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Sexual Predator Population  Explosion In Falls This Year

Sexual Predator Population Explosion In Falls This Year

News, Featured May 5, 2016 at 2:23 pm

by Mike Hudson The number of registered sex offenders living in Niagara Falls has taken a sharp spike in 2016, shooting up from 164 in December 2015 to 190 this week. It’s entirely possible that perverts represent the fastest growing segment of the city’s population. In Niagara Falls, the oddsRead More

Grandinetti Applies For Status As B And B After Facebook Controversy

Grandinetti Applies For Status As B And B After Facebook Controversy

News, Featured May 5, 2016 at 2:16 pm

by Mike Hudson In much the same way you wouldn’t want to give a loaded gun to, there are others for whom a laptop and a Facebook account can provide an avenue leading directly to all sorts of trouble. Niagara Falls City Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti has often made headlines withRead More

Marc Smith flanked by US Sen. Charles Schumer and former State Senator George Maziarz celebrate the coming of Yahoo! to the Town of Lockport. Part of the deal was that Yahoo! was to donate $500,000 a year to local charities. As only the Niagara Falls Reporter predicted at the time, “local charities” did not mean Lockport - but Albany and the Governor’s choice.
Marc Smith flanked by US Sen. Charles Schumer and former State Senator George Maziarz celebrate the coming of Yahoo! to the Town of Lockport. Part of the deal was that Yahoo! was to donate $500,000 a year to local charities. As only the Niagara Falls Reporter predicted at the time, “local charities” did not mean Lockport - but Albany and the Governor’s choice.

Empire State’s Hoyt Makes No So Subtle Threats to Town of Lockport Supervisor

News, Featured May 5, 2016 at 2:14 pm

by Anna Howard The Niagara Falls Reporter has obtained what seems to be “threatening” emails sent by William B. “Sam” Hoyt III, the Regional President of Empire State Development – a taxpayer funded state development agency – to former Town of Lockport Supervisor Marc Smith, who is presently the CoordinatorRead More

Reporter Called It Back in 2013:  ‘No Money’ for Lockport Charities from Yahoo!

Reporter Called It Back in 2013: ‘No Money’ for Lockport Charities from Yahoo!

News, Featured May 5, 2016 at 2:11 pm

by Frank Parlato Only the Niagara Falls Reporter called it right, back in April 2013, when we reported on the $30 million Yahoo! taxpayer subsidized deal and called people “naive” who thought that Niagara County non profits would get any money in return for local taxpayers giving the giant InternetRead More

This Yahoo! server coop generates heat, which the cool temperatures of Niagara will help to offset.
This Yahoo! server coop generates heat, which the cool temperatures of Niagara will help to offset.

Worst Area for Taxes Requires Government Subsidizes

News, Featured May 5, 2016 at 2:09 pm

by Frank Parlato Consider how stupid this is: All told, Yahoo! will get $30 million in county and state sales and property tax breaks, credits against state income taxes and 7,200 kilowatts of half-priced electricity from the New York Power Authority (NYPA). These giveaways – which will be subsidized byRead More

Warshaw Costs Climb As PERB Rules Against City On Police Pact

Warshaw Costs Climb As PERB Rules Against City On Police Pact

News, Featured May 5, 2016 at 2:03 pm

by Mike Hudson The $400,000 paid to Warshaw and Associates to transform the Niagara Falls City Police Department into a kinder, gentler organization under an agreement reached between Mayor Paul Dyster and former Attorney General and current Governor Andrew Cuomo five years ago may just be the tip of theRead More

National Fuel: New York Consumers To Get Rate Increase While Pennsylvanians Get Decrease

National Fuel: New York Consumers To Get Rate Increase While Pennsylvanians Get Decrease

News, Featured May 5, 2016 at 1:59 pm

by James Hufnagel National Fuel supplies natural gas to over 730,000 residential and corporate customers throughout Western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. The Williamsville, NY-based oil and gas concern is vertically integrated across five business divisions: Exploration & Production, Pipeline & Storage, Gathering, Utility, and Energy Marketing, all operating largelyRead More

Senecas Say Damn The Torpedoes To  Local Businesses, Full Speed Ahead!

Senecas Say Damn The Torpedoes To Local Businesses, Full Speed Ahead!

News, Featured May 5, 2016 at 1:55 pm

by Mike Hudson They said it couldn’t be done. Or, rather, they said it wouldn’t be done. When leaders of the Seneca Nation of Indians were gifted with 50 acres of prime real estate in the city’s tourist district, along with the multimillion dollar convention center for use as aRead More

This egregiously politically incorrect cartoon was published back in 2006 to demonstrate the inequities of the Seneca compact with New York State which punished Niagara Falls as it enriches Albany and the Seneca by allowing a group of people by race to operate tax free while dumb Americans who live in Niagara Falls pay the highest taxes in the highest taxed state in America! Where are our elected leaders in opposing this?
This egregiously politically incorrect cartoon was published back in 2006 to demonstrate the inequities of the Seneca compact with New York State which punished Niagara Falls as it enriches Albany and the Seneca by allowing a group of people by race to operate tax free while dumb Americans who live in Niagara Falls pay the highest taxes in the highest taxed state in America! Where are our elected leaders in opposing this?

Seneca Smoke Shop, Gas Station To Open In June – Is Mall Far Behind?

News, Featured May 5, 2016 at 1:50 pm

by Mike Hudson Back at the dawn of the new century, the Niagara Falls Reporter was a lone voice in the wilderness, daring to ask the question others dodged. Would a gas station and smoke shop operation be part of the Seneca Nation’s master plan for the development of theRead More

“I think it’s a perfect move for the State Park, that it stayed in the state park and is moving to this location.” - John Percy, President and CEO of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., last week.
“I think it’s a perfect move for the State Park, that it stayed in the state park and is moving to this location.” - John Percy, President and CEO of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., last week.

Nikola Tesla sculpture to Remain in State Park

News, Featured May 5, 2016 at 1:47 pm

by James Hufnagel Even though the Niagara Falls City Council, the Niagara County Legislature and the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area board all passed unanimous resolutions requesting that the famous sculpture of inventor Nikola Tesla be gifted to the city of Niagara Falls and installed at a place of honorRead More

Guys you can trust. Lou with his long time helper Paul will come to your house and handle any repair.
Guys you can trust. Lou with his long time helper Paul will come to your house and handle any repair.

‘I Doubled my Business Through the Reporter’ Lou Avino Isn’t all About Gutters 40-year Falls Legend Keeping On

News, Featured May 5, 2016 at 1:44 pm

by Mike Hudson Get your mind out of the gutter! When people in Niagara Falls think of Lou Avino, they think of gutters. For more than 40 years Lou’s been climbing the ladder of success onto the rooftops of Cataract City homes, cleaning the gutters befouled by the leaves droppedRead More

Bad Blood? New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman tangled with Steve Pigeon on the political front when Schneiderman was a state senator.
Bad Blood? New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman tangled with Steve Pigeon on the political front when Schneiderman was a state senator.

Special Grand Jury to Be Impaneled in Pigeon Case

News, Featured May 5, 2016 at 1:42 pm

by Tony Farina We have learned that State Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman is expected to impanel a special grand jury in Buffalo on Monday (May 9) with the sole purpose of investigating former Erie County Democratic Chairman Steve Pigeon’s political activities, a continuing probe that follows the seizure nearly aRead More

Ask the Judge

Ask the Judge

News May 5, 2016 at 1:38 pm

Here is a question/problem a reader asked: My name is M.A. I had an auto accident in 2014. The other driver was at fault. I went to an attorney who advertises on billboards [I don’t want to mention his name]. My attorney said he won’t charge me a fee unlessRead More

Congratulations  America! We Are Going To Win Our Country Back!!

Congratulations America! We Are Going To Win Our Country Back!!

News, Featured May 5, 2016 at 1:35 pm

by J. Gary Dilaura Congratulations Donald Trump on doing what you have done before. You did the impossible this time and are now the presumptive Republican Candidate for President of the United States of America! I began calling for the support of Mr. Trump in the Niagara Falls Reporter inRead More

Print Edition 4.28.16

Print Edition 4.28.16

News April 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm

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Niagara Falls Councilman Ezra Scott is working behind the scenes to aid in fundraising efforts for young Shawn Kennedy who has been stricken with cancer.

Niagara Falls Boy Battles Rare Cancer As Community Leaders Step Up To Help

News, Featured April 28, 2016 at 5:59 pm

“Baby Shawn” Kennedy is a happy 5-year-old boy with a big problem. He is full of life and always smiling, but has been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a very aggressive cancer located on his brain stem.

Paul Dyster voted to create the Niagara Falls Water Board which ceded control of the city’s water supply - and the right to set the rates for water in this city famous for abundance of fresh water - to Albany - in order to escape the short term political consequences of having to raise water rates in 2002. Now rates are out of control and the city is powerless to do anything about it.
You have to hand it to the uninformed voters of Niagara Falls: they rewarded perhaps the most incompetent, politically expedient and extravagant [with taxpayers’ money] mayor in Niagara Falls history [he blew through $100 million in casino cash]. The voters elected and reelected Dyster three times.
In this artist’s conception, Mayor Dyster [left] is depicted telling the people of Niagara Falls how wonderful a job he has done for them while a Niagara Falls Water Board member [right] looks on.
[Not a real picture].

Politicians Want Water Board Answers On Outrageous “Availability Fee” Here

News, Featured April 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Businessman Dave Bieksza, who owns a commercial property at 259 24th Street, has been battling the Niagara Falls Water Board for five years over what the board refers to as an “availability fee,” $20 a month charged to property owners in the city who have no water service.

The new giant train station will likely cost more than $500,000 per year to operate. Amtrak will not pay for most of the cost - city taxpayers will. As the picture shows- the new station will be huge, but ridership will not necessarily increase since people do not choose to ride trains simply because you increase the size of your train station.

Looming Train Station Disaster Has Dyster Looking For Cover

News, Featured April 28, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Although the Dyster administration has had more than five years to come to an agreement with Amtrak and the Underground Railroad Interpretive Center for use of the new, $44 million train station on Whirlpool Street, market the facility to other prospective tenants and come up with a budget to run the place, it has done none of those things.

The present train station is small, but large enough to accommodate the average of 30 passengers who leave the falls every day. The good  news is that it costs taxpayers nothing to operate. The cost of running it is borne by Amtrak. That will soon change.
The present train station is small, but large enough to accommodate the average of 30 passengers who leave the falls every day. The good  news is that it costs taxpayers nothing to operate. The cost of running it is borne by Amtrak. That will soon change.

Dyster’s Train Station Ten Times Larger Than Needed, According To Amtrak

News, Featured April 28, 2016 at 4:58 pm

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster hasn’t said a word about the $44 million train station he built on Whirlpool Street in weeks, leaving public pronouncements about the project to his associate, City Planner Thomas DeSantis.

Kristen Grandinetti tried to pass a law that would put women like this one in jail for the crime she is committing: feeding stray cats. After an expose in the Reporter the proposed law unraveled as thousands of cat lovers complained.

Grandinetti Targeted By Cat Lovers Online For Proposed Anti-Cat Legislation

News, Featured April 28, 2016 at 4:55 pm

When the Niagara Falls Reporter broke the story of city Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti’s draconian anti-cat legislation here a couple of weeks ago, we had no idea that she would become the target of harassment and threats from cat lovers across the country.

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