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Man arrested for arson for fire at boarding house in Niagara Falls

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Just after 8 pm tonight, Niagara Falls Police Detectives arrested a local man and charged him with  starting the fire at the  boarding house located at http://southbuffalonews.com967 Niagara St in Niagara Falls, that occurred on January http://southbuffalonews.comst at 7:http://southbuffalonews.com5 pm

Police arrested Jerome Wingfield, a  32 year old male, who resides in  the http://southbuffalonews.com400 block of Main St in Niagara Falls.

 Wingfield was charged with Arson 2nd Degree, Burglary 2nd Degree and Reckless Endangerment http://southbuffalonews.comst Degree.

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Update on ‘Billy’ Case; Suspect, Pringle, flees out back door; community asked to contact police if Pringle is spotted

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It was back in mid-December that Niagara Falls police were “inundated with calls” and requests for interviews regarding the case of a Niagara Falls man who was being intimidated and slapped on video which was made public on the internet.

According to Niagara Falls Police Department Chief of Detectives Kelly Rizzo, “The victim [who has been dubbed ‘Billy’] suffer(s) from both mental and physical disabilities.  We believe he was targeted due to his limited ability to communicate clearly with responding officers when police are called. The police were not called to this incident but unfortunately ‘Billy’ has been victimized several times in the past.”

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Wingfield’s motive for arson, attempted murder, said to be prompted by being jilted by woman

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According to Detective Lieutenant John Conti
Criminal Investigation Division, Niagara Falls Police Department:

In response to many inquiries: Jerome Wingfield was wanted for domestic violence charges when he then shot the male he incorrectly thought was on a relationship with the DV victim.

While eluding arrest for the DV and then the attempted murder charge; he started the fire on Niagara St after breaking in to the females apartment (who fortunately was not home). He has now been charged in all three events. 

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

The charges 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.

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The New York Power Authority’s “JonCaire” Tug towing a span of the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom from the Buffalo River shore to begin preparations for installation across Lake Erie.

Ice Boom Installation Complete, Along with Our Fleecing

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Ice Boom Installation Complete, Along with Our Fleecing

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) successfully installed the three remaining floating sections of the Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom on December 28, completing the work for the 20http://southbuffalonews.com5-20http://southbuffalonews.com6 season.

The official Lake Erie water temperature on December 28 was 42 degrees F.

The ice boom is a steel pontoon structure that keeps the Niagara River free of large chunks of ice.

It was installed in the mid http://southbuffalonews.com960’s and is owned by NYPA.

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Dyster’s crown jewel: A $435,000 traffic circle sculpture!

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The Artist, Jeff Laramore’s photoshop of his art in place at Centennial Circle.

Niagara Falls – It was our own resident genius, James Hufnagel, who wrote us this week, to say, “You know what would be really funny? A picture of Mayor Paul A. Dyster wearing the new traffic circle sculpture like a crown.”

We agreed.

Mr. Hufnagel was referring to the $435,000 work of “art” that Mayor Dyster is having installed downtown at the small Centennial Circle across from the closed Hotel Niagara.  The sculpture is meant as a commemoration of the obscure http://southbuffalonews.com909 Boundary Waters Treaty between Canada and the US, governing how the Niagara River and the Great Lakes are to be shared and treated.

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Niagara Falls Selects Artist for $435,000 Public Outlay for ‘Sculpture Art’ at Traffic Circle

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Rendering of Sculpture for Niagara Falls’ Centennial Circle is unveiled

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Photoshopped picture of how the sculpture will look at Centennial Circle.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster has been working on getting a sculpture placed in what is called Centennial Circle since 2009, planning to spend some $435,000 – plus annual maintenance – to do so.

This summer, it looks like the city will accomplish the task.

The $435,000 plan, now on the high burner, following Dyster’s reelection to a third term of office, will see a taxpayer funded sculpture erected at the “Centennial” traffic circle which is at the intersection at Third Street and Rainbow Boulevard in downtown Niagara Falls.

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Maria Brown is the city's longtime controller. She is responsible for overseeing the city's finances and serves at the will of the mayor and the council. 
If the position were elected, as it is in many cities, the office would be independent of the political whims of spendthrift officials. An elected controller cannot propose to spend money but can oppose the spending on the grounds that it is irresponsible.
An appointed controller has to be concerned about calling out her bosses - the mayor and council - on being wasteful.
In the highest taxed city in the highest taxed state, it makes sense to have an independent, elected controller who can fearlessly put the brakes on the spending that has hit this city like a plague.

Reporter’s Call For An Elected City Controller Meets With Rousing Support

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Maria Brown is the city's longtime controller. She is responsible for overseeing the city's finances and serves at the will of the mayor and the council.  If the position were elected, as it is in many cities, the office would be independent of the political whims of spendthrift officials. An elected controller cannot propose to spend money but can oppose the spending on the grounds that it is irresponsible. An appointed controller has to be concerned about calling out her bosses - the mayor and council - on being wasteful. In the highest taxed city in the highest taxed state, it makes sense to have an independent, elected controller who can fearlessly put the brakes on the spending that has hit this city like a plague.
Maria Brown is the city’s longtime controller. She is responsible for overseeing the city’s finances and serves at the will of the mayor and the council.
If the position were elected, as it is in many cities, the office would be independent of the political whims of spendthrift officials. An elected controller cannot propose to spend money but can oppose the spending on the grounds that it is irresponsible.
An appointed controller has to be concerned about calling out her bosses – the mayor and council – on being wasteful.
In the highest taxed city in the highest taxed state, it makes sense to have an independent, elected controller who can fearlessly put the brakes on the spending that has hit this city like a plague.

The Reporter has written any number of articles in the past calling for changes in city government, but never – never – have we received such an immediate and supportive response as our column last week where we called for the city controller position to be made an elected position.

The readers had an almost intuitive response in as much as they know that something is elementally wrong in the way the city manages its finances, develops its annual budget, and administers its casino revenue account. We agree.

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Niagara Falls now more dangerous than ever before, new study shows

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In its’ never ending quest to excel at something, Niagara Falls scored a big win of sorts this week. The small town with big dreams was ranked as the 44th Most Dangerous City in the entire United States by a website specializing in information for prospective home buyers and business entrepreneurs.

Previously, what was once known as the Honeymoon Capitol of the World was ranked as the 49thMost Dangerous last year, and 53rd Most Dangerous in 20http://southbuffalonews.com3.

According to the website NeighborhoodScout.com – which was essentially created to help people decide where they might want to live and do business – there were 3,460 crimes committed in the small city of 49,468 souls, nearly 600 of which were violent offenses.

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The Reporter found this Dyster-look alike to show the elegance of Dyster's new plan to revive a http://southbuffalonews.com9th century mode of travel.  

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(Ed note: 20http://southbuffalonews.com6 is here and, like many publications, the Niagara Falls Reporter wishes to recap the year just gone by. Since Mayor Paul Dyster is likely to be around for another four years, we might just as well look at his accomplishments in the past year. This story and the http://southbuffalonews.com0 selections contained in it were written by everyone’s favorite critic of Mayor Dyster –Anna Howard.)

 

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The roof collapsed on a home under the supervision of Isaiah 6http://southbuffalonews.com, a not for profit under the shepherding of the Mayor.

#http://southbuffalonews.com0 – The roof caves in on the Dyster administration’s housing rehabilitation program

The Isaiah 6http://southbuffalonews.com housing rehab program, supported with casino revenue dollars and planned to be headquartered in a condemned fire hall, that’s administered by Mayor Dyster’s fair haired favorite bureaucrat, Seth Piccirillo, literally brought the roof down by “accidentally” demolishing a home on Centre Avenue that they were supposedly rehabilitating. No lives were lost when the home came tumbling down, but the reputation of the Isaiah 6http://southbuffalonews.com program was pronounced DOA upon the building’s collapse. No matter, the mayor continues to use taxpayer dollars to support this non-transparent government/not for profit hybrid program.

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City Hall Jokes January 7 20http://southbuffalonews.com6

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It’s pretty small peanuts. Councilmen Charles Walker and Andrew Touma have pulled the chairmanship out from under Kristen Grandinetti more times than Lucy pulled the football out from under Charlie Brown.

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In defense of his having prevented Kristen Grandinetti from being named council chairwoman, Andrew Touma, said, “Whether male or female all council members are equal. However, some council members are more equal than others.”

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Kristen just doesn’t get any respect. The other day the homeless guy that hangs out in the city hall basement told her to move her car.

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The taxpayer subsidized housing in Beloved Community cost about $300,000 per unit to develop. This shows that the poverty industry can be very lucrative for builders and developers.

Housing Authority a Key Player in Commodification of Human Services

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The taxpayer subsidized housing in Beloved Community cost about $300,000 per unit to develop. This shows that the poverty industry can be very lucrative for builders and developers.
The taxpayer subsidized housing in Beloved Community cost about $300,000 per unit to develop. This shows that the poverty industry can be very lucrative for builders and developers.

Perhaps no agency has benefitted more from the commodification of poverty in Niagara Falls in recent years than the city’s Housing Authority.

Created in http://southbuffalonews.com942 to provide housing for soldiers, sailors, Marines and others involved in the war effort, the agency has evolved through the years to provide not only housing, but also a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of the disadvantaged Niagara Falls community.

Job training and development programs, career readiness instruction, computer instruction, after-school tutorial programs, health and wellness workshops, parenting classes, financial literacy and senior citizens activities all now fall under the Housing Authority’s aegis.

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Dyster demeans Majority that voted against him; Four More Years of More of the Same

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By  James Hufnagel

Tomorrow’s the big day.

Mayor Paul Dyster will raise his right hand and take the oath of office for the third time, the first mayor to do so in decades, even though a majority of voters on election day clearly preferred someone else take over leadership of the city of Niagara Falls.

Dyster’s meager 47.05% plurality, comprising less than 4500 votes in a city of 50,000, was actually lower than that of loser Mitt Romney, who finished with 48.4% of the 20http://southbuffalonews.com2 presidential vote.

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