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Niagara Falls Councilman Ezra Scott is working behind the scenes to aid in fundraising efforts for young Shawn Kennedy who has been stricken with cancer.

Niagara Falls Boy Battles Rare Cancer As Community Leaders Step Up To Help

News, Featured April 28, 2016 at 5:59 pm

“Baby Shawn” Kennedy is a happy 5-year-old boy with a big problem. He is full of life and always smiling, but has been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a very aggressive cancer located on his brain stem.

Paul Dyster voted to create the Niagara Falls Water Board which ceded control of the city’s water supply - and the right to set the rates for water in this city famous for abundance of fresh water - to Albany - in order to escape the short term political consequences of having to raise water rates in 2002. Now rates are out of control and the city is powerless to do anything about it.
You have to hand it to the uninformed voters of Niagara Falls: they rewarded perhaps the most incompetent, politically expedient and extravagant [with taxpayers’ money] mayor in Niagara Falls history [he blew through $100 million in casino cash]. The voters elected and reelected Dyster three times.
In this artist’s conception, Mayor Dyster [left] is depicted telling the people of Niagara Falls how wonderful a job he has done for them while a Niagara Falls Water Board member [right] looks on.
[Not a real picture].

Politicians Want Water Board Answers On Outrageous “Availability Fee” Here

News, Featured April 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Businessman Dave Bieksza, who owns a commercial property at 259 24th Street, has been battling the Niagara Falls Water Board for five years over what the board refers to as an “availability fee,” $20 a month charged to property owners in the city who have no water service.

The new giant train station will likely cost more than $500,000 per year to operate. Amtrak will not pay for most of the cost - city taxpayers will. As the picture shows- the new station will be huge, but ridership will not necessarily increase since people do not choose to ride trains simply because you increase the size of your train station.

Looming Train Station Disaster Has Dyster Looking For Cover

News, Featured April 28, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Although the Dyster administration has had more than five years to come to an agreement with Amtrak and the Underground Railroad Interpretive Center for use of the new, $44 million train station on Whirlpool Street, market the facility to other prospective tenants and come up with a budget to run the place, it has done none of those things.

The present train station is small, but large enough to accommodate the average of 30 passengers who leave the falls every day. The good  news is that it costs taxpayers nothing to operate. The cost of running it is borne by Amtrak. That will soon change.
The present train station is small, but large enough to accommodate the average of 30 passengers who leave the falls every day. The good  news is that it costs taxpayers nothing to operate. The cost of running it is borne by Amtrak. That will soon change.

Dyster’s Train Station Ten Times Larger Than Needed, According To Amtrak

News, Featured April 28, 2016 at 4:58 pm

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster hasn’t said a word about the $44 million train station he built on Whirlpool Street in weeks, leaving public pronouncements about the project to his associate, City Planner Thomas DeSantis.

Kristen Grandinetti tried to pass a law that would put women like this one in jail for the crime she is committing: feeding stray cats. After an expose in the Reporter the proposed law unraveled as thousands of cat lovers complained.

Grandinetti Targeted By Cat Lovers Online For Proposed Anti-Cat Legislation

News, Featured April 28, 2016 at 4:55 pm

When the Niagara Falls Reporter broke the story of city Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti’s draconian anti-cat legislation here a couple of weeks ago, we had no idea that she would become the target of harassment and threats from cat lovers across the country.

Reclaim Niagara Aims To Get Albany Out Of Our Pockets

Reclaim Niagara Aims To Get Albany Out Of Our Pockets

News, Featured April 28, 2016 at 4:54 pm

The ways in which the Niagara Frontier, and the city of Niagara Falls in particular, has been ripped off for decades by Albany has been a recurring theme for the Niagara Falls Reporter since the paper was founded 16 years ago.

Gov. Cuomo loves the little children. He wants them to have a bright future, which is why he’s spending $70 million on the state-owned waterfront while reneging on tens of millions in aid promised for downtown Niagara Falls.

Cuomo Lavishes $70 Million On Parkway, State Park  Little Benefit Seen For Local Economy, Quality Of Life

News, Featured April 28, 2016 at 4:53 pm

By the time the Niagara Falls State Park Landscape Improvements plan and south Robert Moses Parkway upgrade are finished sometime next year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have spent $70 million derived from Niagara Greenway, “Buffalo Billion” and “NY Works” economic development programs. That’s more than $140 for every man, woman and child living in the city of Niagara Falls.

DEC Launches Investigation Into  Illegal Dumping In Niagara Falls

DEC Launches Investigation Into Illegal Dumping In Niagara Falls

News, Featured April 28, 2016 at 4:52 pm

Since The Reporter broke a story about illegal dumping at a city-operated composting facility last week, the State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has launched an investigation into the illegal dumping. On the same day, last Thursday, Department of Public Works supervisors instructed employees to put sweeper dirt in dumpsters rather than atop mounds already at the composting site.

Christina Custode To Perform at NCCC Saturday

Christina Custode To Perform at NCCC Saturday

Featured April 28, 2016 at 4:51 pm

Acclaimed singer/songwriter/pianist Christina Custode will perform acoustic arrangements of her original music and will be shooting a live video on Saturday (April 30) at Niagara Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd. in Sanborn. Custode, a Niagara Falls artist who has won many local and national honors, invites her fans toRead More

Officer Michael Stover (l) and Lt. Toby Trowbridge
...Lockport officers honored

Niagara County Judges and Police Conference Honors Law Enforcement Officers of the Year

News, Featured April 28, 2016 at 4:50 pm

The Judges and Police Executive Conference of Niagara County honored the group’s law enforcement officers of the year last Saturday night at Antonio’s Banquet and Conference Center in Niagara Falls.

Trane Seeks Lewiston Highway Superintendent Appointment, Will Run For Post

News, Featured April 28, 2016 at 4:49 pm

Dave Trane has announced he is seeking both the Lewiston Town Board’s appointment as town Highway Superintendent and will be running for the office in the November elections.   The position has been vacant since February with the death of Douglas Janese who was re-elected last November in a narrowRead More

Judge Frank Bayger...will take your questions

Ask the Judge Column Begins

Columns April 28, 2016 at 4:48 pm

You’ve seen his ad in this newspaper and elsewhere, and now retired State Supreme Court Justice Frank Bayger is inviting you to submit legal questions pertaining to personal injury or wrongful death cases to him for a published response.  Just email your questions to Judge Bayger, a Hall of FameRead More

Rotella Offers Experience and Balanced View on School Board

Rotella Offers Experience and Balanced View on School Board

News April 28, 2016 at 4:47 pm

As each academic year nears its end, the Board of Education and District staff celebrate the more than 100 business and not-for-profit partners, as well as parents, grandparents, and other volunteers, who take an active role in students’ education year after year.

Destino is a 2014 Leadership Niagara graduate and a recipient of the NYS School Board Association’s Life-time Achievement Award in recognition of the extensive time and effort he has spent as a school board member striving to expand his knowledge and skills for better board governance.

Better Cooperation Between City and School District Long Overdue

News April 28, 2016 at 4:46 pm

The most recent project I’ve been involved with was helping select a new operator for Sal Maglie Stadium. Needless to say, I think the City of Niagara Falls has hit a home run with the new group currently making major aesthetic improvements to the ball park – including plans to erect a new scoreboard and playing host to major youth baseball tournaments.

Are Grandparents Automatically Entitled to Visit with Their Grandchildren?

Are Grandparents Automatically Entitled to Visit with Their Grandchildren?

Columns, Featured April 28, 2016 at 4:45 pm

by Nicholas A. Pelosino, Jr., Esq. We all know that grandparents do many things for their grandchildren and these meaningful relationships are as varied as the people in them and the families of which they are a part. Grandparents may become caretakers when needed; grandparents can have special teaching roles;Read More

Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) said, “”Each has freedom to do all that he wills provided that he infringes not the equal freedom of any other.” Was he a liberal?
Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) said, “”Each has freedom to do all that he wills provided that he infringes not the equal freedom of any other.” Was he a liberal?

A Libertarian View: War of the Words

News, Featured April 28, 2016 at 4:41 pm

by Jim Ostrowski The older I get, the more I think that politics is a battle of the dictionaries.  Whoever has the best words, wins. The political movement I have been active in for 35 years is the contemporary revival of the movement that is responsible for most of whatRead More

Will America Vote For or Against the Constitution?

Will America Vote For or Against the Constitution?

Columns April 28, 2016 at 4:40 pm

by J. Gary DiLaura In order to get America back on its feet we need to create jobs for the American people and do it fast. We are in an energy and economic crisis. We must become energy independent if we are to survive as a Nation. Right now theRead More

Your Weekly Horoscopes – by Jean Topascani (April 21 – 27)

Your Weekly Horoscopes – by Jean Topascani (April 21 – 27)

Uncategorized April 21, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Aries: (March 21 – April 19): Attractive, but wall-eyed Libra seems to be staring at you. Neptune in 8th house prompts sudden job–related travel to exotic locale with plenty of money. Avoid extradition. “I can’t wait any longer!” is something you will shout through a random keyhole at 3 a.m.Read More

Grandinetti’s Cat Plan Could Apply to Her

Grandinetti’s Cat Plan Could Apply to Her

News, Featured April 21, 2016 at 1:00 pm

In reading about Council member Kristen Grandinetti’s boneheaded idea about fining or jailing people who are taking humane steps to manage the area’s feral cat population, I couldn’t help but think that it’s too bad we can’t trap, spay and release Grandinetti somewhere other than Niagara Falls.

On Kristen’s airbnb listing she posts nine pictures of the room she rents in her house on Orchard Parkway. The reviews have been favorable. There about 300 other property owners in Niagara Falls who also list rooms or apartments for rent by the night to tourists. If Kristen rents her room out for 60 nights per year she earns about $3,000 which will make a small dent in the super high property taxes she [and everyone in Niagara Falls] has to pay.  In a free society, we are trying to find anything wrong with this free enterprise.

Crackdown on Renting Rooms Makes Little Sense in City where Money is Tight

News, Featured April 21, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Airbnb is a website for people to list, find, and rent lodging. Founded in August 2008 and headquartered in San Francisco, California, the company is privately owned, and in the business of matching vacationers and business travelers with locals who want to rent out a room, apartment or house.

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