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Niagara Falls Taxpayers will pay to host Great Lakes Conference Dyster given $75,000 blank check to spend as he likes  

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Conference to be held in Niagara Falls to discuss the Great Lakes; Mayor Dyster will host. Taxpayers will give him a $75,000 slush fund to spend as he pleases.

The city of Niagara Falls will “officially play host” to the 20http://southbuffalonews.com6 Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Cities Initiative annual conference this June.

City taxpayers will officially foot the bill.

The conference will host http://southbuffalonews.comhttp://southbuffalonews.com8 U.S. and Canadian representatives, including representatives from Niagara Falls, who will gather to eat, drink, network and discuss economic and ecological matters pertaining to the Great Lakes.

A last minute “walk-on resolution” by the mayor ensured city taxpayers will help fund the gathering. read more

Poverty Industry Provides Growth Sector For Struggling Falls Economy

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The city of Niagara Falls is home to one of the natural wonders of the world, the mighty cataracts that bring 8 million tourists into the city each year.

The Falls also benefits from the local share of slot machine revenue generated at the Seneca Niagara Casino. In recent years, close to $200 million has been paid out to city officials, for the purpose of promoting economic development in the city.

With the exception of New York City, no other municipality in the state rakes in the tourism dollars like Niagara Falls. And, even though four other municipalities have Indian casinos, none generate the revenue for local government like the Seneca Niagara Casino does here. read more

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

August 15, 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. read more

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. read more

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

August 15, 2017 James Hufnagel 11

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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  

August 15, 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. read more

Sex Offenders Drive Down Property Values, Quality of Life

August 15, 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. read more