opposition to Walnut Ave. drug clinic mounts amid political intrigue

Niagara County March 2, 2016 at 11:57 pm

  Resistance is stiffening to a proposed methadone clinic – serving as many as 400 addicts – proposed by the not for profit Northpointe Council in the old school district administration building at Walnut Avenue and Sixth Street. State Rep. John Ceretto, retired City Court judge and state Assembly candidateRead More

State Money Flows Again, But Question Remains: What Happened?

State Money Flows Again, But Question Remains: What Happened?

Erie County March 2, 2016 at 11:21 pm

  The carpenters, all 70 of them, are back on the job at SolarCity, but more than 120 plumbers were still out as of Tuesday as the state scrambled to make $82.5 million in late payments to contractors who hadn’t been paid since October on the much-hyped Buffalo Billion program.Read More

Panepinto Ready to Take on All Challengers for 60th District Seat

Panepinto Ready to Take on All Challengers for 60th District Seat

Erie County March 2, 2016 at 11:18 pm

State Sen. Marc Panepinto may face a Democratic primary in the 60th District this year and if he is victorious he will likely face a strong Republican challenge from the winner of an expected Republican primary between Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs and Tonawanda attorney Kevin Stocker, but Panepinto isRead More

Some sex offenders follow trend, leave Niagara Falls for better life

Some sex offenders follow trend, leave Niagara Falls for better life

Niagara Falls March 2, 2016 at 11:15 pm

  As with so many other segments of the colorful tapestry that makes up the population of Niagara Falls, at least some of the city’s registered sex offenders appear to be packing up and leaving for greener pastures. According to the reference website city-data.com, there are currently 166 registered sex offendersRead More

Delaware North Loses Yosemite Contract

Delaware North Loses Yosemite Contract

Niagara Falls March 2, 2016 at 10:30 pm

Can Niagara Falls State Park be next? News of potential import to the city of Niagara Falls broke late last year when details of an epic legal showdown at Yosemite National Park became public. Subsequent to losing a $2 billion, 15-year contract extension for hospitality (food, hotel) services to competitorRead More

City website silent on state of the city, waxes eloquent on Easter Egg Hunt

City website silent on state of the city, waxes eloquent on Easter Egg Hunt

Niagara Falls March 2, 2016 at 9:56 pm

  Doing a story on Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster’s 2016 State of the City speech is one thing. Sitting through it is quite another. For one thing, it involves sitting in a room with Dyster and listening to him. He is notorious for his ability to go one andRead More

Jacobs Ends Speculation, Will  Run For Senate Seat

Jacobs Ends Speculation, Will Run For Senate Seat

Erie County February 25, 2016 at 8:47 am

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, a Republican and a member of the prominent Jacobs family which owns the Delaware North companies, has told political leaders he is going to run for the 60th District State Senate seat now occupied by Sen. Marc Panepinto, a Democrat. “He told me he’s goingRead More

Woman who allegedly stabbed baby daddy surrenders, is charged with second degree murder

Woman who allegedly stabbed baby daddy surrenders, is charged with second degree murder

Niagara Falls, Columns, News February 25, 2016 at 2:20 am

The Niagara Falls Reporter received two communications from the Niagara Falls Police Department this week. The first came on Feb. 23. it read: At 10:00 p.m. last night Niagara Falls Police Officers responded to 9 Monteagle Ridge for a reported assault. Upon arriving they found 39 year old Antoine MalloryRead More

SolarCity sings financial blues, while City bought Highland Ave. Property based on SolarCity Spinoff

SolarCity sings financial blues, while City bought Highland Ave. Property based on SolarCity Spinoff

Niagara Falls, News February 25, 2016 at 2:03 am

   The company at the center of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” initiative and the stated reason Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and city Planner Tom DeSantis spent $165,000 of taxpayers’ money on a largely worthless piece of property on Highland Avenue is in serious financial difficulty, and analysts sayRead More

Lack of communication problem  for city Council, Tompkins says

Lack of communication problem for city Council, Tompkins says

Niagara Falls, News February 25, 2016 at 1:41 am

  Freshman City Councilman Kenny Tompkins says his first two months on the job have been something of an education. Coming from a long background in private business, he says the lack of communication between Council members has come as a bit of a surprise. “I’ve been disappointed in aRead More

Guido payoff to enable Hamister just more tax money squandered   

Guido payoff to enable Hamister just more tax money squandered  

Niagara County, Columns, News February 25, 2016 at 1:33 am

  Why was parking lot operator John Guido paid $45,000 in public money last July to vacate the Rainbow Boulevard North property he leased from the city so that Buffalo developer Mark Hamister could begin construction of his proposed hotel? While at least five other hotels have been built inRead More

Now that the casino cash has flown the coop the chickens are coming home to roost

Now that the casino cash has flown the coop the chickens are coming home to roost

Niagara Falls February 25, 2016 at 1:10 am

And so it begins. As the reality of the city debt and deficit sinks in – combined with the fact that the casino revenue is currently exhausted and dwindling for the coming years – city hall is frantically searching for ways to stem the tide of rapidly rising red ink.Read More

State Parks Plan to Rebuild Bridges to Goat Island; say they will follow environmental regulations [for a change]

State Parks Plan to Rebuild Bridges to Goat Island; say they will follow environmental regulations [for a change]

Niagara Falls, State and National News February 24, 2016 at 10:18 pm

An October, 2015 Design Report/Environmental Assessment document jointly issued by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and the New York State Dept. of Transportation (NYSDOT) outlines the steps the two agencies will take to obtain the myriad regulatory approvals necessary to move forward with the construction of twoRead More

Mayor’s parking plan stalls as key questions go unanswered at council meeting

Mayor’s parking plan stalls as key questions go unanswered at council meeting

Niagara Falls February 24, 2016 at 9:42 pm

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster had hoped to push through his parking meter installation plan at the February 22 council meeting, but an unusually vocal group of residents pummeled the council and mayor with questions regarding operating costs of the parking plan. As a result the plan was votedRead More

Garbage tote arson latest chapter In long running comedy sketch

Garbage tote arson latest chapter In long running comedy sketch

Niagara Falls February 24, 2016 at 8:56 pm

  Niagara Falls – A series of arson fires targeting city-owned garbage totes has become a serious enough concern that both Fire Chief Thomas Colangelo and Police Chief Bryan Dal Porto have asked for the public’s help in identifying the culprits. In the meantime, Colangelo warned, garbage totes should beRead More

Studies agree methadone maintenance bad for addicts, bad for communities

Studies agree methadone maintenance bad for addicts, bad for communities

Niagara Falls February 24, 2016 at 8:34 pm

  Niagara Falls – Assurances by promoters of two proposed methadone clinics here will be beneficial both to recovering heroin addicts and the community as a whole flies in the face of a pair of recent studies that agree that replacing heroin with the even more highly addictive drug methadoneRead More

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