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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

Carl Cain is set to become the next mayor of Niagara Falls

Is Restaino’s Centennial Park Raising Cain in the Polls?

Local News, Niagara County October 28, 2023 at 12:14 am

 With Crime So High, What Do We Have to Lose? By Ken Hamilton Niagara Falls, NY. What an unusual city we live in, especially when it comes to the dynamics surrounding its minority population. Mayor Robert Restaino, a Democrat currently facing re-election in just 10 days, has accomplished something thatRead More

NFMMC Leads Niagara County in Preparation for Medicaid Doulas

NFMMC Leads Niagara County in Preparation for Medicaid Doulas

Community News, Niagara Falls October 27, 2023 at 10:56 pm

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — “Everyone should have a doula,” noted one mother who birthed with a doula from the Every Woman & Child Counts project. New York State lawmakers agree. Recently approved in the New York State budget, doulas across New York State may begin to certify as Medicaid providersRead More

Transparency in Short Supply in Niagara Falls Government

Transparency in Short Supply in Niagara Falls Government

Local News, Niagara Falls October 27, 2023 at 6:29 pm

By Tony Farina Mayoral GOP candidate Carl Cain said at Wednesday’s mayoral debate that open government is important to building good relationships with taxpayers. Cain hit hard at that message, saying “we need to build bridges and transparency” if we are going to be successful, and that’s my pledge toRead More

Vincent Cauley: Sticking Up For The People

Vincent Cauley: Sticking Up For The People

Elections 2023, Featured, Ken Cosentino, Local News, News October 26, 2023 at 7:48 pm

This article is part of a series highlighting the Black candidates currently running for office in the City of Niagara Falls. This article will focus specifically on Republican candidate for city council Vincent Cauley, who is running for re-election. In this series we will examine the Black candidates and judgeRead More

Carl Cain is set to become the next mayor of Niagara Falls

Carl Cain: The Smart Choice For Mayor

Elections 2023, Featured, Ken Cosentino, Local News October 26, 2023 at 7:25 pm

This article is part of a series highlighting the Black candidates currently running for office in the City of Niagara Falls. This article will specifically focus on mayoral candidate Carl Cain. In this series, we strive to examine the Black candidates and judge them not by the color of theirRead More

Very Little Common Ground in Political Debates

Very Little Common Ground in Political Debates

Elections 2023, Featured, Local News October 26, 2023 at 12:48 pm

By Tony Farina The New York Coalition for Open Government has long called on Mayor Robert Restaino to stop calling so many special sessions with the council where the public cannot comment on the issues of the day, effectively being shut out from participating on important matters at the specialRead More

Erie County DA Bets on Teen’s Word Against Pigeon: Lack of DNA Evidence and Witnesses Complicates Case

Erie County DA Bets on Teen’s Word Against Pigeon: Lack of DNA Evidence and Witnesses Complicates Case

A Miscarriage of Justice, Featured, Local News October 25, 2023 at 10:13 pm

Almost two years ago – in December, 2021 – Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced rape charges against Steve Pigeon. Next month, he goes on trial. Pigeon, 62, a former Erie County Democratic Party Chairman, is accused of first-degree rape, predatory sexual assault against a child and first-degree criminalRead More

Video: Restaino in Denial About Crime

Video: Restaino in Denial About Crime

Ken Cosentino, Local News, Niagara Falls October 25, 2023 at 12:03 am

If you believe Mayor Robert Restaino, the city’s never been safer; crime is down and all is right with the city and his administration. However, if you look at crime statistics, or even look around and see what’s really happening, an entirely different picture emerges than Restaino’s alternate reality. Here’sRead More

Cauley Stresses Watchdog Role and Cooperation In Campaign for Niagara Falls City Council

Cauley Stresses Watchdog Role and Cooperation In Campaign for Niagara Falls City Council

Elections 2023, Local News October 24, 2023 at 12:49 pm

  By Tony Farina Politics is definitely in the air in Niagara Falls with the election just around the corner on Nov. 7. Two council hopefuls working very hard to reach voters are Vincent Cauley, an engineer by trade, and CPA Michael Gawel, with both running on the Republican andRead More

Niagara Falls School Board Member Michael Gawel

Michael S. Gawel: The Experienced Choice for Niagara Falls City Council

Elections 2023, Featured, Local News, News October 23, 2023 at 1:29 pm

Michael S. Gawel, a former councilman and current candidate for the City of Niagara Falls Council, has a clear vision for the future of the city. Having served the community before, he is no stranger to the challenges and opportunities that come with public service. He has extensive knowledge inRead More

HUD Ignores FOIL Request, Appears to Help Mayor Keep His Financial Plans Secret

HUD Ignores FOIL Request, Appears to Help Mayor Keep His Financial Plans Secret

Data Campus, Local News, Niagara Falls October 22, 2023 at 12:00 pm

By Tony Farina Simply stated, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has now become part of the story of the competing Niagara Falls development projects, one supported by the mayor and the second by Niagara Falls Redevelopment (NFR). In denying a FOIL request by the Niagara Gazette,Read More

NFR Unveils $1.5 Billion Niagara Digital Campus Plans – Parcel 0 Deemed Essential for Project’s First Phase

NFR Unveils $1.5 Billion Niagara Digital Campus Plans – Parcel 0 Deemed Essential for Project’s First Phase

Data Campus, Featured, Local News, Parcel 0 October 21, 2023 at 8:00 pm

Niagara Falls Redevelopment (NFR) and Toronto-based developer Urbacon have unveiled a $1.5 billion plan for the first phase of the Niagara Digital Campus, a state-of-the-art data center project in Niagara Falls, NY. The development is centered on a 12-acre plot known as “Parcel 0,” which is key to the project’sRead More

Council Beats Back Tompkins Bid to Cut Ties With Law Firm Keeping Door Open for Possible Settlement Talks With NFR

Council Beats Back Tompkins Bid to Cut Ties With Law Firm Keeping Door Open for Possible Settlement Talks With NFR

Data Campus, Local News October 21, 2023 at 5:17 pm

By Tony Farina There was good news for the taxpayers at Wednesday’s Niagara Falls City Council meeting as lawmakers beat back a bid by outgoing councilmember Ken Tompkins to cut ties with the outside counsel which would have effectively ended the possibility for continuing negotiations with NFR in the eminentRead More

Opportunity for Niagara Falls Development at Hand With Millions in Jobs and Tax Money at Stake

Opportunity for Niagara Falls Development at Hand With Millions in Jobs and Tax Money at Stake

Data Campus, Local News October 19, 2023 at 9:03 pm

By Tony Farina NFR’s development partner, Toronto-based Urbacon, last week released its site plan for the first phase of its $1.5 billion data center project which would be built on 10 acres of what is now referred to as “Parcel-0” off John Daly Blvd. on land owned by NFR butRead More

Shadows of Scrutiny: A Closer Look at the Rape Accusation Against Veteran Political Strategist Steve Pigeon

Shadows of Scrutiny: A Closer Look at the Rape Accusation Against Veteran Political Strategist Steve Pigeon

A Miscarriage of Justice, Featured, Local News October 18, 2023 at 11:20 pm

From Politics to Personal Bonds I’ve known Steve Pigeon for over 25 years, and our association isn’t just professional. We’re friends. I knew him when he was Erie County Democratic Party Chairman and through years of his high-profile work on seven presidential campaigns, his work with billionaires and statesmen inRead More

City Roads Rated ‘Bad’ by Carl Cain: Residents Echo the Sentiment

City Roads Rated ‘Bad’ by Carl Cain: Residents Echo the Sentiment

Local News, Niagara Falls October 18, 2023 at 12:59 pm

Niagara Falls NY  – Carl Cain is running against Mayor Robert Restaino for mayor. Election is November 7.  This is the second in a series of of interviews with Cain. Reporter  How would you rate the condition of the roads in the city? Carl Cain  Bad. And it’s unfortunate becauseRead More

Personal Touch to Policing: Cain’s ‘Treat Every Case Like Your Mother is the Victim’ Stance on Law Enforcement

Personal Touch to Policing: Cain’s ‘Treat Every Case Like Your Mother is the Victim’ Stance on Law Enforcement

Elections 2023, Featured, Local News October 13, 2023 at 8:57 pm

Welcome to the first installment of our series of interviews with mayoral candidate Carl Cain, a retired police officer who served the Niagara Falls Police Department with distinction for 30 years, retiring as Deputy Chief. With Election Day slated for November 7, 2023, the 59-year-old Republican candidate is engaged inRead More

Things Keep Getting Worse With Restaino in Office

Things Keep Getting Worse With Restaino in Office

Featured, Ken Cosentino, Local News, News, Niagara Falls October 13, 2023 at 4:57 pm

Right about now, the walls are closing in on Bobby. Even if he wins, he loses. Emails and messages have flooded in to the Reporter with tips and stories about Mayor Robert Restaino’s private life. Some are so tawdry and cringeworthy that they won’t even be mentioned here. Election season willRead More

Does ‘Resty’ Exhibit the Hallmarks of Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Does ‘Resty’ Exhibit the Hallmarks of Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Local News, Niagara Falls October 12, 2023 at 12:45 am

Disclaimer: The following narrative is as genuine as the mayor’s Centennial Park proposal, albeit without the hefty price tag. Reader discretion is advised. By Winston Velvet Without disclosing the identity, we sought insight from a distinguished psychiatrist to provide us with a diagnostic perspective based on three distinct external eventsRead More

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