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Touma Wants Water, Sewer Rate Reductions in Wake of State Audit

Niagara Falls March 23, 2016 at 11:50 pm

The state audit released on Wednesday that found that the Niagara Falls Water Board and Water Authority had millions of dollars in excess funds sitting around as the city was looking for help to repair water lines on 72nd Street caught Council President Andrew Touma by complete surprise. “I wasRead More

Tompkins Responds to Water Board Surplus Reports Calls for Drof’s Resignation

Niagara Falls March 23, 2016 at 11:47 pm

Niagara Falls, NY (March 23, 2016) – Niagara Falls City Councilman Kenny Tompkins responded tonight to the announcement of Niagara Falls Water Board audit findings re-leased today that identified an undisclosed surplus of $6.3 million. “How do you NOT know that you have over $6 million dollars? This is simplyRead More

Shmuel Shmueli, Serial Conman and Fraudster

Shmuel Shmueli, Serial Conman and Fraudster

Shmueli March 18, 2016 at 3:48 pm

Part II of a series where I am the journalist covering a federal investigation in which I am also the investigation’s target. A companion series about the Bronfman sisters and cult leader Keith Raniere are also in this issue. Both are connected to the federal investigation. The series on ShmuelRead More

Shmueli, a Master at Deception, Schemes to Defraud Dozens of Local Lawyers

Shmueli, a Master at Deception, Schemes to Defraud Dozens of Local Lawyers

Shmueli March 17, 2016 at 6:02 pm

Has US Attorney Done Due Diligence on Their Source of the Parlato Investigation? A hall of fame of lawyers? Yes. A question: What do attorneys Joseph Zdarsky, David Gutkowki, Steven Cohen, Corey Hogan, John LaFalce, Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel,  Kevin Burke, Bradley Hoppe, the former law firm of Damon Morey,Read More

Out of Control Controller or Conspiracy to Thwart Brown’s Intelligent, Forthright Work Ethic?

Out of Control Controller or Conspiracy to Thwart Brown’s Intelligent, Forthright Work Ethic?

Niagara Falls March 17, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Niagara Falls –  According to City Hall sources, a handful of civil service city hall employees who work at the controller’s office and/or billings and collections have written letters of complaints against City Controller Maria Brown saying she has been abusive and created a hostile workplace. Sources say Brown mayRead More

Print edition Mar 17

Print edition Mar 17

Print Version March 17, 2016 at 10:33 am

THE LEGAL CORNER: Advice on Drinking and Driving

Columns March 17, 2016 at 9:15 am

By Nick Pelosino Jr. So you decide to drive home after a few drinks. All of a sudden, panic strikes when blue and red lights appear in your rearview mirror. Getting pulled over is a scary ordeal even if you haven’t had a sip of alcohol. And if you have,Read More

No Legal Option To Stop Senecas From Opening Gas Station, Smoke Shop Here

No Legal Option To Stop Senecas From Opening Gas Station, Smoke Shop Here

Niagara Falls March 17, 2016 at 8:18 am

The governmental affairs director of the region’s largest business advocacy group, the Niagara USA Chamber, said there is little that can be done legally to prevent the Seneca Nation of Indians from building a tax-free gas station and smoke shop on their downtown Niagara Falls reservation. Kory Schuler told theRead More

State Bureaucrats, Hamister Silent On Failed Hotel Project

State Bureaucrats, Hamister Silent On Failed Hotel Project

Niagara Falls March 17, 2016 at 7:26 am

  The sad truth behind the state development agencies that helped push through the proposed Hamister Hotel project in Niagara Falls four years ago is that silence is indeed golden, because despite all the talk about the city capitalizing on an opportunity too good to pass up, nothing has happenedRead More

Don’t Hold Your Breath On Hamister Hotel Project: IDA Grants Extension

Don’t Hold Your Breath On Hamister Hotel Project: IDA Grants Extension

Niagara Falls March 17, 2016 at 7:25 am

You read it here first, folks. Back in 2013, when Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and Buffalo developer Mark Hamister announced that a resort style luxury hotel would be built on city owned Rainbow Boulevard property, the Niagara Falls Reporter smelled a rat. The plan was vague, Hamister was evasiveRead More

Falls’ ‘Old School’ Chiropractor Allows Body to Heal Itself

Falls’ ‘Old School’ Chiropractor Allows Body to Heal Itself

Community News March 17, 2016 at 7:10 am

According to the philosophy of Chiropractic and Niagara Falls’ most renowned Chiropractor, Dr. Mark Del Monte, everyone deserves to enjoy the miracle of better health. Dr. Del Monte is an old school chiropractor. He learned his craft from the first generation students of the founders of chiropractic – father andRead More

Statement: Ortt Blasts Regents For Licenses To Illegals Proposal

Niagara County March 17, 2016 at 7:06 am

Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) issued the following statement regarding the New York State Board of Regents proposal to issue professional licenses to illegal immigrants. “I’m strongly opposed to the Board of Regents outrageous proposal to grant teaching or medical licenses to illegal immigrants. This shows the completelyRead More

Snowden Seen As Trumpiest Of Trumpsters, Develops Line Of Campaign Buttons

Snowden Seen As Trumpiest Of Trumpsters, Develops Line Of Campaign Buttons

Erie County March 17, 2016 at 6:21 am

Flamboyant and entrepreneurial Rick Snowden, who owned a nightclub and the historic Miller Mansion on Nottingham Terrace in Buffalo where he hosted several spectacular parties between 2004 and 2010 – many of them to benefit local charities – has now become one of Donald Trump’s most ardent and visible supporters.Read More

Cat Declawing Ban Gains Support Of Veterinarians Around The State

Cat Declawing Ban Gains Support Of Veterinarians Around The State

State and National News March 17, 2016 at 2:35 am

  A bill that would make New York the first state in the nation to ban cat declawing is now being championed by 115 veterinarians from across the state. Veterinary support for the bill is being organized by The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA) and The Paw Project. “DeclawingRead More

Out of Control Controller or Conspiracy to Thwart Brown’s Intelligent, Forthright Work Ethic?

Out of Control Controller or Conspiracy to Thwart Brown’s Intelligent, Forthright Work Ethic?

Niagara Falls March 17, 2016 at 2:16 am

Niagara Falls –  According to City Hall sources, a handful of civil service city hall employees who work at the controller’s office and/or billings and collections have written letters of complaints against City Controller Maria Brown saying she has been abusive and created a hostile workplace. Sources say Brown mayRead More

It’s in the Stars: Your Weekly Horoscope: Mar 17-24

It’s in the Stars: Your Weekly Horoscope: Mar 17-24

Uncategorized March 17, 2016 at 12:38 am

Aries: (March 21 – April 19): You are inventive and imaginative, which explains your habit of constantly lying. Your parents will have plenty of reasons to be reminded of how using a simple, inexpensive condom would have been a much better option. Wed. PM: Paranoia strikes deep. Taurus: (April 20Read More

Three Names Proposed For The Buffalo Zoo’s Infant Gorilla

Three Names Proposed For The Buffalo Zoo’s Infant Gorilla

Community News March 16, 2016 at 11:50 pm

The Buffalo Zoo is inviting the community to help choose one of three names for the new infant gorilla. The infant was born on Sunday, January 10 at 11:04 p.m. to mother, 18-year-old Sydney, and father, 28-year-old Koga. Sydney, as these pictures reveal, has displayed strong maternal instincts and isRead More

Grandinetti Bursts Out Laughing At Friend’s Adolescent Hi Jinks At Council Meeting

Grandinetti Bursts Out Laughing At Friend’s Adolescent Hi Jinks At Council Meeting

Niagara Falls March 16, 2016 at 10:14 pm

  Niagara Falls – Last week, former Niagara Falls Mayor Vince Anello came before the council at their regularly scheduled meeting to speak at the podium during the public comment period known as “for the good of the city.” As he was speaking, in earnest tones, he was interrupted, oddly,Read More

News of the weird – Mar 17

Uncategorized March 16, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Take That, Portland! ■ Seattle’s ambitious Office of Arts & Culture has allocated $10,000 this year to pay a poet or writer to create a work while present on the city’s Fremont Bridge drawbridge. The office’s deputy director told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in January that the city wants to encourageRead More

Campaign Contributions, Connections, Cronyism Drive State Parks Construction Frenzy

Campaign Contributions, Connections, Cronyism Drive State Parks Construction Frenzy

State and National News March 16, 2016 at 8:38 pm

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s overarching “NY Parks 2020: A 7-Point Vision for Transforming NYS Parks” plan purports to “renew the stewardship of our state parks system” by “modernizing and bringing state parks to 21st century standards.” We’ve taken a closer look at NY Parks 2020, and found it to have lessRead More

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