Mary Jo Tamburlin got a pay raise from Republicans. It prompted Democrat Dennis Virtuoso to decry the excess while standing mute on his own pay raises by Democrats just a few short years ago.

Look who’s calling the kettle black

December 15, 2016 Staff 0

Virtuoso slams GOP for Peck, Tamburlin raises, as he enjoys pension ala Dyster

Some of us here at the Niagara Falls Reporter had to laugh when we saw the story that Dennis Virtuoso was complaining about pay raises for Niagara County Public Information Officer Christian Peck and Niagara County Legislative Clerk Mary Jo Tamburlin, raises approved at the last minute by the Niagara County GOP–controlled legislature.

Tamburlin’s salary will be bumped up to $72,469, and Peck goes up to $69,146. According to Virtuoso, Tamburlin’s salary has been raised $24,000 in the last eight years and Peck’s has gone up $19,000 since 2010.

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Dennis Virtuoso is complaining that two GOP appointed county employees Christian Peck and Mary Jo Tamburlin got pay raises.

Virtuoso Says GOP’s Last-Minute Raises Out of Line

December 15, 2016 Tony Farina 0
Dennis Virtuoso is complaining that two GOP appointed county employees Christian Peck and Mary Jo Tamburlin got pay raises.
County Legislator Dennis Virtuoso is complaining that two GOP appointed county employees Christian Peck and Mary Jo Tamburlin got pay raises.

A last-minute budget amendment giving hefty pay raises to two appointees of the GOP majority of the Niagara County Legislature is coming under heavy fire today from Minority Leader Dennis Virtuoso of Niagara Falls.

Virtuoso told the Niagara Falls Reporter that the raises pushed through by the majority in the budget amendment before the full vote on the budget Tuesday night “are out of line,” and did not come before the home committees for discussion as they should have.

Democrats, who have only four of the legislature’s 15 votes, were overrun on a straight party line vote on the last-minute amendment that gave raises to Legislature Clerk Mary Jo Tamburlin and Public Information Officer Christian Peck.

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Jeanne Leccese was recently hired as the executive director of the Niagara River Greenway Commission

Lack of Direction, Wasteful Spending rampant as Niagara Greenway enters 2nd decade

December 15, 2016 James Hufnagel 0

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This newspaper first started reporting on the Niagara River Greenway Commission over ten years ago, in a Feb. 1, 2005 article headlined, “PATAKI GREENWAY PROPOSAL STINKS”.

Among the problems identified at the outset: When an activist group of Niagara County environmentalists realized that Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper was selling them down the river, so to speak, hustling to reap the hundreds of millions of relicensing dollars up for grabs for the benefit of Buffalo and Erie County waterfront, instead of communities that are actually impacted by the Power Project such as Niagara Falls, Lewiston, Youngstown and the Tuscarora Nation, and started complaining, NYPA summarily cancelled two separate rounds of public hearings on Greenway, emailing stakeholders with notice of their decision.

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Ceretto Loss is LGBT Victory

November 10, 2016 James Hufnagel 2

For the most part, Niagara Falls’ LGBT community isn’t shedding any tears over John Ceretto’s impending departure from public service.

Ceretto’s defeat at the hands of retired City Court Judge Angelo Morinello over the hotly contested 145th District New York State Assembly seat became practically a fait accompli after numerous alleged violations of election law were uncovered, including fundraising activities out of his office by phone and mail and campaign planning meetings taking place there.

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Boy did he pick one right. GOP Chairman Scott Kiedrowski led his team to go Trump early in the game.

TRUMP WINS ‘BIGLY’ IN NIAGARA

November 10, 2016 Staff 0

May Have Helped Other Republican Candidates Locally

Donald J. Trump’s victory was historic on a number of levels, not the least of which was that Trump won Niagara County, New York in a landslide.

“Mr. Trump won here, and he won ‘bigly,” Niagara County GOP Chairman Scott Kiedrowski said after unofficial results from the Niagara County Board of Elections put Trump’s margin of victory over Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton at 57% to 38%, storming past Clinton by 16,335 votes in Tuesday’s unofficial tally.

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Critics say career politician’s arrogance is cause for concern

November 3, 2016 Staff 0

Assemblyman John Ceretto

by Matthew Ricchiazzi

John Ceretto is the quintessential career politician, first elected to public office in 1995 when he ran for the Lewiston Town Board as a Democrat.  He stood quietly and waited his turn for advancement, and was eventually elected to the Niagara County Legislature’s 12th district in 2005. Then came an abrupt move to the Republican Party in 2006, burning many bridges in Niagara County politics.

Observers say that he was angling for an opportunity to run for higher office. His opening came in 2010 in a three-way race against incumbent Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte and Niagara Falls Councilman John Accardo.

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Hon. Angelo J. Morinello

MORINELLO ENDORSED BY THE BUSINESS COUNCIL OF NEW YORK STATE

November 3, 2016 Staff 0
Hon. Angelo J. Morinello
Hon. Angelo J. Morinello

Angelo Morinello, candidate for the 145th Assembly District, has received yet another endorsement from a state business group, The Business Council of New York State, Inc. This is the fourth business advocacy endorsement Judge Morinello has received after Unshackle Upstate, the National Federation of Independent Business and the Associated Builders and Contractors of New York State, which have all granted him their endorsements.

“I’d like to thank the Business Council for putting its trust in me,” said Morinello. “Businesses, especially small family-owned businesses, are the backbone of New York State’s economy. They are the job creators for our communities, not the government. Unfortunately, the wayward politicians in Albany have forgotten that and insist on taxing businesses of this state out of existence.”

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MORINELLO: STRENGTH, EMOTION & CARE NEEDED TO COMBAT HEROIN EPIDEMIC

November 3, 2016 Staff 0

State Assembly hopeful outlines heroin & opioid legislative agenda

“As a judge, I’ve seen this tragic heroin epidemic rip through our communities, fracture families and take too many young lives. But, I’ve also seen how second chances have given many of our neighbors and their families a new and meaningful life.”

Angelo Morinello, candidate for state Assembly and former Niagara Falls City Court Judge, today threw his support behind a plan that addresses many issues in the heroin and opioid crisis. The plan has been hailed by many in the treatment and recovery community as the most comprehensive and thoughtful plan to help those struggling with this disease and addiction.

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Niagara County Democratic Party Chair Nick Forster

FORSTER WINS NEW TERM AS DEMOCRATIC CHAIR

September 29, 2016 Staff 0
Niagara County Democratic Party Chair Nick Forster
Niagara County Democratic Party Chair Nick Forster

Nick Forster won his sixth term as chairman of the Niagara County Democratic Committee. Forster was re-elected by a unanimous vote at the party’s reorganization meeting at the LaSalle Sportsmen’s Club.

Forster told committee members he has worked to strengthen the party by “building bridges” and expanding the party’s base with organized labor.” We want labor to be our strong ally and make the Democratic Party reflect the hopes and values of working people,” Forster said.

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Roger L. Sherrie

LOCKPORT CITY DEMOCRATS ELECT SHERRIE, NEW LEADERS

September 29, 2016 Staff 2

Democrats in the city of Lockport elected new leaders last week when they met for their bi-annual reorganization meeting. Elected for the next two years were Roger Sherrie as Chair, Barbara Parker as First Vice-Chair, Marla Robison as Secretary, Kevin Watier as Treasurer and Anthony Sammarco as Sargent at Arms. Mullane was elected as Second Vice-Chair.

Sherrie headed a slate of endorsed Democratic candidates last year when he ran unsuccessfully for Lockport Mayor.

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Roger L. Sherrie

Sherrie said, “We will focus efforts on informing and educating the public about the misuse and dangerous consequences when one party controls the Mayor’s office or the county legislature for nearly two decades.”

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The view of Wildplay's new extreme playground as seen from Whirlpool State Park on the US side.

In Whirlpool State Park, Extreme Sports, Play win out over Nature

September 22, 2016 James Hufnagel 2

Whirlpool State Park is undergoing some changes – in our opinion, not for the better.

One of the original Olmsted/Vaux parks along the Niagara River, in addition to Devil’s Hole and, of course, the Niagara Reservation which encompasses the iconic waterfall, Whirlpool is a tourist favorite. It affords stunning views of the river and Niagara Whirlpool below.

In what’s been termed a brief and violent encounter, Niagara Falls, which over thousands of years had steadily churned its way south from Lewiston at the point where Artpark sits across from Canada’s Brock Memorial, encountered an older riverbed consisting of softer material than the limestone and sandstone that composes the rock layers of the Niagara Gorge. The river made a 90 degree turn in a matter of days, forming the whirlpool which famously reverses course every 12 hours due to Power Project withdrawals of water upriver.

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State Senator Robert G. Ortt

Unopposed State Senate Seat has Storied History

September 15, 2016 James Hufnagel 0
State Senator Robert G. Ortt
State Senator Robert G. Ortt

In the absence of primary challenges, this year’s general election match-ups for candidates running for state legislator seats representing the city of Niagara Falls were not in question. Of the two races, incumbent State Senator Robert Ortt will run unopposed in November, affording voters no choice in the matter.

When asked why Ortt was unopposed, Democratic insiders told us that, “The right candidate could not be found, and the NYS Senate Democrat Committee was more concerned about the Panepinto seat,” (60th Senate District) and, “They tried numerous people but nobody wanted to run.”

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