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Maziarz May Not Be Out of the Woods Just Yet, as Probe Heats Up

Maziarz May Not Be Out of the Woods Just Yet, as Probe Heats Up

News October 21, 2016 at 10:16 am

Is  former State Senator George Maziarz out of the woods nearly two years after he left office under the cloud of a federal investigation?  While Maziarz left office denying he was being chased out, it appears the investigation into Maziarz’s campaign account is now in the hands of the StateRead More

This simple CO2 fire extinguisher can take the place of a gun in subduing a dog on a police raid.

Niagara Falls Police Praised, as Buffalo Police Spark outrage over killing of dogs

News October 20, 2016 at 2:13 am

Buffalo Police urged to use fire extinguishers like Niagara Falls does to save, not kill, dogs in raids In the past few weeks THe Niagara Falls Reporter and its sister publication Artvoice have published a series of stories about how police killed pit bulls in paramilitary drug raids that yieldedRead More

The End of our beautiful Ash Trees?

The End of our beautiful Ash Trees?

News October 20, 2016 at 1:17 am

By Jared Porter The city of Niagara Falls needs to act now to combat the invasive Emerald Ash Borer beetle. The beetles only attack ash trees about 6″ in diameter or more. Therefore, cutting down infected trees before they die allows them to send up new growth that won’t beRead More

US Attorney William Hochul

Hochul to Delaware North? Stay Tuned

News October 20, 2016 at 12:43 am

When William Hochul Jr. announced earlier this month that he was resigning as U. S. Attorney for the Western District of New York effective Oct. 28 after serving as the top federal prosecutor in the 17-county area since 2010, it caught many local attorneys and others by surprise. The announcementRead More

Look Good Feel Better® Program Helps Women Overcome Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

Look Good Feel Better® Program Helps Women Overcome Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

News October 6, 2016 at 4:55 pm

Look Good Feel Better®, a free national public service program for women who are undergoing cancer treatment, will be offered to female cancer patients on Monday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the HSBC Community Room at The Heart Center of Niagara, 571 10th St. Offered through aRead More

THE COLOR PINK SYMBOLIZES HOPE AND SOLIDARITY IN OUR FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER

THE COLOR PINK SYMBOLIZES HOPE AND SOLIDARITY IN OUR FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER

News October 6, 2016 at 4:54 pm

By Renae Kimble Program Coordinator, Cancer Services Program of Niagara County            October is the month in which women throughout the entire world are reminded by the color pink that it is time to focus on breast cancer awareness.             While pinkRead More

FOIL seeks info for Assigned Counsel for persons uncharged and unchecked for financial need

FOIL seeks info for Assigned Counsel for persons uncharged and unchecked for financial need

News October 6, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Are prosecutors abusing the assigned counsel program? by Frank Parlato Artvoice has filed a Freedom of Information Law request with the Erie County Assigned Counsel Program to learn how often courts assign a free lawyer to someone in Erie County who has not been charged with a crime or checkedRead More

Judge Pietruszka Center Stage as Pigeon Defense and State Debate Neutrality, Discovery and Evidence

Judge Pietruszka Center Stage as Pigeon Defense and State Debate Neutrality, Discovery and Evidence

News September 29, 2016 at 11:59 am

By Frank Parlato The role of Erie County Judge Michael Pietruszka in the New York State Attorney General’s case against political strategist G. Steven Pigeon was examined in court this week following a Sept. 8 story in Artvoice. Pigeon was indicted on June 28, charged with bribing former New York StateRead More

Mark Sacha

Sacha v Sedita, the untold story

News September 22, 2016 at 10:23 am

By Frank Parlato By Frank Parlato Mark Sacha, the recently unsuccessful candidate for DA, has always maintained he was fired from his job as an assistant Erie County District Attorney, because he pushed his boss, then DA (now State Supreme Court Justice) Frank Sedita III, to pursue criminal charges for electionRead More

The speed limit on Hyde Park Blvd was reduced in front of Gaskill Prep (above) from 35 to 25 mph. Two years later, the DOT got around to lowering the speed limit in front of Hyde Park Elementary (below) to 25 mph.

Hyde Park Elementary speed limit lowered after years of persistence

News September 8, 2016 at 7:58 am

Just in time for the new school year, the NYS DOT installed speed limit signs on State Route 61 (Hyde Park Blvd.), lowering the speed in front of Hyde Park Elementary School to 25 mph. The roadway has a 35 mph speed limit elsewhere, except in front of Gaskill PrepRead More

As one can see from the picture, the reservoir is elevated and stores water above the houses below it. An inundation plan exists and the Reporter will attempt to obtain it.

Emergency Plans Quietly Updated by NYPA in Response to Reservoir Issues

News September 1, 2016 at 1:47 am

Constructed over 55 years ago, the earthen barrier surrounding the large reservoir that contains the water supply for the massive Niagara Power Project hydroelectric generating plant at Lewiston, NY, may be experiencing worrying signs of deterioration, according to government communications recently obtained by Lou Ricciuti, an authority in radioactive hazardsRead More

Cuomo administration apparatchik Howard Zemsky, on behalf of the governor, returns $10 million taken from taxpayers to Jamestown to spend on state-approved economic development projects. Over the past several years, Cuomo has reneged on tens of millions promised for downtown Niagara Falls.

Governor hands out $100 million to cities, While Niagara Falls check bounces

News September 1, 2016 at 1:34 am

The city of Niagara Falls is like the civic equivalent of Rodney Dangerfield, in that it gets no respect, no respect at all, least of all from the governor’s office.   On April 7 of this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the kick-off of what he called his $100 millionRead More

Yahoo Center in Lockport got $30 million in tax breaks, which means, with the savings, that it will pay what it would have paid in many other low taxed states.

Cuomo’s Yahoo Deal Shows How New York Picks Winners and Losers, With more losers by far

News September 1, 2016 at 1:28 am

In New York State, if the governor doesn’t pick you as a winner, you’re a loser. This is well demonstrated by the Yahoo! deal in Lockport. In 2013, the $45 billion Yahoo Inc. negotiated an incentives package with Gov. Andrew Cuomo worth about $30 million in county, state, sales and propertyRead More

State Parks bulldozed over a Niagara River tributary that separates Three Sisters Islands from Goat Island, yet they claim that their Niagara Falls State Park "Landscape Improvements" plan doesn't have environmental impacts.

Local governments ignore environmental law to rush controversial projects

News August 18, 2016 at 7:55 pm

BY JAMES HUFNAGEL The State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) of 1978 was in tended to serve as a vehicle for citizen participation and government accountability with regards to decisions impacting the environment. Unfortunately, not only has the Act failed to live up to its original promise for greater democratization ofRead More

Erie County bosses say no cross-endorsements for judgeships this year, DelMonte bypassed
Niagara Falls attorney, John DelMonte, despite having strong local support, and preeminent qualifications, would not curry favor with Erie County Democratic Party bosses. Ironically, the very temperament that would qualify him for the bench, disqualified him from gaining Democrats support.

Erie County bosses say no cross-endorsements for judgeships this year, DelMonte bypassed

News August 18, 2016 at 7:51 pm

BY TONY FARINA It appears there will be no bipartisan endorsements for the now two open State Supreme Court seats that will be on the ballot in November in the 8th Judicial District covering the eight counties of Western New York to fill the seats of retiring Justice Joseph Glownia andRead More

Trio of Doctors to Perform Free Cataract Surgeries for One Day

Trio of Doctors to Perform Free Cataract Surgeries for One Day

News August 18, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Cataract Surgeons, Dr. Kenneth D. Anthone, Dr. Amar Atwal and Dr. Ephraim Atwal, will provide cataract surgery at “no charge on Friday, October 7, to people of all ages who have no means to pay. The three are part of an annual charitable event called “Mission Cataract Day” where, forRead More

Niagara Falls Memorial awarded three-year national reaccreditation

Niagara Falls Memorial awarded three-year national reaccreditation

News August 18, 2016 at 7:49 pm

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center was awarded a three-year reac- creditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent accredita- tion organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It earned this distinction after the HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of the quality andRead More

Steve Pigeon

Did Politics Have a Hand in the Pigeon Prosecution?

Featured, News July 28, 2016 at 1:40 pm

Everyone had at least one brush with Pigeon By Frank Parlato   A POLITICAL QUESTION The question of whether politics was a motive for New York State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman’s prosecution of political operative and attorney G. Steven Pigeon, 55, has been debated in a few circles. Last month,Read More

Ask The Judge

Ask The Judge

News July 28, 2016 at 12:46 pm

  Ask the Judge – Question #9 Dear Judge Bayger: I’m really miffed at my lawyer. Over a year ago, I fell off of a ladder after it slipped while I was repairing my neighbor’s roof. I was trying to do someone a favor, but the ladder he provided didn’tRead More

Speculation on the Defenses of Steve Pigeon

Speculation on the Defenses of Steve Pigeon

Featured, News July 21, 2016 at 1:59 pm

What did Michalek and Pigeon get from each other? By Frank Parlato A lot has been written about political operative and attorney G. Steven Pigeon, 55, after a state grand jury was led to indict him on June 30th on nine felony counts of bribery, rewarding official misconduct and grandRead More

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