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Szwedo: Two-fold Solution: Moving Niagara Falls Forward for the Benefit of its Citizens

Szwedo: Two-fold Solution: Moving Niagara Falls Forward for the Benefit of its Citizens

Featured, Niagara Falls May 7, 2023 at 1:12 pm

By James Szwedo President, Niagara Street Neighborhood Revitalization Organization, Inc. Last week, I wrote, Niagara Falls Citizens Make Decisions Based on Safety Concerns. In it, I wrote about how the city has found itself in endless decline. Acknowledging Past Mistakes: A Step Towards Progress in Niagara Falls How do we moveRead More

Single Vehicle Crash in Niagara Falls Leaves One Man Dead

Single Vehicle Crash in Niagara Falls Leaves One Man Dead

Local News, Niagara Falls May 7, 2023 at 12:54 pm

On May 7, 2023 at approximately 4:00 am, Niagara Falls Police responded to the 4300 block of Porter Road to investigate a single-vehicle crash. A 2002 Chevy Tahoe was heading west on Porter Rd. when it crossed the eastbound lane, striking a utility pole. The vehicle continued, hitting a portableRead More

Developer Fights Back Against Mayor Restaino’s Attempt to Take Park-Like Land as ‘Blight’

Developer Fights Back Against Mayor Restaino’s Attempt to Take Park-Like Land as ‘Blight’

Local News, News, Niagara Falls May 4, 2023 at 10:02 pm

Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino wants the land. But it’s unclear why.   Mayor Restaino said he wants 10 acres of land owned by Niagara Falls Redevelopment LLC (NFR) to build Centennial Park, a 7000-seat events center with a parking ramp and small pocket park. When NFR did not want toRead More

Szwedo: Niagara Falls Citizens Make Decisions Based on Safety Concerns

Szwedo: Niagara Falls Citizens Make Decisions Based on Safety Concerns

Local News, News, Niagara Falls May 4, 2023 at 10:42 am

By James Szwedo President, Niagara Street Neighborhood Revitalization Organization, Inc. HOW WE GOT HERE, AND WHY WE CAN NEVER LEAVE As a lifelong resident and longtime community activist, I have been able to acquire a perhaps unique, but painful perspective on how a city with so many God-given attributes andRead More

Attorney Nicholas D. D'Angelo.

Niagara Falls Lawyer Nicholas D’Angelo Takes Plea on Sex Abuse Case; Gets 6 Months Jail, 10 Years Probation

Local News, News, Niagara Falls April 25, 2023 at 6:33 pm

Niagara Falls attorney Nicholas D. D’Angelo, 30, pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Debra Givens to four counts of first-degree sexual abuse, class D felonies, two counts of third-degree criminal sexual act, and two counts of third-degree rape, class E felonies. He will serve six months in a countyRead More

Glenn A. Choolokian is a former Niagara Falls City Council member and is a Mayoral Candidate

Choolokian: Knock on Every Door to Learn What We Need in a Run for Mayor

Local News, News, Niagara Falls April 25, 2023 at 10:14 am

Glenn Choolokian is running for mayor of Niagara Falls and will primary Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino on the Democratic Party line. The Friends of Glenn Choolokian cordially invite you and anyone you know to a fundraiser to help Glenn become the next mayor of Niagara Falls. Choolokian’s fundraiser isRead More

The city needs the right name for Restaino's legacy to himself.

Too-Smart Mayor Will Spend $30 Million for Parking Ramp in City With Too Much Parking

Local News, News, Niagara Falls April 24, 2023 at 7:20 pm

Mayor Robert Restaino is the smartest man in the room. Any room. And if he wants to build a Centennial Park across the street from the Seneca Nation entranceway, we don’t need to question. Why should we? He is the smartest guy in the room, including, especially, the big roomRead More

Skrlin Reports on April Niagara Falls Democrat Committee Party

Skrlin Reports on April Niagara Falls Democrat Committee Party

Gerald Skrlin, Local News, Niagara Falls April 20, 2023 at 1:33 pm

By Gerald Skrlin The Niagara Falls New York Democrat Party held a fundraiser on April 14, at the Third St. Eatery. At the Democrat Party’s party, they had a trivia contest in which the questions got progressively easier to answer, mostly because they were too hard and one question wasRead More

Councilman Donta Myles Demands Transparency On Mayor’s Centennial Park Project

Councilman Donta Myles Demands Transparency On Mayor’s Centennial Park Project

Ken Cosentino, Local News, Niagara Falls April 14, 2023 at 3:08 am

Mayor Restaino accused of disconnection from public and lack of transparency in Centennial Park project by Niagara Falls Councilman Myles.

Mayor Restaino Wasting Millions of Tax Dollars on Centennial Park Land Grab

Mayor Restaino Wasting Millions of Tax Dollars on Centennial Park Land Grab

Ken Cosentino, Local News, Niagara Falls April 14, 2023 at 2:55 am

Mayor Restaino should consider relocating Centennial Park to the city-owned site on Niagara and Third Street, bringing jobs and tax savings.

NFR Partner Urbacon Speaks Out About NFR’s High-Stakes Battle with Mayor: The Truth Behind the Niagara Digital Campus Project

NFR Partner Urbacon Speaks Out About NFR’s High-Stakes Battle with Mayor: The Truth Behind the Niagara Digital Campus Project

Local News, News, Niagara Falls April 8, 2023 at 1:34 pm

One of the most persuasive arguments Mayor Robert Restaino has in his fight to force Niagara Falls Redevelopment LLC (NFR) to sell 10 acres of its land to the City through eminent domain is that NFR isn’t serious about developing the land. That the company only spoke about developing theRead More

NFR Proposes ‘Two Project’ Solution to Mayor Restaino’s Eminent Domain Quest to Take Land

NFR Proposes ‘Two Project’ Solution to Mayor Restaino’s Eminent Domain Quest to Take Land

Local News, News, Niagara Falls April 7, 2023 at 7:05 pm

The ongoing dispute between the City of Niagara Falls and Niagara Falls Redevelopment (NFR) over a 10-acre plot of land may prove pivotal in this year’s mayoral election. Mayor Robert Restaino, up for reelection, has chosen this issue as his primary focus, despite its unpopularity among voters due to theRead More

Financial Questions Linger Over Funding of Mayor Restaino’s Centennial Park

Financial Questions Linger Over Funding of Mayor Restaino’s Centennial Park

Local News, News, Niagara Falls April 5, 2023 at 1:18 am

Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino recently announced hopeful discussions with Albany legislators regarding funding for his proposed Centennial Park project. The ambitious plan includes a 7,000-seat auditorium and a parking ramp across from the Seneca Nation’s gambling and retail complex. The forested area labeled myopic is where Mayor Restaino wantsRead More

The Mayor is Watching You

The Mayor is Watching You

Niagara Falls March 30, 2023 at 1:22 pm

Mayor Restaino launches Security Camera Rebate Program to include local Not-For-Profits Organizations (Niagara Falls, New York) March 30, 2023 ─ In an effort to help local business owners and not-for-profit organizations increase security at their property, Mayor Robert Restaino has launched a Security Camera Rebate Program to now include localRead More

We asked AI-driven ChatGPT, “What ails Niagara Falls?”

We asked AI-driven ChatGPT, “What ails Niagara Falls?”

News, Niagara Falls March 28, 2023 at 8:31 pm

We asked the online computer program ChatGPT, a new AI (artificial intelligence) “chatbot” available on the internet, to report back on our fair city’s dire circumstances. This is the question we posed: “What ails the city of Niagara Falls?” Remember, what follows was not written by a human being. We’veRead More

Falls Mayor Defines Forest Land as “Blight” in desperate Eminent Domain land grab

Falls Mayor Defines Forest Land as “Blight” in desperate Eminent Domain land grab

News, Niagara Falls March 21, 2023 at 5:57 am

Last week, Niagara Falls residents gathered in the city council chambers for the third public hearing on Mayor Robert Restaino’s idea for a Centennial Park. It was clear from the speakers that there is opposition to Mayor Restaino’s plan to use eminent domain to take 10 acres of forest landRead More

Business Leader Jim Szwedo Calls for Public Participation at Hearing on Mayor’s Land Grab for Event Center

Business Leader Jim Szwedo Calls for Public Participation at Hearing on Mayor’s Land Grab for Event Center

Niagara Falls March 10, 2023 at 1:41 pm

SZWEDO CALLS FOR CITIZEN PARTICIPATION Niagara Falls community leader James Szwedo is calling for citizens’ participation in a public hearing that could have a lasting impact on the city’s future. The hearing, scheduled for March 13th at 6 PM, at Niagara Falls City Hall, is expected to pit private landownerRead More

‘Shark Tank’ Celeb Rips Falls on CNN, calling Us “Uninvestable”

‘Shark Tank’ Celeb Rips Falls on CNN, calling Us “Uninvestable”

Ken Cosentino, Niagara Falls March 10, 2023 at 11:06 am

Kevin O’Leary By Ken Cosentino Last week, millionaire investor Kevin O’Leary made some eye-opening remarks during an interview with “CNN This Morning.” O’Leary, who is famous for his tenure on the hit ABC series “Shark Tank,” did not mince words when it came to New York State killing jobs; andRead More

The city needs the right name for Restaino's legacy to himself.

Mayor Restaino Panders to Seneca Gaming Interests over Local Taxpayers who Voted him in, Pay for His Excesses

Ken Cosentino, News, Niagara Falls March 8, 2023 at 12:43 am

Mayor Robert Restaino’s proposed Centennial Park project sparks controversy By Ken Cosentino I must preface this by stating my opinion regarding the Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI). I have a strong friendship with the Mothers of the Seneca Nation, a group recognized by the SNI constitution of 1848.  Through thisRead More

Niagara Falls Mayor Accused of ‘Manufacturing Blight’ to Seize Parcel 0 From NFR

Niagara Falls Mayor Accused of ‘Manufacturing Blight’ to Seize Parcel 0 From NFR

News, Niagara Falls March 6, 2023 at 11:08 am

NFR Fights Back Against City of Niagara Falls’ Attempt to Take Private Property: Alleges Violation of Comprehensive Plan Challenges City’s Eminent Domain Attempt in Appellate Court   Brief alleges City manufactured new “blight” allegation despite the fact that the well-manicured, wooded parcel is properly maintained and has never been soRead More

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