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Don’t Let Mayor’s Ego Stop $1.5 Billion Data Center’s 550 Jobs; High Speed Internet Citywide

Don’t Let Mayor’s Ego Stop $1.5 Billion Data Center’s 550 Jobs; High Speed Internet Citywide

News, Niagara Falls March 4, 2023 at 6:50 pm

Niagara Falls Mayor Pursues Eminent Domain Lawsuit for Centennial Park Project Despite Opposition from Landowner Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino is pursuing an eminent domain lawsuit to acquire Parcel 0 for the construction of Centennial Park, an events center, parking ramp, and a small park. He faces opposition from NiagaraRead More

Power Imbalance at Seneca Casino Noted: Director of Table Games Faces Charges While Ex-Employee/Lover Blamed By Critics

Power Imbalance at Seneca Casino Noted: Director of Table Games Faces Charges While Ex-Employee/Lover Blamed By Critics

News, Niagara Falls March 3, 2023 at 1:15 pm

In response to my story: Seneca Casino Director Charged With Felony Against Ex-Employee/Lover, I got a lot of Keith John supporters, primarily anonymous, condemning Carrie Kearns, saying she is solely at fault and being a nutcase too. I was also blamed for writing the story based on court documents andRead More

Seneca Casino Director Charged With Felony Against Ex-Employee/Lover

Seneca Casino Director Charged With Felony Against Ex-Employee/Lover

Local News, News, Niagara Falls March 1, 2023 at 11:09 pm

Niagara Falls, New York– The Seneca Niagara Casino may have gotten a bad roll of the dice today. Raymond Keith John, the director of tables games for the Seneca’s massive casino in Niagara Falls, has a warrant against him for felony charges of intimidation in Indiana. John, a Native American,Read More

From the treetops of Parcel 0 we can see the one beneficiary of the mayor's grand plans

Mayor’s Plans for Forced Sale of NFR’s Parcel O Tilt Clearly Toward Seneca Favoritism

Local News, News March 1, 2023 at 2:34 pm

Odd Taking The plan is undoubtedly unique. Mayor Robert Restaino plans to use New York State courts to take 10 acres of land in the south end of Niagara Falls from a private company, which has national implications. To begin with, the mayor will try to take the land fromRead More

Niagara Falls Mayor’s Plans to Kill $1.5 Billion Data Center for ‘Poor Location’ Event Center Facing Opposition

Niagara Falls Mayor’s Plans to Kill $1.5 Billion Data Center for ‘Poor Location’ Event Center Facing Opposition

Local News, News, Niagara Falls February 28, 2023 at 2:15 am

Niagara Falls Mayor Robert M. Restaino is seeking to purchase a 10-acre plot of land from Niagara Falls Redevelopment LLC (NFR) to develop Centennial Park, a $150 million project of a 7000-seat events center, a parking ramp, and a small park. Mayor’s proposed Centennial Park. NFR has other plans forRead More

DEC, Reinstein native plant sales now on – Order soon to support your local pollinators

DEC, Reinstein native plant sales now on – Order soon to support your local pollinators

Niagara County February 25, 2023 at 1:22 pm

Numerous studies support the concept of planting native trees, shrubs and flowers to foster a suitable environment for insects and the birds that feed on them. The unfortunate trend of planting foreign ornamental species, and the ongoing threat of invasive species, have created biological deserts in many suburban tract housingRead More

Restaino’s Flawed Vetting of Rod Davis derails Airbnb Project

Restaino’s Flawed Vetting of Rod Davis derails Airbnb Project

Ken Cosentino, News, Niagara Falls February 24, 2023 at 7:55 am

Ask any lifelong resident of the city of Niagara Falls, NY “why do we have so much blight?” and you will hear many different stories that all share common themes. One of the major themes is the “do-nothing” developer archetype, who has historically “taken the money and ran.” Earlier thisRead More

Mayor Offered Polluted Land to NFR for Data Center

Mayor Offered Polluted Land to NFR for Data Center

Featured, Local News, News, Niagara Falls February 20, 2023 at 5:03 am

The controversy is far from over. It is between a mayor of a dwindling city of 43,000, down from 100,000 in 1960, a city with a famous name – once the Power City, the Honeymoon Capital of the World, now dead broke. And a development company backed by billionaires whoRead More

2023 Birds on the Niagara Festival and Bird Count starts Feb. 17

2023 Birds on the Niagara Festival and Bird Count starts Feb. 17

Niagara County February 16, 2023 at 11:53 am

The 2023 Birds on the Niagara Festival will take place at various locations around the region, including free events featuring Marcus Rosten, Jajean Rose-Burney, and Marisa Riggi. Marcus is leading a walk at the Stella Niagara Preserve. Jajean is leading a walk at the Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary. You mustRead More

Mayor admits Selecting Parcel 0 to Help Seneca Business Interests; Public Hearing March 13

Mayor admits Selecting Parcel 0 to Help Seneca Business Interests; Public Hearing March 13

Local News, News, Niagara Falls February 15, 2023 at 12:08 am

Mayor to Hold 3rd Public Hearing in March on Parcel ‘0’ as ‘Plans Shift’ Niagara Falls, NY: On February 9, Mayor Robert Restaino convened a special meeting of the Niagara Falls City Council to advance his plans to develop Centennial Park. All five council members were present. The mayor’s $150Read More

Parcel 0-#7: Niagara Falls Mayor’s Quest for Events Center Comes With an Unknown Price Tag; Funding Uncertainty

Parcel 0-#7: Niagara Falls Mayor’s Quest for Events Center Comes With an Unknown Price Tag; Funding Uncertainty

Featured, Local News, News, Niagara Falls February 9, 2023 at 4:15 pm

The following is part #7 on the topic of Parcel 0 and the contentious battle over its development waged between Mayor Robert Restaino and Niagara Falls Redevelopment LLC.  A 12-acre site on John Daley Blvd and Falls St, Parcel 0 is located in the southern end of Downtown Niagara Falls,Read More

Parcel-0-#6: Give Mayor Restaino a Golden Statue But Let NFR Build Data Center

Parcel-0-#6: Give Mayor Restaino a Golden Statue But Let NFR Build Data Center

Featured, Ken Cosentino, Local News, News, Niagara Falls, Parcel 0 February 8, 2023 at 2:09 am

Ken Cosentino, the writer of this article, mentions an old, failed dream of Niagara Falls, AquaFalls. An ambitious, and ultimately fanciful, plan to build an underground aquarium called AquaFalls was revealed during the administration of former Mayor James Galie. New York Governor George Pataki came to Niagara Falls to laudRead More

Parcel 0-#5: Szwedo: We Can Have Three, Data Center, Events Center and Park, Not Just One

Parcel 0-#5: Szwedo: We Can Have Three, Data Center, Events Center and Park, Not Just One

Featured, Local News, News, Niagara Falls, Parcel 0 February 3, 2023 at 8:15 am

This is #5 in the Parcel 0 series. By Jim Szwedo Please do not mortgage our future for Centennial Park  When it comes to the dueling project proposals by the City and Niagara Falls Redevelopment, I believe we can have both. If the City and NFR both give a little,Read More

Parcel 0 -#4: Whose Proposal Came First? Is Someone at City Hall Lying?

Parcel 0 -#4: Whose Proposal Came First? Is Someone at City Hall Lying?

Local News, News, Niagara Falls, Parcel 0 February 2, 2023 at 9:28 am

This is #4 in the Parcel 0 series. Parcel 0 – #1 –Reporter Investigates City’s Fight With NFR Over Best Use – Data Center or Events Center Parcel 0-#2: Pat Whelan, Former NGTI Director: Mayor’s Centennial Park Bound to Fail Parcel 0 -#3: The Battle Between Restaino and NFR IsRead More

Parcel 0 -#3: The Battle Between Restaino and NFR Is on – Meet the Combatants

Parcel 0 -#3: The Battle Between Restaino and NFR Is on – Meet the Combatants

Featured, Local News, News, Niagara Falls, Parcel 0 February 1, 2023 at 4:06 am

Part #3 on Parcel 0. This is Part #3 of a series on Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino’s attempt to force the sale of 12 acres of a private company’s land to develop an events center and park project that the City does not have the money to develop. TheRead More

Parcel 0 is ground zero for a war over what is right and best for 12acres of downtown property.

Parcel 0-#2: Pat Whelan, Former NGTI Director: Mayor’s Centennial Park Bound to Fail

Featured, Local News, News, Niagara Falls, Parcel 0 January 30, 2023 at 6:34 pm

Parcel 0 is a 12-acre site in downtown Niagara Falls, owned by Niagara Falls Redevelopment LLC [NFR]. Both NFR has a plan for Parcel 0 and Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino has a plan.   NFR wants to build a Data Center on their land. Mayor Restaino wants to use eminentRead More

Parcel 0 – #1 –Reporter Investigates City’s Fight With NFR Over Best Use – Data Center or Events Center

Parcel 0 – #1 –Reporter Investigates City’s Fight With NFR Over Best Use – Data Center or Events Center

Featured, Local News, Niagara Falls, Parcel 0 January 30, 2023 at 7:03 am

A battle is heating up in Niagara Falls, NY. It is a fight over property rights, the government’s use of eminent domain to force the sale of private property, and the highest and best use for a property that is a gateway location for both the City and for aRead More

Promote your Business, sign up for “WNY Shopping with Pride”

Promote your Business, sign up for “WNY Shopping with Pride”

Niagara County January 27, 2023 at 9:58 am

ATTENTION WNY LGBTQ+ & ALLY OWNED BUSINESSES: Be Part of WNY Shopping with Pride 2023 (www.wnyshoppingwithpride.org) WNY Shopping with Pride is a unique fundraiser for Niagara Pride, Inc. which not only serves to help raise funds to support local LGBTQ+ programs and services, but also highlights and celebrates locally ownedRead More

Coffee with Chris and Assemblyman Morinello

Coffee with Chris and Assemblyman Morinello

Niagara Falls January 24, 2023 at 10:34 am

New York State Assemblyman Angelo Morinello will join County Legislator Chris Voccio at Coffee with Chris on Saturday, February 4th at 9:00 a.m. “Assemblyman Morinello has vast experience as both a judge and a state legislator and should bring an interesting perspective,” Voccio said. Coffee with Chris is held atRead More

Ribbon-Cutting to take place on new LaSalle Police Substation

Ribbon-Cutting to take place on new LaSalle Police Substation

Niagara Falls January 18, 2023 at 6:29 pm

Niagara Falls Mayor Restaino and Niagara Falls Water Board Announce New Police Substation Agreement will improve police response in LaSalle area and increase security at Water Treatment Plant with no added cost to public. Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino and Nicholas Forster, Chairman of the Niagara Falls Water Board, announcedRead More

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