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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Echoes of Injustice: Steve Pigeon’s Case Mirrors Sebold’s Wrongful Accusation

Echoes of Injustice: Steve Pigeon’s Case Mirrors Sebold’s Wrongful Accusation

A Miscarriage of Justice, Featured November 20, 2023 at 10:15 pm

By Marie White Sebold’s Apology Too Late In 2021, Alice Sebold, the best-selling author of the memoir “Lucky” and the novel “The Lovely Bones,” issued an apology to Anthony J. Broadwater, a man she had wrongly accused of raping her in 1981 – 39 years after the fact.  Broadwater spentRead More

Former Attorney General Sues State for Wrongful Action In Dismantling WROTB and ‘Neutering’ Outlying Counties

Former Attorney General Sues State for Wrongful Action In Dismantling WROTB and ‘Neutering’ Outlying Counties

Community News, Featured, Local News, News November 13, 2023 at 8:35 pm

By Tony Farina Former State Attorney General Dennis Vacco of the Buffalo law firm of Lippes Mathias, is still awaiting responses from the state on the lawsuit he filed in September on behalf of several member counties challenging the language in the state budget in May that, in Vacco’s words,Read More

Falls Comedian “Black Ernie” Lights Up the Stage in Vegas

Falls Comedian “Black Ernie” Lights Up the Stage in Vegas

Community News, Featured, Ken Cosentino, Local News, Niagara Falls November 12, 2023 at 11:18 pm

Comedian Ernie Bivins, AKA “Black Ernie,” is making a name for himself in Las Vegas. “I’m 49, but I feel like I’m 29!” Jokes the Niagara Falls Native, whose career began here in his hometown in 2008. “I was doing shows for a few years and then I met MikeRead More

Coercive Plea Bargain? Pigeon Chooses Eight Months Over Gambling Life in Prison

Coercive Plea Bargain? Pigeon Chooses Eight Months Over Gambling Life in Prison

A Miscarriage of Justice, Featured, Local News November 11, 2023 at 9:45 pm

In a dramatic turn of events, G. Steven Pigeon faced a harrowing decision in the face of serious sexual abuse charges. With the risk of a life sentence looming over him, Pigeon grappled with a gut-wrenching choice: accept a plea deal for a crime he insists he didn’t commit, orRead More

Falls Mayoral Candidate Carl Cain’s Wisdom Sharpened by Heart and History

Falls Mayoral Candidate Carl Cain’s Wisdom Sharpened by Heart and History

Community News, Elections 2023, Featured, Local News November 4, 2023 at 10:37 am

By Brandon M. Stickney “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson For a time, human rights activist Malcolm X meant trouble for young Carlton “Carl” Cain. Malcolm’s autobiography, co-authored by Alex Haley, was nearly 500Read More

Vincent Cauley Challenges Mayor’s Planned Misuse of CDBG Funds for Event Center

Vincent Cauley Challenges Mayor’s Planned Misuse of CDBG Funds for Event Center

Featured, Ken Cosentino, Local News, News, Niagara Falls, Parcel 0 November 2, 2023 at 4:30 pm

Last night’s city council meeting was further proof that Mayor Restaino’s proposed use of CDBG funds for purchasing Parcel 0 is still on the table. Last night, Councilmember Vincent Cauley attempted to rescind the authority the council granted the Mayor last December to use CDBG funds for the purchase ofRead More

Mayor Restaino’s ‘Generous’ Tax Cut: Smoke and Mirrors in Niagara Falls

Mayor Restaino’s ‘Generous’ Tax Cut: Smoke and Mirrors in Niagara Falls

Featured, Local News, Niagara Falls November 1, 2023 at 8:59 am

Niagara Falls, NY – Mayor Robert M. Restaino, just in time for the election, has announced a modest decrease in residential property tax rates. Yet, since his inauguration in 2020, the city has been plagued with soaring crime rates and rising taxes. First, let’s dissect his “generous” tax cut. AlthoughRead More

Niagara Falls is a Horror Show

Niagara Falls is a Horror Show

Featured, Ken Cosentino, Local News, Niagara Falls October 31, 2023 at 12:28 am

Downtown Niagara Falls has effectively become a garbage dump. We’ve all seen it as we drive down streets and alleys. Old mattresses, used tires, trash bags ripped open with their contents spilling out all over the ground. The average person drives by these eyesores and wonders “Who’s cleaning all ofRead More

Uniquia Lewis: Fairness, Equality And Transparency

Uniquia Lewis: Fairness, Equality And Transparency

Elections 2023, Featured, Ken Cosentino, Local News October 28, 2023 at 12:11 pm

This article is part of a series highlighting the Black candidates currently running for office in the City of Niagara Falls, focusing specifically on candidate for city council Uniquia Lewis. In this series we will examine the Black candidates and judge them not by the color of their skin, butRead More

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