According to New York State’s Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments, Niagara Falls is the highest taxed municipality in New York which,  according to a recent study by WalletHub, is the highest state in the US. Therefore, the City of Niagara Falls is the highest taxed municipality in the highest taxed state.

Did Touma Lie By Omission when telling Time Warner about tax hikes?

Featured, Niagara Falls July 28, 2016 at 1:14 pm

By Members of Stop the Reassessment Committee Time Warner News was in the neighborhoods yesterday taking photos of stop the reassessment signs and interviewing residents. The link to the Time Warner video is http://www.twcnews.com/nys/buffalo/ news/2016/07/26/niagara-falls-propertyreassessment-.html A reporter interviewed Council Chairman Andrew Touma, and again, he deceived the people. He saidRead More

Council Chairman Andrew Touma, who will face reelection next year if he chooses to run, has led the charge to reassess every property in Niagara Falls.

Dyster, Touma Continue To Deceive Taxpayers On Reassessments & Ignore The Will Of The People

Featured, Niagara Falls July 28, 2016 at 1:06 pm

By the Committee to Stop the Reassessments & Continuous Tax Increases As mentioned in a previous article, Mayor Paul Dyster, with the support of Council Chairman Andrew Touma, deceived the taxpayers by waiting five days after the mayoral election to tell us he was planning to do a citywide reassessment.Read More

Councilman Kenny Thompkins visits Black Squirrel Garden Walk.

Black Squirrel Home and Garden Walk, Park Place Porch Fest, and Neighborhoods Taking Charge

Featured, Niagara Falls July 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Councilman Kenny Tompkins Last Saturday, July 23, my wife Terry and I had the pleasure of experiencing two of Niagara Falls’ newest events: The Black Squirrel Home and Garden Walk and the Park Place Porch Fest. It was refreshing to participate in both. On 12th Street and Memorial Parkway –Read More

Biosolids Are a Normal Part of Agriculture

Biosolids Are a Normal Part of Agriculture

Featured, Niagara County July 28, 2016 at 12:39 pm

Ned Beecher, Executive Director NEBRA (www.nebiosolids.org) Last week, the Town Board in Wheatfield decided to defend the town’s local ban on biosolids use on farms. Biosolids are treated and tested wastewater solids that are excellent soil amendments. In June, Wheatfield was notified by the Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM)Read More

What lies under Portage Road?  A test would find out conclusively.

Portage Road Repaving Presents Danger of Radioactive Contamination: US Surveys Show high concentration of radioactive material likely under the road

Featured, Niagara Falls July 28, 2016 at 12:27 pm

By Frank Parlato Niagara Falls – A section of Portage Road – between Ferry and Niagara – is scheduled for road work this summer and is expected to start any day. The Portage Road work – which is listed as part of Mayor Paul Dyster’s “in-house street paving & otherRead More

Speculation on the Defenses of Steve Pigeon

Speculation on the Defenses of Steve Pigeon

Featured, News July 21, 2016 at 1:59 pm

What did Michalek and Pigeon get from each other? By Frank Parlato A lot has been written about political operative and attorney G. Steven Pigeon, 55, after a state grand jury was led to indict him on June 30th on nine felony counts of bribery, rewarding official misconduct and grandRead More

Gary DiLaura

Stupid Party ? I Think Not, Stupid Politicians ?…I Think So!

Featured July 21, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Both parties can claim some really stupid people BUT… there is a MAJOR difference between the two parties and that is…which one believes in our RULE of LAW!? You see, the Democrat Party believes in the true definition of a Democratic society and that is a duly electedRead More

The ring nebula is 2300 light years from earth but is likely to be seen at Penn Dixie in Blasdell.

Blasdell’s Penn Dixie Invites Public to View ‘The Classical Planets of Antiquity’ Five planets will be visible in one night!

Erie County, Featured July 21, 2016 at 12:30 pm

By Frank Parlato Here’s something different. On Saturday evening, July 30, starting at 7:30, the Penn Dixie Paleontological & Outdoor Education Center will afford the public an opportunity, weather permitting, to view through telescopes “The Classical Planets of Antiquity”. Absent significant cloud cover, all in one night people will beRead More

Touma, Bird Seek to Reassure Taxpayers on Reassessment As Plans Move Forward on First Revaluation in 14 Years

Touma, Bird Seek to Reassure Taxpayers on Reassessment As Plans Move Forward on First Revaluation in 14 Years

Community News, Featured July 21, 2016 at 12:16 pm

  The first citywide property reassessment in 14 years is likely to begin in November, says Niagara Falls Assessor James Bird, with the new rates for taxpayers likely to be included with the school tax bill of August, 2018, if all goes according to plan. “A lot of people believeRead More

At a more than $28 subsidy per passenger, these Redcoats are in no hurry to “Brexit” the Discovery shuttle!

‘Discover Niagara’ Shuttle Numbers Disappoint Ridership, Tourism Impact Fail To Meet Expectations

Featured, Niagara Falls July 21, 2016 at 11:09 am

By Jim Hufnagel Recently the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area reported that its new Discover Niagara shuttle, which functions to remove tourists from downtown Niagara Falls to attractions in Lewiston and Youngstown, including their Center Street and Main Street business districts, respectively, boarded its 10,000th rider over the weekend ofRead More

War Is The Health Of The State:  An Argument For  The Impeachment Of Obama And Hillary

War Is The Health Of The State: An Argument For The Impeachment Of Obama And Hillary

Featured, State and National News July 21, 2016 at 11:00 am

By Jim Ostrowski “War is the health of the state,” said Randolph Bourne.  “War is hell,” said General Sherman.  The war criminal Sherman was an expert in the subjects of hell and war.  When I was twelve, I attended my brother Mike’s graduation from St. Joe’s.  The year was 1970Read More

Carrie Cohen "I try cases" Only she didn't.

Michalek’s Famous Lawyer Paid Well to Take Guilty Plea

Erie County, Featured July 21, 2016 at 8:21 am

Carrie Cohen was a big-time prosecutor with corruption-fighting U. S. Attorney Preet Bharara in the Southern District of New York and before that, with the State Attorney General’s office.  But she left it all behind a few months ago to return to possibly greener financial pastures in private practice withRead More

New York is expanding access to breast cancer screening by requiring hospitals to extend hours for mammograms and eliminating insurance costs for the procedure. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law at a ceremony on Long Island.

Governor Cuomo Says, “No Excuses – Get Your Breast Cancer Screening”

Featured, State and National News July 21, 2016 at 3:53 am

By Renae Kimble Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is now one of the greatest crusaders for breast cancer screening in the nation since the announcement in May 2015 that his longtime partner, Sandra Lee was diagnosed with breast cancer. The governor has initiated a statewide “Get Screened, No Excuses” campaign thatRead More

Despite the nonsensical claims of the Hamister hotel being a signature hotel and catalyst for development, it is merely a smallish, 128 room, few or no amenities  Hyatt Place hotel.
Considering that it was located 300 feet from the entrance of the Niagara Falls State Park some would call it an horrific case of underdevelopment!

Goldman Sachs Bails Out Hamister, Cuomo, Dyster

Featured, Niagara Falls July 14, 2016 at 6:14 pm

Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to Niagara Falls on Tuesday to officially break ground on the long-awaited Hamister hotel project in downtown Niagara Falls and he used the occasion to praise his state development team led locally by Howard Zemsky and Sam Hoyt and paint a rosy picture of the successRead More

Thomas DeSantis says the radioactive waste on North Ave. is safe.

Everything Desantis Said Concerning Radioactive Waste Dump Was Wrong

Featured, Niagara Falls July 14, 2016 at 6:10 pm

  It turns out that nearly everything City Planner Tom DeSantis told the mainstream media last week in connection with a radioactive waste dump on North Avenue was incorrect, and Tuesday he was back peddling in the Niagara Gazette after an investigation by that paper found that the reporting onRead More

Over a half-million dollars’ worth of substandard granite pavers now grace Niagara Falls State Park, courtesy of a suspected bid rigging scheme perpetrated by Gov. Cuomo’s State Parks agency.

Scrutiny Of Alleged Niagara Falls Bid Rigging Needed

Featured, Niagara Falls July 14, 2016 at 6:05 pm

As the sultry summer weather settles in, investigations into alleged corrupt activities of the Cuomo administration are also heating up. Independent probes by both Manhattan-based U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, delving deeply into the state’s putrescent pay-to-play political culture, have already revealedRead More

The Cargo Cultists are not any less rational than the Progressives’s Cult of the State...

The Cargo Cult of the State

Featured, State and National News July 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Jim Ostrowski We live in perilous times.  We do not know what is going to happen on any given day.  I am pretty good at predicting the future.  After all, before Ferguson, I predicted the rise of civil unrest in America due to racial tensions.  See, Progressivism, pages 17-18.  Alas,Read More

Have you ever seen anything so ugly? Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster is spending $585,000 of your money to build this monstrosity on a traffic island in the city’s tourist district.

Monument To Dyster’s Poor Taste Now Costing New Yorkers $585,000

Featured, Niagara Falls July 14, 2016 at 5:54 pm

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster may not know much about art, but he knows that he likes to spend other people’s money. Last week it was announced that the sculpture he’s having installed on the traffic island in front of the old Hotel Niagara on Rainbow Boulevard will cost $150,000Read More

The right reverend Andrew Cuomo preaches to the choir about how Niagara Falls will turn around based on a politically dirty deal for a smallish hotel that the taxpayers of New York gifted to the developer.

Subdued Hotel Groundbreaking Has Hamister Making Excuses

Featured, Niagara Falls July 14, 2016 at 5:52 pm

  State and local officials were looking sheepish and Buffalo developer Mark Hamister was spinning excuses at Tuesday’s long delayed groundbreaking for a small, midmarket hotel project that was first announced four years ago. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, who has accepted campaign contributions from Hamister, offered up his usualRead More

Buffalo Billion Project In Big Trouble: Investors Pulling Out, Pols Playing CYA

Buffalo Billion Project In Big Trouble: Investors Pulling Out, Pols Playing CYA

Erie County, Featured July 14, 2016 at 5:46 pm

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” project, now under investigation by both the U.S. Justice Department and state Attorney General Eric Schniederman, is in major league trouble and the massive project may be derailed by growing nervousness from IBM and other investors over the continuing corruption probes. According to veteran NewRead More


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