Articles by: Mike Hudson

From soup to nuts, the 72nd Street water main project that left residents there without running water for two winters in a row. Politicians ignored the problem until it became an issue in last year’s election. What were they thinking?

Water Board Creation Leaves to Wonder What Were They Thinking?

Featured, Niagara Falls March 31, 2016 at 10:45 am

At the behest of the Niagara Falls City Council, the New York State Legislature created the city Water Board back in 2002. Locally, the primary cheerleader for spinning off the city’s water and wastewater treatment services was Paul Dyster, then a freshman Council member and now mayor of the city.Read More

Ezra Scott

Tompkins, Scott Seek To Wrest Water Board Control From Albany

Featured, Niagara Falls March 31, 2016 at 10:39 am

In addition to calling for the termination of Niagara Falls Water Board Executive Director Paul Drof, city Councilman Ken Tompkins has introduced a resolution with Councilman Ezra Scott asking that all five members of the Water Board by approved by the mayor and the Council, so as to regain cityRead More

Little Evidence To Support City’s Link With Underground Railroad

Little Evidence To Support City’s Link With Underground Railroad

Niagara Falls March 24, 2016 at 6:41 am

  Is the decision by the city’s Underground Railroad Commission to broaden the scope of what was to have been the Underground Railroad interpretive center at the Whirlpool Street train station a tacit admission that Niagara Falls has little if any Underground Railroad history of its own to begin with?Read More

Underground Railroad Related Tourism Competition Healthy?

Underground Railroad Related Tourism Competition Healthy?

Niagara Falls March 24, 2016 at 6:32 am

The Castellani Freedom Crossing exhibit at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center and the Underground Railroad interpretive center at the new Whirlpool Street train station won’t just be competing with each other, they’ll be competing with museums all around the country designed to lure tourists interested in former slaves escapingRead More

NACC to open Underground Railroad exhibit before city’s is ready to go

NACC to open Underground Railroad exhibit before city’s is ready to go

Niagara Falls March 24, 2016 at 6:26 am

For Bill Bradberry, history is both an avocation and a passion. A decade ago, he became deeply involved when the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University undertook its Freedom Crossing exhibit, and when Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster announced the formation of an Underground Railroad Commission to mount an exhibitionRead More

City Spending $2 Million A Year To Promote Tourism But Board Says New Position Needed
Tourism advisory board members say the city needs a taxpayer funded city tourism director to help get people to come to Niagara Falls and to make their stay more rewarding.

City Spending $2 Million A Year To Promote Tourism But Board Says New Position Needed

Niagara Falls March 23, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Does the city of Niagara Falls, which already pays an outside agency around $2 million a year to promote tourism, need to create a new governmental position to promote tourism? And does it need the Tourism Advisory Board, a group of well-meaning and politically connected amateurs put together by MayorRead 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

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

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

Dyster’s follies cost taxpayers, lead to absolutely nothing constructive

News, Niagara Falls March 9, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    For Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, it’s not about the destination but the journey. Which is why, since taking office in January 2008, the city has been subjected to numerous and lengthy forays into the unknowable unknown, for the most part without any measurable result aside from moneyRead More

Creativity rules

Art of Beer promotes booze, Dyster’s private business

Niagara Falls March 9, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Using public money to promote alcohol consumption? Using public money to promote the mayor’s private business? It’s all good in Niagara Falls, where the 10th annual Art of Beer festival last week managed to do both things simultaneously. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster has gifted the sponsoring organizationRead More

Will a road by any other name  still cause controversy here?

Will a road by any other name still cause controversy here?

News, State and National News March 9, 2016 at 10:32 pm

  While lawmakers representing Niagara County may lack the political will to remove the Robert Moses Parkway, the state Senate has recently taken the bull by the horns and moved to change the road’s name. Sen. Rob Ortt introduced a bill to rename the Robert Moses Parkway as the NiagaraRead More

Three unsolved mysteries at  City Hall begging for answers

Three unsolved mysteries at City Hall begging for answers

News, Niagara Falls March 9, 2016 at 10:00 pm

 Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster is known for running one of the most secretive administrations in recent city history. Freedom of Information Law requests need to be filed in order to obtain even the most routine public documents and high priced consultants reports have been put away in drawers andRead More

Despite obstacles, Dyster forges ahead  with controversial parking meter plan

Despite obstacles, Dyster forges ahead with controversial parking meter plan

Community News March 9, 2016 at 9:04 pm

  What can the people of Niagara Falls do to ensure that the nightmarish implementation of a citywide parking plan by Mayor Paul Dyster’s handpicked contractor, Desman Associates, isn’t simply a repeat of what recently happened when the company did the same thing in Chicago? The Niagara Falls City CouncilRead More

Buffalo beard competition planned  without use of taxpayer funding!

Buffalo beard competition planned without use of taxpayer funding!

Columns March 9, 2016 at 8:45 pm

  The owners of Macky’s Essex Street Pub in Buffalo have come up with what would be a revolutionary idea in Niagara Falls. They’re staging an entertainment event and not asking the government for any money to make it happen. Unlike the Hard Rock Café concert series, the Niagara Falls BluesRead More

Multimillion dollar methadone clinic  to profit from human suffering here  

Multimillion dollar methadone clinic to profit from human suffering here  

Niagara Falls March 3, 2016 at 12:03 am

   There’s one thing about the people who run the poverty industry here in Niagara Falls. Whether they’re taking care of the homeless or battered women, generational welfare recipients who make up the majority of public housing residents or dope fiends seeking a daily fix of methadone, the providers ofRead More

Opposition to Walnut Ave. drug  clinic mounts amid political intrigue

Opposition to Walnut Ave. drug clinic mounts amid political intrigue

Niagara County March 2, 2016 at 11:57 pm

  Resistance is stiffening to a proposed methadone clinic – serving as many as 400 addicts – proposed by the not for profit Northpointe Council in the old school district administration building at Walnut Avenue and Sixth Street. State Rep. John Ceretto, retired City Court judge and state Assembly candidateRead More

Hamister fails to open hotel in  Jamestown as well as Niagara Falls

Hamister fails to open hotel in Jamestown as well as Niagara Falls

Community News March 2, 2016 at 11:25 pm

   The fabulous resort location on Rainbow Boulevard North here isn’t the only hotel in Western New York that do-nothing developer Mark Hamister hasn’t built, h e’s also failed to build down in Jamestown, where a promised Double Tree Inn has likewise failed to materialize. It was on June 24,Read More

Some sex offenders follow trend, leave Niagara Falls for better life

Some sex offenders follow trend, leave Niagara Falls for better life

Niagara Falls March 2, 2016 at 11:15 pm

  As with so many other segments of the colorful tapestry that makes up the population of Niagara Falls, at least some of the city’s registered sex offenders appear to be packing up and leaving for greener pastures. According to the reference website city-data.com, there are currently 166 registered sex offendersRead More

Falls sees tiny decrease in violent  crime: Remains dangerous place

Falls sees tiny decrease in violent crime: Remains dangerous place

Columns March 2, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    In his State of the City address last week Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster claimed that violent crime was down by 5.4 percent in 2015 compared to 2014. Will the slight dip in the rate of violent crime be enough to get the Falls off of the numerousRead More

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