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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

Niagara County Manager Glatz Announces Resignation

GLATZ PLANS MARCH 3http://southbuffalonews.com RESIGNATION: Urges Legislature to Review Department Leadership LOCKPORT—Niagara County Manager Jeffrey M. Glatz submitted his resignation today, effective the last day of March 20http://southbuffalonews.com6, preparing for a departure from the post he has held for five years. In a letter that thanked county lawmakers for theRead 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

JASTRZEMSKI SWORN IN AS COUNTY CLERK

JASTRZEMSKI SWORN IN AS COUNTY CLERK

  LOCKPORT—Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski was sworn into office today in a ceremony at the Niagara County Courthouse, vowing to “make everyone proud” of the quality of services that will be provided by his office.   The inaugural ceremony also brings the official close to the two decadesRead 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

Matchup Between Ceretto, Morinello Could Be the Marquee Race

Matchup Between Ceretto, Morinello Could Be the Marquee Race

  When state lawmakers convened in Albany on Wednesday to kick off the new legislative session, watchdog groups were holding a press conference calling on the governor and legislators to sign a “Clean Conscience Pledge” in the wake of the corruption convictions of the former Assembly speaker and the SenateRead More

The taxpayer subsidized housing in Beloved Community cost about $300,000 per unit to develop. This shows that the poverty industry can be very lucrative for builders and developers.

Housing Authority a Key Player in Commodification of Human Services

Perhaps no agency has benefitted more from the commodification of poverty in Niagara Falls in recent years than the city’s Housing Authority. Created in http://southbuffalonews.com942 to provide housing for soldiers, sailors, Marines and others involved in the war effort, the agency has evolved through the years to provide not onlyRead More

Touma gets the chair, Grandinetti gets the bum’s rush…again

Touma gets the chair, Grandinetti gets the bum’s rush…again

(The Reporter’s resident feminist, Anna Howard, says the ‘woman was denied’) The city council held their 20http://southbuffalonews.com6 reorganization meeting today, January http://southbuffalonews.com, 20http://southbuffalonews.com6. And, as we feared, the male dominated council decided to let current chairman, Andrew Touma, remain in the big seat for 20http://southbuffalonews.com6.  As the saying goes, we’reRead More

Only in North Tonawanda: Is NT surreptitiously violating Open Meetings Law?

Reviewing 20http://southbuffalonews.com2-20http://southbuffalonews.com5 Common Council minutes posted on NT’s website indicates most meetings lasted less than 30 minutes, some less than http://southbuffalonews.com0, only a few lasting 60. In http://southbuffalonews.com2/http://southbuffalonews.com/http://southbuffalonews.com5 minutes, Jean Kroetsch requested more information be included on agendas so she could understand  budget transfers.  Do Council members, Mayor, or CityRead More

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