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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

Candidacies for Niagara County DA’s Race May Presents Curious Contest Between Maziarz- Wojtaszek Allies

Candidacies for Niagara County DA’s Race May Presents Curious Contest Between Maziarz- Wojtaszek Allies

Niagara County March 24, 2016 at 12:02 am

By Emma Gibbs It did not take long after the recent resignation of Niagara County District Attorney Michael Violante to bring out the “wanabees” to become the County’s next top prosecutor. The first to announce, from what could well be a long list of candidates, was North Tonawanda Democrat CarolineRead More

City Spending $2 Million A Year To Promote Tourism But Board Says New Position Needed
Tourism advisory board members say the city needs a taxpayer funded city tourism director to help get people to come to Niagara Falls and to make their stay more rewarding.

City Spending $2 Million A Year To Promote Tourism But Board Says New Position Needed

Niagara Falls March 23, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Does the city of Niagara Falls, which already pays an outside agency around $2 million a year to promote tourism, need to create a new governmental position to promote tourism? And does it need the Tourism Advisory Board, a group of well-meaning and politically connected amateurs put together by MayorRead More

Touma Wants Water, Sewer Rate Reductions in Wake of State Audit

Niagara Falls March 23, 2016 at 11:50 pm

The state audit released on Wednesday that found that the Niagara Falls Water Board and Water Authority had millions of dollars in excess funds sitting around as the city was looking for help to repair water lines on 72nd Street caught Council President Andrew Touma by complete surprise. “I wasRead More

Tompkins Responds to Water Board Surplus Reports Calls for Drof’s Resignation

Niagara Falls March 23, 2016 at 11:47 pm

Niagara Falls, NY (March 23, 2016) – Niagara Falls City Councilman Kenny Tompkins responded tonight to the announcement of Niagara Falls Water Board audit findings re-leased today that identified an undisclosed surplus of $6.3 million. “How do you NOT know that you have over $6 million dollars? This is simplyRead More

Out of Control Controller or Conspiracy to Thwart Brown’s Intelligent, Forthright Work Ethic?

Out of Control Controller or Conspiracy to Thwart Brown’s Intelligent, Forthright Work Ethic?

Niagara Falls March 17, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Niagara Falls –  According to City Hall sources, a handful of civil service city hall employees who work at the controller’s office and/or billings and collections have written letters of complaints against City Controller Maria Brown saying she has been abusive and created a hostile workplace. Sources say Brown mayRead More

No Legal Option To Stop Senecas From Opening Gas Station, Smoke Shop Here

No Legal Option To Stop Senecas From Opening Gas Station, Smoke Shop Here

Niagara Falls March 17, 2016 at 8:18 am

The governmental affairs director of the region’s largest business advocacy group, the Niagara USA Chamber, said there is little that can be done legally to prevent the Seneca Nation of Indians from building a tax-free gas station and smoke shop on their downtown Niagara Falls reservation. Kory Schuler told theRead More

State Bureaucrats, Hamister Silent On Failed Hotel Project

State Bureaucrats, Hamister Silent On Failed Hotel Project

Niagara Falls March 17, 2016 at 7:26 am

  The sad truth behind the state development agencies that helped push through the proposed Hamister Hotel project in Niagara Falls four years ago is that silence is indeed golden, because despite all the talk about the city capitalizing on an opportunity too good to pass up, nothing has happenedRead More

Don’t Hold Your Breath On Hamister Hotel Project: IDA Grants Extension

Don’t Hold Your Breath On Hamister Hotel Project: IDA Grants Extension

Niagara Falls March 17, 2016 at 7:25 am

You read it here first, folks. Back in 2013, when Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and Buffalo developer Mark Hamister announced that a resort style luxury hotel would be built on city owned Rainbow Boulevard property, the Niagara Falls Reporter smelled a rat. The plan was vague, Hamister was evasiveRead More

Statement: Ortt Blasts Regents For Licenses To Illegals Proposal

Niagara County March 17, 2016 at 7:06 am

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) issued the following statement regarding the New York State Board of Regents proposal to issue professional licenses to illegal immigrants. “I’m strongly opposed to the Board of Regents outrageous proposal to grant teaching or medical licenses to illegal immigrants. This shows the completelyRead More

Snowden Seen As Trumpiest Of Trumpsters, Develops Line Of Campaign Buttons

Snowden Seen As Trumpiest Of Trumpsters, Develops Line Of Campaign Buttons

Erie County March 17, 2016 at 6:21 am

Flamboyant and entrepreneurial Rick Snowden, who owned a nightclub and the historic Miller Mansion on Nottingham Terrace in Buffalo where he hosted several spectacular parties between 2004 and 2010 – many of them to benefit local charities – has now become one of Donald Trump’s most ardent and visible supporters.Read More

Out of Control Controller or Conspiracy to Thwart Brown’s Intelligent, Forthright Work Ethic?

Out of Control Controller or Conspiracy to Thwart Brown’s Intelligent, Forthright Work Ethic?

Niagara Falls March 17, 2016 at 2:16 am

Niagara Falls –  According to City Hall sources, a handful of civil service city hall employees who work at the controller’s office and/or billings and collections have written letters of complaints against City Controller Maria Brown saying she has been abusive and created a hostile workplace. Sources say Brown mayRead More

Grandinetti Bursts Out Laughing At Friend’s Adolescent Hi Jinks At Council Meeting

Grandinetti Bursts Out Laughing At Friend’s Adolescent Hi Jinks At Council Meeting

Niagara Falls March 16, 2016 at 10:14 pm

  Niagara Falls – Last week, former Niagara Falls Mayor Vince Anello came before the council at their regularly scheduled meeting to speak at the podium during the public comment period known as “for the good of the city.” As he was speaking, in earnest tones, he was interrupted, oddly,Read More

Dyster’s follies cost taxpayers, lead to absolutely nothing constructive

Niagara Falls, News March 9, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    For Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, it’s not about the destination but the journey. Which is why, since taking office in January 2008, the city has been subjected to numerous and lengthy forays into the unknowable unknown, for the most part without any measurable result aside from moneyRead More

Flaherty, Flynn to Mix Politics, St. Patrick’s Celebration   At Famed Irish Center Luncheon

Flaherty, Flynn to Mix Politics, St. Patrick’s Celebration At Famed Irish Center Luncheon

Erie County March 9, 2016 at 10:57 pm

Just in case you are a newcomer to these parts, we’d like to remind you that St. Patrick’s Day next Thursday (March17) is more than a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture, it is the starting point of the political season and that’s particularly true this year with DARead More

Creativity rules

Art of Beer promotes booze, Dyster’s private business

Niagara Falls March 9, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Using public money to promote alcohol consumption? Using public money to promote the mayor’s private business? It’s all good in Niagara Falls, where the 10th annual Art of Beer festival last week managed to do both things simultaneously. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster has gifted the sponsoring organizationRead More

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

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