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Another Record-Breaking Return at Batavia Downs

Another Record-Breaking Return at Batavia Downs

Community News, Featured February 27, 2024 at 6:48 pm

By Tony Farina Chairman and CEO Henry Wojtaszek announced on Tuesday that it was another record week and weekend at Batavia Downs Gaming, fueled by a suite-stakes promotion where hockey and concert tickets were given away, gift card drawings on Saturday night, and the Legends and Stars Sports Collectors ExpoRead More

The way the Turtle looks today

Shell Game: Niagara Falls’ Fight to Make Concrete ‘Turtle’ a Landmark Could Cost Taxpayers Millions

Community News, Local News February 20, 2024 at 6:05 pm

Niagara Falls, NY – During a meeting on Feb. 1, Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Commission members voted to designate the long-vacant Turtle building as a historic landmark. Niagara Falls Redevelopment, a private company, owns the domed building with a large concrete head and legs that are supposed to represent aRead More

Henry and Caroline Wojtaszek Receive Statewide Recognition

Henry and Caroline Wojtaszek Receive Statewide Recognition

Community News February 13, 2024 at 6:47 pm

By Tony Farina City & State New York is once again highlighting New York’s political power couples in honor of Valentine’s Day and among the select group chosen are a couple from Western New York who certainly are deserving of the recognition. Henry Wojtaszek, president and CEO of the highlyRead More

Turtle bldg

GUEST VIEW: Historic status doesn’t solve Turtle’s problems

Community News, Local News, Niagara Falls February 8, 2024 at 2:02 am

By Roger Trevino Unfortunately, the Niagara Gazette’s article on Friday regarding the Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Commission supporting efforts to designate the Turtle building as an historic landmark leaves out some important facts. First, while the Turtle building is approximately 42 years old, it was only in operation as theRead More

Batavia Downs Continues to Score Big Numbers

Batavia Downs Continues to Score Big Numbers

Featured, Local News, Niagara Falls February 7, 2024 at 5:27 pm

By Tony Farina Spectacular numbers posted once again at Batavia Downs Gaming for the weekend of Feb. 2-4 with a record-setting $14 million in credits played at the gaming facility, nearly 5 percent more than the $13.379 million taken in during the 2023 New Year’s Eve weekend. The announcement ofRead More

Beatles Tribute Friday at Batavia Downs

Beatles Tribute Friday at Batavia Downs

Community News, Featured February 2, 2024 at 4:08 pm

By Tony Farina Beatlemania Magic at Batavia Downs Gaming Beatlemania Magic will be front at center at Batavia Downs Gaming on Friday, Feb. 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m., with general admission tickets at $15 that include a $10 in free play. For all of us who remember and were excitedRead More

The Turtle

Concrete Controversy: Niagara’s ‘Turtle’ Teeters on Historic Designation

Community News, Local News, Niagara Falls January 30, 2024 at 5:03 pm

Cultural appropriation is at the heart of the City’s looming dispute and may cost taxpayers millions. A dome-shaped building on the edge of Niagara Falls State Park, commonly called “The Turtle,” is at the center of potential litigation involving the City of Niagara Falls and the property’s owners. The disputeRead More

Will AI Boom Bypass Niagara, While It Ignites Elsewhere?

Will AI Boom Bypass Niagara, While It Ignites Elsewhere?

Data Campus, Featured, Niagara Falls January 24, 2024 at 9:57 am

While the City of Niagara Falls has stalled a proposed Data Center with a $1.5 billion investment by Urbacon, one of the world’s largest data center developers, and NFR, the city’s largest landowner, other areas in the country, are seeing the need and taking advantage of the AI boom. AnotherRead More

Understanding Gross Income: Expert Advice from Michael S. Gawel, CPA, JD

Understanding Gross Income: Expert Advice from Michael S. Gawel, CPA, JD

Featured, Gawel January 18, 2024 at 10:19 pm

By Michael S. Gawel, CPA, JD I was at Wilbur’s Friday night enjoying a cold PBR and someone asked me, “Mike, what Income do I have to report on my Tax Return?” My simple answer was ALL. Gross income for Federal Income Tax purposes means all income from whatever source,Read More

Urbacon’s Involvement in Niagara Falls Data Center a Good Sign for the City

Urbacon’s Involvement in Niagara Falls Data Center a Good Sign for the City

Data Campus, Niagara Falls January 18, 2024 at 10:14 pm

The proposal of the Niagara Digital Campus, a $1.5 billion data center, allows the city to compete with the big cities in the world of big tech and AI advancements. The project has two of the three main ingredients needed to succeed. The developer, Urbacon, is a successful data centerRead More

Will Niagara Falls Mayor Reject NFR’s Data Center as AI Demand Soars?

Will Niagara Falls Mayor Reject NFR’s Data Center as AI Demand Soars?

Data Campus, Featured January 15, 2024 at 8:31 pm

Niagara Falls Redevelopment Reveals $1.5 Billion Data Center Plan Niagara Falls Redevelopment (NFR) recently revealed a site plan for the first phase of its ambitious $1.5 billion data center project, coined the Niagara Digital Campus. Despite this unveiling, Mayor Robert Restaino has opposed the proposal despite a global surge inRead More

Deciphering Tax Dependents: Expert Advice from Michael S. Gawel, CPA, JD

Deciphering Tax Dependents: Expert Advice from Michael S. Gawel, CPA, JD

Featured, Gawel December 27, 2023 at 1:20 pm

By Michael S. Gawel, CPA, JD Dependency? Who can be claimed as a dependent? Who can claim that person as a dependent? A dependent must be a person, not your dog cat or 56 Chevy. A dependent is an individual who is the taxpayer’s qualifying child or qualifying relative forRead More

John Gross

John Gross Bids Final Farewell

Community News, Local News December 23, 2023 at 4:50 pm

By Tony Farina “There goes another legend,” commented noted Buffalo defense attorney Joel Daniels when he heard of the passing of Niagara Falls plumbing contractor John Gross who died unexpectedly last Monday, Dec. 19, at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, at the age of 87. John Gross served two different jailRead More

This photo was taken at the Riviera Theater at the cash presentation to Twin Cities Community Outreach from Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel and 21 local restaurants.  From left are Batavia CEO Henry Wojtaszek, Legislators Rich Andres, Jesse Gooch, Twin Cities’ Bobbie Seekins and Linda Finikin, Legislator Randy Bradt, and North Tonawanda Councilmen Joe Lavey and Joe Marranca.

Riviera Event Raises Nearly $8,000 for Community Outreach       

Local News, Niagara County December 23, 2023 at 4:40 pm

By Tony Farina The Batavia Downs-sponsored holiday movie event on Dec. 13 at the Riviera Theater in North Tonawanda was a big success and along with 21 local restaurants who donated 10 percent of their proceeds that night, cash totaling more than $7,500 was presented to Twin Cities Community OutreachRead More

How Niagara Falls Can Benefit From The Remarkable Demand For Data Centers

How Niagara Falls Can Benefit From The Remarkable Demand For Data Centers

Data Campus, Featured, Local News December 21, 2023 at 10:42 pm

The Niagara Digital Campus is an innovative, $1.48 billion technology and data center hub that will bring thousands of jobs and cutting-edge technological infrastructure to the City of Niagara Falls. The joint project between Niagara Falls Redevelopment (NFR) and Urbacon—a Toronto-based developer of state-of-the-art data centers—is privately funded and willRead More

Demystifying Your Filing Status: Expert Advice from Michael S. Gawel, CPA, JD

Demystifying Your Filing Status: Expert Advice from Michael S. Gawel, CPA, JD

Gawel December 10, 2023 at 2:52 pm

MICHAEL S. GAWEL, CPA, JD NIAGARA BOOKKEEPING & ACCOUNTING FILING STATUS After entering your Social Security number choosing your filing status is the first thing all taxpayers must do. There are five choices: single, married filing jointly, married filing separate, head of household and surviving spouse. Single is for anRead More

WROTB’s Batavia Downs Sponsors Riviera Theatre Holiday Event

WROTB’s Batavia Downs Sponsors Riviera Theatre Holiday Event

Community News, Featured, Local News December 8, 2023 at 12:39 pm

WROTB Revenue Helps Support Local Communities By Tony Farina The Christmas spirit has arrived and there will be a very special holiday event at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda on Wednesday night, Dec. 13, at 7 when Batavia Downs sponsors a screening of the 1947 Christmas Classic “Miracle onRead More

Events Center Belongs West of Casino; Still Time for Two-Project Solution

Events Center Belongs West of Casino; Still Time for Two-Project Solution

Data Campus, Featured, Local News December 8, 2023 at 12:30 pm

By Tony Farina While Mayor Robert Restaino narrowly won re-election with a 3.5 to 1 vote advantage, he still appears committed publicly to building his events center arena on 10 acres of land the city will have to purchase from NFR on John Daly Blvd. if the city wins theRead More

Seneca Snub: Restaino’s Centennial Plan Favors Nation Over Local Businesses

Seneca Snub: Restaino’s Centennial Plan Favors Nation Over Local Businesses

Local News, Niagara Falls November 29, 2023 at 8:35 pm

By Richard Luthmann Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino is a lawyer and former judge. But he sure isn’t acting like one with the Centennial Park deal. Centennial Park and Events Center Proposal Centennial Park is a planned 7,000-seat events center and a small adjacent park. Restaino began an eminent domainRead More

Uncovering Tax Benefits and Avoiding Pitfalls: Expert Advice from Michael S. Gawel

Uncovering Tax Benefits and Avoiding Pitfalls: Expert Advice from Michael S. Gawel

Featured, Gawel, Local News November 27, 2023 at 4:45 pm

MICHAEL S. GAWEL, CPA, JD My name is Michael S. Gawel and I have been a Certified Public Accountant since 1980. I have a BBA in Accounting and a JD from SUNY @ Buffalo School of Law. I am going to write a weekly tax advice column for the NiagaraRead More

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