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Dyster veto stops Tompkins’ council health insurance cost saving measure

Dyster veto stops Tompkins’ council health insurance cost saving measure

Niagara Falls, News January 28, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Niagara Falls – It didn’t take long for freshman councilman Kenny Tompkins to get a close up look at Mayor Paul Dyster’s veto pen. And from what we’re told Mr. Tompkins is not pleased at seeing the mayor – with a stroke of his seldom seen veto penRead More

Trademarking history: Glynn, Jacobs become owners of American heritage

Niagara Falls, News January 28, 2016 at 2:34 am

    On June 30, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill creating the nation’s first federal park at Yosemite, in northern California. Now Delaware North owner Jeremy Jacobs Sr., who ran concessions in the park from 1993 to 2016, says a trademark he filed makes him the owner ofRead More

Grandinetti’s bold commentary  on “rape culture” hits home  

Grandinetti’s bold commentary on “rape culture” hits home  

Niagara Falls, News January 28, 2016 at 12:59 am

 Whether you agree with her or not, you’ve got to give Niagara Falls City Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti credit. She speaks her mind, lets the chips fall where they may and apparently doesn’t worry about what anyone thinks. Last week, on her Facebook page, the kindergarten teacher posted a picture ofRead More

Landmark Delaware North trademark battle hearkens back to Maid of the Mist

Landmark Delaware North trademark battle hearkens back to Maid of the Mist

State and National News January 28, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Delaware North owner Jeremy Jacobs Sr. has apparently taken a page from Maid of the Mist owner Jimmy Glynn’s playbook. Friends, the pair provide concessions at Niagara Falls State Park. Back in 2011, as Glynn was fighting against an open bidding process for his Canadian tour boat concessionRead More

Mayor Dyster DOES have a casino revenue spending plan: spend until the money is gone!

Mayor Dyster DOES have a casino revenue spending plan: spend until the money is gone!

Niagara Falls, Columns January 28, 2016 at 12:18 am

Last week the city reported that their share of casino revenue had dropped once again. While the city’s handle of the annual slot drop peaked around $22 million in recent years the new annual casino revenue reality is now about $5 million less…and dropping still. The city’s announcement of theRead More

Underground Railroad Interpretive Center casino funds defy transparency

Underground Railroad Interpretive Center casino funds defy transparency

Niagara Falls, News January 28, 2016 at 12:05 am

Niagara Falls – The Underground Railroad Commission has been receiving $350,000 per year in dedicated casino revenue since 2009. At $350,000 per year for seven years that’s a total of $2,450,000. The money is set aside annually out of the casino revenue account to support and promote the Underground RailroadRead More

Dyster administration has little interest in revealing casino account growth

Niagara Falls, News January 28, 2016 at 12:03 am

While great attention has been paid to the condition of the city’s casino revenue account, virtually nothing has been asked, much less revealed, as to how the city is using the interest earned by the many millions of casino revenue dollars that have been received and banked over the years.Read More

How has the casino revenue been abused, let us count the ways

How has the casino revenue been abused, let us count the ways

Niagara County, News January 28, 2016 at 12:01 am

What do tree stump removal, police overtime, engineering consultants, penguins, pothole patching and the train station all have in common? They were all supported with casino revenue over recent years. It’s strange, but true, that every one of these things – and a whole lot more – were deemed byRead More

City spends millions to subsidize state’s USA Niagara Development

Columns January 27, 2016 at 11:54 pm

      Niagara Falls is home to one of the world’s great natural wonders and draws more than 8 million tourists a year. It is also plays host to the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant, which supplies much of the East Coast with electricity and generates hundreds of millionsRead More

Train station set to open with  one tenant, no museum here?

Train station set to open with one tenant, no museum here?

Niagara Falls, News January 27, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Niagara Falls – With the city’s new train station and Underground Railroad Heritage Museum ready to open by the end of May, a couple of questions linger. How do you open a history museum when not a single artifact has been acquired or display fabricated? Despite the factRead More

WILL THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT STEAL THE 2016 NOMINATION FROM TRUMP?

WILL THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT STEAL THE 2016 NOMINATION FROM TRUMP?

Columns January 27, 2016 at 11:28 pm

By Roger Stone Will the GOP establishment steal the 2016 nomination from Donald Trump even if the magnate arrives in Cleveland with the most pledged delegates but short of the 50 percent he’d need to be nominated? Is a back-room deal in the works to have a “brokered convention” toRead More

Lockport author Deroll Barrett’s new novel published this week

Lockport author Deroll Barrett’s new novel published this week

Uncategorized January 27, 2016 at 11:03 pm

LOCKPORT, N.Y. — Author Deroll Barrett has recently published a new Two-part novel, “Pastor Mann: (Part II) Sister Patrice in the Valley of Despair.” This book of fiction will be available nationwide this week. “Pastor Mann” is a novel about the life of Ezekiel Mann in rural Jamaica from theRead More

Only in North Tonawanda: Mesothelioma cancer heritage in NT

Only in North Tonawanda: Mesothelioma cancer heritage in NT

Niagara County, Columns January 27, 2016 at 10:40 pm

North Tonawanda is nicknamed “The Lumber City” after its most prominent industry of the past. The legacy of the lumber companies is seen in historic mansions built by and owned by some prominent executives of lumber companies. The most prominent legacy of the lumber days however is the environmental one,Read More

An interview with Sam Fruscione:  Correct about phony Hamister deal

An interview with Sam Fruscione: Correct about phony Hamister deal

Niagara Falls, News January 27, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      It was the summer of 2013, almost three years ago, and the city of Niagara Falls was in the midst of a crisis. According to the Buffalo television stations and local newspapers quoting Mayor Paul Dyster, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Sen Kirsten Gillibrand, one man wasRead More

City Hall Jokes

City Hall Jokes

Uncategorized January 27, 2016 at 10:02 pm

How non transparent was the city’s sale of the Chilton Avenue house? It was so non transparent that even Mark Hamister complained about it. There’s no truth to the rumor that Dyster and Piccirillo wrote the legal notice for the sale of the Chilton Avenue house using invisible ink. SethRead More

New Automated Parking System on Goat Island Stiffs Senior Citizens

New Automated Parking System on Goat Island Stiffs Senior Citizens

Niagara Falls, Niagara County, News January 27, 2016 at 9:51 pm

Whether exposing the crooked Glynn Maid of the Mist monopoly, criticizing the Niagara Falls State Park “Landscape Improvements” plan which ruined Three Sisters Islands, sounding the alarm on the Parks Police barracks which was slated for the edge of the scenic Niagara Gorge, rallying the public against the demolition of the 1864Read More

CLOSING BARS EARLIER MAY IMPACT BUSINESS, DIMINISH FREEDOM LOCALLY ENJOYED

Niagara County January 27, 2016 at 8:59 pm

The issue of whether to roll back the bar closing time from 4 a. m. to 2 a. m. in Erie County is certainly a hot-button item right now. The idea is a bad one – or, at best, hastily conceived. Forget that this is a perfect example of an attempt by ‘big brother’ enthusiastsRead More

Skidmore: History unlearned becomes history repeated

Uncategorized January 27, 2016 at 8:45 pm

  An honest senator dared to speak out for a halt to foreign aid and foreign subversion that drained away the people’s money. He was scoffed as a reactionary. By R.D. Skidmore, Prof. When history becomes forgotten or is not taught then it becomes a history to be repeated. SuchRead More

Hearing on Bar Closing Debate Set as Paladino Weighs In

Hearing on Bar Closing Debate Set as Paladino Weighs In

Erie County January 27, 2016 at 1:25 pm

The public will finally get a chance to weigh in on the Erie County bar closing debate next Tuesday (Feb. 2) at 5:30 p. m. at a public hearing in the legislative chambers in Old County Hall, 92 Franklin St., Buffalo. According to Majority Leader Joe Lorigo (C. – WestRead More

Quinn to Face Lawmakers in Wake of Scathing State Audit

Quinn to Face Lawmakers in Wake of Scathing State Audit

Erie County January 27, 2016 at 1:19 pm

As embattled Erie Community College President Jack Quinn prepares to face county lawmakers today (Jan. 28) at 3 p.m. on the scathing state audit of the institution he leads, there are signs that Quinn has been working very hard to convince anyone who will listen that he’s not to blameRead More

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