Articles by: Tony Farina

Lafarge cement plant in Syria...company reportedly paid terrorists to stay in business

Cement Maker Lafarge Reportedly Paid Taxes to ISIS

News June 30, 2016 at 6:25 pm

French cement maker Lafarge, which has several Western New York locations including Buffalo and Niagara Falls, entered into deals with armed groups in Syria, including the Islamic State, to protect its business interests in the country, according to the French daily newspaper Le Monde. According to Le Monde in aRead More

Not much activity at Hamister hotel site...officials mum so far on formal groundbreaking

No Sign Yet of Major Groundbreaking Ceremony for Hamister Hotel

Niagara Falls June 23, 2016 at 4:29 pm

  It all seems so long ago that the state and the administration of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster announced with great fanfare that the Hamister Group based in Buffalo had been selected for a $25.3 million downtown development project at 310 Rainbow Blvd. that would include an upscale hotel,Read More

Hamister May Need More Taxpayer Money to Revive Failed Project

Hamister May Need More Taxpayer Money to Revive Failed Project

Niagara Falls April 14, 2016 at 8:33 am

According to informed sources in the Buffalo development community, Mark Hamister is about $6 million short of the mark in financing for his much-hyped $35.7 million Niagara Falls hotel project on Rainbow Blvd. that was trumpeted by state and local officials more than three years ago as the city’s bestRead More

Gawel to Seek Chairmanship of City GOP Committee

Gawel to Seek Chairmanship of City GOP Committee

Niagara Falls April 13, 2016 at 11:34 pm

Former Councilman Michael Gawel says it is time for new leadership at the helm of the Niagara Falls City Republican Executive Committee and he will be challenging current GOP Chairman Vince Sandonato for the top job at the reorganization meeting in September. Gawel, who has been a highly visible figureRead More

Ranking Has Niagara Falls Among State’s Worst Places to Live

Ranking Has Niagara Falls Among State’s Worst Places to Live

Uncategorized April 13, 2016 at 8:38 pm

  It was nearly four years ago that people flocked to Niagara Falls and watched from around the world as aerial daredevil Nik Wallenda made his historic wire walk over the roaring waters of the Niagara River and put the cataract city on the world stage for a brief moment. Read More

Tompkins Says Memorial Day Parade Will Go On

Tompkins Says Memorial Day Parade Will Go On

Featured, Niagara Falls March 31, 2016 at 10:28 am

In perhaps his finest hour in his first year as a Niagara Falls city councilman, Kenneth Tompkins announced Wednesday night there will be a Memorial Day Parade this year only hours after the Veterans Memorial Commission had announced the parade had been suspended due to lack of funding.  And theRead More

Republicans to Honor Tompkins

Niagara Falls March 31, 2016 at 10:17 am

The Niagara Falls Republican Leadership is planning to honor their lone elected representative in city government, Councilman Kenny Tompkins, on Thursday, April 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p. m. at Gagsters, 708 E. Market Street. Tompkins, who campaigned on taking a business approach to running city government, has alreadyRead More

Liberty's LockportTax Office 
...filing deadline extended

Tax Filing Deadline is April 19 This Year

Community News March 31, 2016 at 10:16 am

Our friends at Liberty Tax Service have sent us a reminder that the deadline for filing a tax return to get a refund that might be due is April 19th this year as the IRS has extended the filing deadline from April 15 because of Emancipation Day. According to EdwinRead More

Critics of Mixed Martial Arts say that the character of audiences for this sport/spectacle are not dissimilar to those who enjoyed the contests of the Roman-era gladiators. The big difference is that all MMA contestants enter the ring voluntarily.

Mixed martial arts promoters have tough road despite passage

Erie County March 24, 2016 at 12:51 am

It may be bloody and highly controversial, but mixed martial arts will be coming to New York in the not too distant future, and the popular sport will then face the challenge of lining up promoters to meet the re-quirements contained in the bill passed by the Assembly this weekRead More

Amber Small, Democratic candidate for 60th district State Senate seat.

Shaky union support may have delivered key blow to Panepinto

Erie County March 24, 2016 at 12:49 am

It could be more than an office scandal and financial pressures that drove State Sen. Marc Panepinto’s decision two weeks ago not to seek a second-term in the 60th District only days after the Erie County Democratic Committee endorsed him for re-election. Political sources tell this newspaper that his unionRead More

Caroline Wojtaszek has announced she will run for Niagara County DA.

Complaints against violent no surprise to lawyer representing Donatello

News March 24, 2016 at 12:47 am

It was in the Sept. 3, 2013 editions of the Niagara Falls Reporter that I broke the story that one of the top prosecutors in the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office was threatening to bring legal action against the county on her claims that she had been discriminated against inRead More

Brian Meyer to head regional news partnership at WBFO

Brian Meyer to head regional news partnership at WBFO

Community News March 24, 2016 at 12:23 am

Award-winning veteran journalist Brian Meyer, who has served as news director at WBFO in Buffalo since 2014, has been promoted to the position of senior director of news and public affairs for WNED/WBFO where he will oversee a new regional collaboration that will focus on Great Lakes reporting. Chief ProgramRead More

Touma Wants Water, Sewer Rate Reductions in Wake of State Audit

Niagara Falls March 23, 2016 at 11:50 pm

The state audit released on Wednesday that found that the Niagara Falls Water Board and Water Authority had millions of dollars in excess funds sitting around as the city was looking for help to repair water lines on 72nd Street caught Council President Andrew Touma by complete surprise. “I wasRead More

State Bureaucrats, Hamister Silent On Failed Hotel Project

State Bureaucrats, Hamister Silent On Failed Hotel Project

Niagara Falls March 17, 2016 at 7:26 am

  The sad truth behind the state development agencies that helped push through the proposed Hamister Hotel project in Niagara Falls four years ago is that silence is indeed golden, because despite all the talk about the city capitalizing on an opportunity too good to pass up, nothing has happenedRead More

Snowden Seen As Trumpiest Of Trumpsters, Develops Line Of Campaign Buttons

Snowden Seen As Trumpiest Of Trumpsters, Develops Line Of Campaign Buttons

Erie County March 17, 2016 at 6:21 am

Flamboyant and entrepreneurial Rick Snowden, who owned a nightclub and the historic Miller Mansion on Nottingham Terrace in Buffalo where he hosted several spectacular parties between 2004 and 2010 – many of them to benefit local charities – has now become one of Donald Trump’s most ardent and visible supporters.Read More

Flaherty, Flynn to Mix Politics, St. Patrick’s Celebration   At Famed Irish Center Luncheon

Flaherty, Flynn to Mix Politics, St. Patrick’s Celebration At Famed Irish Center Luncheon

Erie County March 9, 2016 at 10:57 pm

Just in case you are a newcomer to these parts, we’d like to remind you that St. Patrick’s Day next Thursday (March17) is more than a celebration of Irish and Irish American culture, it is the starting point of the political season and that’s particularly true this year with DARead More

Judge Frank Bayger, Hall of Fame Trial Lawyer, Is Back Practicing Law

Judge Frank Bayger, Hall of Fame Trial Lawyer, Is Back Practicing Law

Community News March 9, 2016 at 10:19 pm

Frank “Duke” Bayger worked at a bowling alley while attending high school, worked as a dishwasher and waiter at the famed Roycroft Inn in East Aurora, worked as a bartender at the Town Casino nightclub in Buffalo, and won a $12.5 million defamation judgment for the late Niagara Falls restaurateurRead More

State Money Flows Again, But Question Remains: What Happened?

State Money Flows Again, But Question Remains: What Happened?

Erie County March 2, 2016 at 11:21 pm

  The carpenters, all 70 of them, are back on the job at SolarCity, but more than 120 plumbers were still out as of Tuesday as the state scrambled to make $82.5 million in late payments to contractors who hadn’t been paid since October on the much-hyped Buffalo Billion program.Read More

Panepinto Ready to Take on All Challengers for 60th District Seat

Panepinto Ready to Take on All Challengers for 60th District Seat

Erie County March 2, 2016 at 11:18 pm

State Sen. Marc Panepinto may face a Democratic primary in the 60th District this year and if he is victorious he will likely face a strong Republican challenge from the winner of an expected Republican primary between Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs and Tonawanda attorney Kevin Stocker, but Panepinto isRead More

Jacobs Ends Speculation, Will  Run For Senate Seat

Jacobs Ends Speculation, Will Run For Senate Seat

Erie County February 25, 2016 at 8:47 am

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, a Republican and a member of the prominent Jacobs family which owns the Delaware North companies, has told political leaders he is going to run for the 60th District State Senate seat now occupied by Sen. Marc Panepinto, a Democrat. “He told me he’s goingRead More

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