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AUGUST 25 - SEP 01, 2015

Paul Dyster Doesn’t Know How to Say No, and For That he Wants the Voters to Say Yes to his Re-election

By Anna Howard

August 25, 2015

Two lovely socialists: If you like what the guy on the left has done for America, you will probably like what the guy on the right has done to Niagara Falls. Paul Obama (left) and Barack Hussein Dyster (right).


Last week the Re-elect Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster campaign mailed a letter, dated August 17, 2015, to voters that was themed “yes or no” with Dyster portraying himself as the “yes” and his “opponent” as the “no.” His letter never mentioned Glenn Choolokian by name; it merely reduced the councilman to the level of “opponent.”

The silly letter presented Paul Dyster as being positive, saying yes, and of working really, really hard to “reclaim our city’s future.” How one can reclaim the future – something that has yet to occur – is a mystery but Dyster’s two terms have been full of mysteries…not the least of which have been the outrageous increase in the cost of government, mismanaged city funds, missing city funds and endless lawsuits with all of this buttressed through a tax increase and $90,000,000 in wasted casino revenue.

Dyster took the Obama campaign cry of “Yes we can!” to new heights by saying, “Yes I will, just watch me!” straight out of the election box by bringing a $30 million courthouse in at a $50 million final cost that included a 30 year mortgage with a $2.5 annual debt service. As if that suspicious courthouse “yes” weren’t enough he came in right behind with a $44 million train station including a “project re-bid” at $350,000 and an Underground Railroad Interpretive Center that’s tied up in court and can’t open its doors.

Mayor Paul Obama sent out a resounding “Yes we can” to subsidizing Aquarium penguins to the tune of $150,000 in an era where animal captivity is frowned upon. Dyster said, “Yes we can” to paving the city hall parking lot for nearly a half million dollars. He said “Of course we can” to forking over $500,000 to the troubled Isaiah 61program to rehabilitate a decrepit former city fire hall. And he said, “Why certainly we can” as he helped pull Community Missions out of IRS tax trouble by writing a taxpayer check to the tune of $150,000.

And His Honor said, “Of course we need a parking plan” at $130,000, even though no one wanted a parking plan and he said “Of course we can subsidize my campaign supporters” at the Hodgson Russ law firm for nearly one million dollars in taxpayer green. And while he was at it he said, “I think I can spend $2.2 million in casino money for trash totes.”

Paul Dyster didn’t stop there, he said, “We’re going to say yes to a school district 16 day summer program” and gave the high rollers at the school district $100,000 to make it happen. And He told the Seminole Nation “Of course we’ll subsidize your Hard Rock concerts” with more than $500,000 of city cash.

Mayor Dyster told the taxpayers, “We’ll spend and borrow” to keep the ice pavilion boondoggle going as it climbed from $4 million to $13 million.

To his best and brightest department heads, city hall buddies, city employee campaign supporters, and political hires he said, “You’re damn right I’m going to pay you $100,000 along with outrageous overtime and endless stipends while I blame the rank and file for busting the budget!”

To every halfwit consultant in western New York and beyond he said, “Yes, the residents of Niagara Falls will support you, send me your ridiculous studies, and we’ll spin them into casino revenue gold while you turn that gold into my campaign coffer gold”

And Mayor Paul Dyster said “Yes I’ll give loans and grants to my friends and campaign supporters on Third Street because, after all, I’m chairman of the NFC.”

And Mayor Dyster said, “Yes I can unilaterally plan to build an animal shelter no one wants or needs because I’m in charge here!”

And Mayor Dyster said “You’ll never stop me from building a cricket field because I’ve already promised campaign donors I would!”

And Mayor Dyster said “The Niagara Power is history because I have a friendly businessperson waiting in the wings to take over Sal Maglie Stadium.”

And Mayor Dyster said, “You just watch me, before I’m tossed from office, I’m going commit $900,000 in taxpayer funds to build an industrial park to benefit a hidden interest.”

And Mayor Paul Dyster said “Yes!” to all of this because he is, after all, “Your Mayor!”





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