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City officials finally willing to accept Reporter’s advice on casino cash?

May 19, 2017 Mike Hudson 0

Over the past eight years, Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster has burned through around $200 million in revenue the city receives as the local share of the slot machine revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino.

And for almost as long, The Niagara Falls Reporter has been calling for a casino cash plan.

Dyster spent more than $700,000 staging concerts at the Hard Rock Café, $2.2 million for trash totes, $250,000 for a new roof on the Hyde Park clubhouse at the golf course, $4 million toward building an unwanted and unneeded train station and $http://southbuffalonews.com.5 million to subsidize USA Niagara to pay Global Spectrum to run events and parties on Old Falls Street.

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Why was there no public hearing on 20http://southbuffalonews.com6 budget?

May 19, 2017 Anna Howard 0

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The Niagara Falls Reporter recently featured a cover story detailing how the city council approved the 20http://southbuffalonews.com6 budget in a 4-0 council vote on November http://southbuffalonews.com7 at the close of a budget work session.

That budget, along with seven as yet to be disclosed council budget amendments, moved to the Mayor Paul A. Dyster who signed and authorized it.

We contacted former councilman Sam Fruscione, who served as council chairman several times in his eight years on the council.

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GLenn Choolokian may have been the game changer, but he had the right to play the game.

Choolokian Had the Right to Try to Win

May 19, 2017 Frank Parlato 0

Niagara Falls – There is a canard around this city that Glenn Choolokian is to blame for Mayor Paul Dyster’s reelection.

Choolokian’s http://southbuffalonews.com300 plus “write in” votes were more than the difference between Dyster and his main challenger, John Accardo, who were separated by about 700 votes.

People say that, had it not been for Choolokian, the will of the majority would have prevailed.

After all, Accardo and Choolokian together got 53 percent of the votes.  Dyster got a minority of votes – 47 percent. But still won.

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Road rage case leads to loss of $http://southbuffalonews.com00,000 a year job for NFPD cop

May 19, 2017 Mike Hudson 0

Former Niagara Falls City Police officer James J. Conte, 48, was sentenced by Wheatfield Town Justice Erin P. DeLabio to a six month conditional release on a third-degree assault charge Tuesday.

Niagara County District Attorney Michael Violante said by pleading guilty to a crime, even a misdemeanor, Conte would have to surrender his pistol permit. A hearing would need to be conducted to determine whether his permit could be reinstated.

Conte was also ordered to perform 50 hours of community service and pay a fine of $250 for what law enforcement authorities said was a classic road rage incident.

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Is Poverty Industry Part of a True Growth Plan

May 19, 2017 Anna Howard 0

While city hall top salaries have risen more than 35 per cent and casino cash was abused and the Dyster administration has ridden roughshod over residents and wasted taxpayer dollars a Poverty Development Plan has gone ahead full speed under the guise of economic development.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster has produced and cited any number of “plans” for the city either in whole or by city district. Historic and business and entertainment district etc. We do not recall him ever citing a “social and addictive services business development plan” or related zoning regulations. Yet he salts these facilities throughout the city…where is the plan or the planning regulations? Does anyone believe these social service businesses are complimentary to parallel development such as retail, hotels, tourism…not to mention home ownership and quality of life?

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Is David Jaros actually Dyster’s ‘de-facto’ city engineer?

May 19, 2017 Mike Hudson 0
Do we really need a city engineer? Mayor Paul Dyster seems to already have one.
Do we really need a city engineer? Mayor Paul Dyster seems to already have one.

Is the real reason why Niagara Falls has gone without a city engineer for 53 of the 96 months that Paul Dyster has served as mayor because he already has one?

David Jaros, formerly of Li-Ro Engineers and now of Clark Patterson Lee has managed to get most of the work that would normally be performed by a city engineer, but at a much inflated price.

And when Jaros moved from Li-Ro to Clark Patterson Lee following the completion of the North Main Street city courthouse project, Dyster – without explanation – switched his allegiance from the former company to the latter.

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He (She) who gets the council chair holds the power and the glory, and here’s why

May 19, 2017 Frank Parlato 0

By Anna Howard

Niagara Falls – Since the Niagara Falls Reporter has gone on record in support of Kristen Grandinetti being elected council chairwoman we’ve been asked any number of times, “exactly what does a chairperson do that makes the position such a big deal?”

Few people are aware of the power and influence held in the hands of the council chair.

The facts of the matter are that the chairperson’s duties, while appearing to be rather mundane and ceremonial during the biweekly meetings, are in reality instrumental and key to the direction the city takes week to week throughout the year.

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City Hall Jokes….

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What’s the difference between the mayor’s annual city hall Christmas party and a funeral? The funeral is more fun.
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A Paul Dyster “political equivalent.”
In the normal world a job promotion is called a job promotion. In Dyster World a job promotion is called “an administrative thank you.”
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A thought bubble above the mayor’s head: “I wonder if  anyone noticed that the election was less than two months ago and I’ve already handed out big promotions and one special deal for overtime? Nah, no one pays attention to this stuff except that damn Reporter. And no one reads it. Do they?”
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More low income housing key To Falls’ future? Dyster says yes!

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Since when is $http://southbuffalonews.com2 million “affordable?

That’s the price tag on the new Walnut Avenue Homes project – located on Walnut Avenue and Fifth, Sixth and Seventh streets. The development consists of seven new buildings and the renovation of the former Niagara Falls Board of Education Building.

Applications are already being accepted for some apartments and most are expected to be completed by March.

The 4http://southbuffalonews.com units include http://southbuffalonews.com2 one-bedroom units, http://southbuffalonews.comhttp://southbuffalonews.com three-bedroom units and http://southbuffalonews.com8 two-bedroom units. Five of these units have been adapted for people who are mobility-impaired and three are adapted for those who are hearing- or vision-impaired.

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Mayor Paul Dyster sent a letter to department heads and nonunion city employees seeking their resumes. This has led to speculation that the mayor may be choosing to replace some employees not protected by civil service.

Dyster’s Letter to Top City Employees Touches Off Fear And Paranoia For The Holidays

May 19, 2017 Anna Howard 0
Mayor Paul Dyster sent a letter to department heads and nonunion city employees seeking their resumes. This has led to speculation that the mayor may be choosing to replace some employees not protected by civil service.
Mayor Paul Dyster sent a letter to department heads and nonunion city employees seeking their resumes. This has led to speculation that the mayor may be choosing to replace some employees not protected by civil service.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster sent a chilling letter to all of his department heads and select appointees this Monday and Tuesday thanking the city employees for their service, and advising them that if they want to potentially keep their jobs, to put it a letter of intent along with a resume and give it to his secretary, Nick Melson, no later than December 2http://southbuffalonews.com.

Excellent sources deep within city hall have told us that the pre-holiday Dyster letter has sent waves of Christmas time paranoia and fear from the halls of city hall to the outlying administration offices across the city.

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Setting the Record Straight On Parlato Indictment

May 19, 2017 Tony Farina 0

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Recently, a local newspaper in Niagara Falls published a year-end story that highlighted the federal indictment of businessman and newspaper publisher Frank Parlato, Jr., basically rewriting the indictment without any response from Mr. Parlato.  I feel it is necessary to respond to that story and to the public in general to give the other side of the story, not just the allegations.  So, in the interest of fairness, here is the other side.

Let me start by reminding readers of the famous phrase of former New York State Chief Judge Sol Wachtler immortalized in Tom Wolf’s novel Bonfire of the Vanities where Wolf quotes Wachtler saying that “a grand jury would ‘indict a ham sandwich,’ if that’s what you wanted.”

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Mayor Paul Dyster sent a letter to department heads and nonunion city employees seeking their resumes. This has led to speculation that the mayor may be choosing to replace some employees not protected by civil service.

Dyster continues to raise the fiscal roof as the foundation collapses

May 19, 2017 Anna Howard 0

Mayor Paul Dyster sent a letter to department heads and nonunion city employees seeking their resumes. This has led to speculation that the mayor may be choosing to replace some employees not protected by civil service.

A grateful Mayor Paul Dyster promoted two men who help his reelection efforts.

By Anna Howard

There he goes again. Last week Mayor Dyster started another round of promotions for select people in city government. This time it was the fire department. While we have no doubt those promoted were dutiful employees we also have no doubt that the long range cost to the city incurred with the promotions will additionally burden the already overburdened city budget. And, we’d like to know why such long range costs aren’t calculated and presented to the public before promotions such as these are pushed through by the mayor.

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