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More low income housing key  To Falls’ future? Dyster says yes!

More low income housing key To Falls’ future? Dyster says yes!

  Since when is $http://southbuffalonews.com2 million “affordable? That’s the price tag on the new Walnut Avenue Homes project – located on Walnut Avenue and Fifth, Sixth and Seventh streets. The development consists of seven new buildings and the renovation of the former Niagara Falls Board of Education Building. Applications areRead More

Only in NT: City of North Tonawanda Website could use a facelift

Only in NT: City of North Tonawanda Website could use a facelift

  A visit to the City of North Tonawanda’s website,  www.northtonawanda.org reveals there are some things on it that shouldn’t be on it and some that should be on the website that aren’t. Perhaps City Clerk-Treasurer Daniel Quinn should check out everything that is currently posted on the website and seeRead More

What is the future of Pine Ave.?

Poverty Industry Provides Growth Sector For Struggling Falls Economy

The city of Niagara Falls is home to one of the natural wonders of the world, the mighty cataracts that bring 8 million tourists into the city each year. The Falls also benefits from the local share of slot machine revenue generated at the Seneca Niagara Casino. In recent years,Read More

Dyster demeans Majority that voted against him;  Four More Years of More of the Same

Dyster demeans Majority that voted against him; Four More Years of More of the Same

By  James Hufnagel Tomorrow’s the big day. Mayor Paul Dyster will raise his right hand and take the oath of office for the third time, the first mayor to do so in decades, even though a majority of voters on election day clearly preferred someone else take over leadership of the cityRead More

Man accused of torching Midtown rooming house also accused of attempted murder

Man accused of torching Midtown rooming house also accused of attempted murder

On the morning of Friday January 8th in Niagara Falls City Court, Jerome Wingfield was arraigned on charges of: Attempted Murder 2nd degree,  Assault http://southbuffalonews.comst degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree The charges placed today resulted from an investigation into the shooting of victim, Darius Washington onRead More

Shocking Cuomo press release reveals real Rationale for Robert Moses Parkway Upgrade

Shocking Cuomo press release reveals real Rationale for Robert Moses Parkway Upgrade

It couldn’t have been made any clearer had it been posted on billboards, shouted from rooftops or written in skywriting.   If there was ever the shadow of a doubt in your mind that the south Robert Moses Parkway reconstruction was intended to do anything other than convey tourists past theRead More

Sex Offenders Drive Down Property Values, Quality of Life

Sex Offenders Drive Down Property Values, Quality of Life

One of the most highly publicized aspects of the city’s turn toward the poverty industry has been the open armed embrace given to registered sex offenders here. According to the authoritative website Homefacts.com, there are http://southbuffalonews.com64 registered sex offenders living in the city of Niagara Falls this week, well overRead More

Wingfield’s motive for arson, attempted murder, said to be prompted by being jilted by woman

Wingfield’s motive for arson, attempted murder, said to be prompted by being jilted by woman

According to Detective Lieutenant John Conti Criminal Investigation Division, Niagara Falls Police Department: In response to many inquiries: Jerome Wingfield was wanted for domestic violence charges when he then shot the male he incorrectly thought was on a relationship with the DV victim. While eluding arrest for the DV and thenRead More

Sensible business or sweetheart deal?  Chilton Avenue residents want to know

Sensible business or sweetheart deal? Chilton Avenue residents want to know

  Niagara Falls – A city-owned Chilton Avenue apartment house set to be sold to a volunteer member of the Dyster administration for $500 was never advertised as being for sale, and no sign was ever posted on the front lawn describing it was such. Instead, Community Development Director SethRead More

Mcnall Named Supreme Court Law Library Trustee

LOCKPORT—Wm. Keith McNall, who became chairman of the Niagara County Legislature in January, added a new title today: law library trustee. The news of McNall’s appointment came in a letter from the chief administrative judge of the New York State Unified Court System, naming the long-time public fixture to theRead More

Two Methadone Clinics to Address Rising Problem of Heroin Addiction

“When one door closes, another door opens,” Alexander Graham Bell once famously said and, when it comes to the problem of drug addiction in Niagara Falls, his words ring true today. When the elderly Dr. Pravin Mehta was arrested at his Pine Avenue office by a combined task force ofRead More

City Hall Jokes….

City Hall Jokes….

  What’s the difference between the mayor’s annual city hall Christmas party and a funeral? The funeral is more fun. A Paul Dyster “political equivalent.” In the normal world a job promotion is called a job promotion. In Dyster World a job promotion is called “an administrative thank you.” ARead More

Niagara Falls now more dangerous  than ever before, new study shows

Niagara Falls now more dangerous than ever before, new study shows

    In its’ never ending quest to excel at something, Niagara Falls scored a big win of sorts this week. The small town with big dreams was ranked as the 44th Most Dangerous City in the entire United States by a website specializing in information for prospective home buyers andRead More

Niagara Falls Taxpayers will pay to host Great Lakes Conference  Dyster given $75,000 blank check to spend as he likes  

Niagara Falls Taxpayers will pay to host Great Lakes Conference Dyster given $75,000 blank check to spend as he likes  

  The city of Niagara Falls will “officially play host” to the 20http://southbuffalonews.com6 Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Cities Initiative annual conference this June. City taxpayers will officially foot the bill. The conference will host http://southbuffalonews.comhttp://southbuffalonews.com8 U.S. and Canadian representatives, including representatives from Niagara Falls, who will gather to eat, drink, networkRead More

Update on ‘Billy’ Case; Suspect, Pringle, flees out back door; community asked to contact police if Pringle is spotted

Update on ‘Billy’ Case; Suspect, Pringle, flees out back door; community asked to contact police if Pringle is spotted

  It was back in mid-December that Niagara Falls police were “inundated with calls” and requests for interviews regarding the case of a Niagara Falls man who was being intimidated and slapped on video which was made public on the internet. According to Niagara Falls Police Department Chief of Detectives Kelly Rizzo,Read More

FDR’s View of Public Service Unions Differs Vastly From What They Are Today

FDR’s View of Public Service Unions Differs Vastly From What They Are Today

President Franklin Roosevelt, a friend of private-sector unionism, drew a line when it came to government workers. “Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relations and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the Government,” he said in http://southbuffalonews.com937. “The process of collective bargaining, as usuallyRead More

City tourism office won’t get NTCC monkey off our backs  

  At least publicly, Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster has sung the praises of the shadowy and secretive Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., and its’ CEO John Percy. The NTCC benefits from nearly $2 million a year in city money, with around $900,000 coming from bed tax collections and anotherRead More

Maria Brown is the city's longtime controller. She is responsible for overseeing the city's finances and serves at the will of the mayor and the council. 
If the position were elected, as it is in many cities, the office would be independent of the political whims of spendthrift officials. An elected controller cannot propose to spend money but can oppose the spending on the grounds that it is irresponsible.
An appointed controller has to be concerned about calling out her bosses - the mayor and council - on being wasteful.
In the highest taxed city in the highest taxed state, it makes sense to have an independent, elected controller who can fearlessly put the brakes on the spending that has hit this city like a plague.

Reporter’s Call For An Elected City Controller Meets With Rousing Support

  The Reporter has written any number of articles in the past calling for changes in city government, but never – never – have we received such an immediate and supportive response as our column last week where we called for the city controller position to be made an electedRead More

Taxpayers get cold shoulder on ice pavilion transparency   

Taxpayers get cold shoulder on ice pavilion transparency  

The city recently announced that it’s accepting RFP’s (requests for proposals) to operate Sal Maglie Stadium. In a Gazette article of December 27, Mayor Dyster said, “We don’t regard the direct operation of Sal Maglie as a cash cow…It doesn’t have the income possibilities as something like the Hyde ParkRead More

Smith charges politics in  Planning Board ouster   

Smith charges politics in Planning Board ouster  

  It’s politics as usual at the City Hall of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster. That’s the charge of Rick Smith, who has served on the city Planning Board for the past nine years, six as its chairman. Smith ran for city Council in November on a platform critical ofRead More

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