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Are politics behind the prosecution of Rus Thompson for five felonies for voter fraud? He only voted once in Grand Island but was allegedly living in .Niagara Falls at the time.
Are politics behind the prosecution of Rus Thompson for five felonies for voter fraud? He only voted once in Grand Island but was allegedly living in .Niagara Falls at the time.

Politics Behind Rus Thompson’s Voter-Fraud Charge, Says Wife Julianne

News, Featured May 19, 2016 at 9:32 am

by Joseph Kissel Rus Thompson says he can’t talk about it, but as he said during his Sunday “remove the tolls” address at Fisherman’s Park in Grand Island, anybody else can. Thompson was recently charged with five felony counts of voter fraud when he filed an affidavit ballot to voteRead More

Ask the Judge

Ask the Judge

News May 19, 2016 at 9:30 am

JUDGE FRANK R. BAYGER Are billboard lawyers fishing for big injuries with big insurance coverage only? Dear Judge Bayger; I want to thank you for providing a forum where people who have concerns can get their questions answered. My car was recently hit by a car driven by a collegeRead More

Remember I Wrote Recently; “Obama – Be Alert For Outrageous Executive Orders!”?

Remember I Wrote Recently; “Obama – Be Alert For Outrageous Executive Orders!”?

News, Featured May 19, 2016 at 9:28 am

Well here we go…He “Directed” (not an Executive Order yet, but close!) schools to allow transgenders to use whatever bathroom they feel comfortable using! North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed NC House Bill 2 requiring citizens to use facilities that correspond to their biological sex then Obama’s DOJ sued NorthRead More

Print Edition 5.12.16

Print Edition 5.12.16

News, Print Version May 12, 2016 at 1:07 pm
When Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster goes to his Great Reward, the words “development genius” will appear nowhere in his obituary. Instead, it will just say “politician.”
When Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster goes to his Great Reward, the words “development genius” will appear nowhere in his obituary. Instead, it will just say “politician.”

Dyster, DelMonte, Hoyt, Schoepflin: The Team To Lead Us To Prosperity?

News, Featured May 12, 2016 at 12:32 pm

by Mike Hudson Together, they are responsible for the economic future of the $100 million dollar business that is the City of Niagara Falls. Three term Mayor Paul Dyster, USA Niagara Chair Francine DelMonte, Empire State Development Corporation Senior Vice President for Regional Economic Development Sam Hoyt and Empire StateRead More

“I’m clean officer!”  Nick Melson hams it up for the camera. Bright, personable, energetic, Melson is expected to be named as the new Niagara Falls city administrator, perhaps as early as this month.
“I’m clean officer!” Nick Melson hams it up for the camera. Bright, personable, energetic, Melson is expected to be named as the new Niagara Falls city administrator, perhaps as early as this month.

City Administrator Owens On Way Out The Door?, Melson To Replace?

News, Featured May 12, 2016 at 12:26 pm

by Mike Hudson Reliable City Hall sources told the Niagara Falls Reporter that controversial City Administrator Donna Owens will be leaving the job she’s held since 2008. Her replacement is expected to be Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster’s secretary, Nick Melson, one source said. Owens was hired following what DysterRead More

Following an expose in the Niagara Falls Reporter, the NYS DEC has ordered the city to close down and clean up an illegal dump near the Hyde Park Golf Course off Porter and New Road that the city has been using for years to dispose of street debris, dead animals, tree stumps, building materials and other detritus.
The makeshift landfill – formerly wetlands – has not been legally sanctioned and does not have containment mechanisms (like liners or containment walls) that landfills are required to possess.
The property was originally owned by the New York State Power Authority, but was deeded to the City after the 2007 relicensing of the power project. But the DPW began using the site long before – under former Mayor James Gallie, city sources told the Niagara Falls Reporter for an article that appeared on April 21.
Following the Reporter publication with pictures showing the site - said to be used for only compost - filled with all manner of illegally dumped street material including needles, used condoms, plastic, concrete, metal, and more, The DEC inspected the site and made tests.
Within three weeks the site has been closed and this week concrete bollards have been installed by the city to prevent the site from being used as an illegal dump site.
The city will now have to take its street sweeping debris to the Modern landfill in Lewiston and will a have to remove an estimated 100,000 yards of street sweepings already on site in addition to an estimated 500,000 yards of other illegally dumped debris to Modern at a cost that is estimated to be as much as $1 million.
It may be more if testing requires special hazardous waste removal procedures.
Department of Public Works Director John Caso blamed individuals and private contractors for some of the mess. 
“People are sneaking onto the site in the middle of the night and weekends to dump,” Caso said. “Then there are fly by night contractors who don’t want to dispose of construction debris properly because it costs money. We realize there are a lot of shingles on the site.”
Now the state Department of Evironmental Conservation has stepped in. The city’s illegal dump covers acres of land, and it has been in use for a decade at least.
This aerial shot of the city’s illegal Porter Road dump shows the extent of the remediation that will be needed. Sources say the cost to taxpayers could be well over $1 million.

State Orders City To Clean Up Illegal Dump, High Cost Expected

News, Featured May 12, 2016 at 12:24 pm

by Mike Hudson Following an expose in the Niagara Falls Reporter, the NYS DEC has ordered the city to close down and clean up an illegal dump near the Hyde Park Golf Course off Porter and New Road that the city has been using for years to dispose of streetRead More

State DOT to Niagara Falls Tourists: “Get Out of Town!”
Signs everywhere downtown lead tourists one way -- out of the city proper to where Albany wants them - along the Robert Moses - the state driveway that leads them to paid parking, souvenirs, restaurants and paid attractions inside the Niagara Falls State Park.

State DOT to Niagara Falls Tourists: “Get Out of Town!”

News, Featured May 12, 2016 at 12:21 pm

by James Hufnagel If the politicians are so determined to “remove” the Robert Moses Parkway, at a total cost of over $60 million, why is there state Dept. of Transportation signage all over downtown Niagara Falls directing motorists to it, in effect urging people to traverse the city as ifRead More

Rotella: Community Involvement in Schools  Critically Important

Rotella: Community Involvement in Schools Critically Important

News, Featured May 12, 2016 at 12:05 pm

by Carm Rotella As we moved through the budget process this year, the needs of taxpayers, parents, and students had to be considered.  Our commitment to students is to ensure that every student graduates globally competitive and ready for tomorrow’s careers.  The funds required to offer a high quality, equitableRead More

The Constant Battle For Open Government

News, Featured May 12, 2016 at 12:02 pm

by Paul Wolf, Esq. As a concerned citizen I spend time educating myself about what is going on in the Buffalo/Niagara area. I read newspapers, blogs, and follow the meetings of local government bodies. It is truly amazing how much time and effort it takes to obtain basic information andRead More

Restaino: Goals Include Increased Outcomes  for African and Hispanic Young Men Aft

Restaino: Goals Include Increased Outcomes for African and Hispanic Young Men Aft

News, Featured May 12, 2016 at 12:01 pm

by Robert Restaino In my first term as a member of the Niagara falls School Board I have had the opportunity to work with some tremendously talented and dedicated administrators, teachers and staff, who, along with my fellow board members are committed to providing the best learning environment for ourRead More

Why We Need to Explore the Health Care Consortium

Why We Need to Explore the Health Care Consortium

News, Featured May 12, 2016 at 11:53 am

by Kenny Tompkins Imagine if you had a terrible disease and the doctor provided a treatment that would help alleviate some symptoms? Wouldn’t you explore it? Or would you let that option sit for two years because you worried that you might have to give up something, all the whileRead More

Destino: A Plan For Success

Destino: A Plan For Success

News, Featured May 12, 2016 at 11:50 am

by Johnny Destino I am getting a lot of feedback about my plan to increase vocational education for the students of Niagara Falls and I want to clarify one misconception regarding the costs. I am not proposing Niagara Falls build and operate its own vocational high-school as we have inRead More

Raising the Jury from the Dead

Raising the Jury from the Dead

News, Featured May 12, 2016 at 11:42 am

by Jim Ostrowski Jurors in this state and throughout the United States are firmly told by judges they must follow the judge’s instructions “on the law,” but in so doing, are the judges themselves following the law? Keep in mind that jurors are constitutional officers!  That’s right.  You folks areRead More

The British government banned the export of this small watercolor, “An East View of the Great Cataract of Niagara,” by an anonymous North American buyer who won it at a Christie’s London auction. Painted in 1767 by Capt. Thomas Davies, it was deemed an essential part of Britain’s cultural heritage.
The British government banned the export of this small watercolor, “An East View of the Great Cataract of Niagara,” by an anonymous North American buyer who won it at a Christie’s London auction. Painted in 1767 by Capt. Thomas Davies, it was deemed an essential part of Britain’s cultural heritage.

Britain Stops Sale Of Rare Falls Painting You Can Buy It, But It Stays In London

News, Featured May 12, 2016 at 11:37 am

by Mike Hudson The auction house sale of an 18th Century watercolor painting of Niagara Falls in London last month sparked a minor international incident that raised questions of cultural heritage and free trade. The small painting, “An East View of the Great Cataract of Niagara,” depicts a horseshoe ofRead More

William Morris Hunt gave Church a run for his money in the 19th Century, as seen here is his 1874 oil, Niagara.
William Morris Hunt gave Church a run for his money in the 19th Century, as seen here is his 1874 oil, Niagara.

Four Hundred Years Of Art Depict Niagara Falls As Scene Of Wonder

News, Featured May 12, 2016 at 11:34 am

by Mike Hudson Fr. Louis Hennepin was a priest, an adventurer and a teller of tall tales who would undoubtedly get a kick out of the fact that, nearly 400 years after his birth, the first art depicting the natural wonder of Niagara Falls is still often mistakenly attributed toRead More

Obama And Clinton: Hypocricy Or Lies, At Their Best ?!

Obama And Clinton: Hypocricy Or Lies, At Their Best ?!

News, Featured May 12, 2016 at 11:26 am

by J. Gary DiLaura Merriam Webster defines hypocrisy as “the behavior of people who do things that they tell other people not to do: a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not; especially :  the false assumption of an appearance of virtue orRead More

Important Information for Patients of Dr. Gosy
Dr. Eugene Gosy’s practice was shuttered by a federal indictment that many are saying is unjust. However many patients with legitimate need for pain relief were left without help.

Important Information for Patients of Dr. Gosy

News, Featured May 12, 2016 at 11:25 am

ERIE COUNTY, NY— In the wake of the closure of Dr. Eugene Gosy’s practice, patients in need of pain management treatment are advised to proceed as follows: ·Seek care from your Primary Care Physician (“PCP”) ·If you do NOT currently have a PCP, seek treatment from a Federally Qualified HealthRead More

Warhol Portrait To Be Sold Here To Raise Money For Fallen Soldiers’ Portraits

Warhol Portrait To Be Sold Here To Raise Money For Fallen Soldiers’ Portraits

News May 12, 2016 at 11:23 am

Kaziah Hancock is an artist who has committed to painting portraits of American fallen soldiers. Over the years Kaziah has painted more than 800 portraits which she gifts to the families of the slain. She took a break recently to paint this portrait of Andy Warhol to help raise moneyRead More

Print Edition 5.5.16

Print Edition 5.5.16

News May 5, 2016 at 2:33 pm

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