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Indictments Expected Next Week in Maziarz Probe

March 16, 2017 Reporter 0

By Tony Farina;

A state grand jury sitting in Albany County could return indictments next Thursday (March 23) in the investigation into the Niagara County political operation and campaign war chest run by former Republican State Sen. George Maziarz of Newfane.

According to our sources, the State Atty. General’s Pubic Integrity Unit is zeroing-in on three main targets:  Maziarz, who ruled his district with an iron fist; Henry Wojtaszek, a North Tonawanda lawyer who worked as Maziarz’s political lieutenant for most of the 19 years Maziarz held his State Senate seat; and State Sen. Robrt Orr, a former mayor of North Tonawanda who won election to Maziarz’s 62nd District seat in 2014 after Maziarz announced he was retiring as reports surfaced originating from the now-defunct Moreland Commission that Maziarz topped the list of un-itemized campaign expense filings totaling more than $140,000 between 2008 and 2013.

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No evidence of Roger Stone’s collaboration with Russian spies, hackers or ‘Guccifer 2.0′ – Part #1

March 14, 2017 Reporter 0

By Frank Parlato;

Media articles published in the last few days are reporting that Trump friend and adviser, Roger Stone has admitted he had a private Twitter exchange with “Guccifer 2.0”, an online entity suspected of being a front for a Russian spy group.

Reportedly, Stone is under investigation by the FBI over suspected contacts with Russian hackers – including potentially Guccifer 2.0 who allegedly exposed damning information about Democratic Party leaders that may have tilted the election toward Trump.

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Democrats line up in various roles as Pigeon trial is set for September

March 13, 2017 Reporter 0

The trial of renegade Democrat, G. Steven Pigeon is scheduled to begin Sept. 5. before acting State Supreme Court Justice Donald F. Cerio Jr., a mainstream Democrat.

Pigeon was once a mainstream Democrat when he was chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party from 1996-2002. After being ousted, he served as an outsider to the mainstream party often upsetting their plans in primaries and general elections. Most notably he engineered a coup that toppled Democratic control of the state senate in 2009.

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Touma Appears Poised to Announce He’s Running

March 10, 2017 Reporter 0

By Tony Farina

Three of the five incumbents will have to win re-election this year to continue to serve as members of the Niagara Falls City Council.

The three lawmakers who are up this year are Chairman Charles Walker, Kristen Grandinettti, and former Chairman Andrew Touma.

Walker, who pleaded guilty last January to election law violations, is not expected to seek another term, but Grandinetti will face voters in November and Touma, the dean of students at LaSalle Preparatory School, says he’ll announce his decision shortly as the list of potential council candidates seems to grow by the day.

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Connors Wins $3.2 Million Settlement in Orleans County Case

March 10, 2017 Reporter 0

By Tony Farina

A noted Buffalo attorney has won a $3,225,000 settlement, one of the largest ever in Orleans County, for a Town of Shelby man who died in a December, 2013, one-car accident after losing control of his vehicle on flooded South Gravel Rd. before it overturned in a swampy area.

According to attorney Terry Connors, 43-year-old David Russo unknowingly drove into an ice-covered and flooded area of highway, lost control of the vehicle and landed upside down in a water and ice-filled ditch, causing him to drown.  A passenger in the car was injured but was saved by rescue crews.

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Maziarz Probe Heating Up

March 9, 2017 Reporter 0

By Tony Farina

The Niagara Falls Reporter has learned that state grand jury subpoenas issued in the investigation into the campaign account of former State Sen. George Maziarz are returnable next week and witnesses could be called to testify as the investigation picks up steam.

Sources say the Public Integrity Unit of the state Attorney General’s Office is conducting the probe that sources say is focusing on Maziarz and possibly others in connection with activity involving the former senator’s campaign account which at one time totaled more than $1 million.

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Niagara Falls’ model show how state controlled tourism impacts poverty stricken city

March 5, 2017 Reporter 0

By Frank Parlato;

There is a battle between the US Dept. of Highways and Gov. Cuomo’s NYS Department of Transportation over the state’s right to keep illegal “I Love New York” billboard sized signs along highways in the state.


The US Highway Department wants them down since they claim they are a distraction to motorists.

The state wants to keeps the I Love New York signs since it aids the state in its efforts to direct tourism in the state. The signs both direct tourists to specific places nearby and also advertise a state operated tourism phone app which when downloaded will give directions to places the state has decided are places for tourists to visit.

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Source Says Maziarz Never Had Debit Card; But Staffers Did

March 2, 2017 Staff 0
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The New York State Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity Bureau is said to be looking into expenditures from the account of former State Senator George Maziarz after his campaign treasurer, Laureen M. Jacobs, filed an amended financial disclosure report with the New York State Board of Elections on Feb. 6.

Last September, the Committee to Elect Maziarz State Senate filed a petition in New York State Supreme Court against Jacobs, demanding she file reports explaining more than $209,000 in undocumented expenditures and account for a shortfall of $120,566 in the fund.

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State Grand Jury Focusing on Maziarz Campaign Fund

March 2, 2017 Tony Farina 0

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I reported last October that the State Attorney General’s office was focusing squarely on the campaign account of former State Sen. George Maziarz and the former senator himself, and we have now learned that subpoenas have been issued in that investigation and evidence could be presented to a grand jury as soon as later this month.

Sources familiar with the probe say that Maziarz, who has consistently denied any wrongdoing in connection with his campaign account that once totaled more than $1 million, is among the targets of the grand jury investigation and there may be others.

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Airport Taxi Service Publishes Letter to NYS Assembly on Uber Challenge

March 2, 2017 Staff 1

From the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Buffalo, New York, Gerald Chiarmonte, Vice President ITA of Airport Taxi Service has released to Artvoice a letter sent to New York State Assembly members.

Airport Taxi voiced its concerns about proposed legislation that regulates the taxi industry while allowing ride sharing companies, essentially providing the same service, to escape the same requirements through loopholes, which create an unfair playing field.

The letter in full:

AIRPORT TAXI SERVICE

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Behold the Niagara Lodge (on right). Described as having "breathtaking views of the Falls and State Park" can only mean that the new hotel is slated for Goat Island, not DeVeaux, Whirlpool or Devil's Hole State Parks.

Cuomo’s State Park “Lodge” a Mockery of Olmsted plan

March 2, 2017 Staff 2

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial proposed “lodge” on Goat Island in the Niagara Falls State Park has been scaled up in size, according to design sketches posted by USA Niagara this week.

USA Niagara is a subsidiary of Empire State Development, the state development agency charged with “encouraging growth and renewal of the tourism industry in the City of Niagara Falls,” according to its mission statement.

According to www.niagaraexperiencecenter.org, a website maintained by USA Niagara, and updated recently with this new information, “The lodge will feature three stories of guest accommodations, 250 rooms in total, with a wraparound veranda offering breathtaking views of the Falls and State Park… Additional features of the lodge include an elegant main dining hall, smaller private dining rooms and a family health spa with a swimming pool and ‘green roof.”

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