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Non-transparency of Ice Pavilion raises questions about Sal Maglie RFP

April 13, 2017 Anna Howard 0

The Dyster administration is back at it again, trying to find an operator for Sal Maglie Stadium. The mayor’s first pass at landing a manager and promoter for the historic, but dilapidated, sports facility didn’t go so well and the Reporter wrote at length about it last year. At that time Dyster’s non-transparent designs for Sal Maglie sank like a stone as the mayor’s preferred stadium pro-moter withdrew his proposal.

Two weeks ago we wrote a column regarding the mayor’s newly announced Request for Proposals for the stadium. That column noted that while the stadium was currently on the RFP table, we be-lieved it was time for the council and mayor to immediately reveal and report on all of the costs and contractual ins and outs of the ice pavilion. We think the residents who are footing the bill for a $http://southbuffalonews.com4 million ice pavilion renovation that was supposed to cost $4 million deserve a full account-ing of what’s on ice over there on Robbins Drive. So far the silence on a full reveal of the ice pavil-ion unending renovation has been deafening. Neither mayor nor council nor the law department are saying a word.

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Dyster’s concern over global warming is just more political hot air

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By Anna Howard

The Niagara Gazette recently wrote an editorial that was cautiously critical of Mayor Dyster. The editorial questioned the mayor’s actions in taking the time to support the international fight against global warming. While a global warming summit took place in Paris last week the mayor and his comrades on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Initiative parroted the Paris conference statement.

The Gazette pretty much hit the nail on the head regarding the mayor’s enthrallment with the issue of global warming.  However, the complete record will show that this mayor has been pandering to any number of national and global issues while ignoring key issues on the city’s home front since first elected.

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Hufnagel designs Dyster popularity graph; shows lack of support among constituents

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After a landslide victory over Candra Thomason in 2007, Mayor Dyster’s performance in general elections has gone south. This is probably due to the persistent poverty and crime, vacant storefronts on the city’s thoroughfares, slavish devotion to big money Albany and Buffalo interests and his tendency to characterize political opponents as “crazy” and “hateful”.

 

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City tourism office won’t get NTCC monkey off our backs  

April 13, 2017 Mike Hudson 0

At least publicly, Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster has sung the praises of the shadowy and secretive Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., and its’ CEO John Percy.

The NTCC benefits from nearly $2 million a year in city money, with around $900,000 coming from bed tax collections and another million in casino revenue.

Percy, who reportedly pays himself $http://southbuffalonews.com50,000 a year to promote tourism, has never been forthcoming about how all that money is spent, and his claims about how many tourists his private corporation lure to one of the most famous tourist destinations on the face of the earth have been a source of continuing controversy.

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Sex Offenders Drive Down Property Values, Quality of Life

April 13, 2017 Mike Hudson 0

One of the most highly publicized aspects of the city’s turn toward the poverty industry has been the open armed embrace given to registered sex offenders here.

According to the authoritative website Homefacts.com, there are http://southbuffalonews.com64 registered sex offenders living in the city of Niagara Falls this week, well over double the 70 who were living here in December 2007.

That’s one sexual predator for every 3http://southbuffalonews.com3 residents, the highest per capita number in the state of New York. The Niagara County average is one for every 726 residents, and across the state it is one for every http://southbuffalonews.com,097 residents.

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Fatal Knifing on Ontario St. in Falls Today; Knife plunged into heart of victim

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On http://southbuffalonews.com2/26 at  http://southbuffalonews.com:30 a.m. Niagara Falls Police Officers responded to 947 Ontario Ave. for a man stabbed. Despite an officer being a block away, arriving in seconds and performing CPR on the victim; he succumbed to his wound.

26 year old Niagara Falls resident, Troy Haslip died of a single stab wound to the heart.

William E. Swanson, 22,  of http://southbuffalonews.com837 Jerauld Av was charged with Manslaughter in the First degree by detectives at approximately http://southbuffalonews.com:00 p.m. in relation to this incident.

According to Kelly J. Rizzo, Chief of Detectives, Niagara Falls Police Department, family members said the victim and suspect were known to each other. Police are investigating the possible motive behind the killing.

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Anello questions the Dyster administration; is he getting stonewalled for his efforts?

April 13, 2017 Anna Howard 0

Vince Anello is a former Niagara Falls mayor and a current radio talk show host. He is also, by the nature of his time as mayor and councilman, a consummate student of municipal government. And for that reason he has  become persona non grata with the Dyster administration.

On his December 3http://southbuffalonews.com show the former mayor explained in a frustrated tone how the current mayor has apparently decided that he’s someone to be ignored. Mr. Anello explained that Mayor Dyster, “continues to take shots at me…I’ve been out of office for eight years now…none of my calls are returned.”

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Smith charges politics in Planning Board ouster  

April 13, 2017 Mike Hudson 0
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The council said it wanted some “fresh blood” and that politics had nothing to do with replacing Rick Smith as chairman of the Niagara Falls Planning Board.

It’s politics as usual at the City Hall of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.

That’s the charge of Rick Smith, who has served on the city Planning Board for the past nine years, six as its chairman. Smith ran for city Council in November on a platform critical of the Dyster administration.

He was particularly critical of the way nearly $200 million in casino revenue had been spent here.

“There are many, many things that need to be fixed in our town,” Smith wrote in a Niagara Falls Reporter op-ed that appeared in August. “The biggest of the issues are the way casino funds are spent, the garbage totes and the frozen water pipes. I feel we need a separate budget for the casino funds and they should be allocated for the most important items that need to be fixed in the city.”

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Two Methadone Clinics to Address Rising Problem of Heroin Addiction

April 13, 2017 Mike Hudson 0

“When one door closes, another door opens,” Alexander Graham Bell once famously said and, when it comes to the problem of drug addiction in Niagara Falls, his words ring true today.

When the elderly Dr. Pravin Mehta was arrested at his Pine Avenue office by a combined task force of balaclava clad federal state and local police in January 20http://southbuffalonews.comhttp://southbuffalonews.com, it was said that the oxycodone, Xanax and other prescription opiates he dispensed like candy constituted the city’s biggest drug problem.

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Man accused of torching Midtown rooming house also accused of attempted murder

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On the morning of Friday January 8th in Niagara Falls City Court, Jerome Wingfield was arraigned on charges of: Attempted Murder 2nd degree,  Assault http://southbuffalonews.comst degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree

The charges placed today resulted from an investigation into the shooting of victim, Darius Washington on December 7th, 20http://southbuffalonews.com5 at 8:05 pm  in the 200 block of 22nd St in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Washington was hit  by several bullets which struck him in both legs, his hip, abdomen and groin area.  Washington spent several weeks in ECMC receiving treatment for his injuries.

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Sal Maglie Stadium ‘Management’ Up for Bids – Said not to be a ‘cash-cow” like  Ice Pavilion!?!?

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The City of Niagara Falls Division of Purchasing issued a Request for Proposals for a “License to Operate and Manage Sal Maglie Stadium.”

The successful proposer will have exclusive rights to sell food, alcohol and other beverages at the 2500 seat capacity stadium located in Hyde Park in the center of the city.

The stadium is being offered in “as-is” condition – sort of – and permits an operator to stage events that could generate ticket revenue in addition to food and beverage sales.

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Niagara Falls 7-http://southbuffalonews.comhttp://southbuffalonews.com Robbery Arrest Made By US Marshals

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Crime doesn’t pay. At least not for too long.

On January 6th at 3:00 a.m. the 7/http://southbuffalonews.comhttp://southbuffalonews.com, located at 23http://southbuffalonews.com0 Hyde Park Blvd, was robbed.

Two suspects, one male and one female entered the store with the female staying near the door to watch for customers. The male walked to the counter, pulled out a handgun and reportedly told the cashier, “Give me all of the money. We are cool people. I will not shoot you, but hurry up and give me all the money.”

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