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Stop The Reassessments A Huge Tax Increase

Niagara Falls July 14, 2016 at 5:22 pm

By Ann Williams – Committee to Stop the Reassessments & Continuous Tax Increases Mayor Paul Dyster deceived the taxpayers by waiting until five days after the mayoral election to tell us that he was planning to do a citywide reassessment. He plans to raise our assessments on average from betweenRead More

Radioactive Waste no Cause for Concern: According to Falls’ Senior Planner, Desantis

Radioactive Waste no Cause for Concern: According to Falls’ Senior Planner, Desantis

Community News, Featured, Niagara County, Niagara Falls June 30, 2016 at 6:38 pm

Niagara Falls city officials attempted to address concerns this week in the wake of an expose in The Reporter on the creation of a radioactive waste dump on North Avenue here. Approximately 100 tons of radioactive soils was excavated during the construction of the city’s new train station and dumpedRead More

Aerial Images Contradict City Official’s Claim About Date of Falls’ Radioactive Waste Pile

Aerial Images Contradict City Official’s Claim About Date of Falls’ Radioactive Waste Pile

Community News, News, Niagara County June 30, 2016 at 6:31 pm

By Matt Ricchiazzi & Lou Ricciuti Last week, The Reporter broke a story about a suspected toxic dumpsite at 915 North Avenue in the City of Niagara Falls. The site has signs posted around it warning that it is radioactive; the 100-ton pile within the site appeared abandoned and with brokenRead More

Small Wisconsin City to Siphon Great Lakes Water Gov. Cuomo Approves Historic Water Grab

Small Wisconsin City to Siphon Great Lakes Water Gov. Cuomo Approves Historic Water Grab

Community News, Erie County, News, Niagara County June 30, 2016 at 6:29 pm

By James Hufnagel True to form, and doing exactly what we predicted he would do in our March 31 issue, Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week approved the diversion of millions of gallons of Great Lakes water to the small city of Waukesha, Wisconsin, a few miles west of Milwaukee. CuomoRead More

Things We Don’t Need in City Hall

Things We Don’t Need in City Hall

Columns, Niagara County, Niagara Falls June 30, 2016 at 6:05 pm

By Councilman Kenny Tompkins This week, for the second time in two months, the Niagara Falls City Council voted NO (3 to 2) to a request to add an elevated position to the city’s Purchasing department. The department’s director, Johnny Destino, has put forth this request twice, citing the need toRead More

It may be a coincidence of course but the low traffic side street College Terrace was just repaved this year and Council Chairman Andrew Touma lives on the street. On the other hand main thoroughfares like Portage and Pine are in need of serious repaving. Happily Touma doesn’t live on those streets so the urgency is far less....

Main Street, Portage Road Crumble as Council Chaiman’s Street is Repaved

Community News, Niagara County June 30, 2016 at 6:01 pm

While Portage Road, Main Street and even sections of Pine Avenue look as though they’d been shelled by unfriendly artillery, and city crews working feverishly to erect “ROUGH ROAD” signs to warn motorists of the potentially dangerous driving conditions on these major arteries, residents on little traveled side streets haveRead More

Heap Of Garbage In Alleyway Behind Lasalle Invites Rats and Fire Bugs

Heap Of Garbage In Alleyway Behind Lasalle Invites Rats and Fire Bugs

Community News, News, Niagara County, Niagara Falls June 30, 2016 at 5:57 pm

Speaking of unsightly- since the new garbage plan where the recycle bins are larger than the refuse bins – people all over the city have sought out alleys and abandoned spots to get rid of the trash the city used to pick up. This unsightly mess is in the alleyRead More

Joe Perry, Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper are the Hollywood Vampires. They’ll be playing at the Seneca Niagara Casino and Resort on Friday, July 9.

The Hollywood Vampires, Cooper, Depp and Perry to Play Seneca Niagara Casino

Niagara County, Niagara Falls June 30, 2016 at 5:54 pm

You take Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, singer Alice Cooper and actor currently in the middle of an outrageously messy divorce Johnny Depp and you’ve got the Hollywood Vampires, a supergroup that’s been playing so sold out audiences here and in Europe for the past year. They’ll be taking the outdoorRead More

Another Atomic Age Spoils Pile -- this one having signs posted around it warning that it’s radioactive - on North Ave., at the past site of the Niagara University bar and hangout once known as McQ’s, has evidently been left abandoned, exposed and open to public access.

Abandoned Nuclear Spoils Pile in Niagara Falls Presents Danger to Public, Despite Radioactive Warning Signs, Broken Fence and Tattered Plastic Cover Allows Unrestricted Access and Possible Spread of Contaminants

Niagara Falls June 23, 2016 at 4:55 pm

By Louis Ricciuti & Frank Parlato NIAGARA FALLS, NY – A spoils pile – which has signs posted around it warning that it is radioactive — at 915 North Ave. — the past site of a Niagara University bar once known as McQ’s, has been left abandoned and open toRead More

It’s not hard to figure out why NBC chose to film their report on the spacious Hornblower boat, rather than the cramped Maid of the Mist, on which most have to stand on their tiptoes to get a decent view.

NBC News Story Bringing Niagara Falls to Millions Ignored by State Parks, NTCC, Dyster

Niagara Falls June 23, 2016 at 4:51 pm

On the occasions that Niagara Falls is featured on Good Morning America or Entertainment Tonight, profiled in People magazine or plugged on a travel website like TripAdvisor, the collective public relations apparatus of the city, State Parks and the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation (NTCC) usually takes notice. Whether it’sRead More

Train station nears completion but it doesn’t matter. It’s going to be empty anyway.

Dyster’s Train Station to Nowhere Ready to Open, Where are Tenants?

Niagara Falls June 23, 2016 at 4:47 pm

Earlier this year Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster assured taxpayers in this highly taxed city that his $44 million, 20,000 square foot, International Railway and Intermodal Transportation Center and Underground Railroad Interpretive Center would open in June. Unlike the old train 800 square foot station – which was funded entirelyRead More

Hallowed ground? The battlefield at Devil’s Hole State Park is now a parking lot for tourists. No monument exists to commemorate the more than 100 men who died there.

At Devil’s Hole: We Don’t Need No Stinking Historic Preservation!

Niagara Falls June 23, 2016 at 4:35 pm

Ask anyone who’s been there. The Custer Battlefield National Monument is a haunting and sacred place. The breezes blows through the long prairie grass as visitors wander among the scattered small markers placed following the June 25, 1876 fight, each marking the spot where a trooper fell and was buried.Read More

Not much activity at Hamister hotel site...officials mum so far on formal groundbreaking

No Sign Yet of Major Groundbreaking Ceremony for Hamister Hotel

Niagara Falls June 23, 2016 at 4:29 pm

  It all seems so long ago that the state and the administration of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster announced with great fanfare that the Hamister Group based in Buffalo had been selected for a $25.3 million downtown development project at 310 Rainbow Blvd. that would include an upscale hotel,Read More

Old Stone Chimney Moved and Dedicated Seems a Little Crooked

Old Stone Chimney Moved and Dedicated Seems a Little Crooked

Niagara Falls June 23, 2016 at 4:21 pm

There was a crooked mayor, And he had a crooked town. It had a crooked chimney and….   Oh, sorry. Just thinking to myself. They moved the Old Stone Chimney from its spot at Porter Park downtown out to LaSalle off the former Robert Moses Parkway, much closer to whereRead More

Double Trump

Trumping the Left

Erie County, Featured April 21, 2016 at 12:50 pm

By Jim Ostrowski What better topic to introduce my new column in this paper than Trump’s visit to Buffalo Monday night?  So there I was, in the press pen, literally walled off from the event with no food, no booze, no nothing.  What a glamorous life the media lead.  MostRead More

Illegal dumping of garbage

Down and Dirty: DPW Compost Pile Has Become Dumping Grounds For More Than Just Dead Dogs

Niagara Falls April 21, 2016 at 8:32 am

In our business, people frequently come to us as whistleblowers troubled by what they perceive as official misconduct and yet afraid that if they blow the whistle at work they will be retaliated against. It is necessary for us to protect their identities. This week two such people came toRead More

For those who drive, Uber represents a flexible new way to earn money. For passengers, it helps strengthen local economies, improve access to transportation, and make streets safer.

Uber Taking Country By Storm; Everywhere Except For Here!

Niagara Falls April 14, 2016 at 8:40 am

While most people consider New York to be a progressive state, many of the rules and regulations imposed by Albany’s notoriously big government seem downright archaic by 21st Century standards. Take the state’s byzantine laws regarding taxicabs. Passed back when John Montana’s taxi monopoly in Buffalo made him look more likeRead More

With Three Popular Candidates, School Board Election May Have Higher Than Usual Turn Out

With Three Popular Candidates, School Board Election May Have Higher Than Usual Turn Out

Niagara Falls April 14, 2016 at 8:40 am

By Matt Ricchiazzi There are two seats up for election on the City of Niagara Falls’ school board, which will be held on May 17th. The full slate of candidates is still in flux, with a crucial filing deadline of April 27. As a body, the school board has immenseRead More

Niagara Falls School Board Election on May 17; Two Seats Up for Election

Niagara Falls School Board Election on May 17; Two Seats Up for Election

Niagara Falls April 14, 2016 at 8:40 am

By Gia Arnold The Niagara Falls City School District election will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Not only will the annual budget be voted on that day, but there are also two [out of a total of nine seats] for the School Board up for re-election. Incumbents Robert RestainoRead More

Mainstream Media Gets Wise To Smoke And Mirrors Hamister Hotel

Niagara Falls April 14, 2016 at 8:38 am

While some media outlets still cling to the fantasy that do nothing Buffalo developer Mark Hamister will one day build a boxy, truck stop style hotel on one of the choicest pieces of property in the Niagara Falls tourist district, more are coming to the realization the Reporter reached onRead More

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