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Film Director, Producer and Screenwriter Ken Cosentino of Niagara Falls is strongly critical of Gov. Cuomo's policies, and gave Buffalo's Sam Hoyt an earful last week at City Hall.

Ken Cosentino testifies: Cuomo has stolen Niagara Falls prosperity and birthright

News January 26, 2017 at 6:05 am

It took a lot of guts. Last week on Friday, Niagara Falls resident Ken Cosentino stood up at the end of a presentation given by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s representative, Empire State Development’s Sr. VP Sam Hoyt, in Council Chambers at Niagara Falls City Hall, and spelled out, in no uncertainRead More

Perpetually high on drugs, David Ignasiak was the criminal that AUSA Anthony Bruce chose to destroy the lives of 20 innocent men who had the misfortune of being in the same club as Ignasiak.

Did Bruce pay Informant Ignasiak $80,000 to lie in Chosen Few Case?

Bruce, News January 19, 2017 at 8:32 pm

By Frank Parlato; Last week we wrote about an apparent miscarriage of justice perpetrated by former Assistant US Attorney Anthony M. Bruce as he prosecuted 20 innocent men who were members of a Depew, NY motorcycle club called the Chosen Few. Bruce saw his case fall apart as his informantRead More

RIZZO TO EXIT NT COUNCIL

RIZZO TO EXIT NT COUNCIL

News January 19, 2017 at 5:47 am

Alderman: ‘Accomplished What I Set Out to Do’ NORTH TONAWANDA—Alderman Phillip R. “Russ” Rizzo will retire from public service next month, and released the following statement: “Serving my neighbors in North Tonawanda has been the greatest privilege of my life. I have always strived to deliver effective representation for theRead More

NT REPUBLICANS LAUD RIZZO’S RECORD IN OFFICE

NT REPUBLICANS LAUD RIZZO’S RECORD IN OFFICE

News January 19, 2017 at 5:45 am

NORTH TONAWANDA—The decision by longtime political fixture Philip R. “Russ” Rizzo to retire from public life marks the end of a great career in civic service, and is a bittersweet occasion for local Republicans and the North Tonawanda community, the head of the Lumber City’s Republican Party said tonight. “RussRead More

Scott Kiedorwski, VP of Batavia Downs, Niagara County GOP Chairman and possibly the man who will be selected to replace the retiring Russ Rizzo as Alderman in North Tonawanda.

Could Kiedrowski Step Back into NT Role?

News January 19, 2017 at 5:41 am

The ink on North Tonawanda 1st Ward Alderman Phillip “Russ” Rizzo’s resignation letter had barely dried Wednesday afternoon at NT City Hall before the rumor mill there began to churn out possible successors. One of the names rapidly rising to the top of some local oddsmakers, though, is a nameRead More

Senator Robert Ortt joins a protest against wind energy at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station last year.

Wind Turbines Debated as Senator Robert Ortt assumes Energy Committee post

News January 19, 2017 at 5:32 am

Following in the footsteps of his predecessor George Maziarz, Senator Robert Ortt was named last week to the state senate’s powerful Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications, or Energy Committee, for short. “The (Energy Committee) oversees the development of legislation and policy related to energy and communications sectors. Committee membersRead More

Tuscarora History subject of Lewiston talk

Tuscarora History subject of Lewiston talk

News January 19, 2017 at 5:25 am

Neil Patterson, Sr., a member of the Tuscarora Council, will present “Little Known Facts in Tuscarora History” at the Lutheran Church at 915 Oneida St., Lewiston on Thursday, January 26 at 7pm. Much of local Tuscarora history has been written by white people, with little or no input from the Tuscaroras. Council memberRead More

Bruce goes after the Chosen Few, with aplomb, panache, perjury and a lying informant

Bruce goes after the Chosen Few, with aplomb, panache, perjury and a lying informant

Bruce, News January 12, 2017 at 8:16 am

Informant Ignasiak, like Bruce, was the true criminal in the case This week we continue our series on former Assistant US Attorney Anthony M. Bruce, who was with Department of Justice for 38 years before retiring in 2016. In one of Bruce’s more famous cases, against 20 members of theRead More

Food-Stamp Recipients Can Order from Amazon, Other Online Retailers

Food-Stamp Recipients Can Order from Amazon, Other Online Retailers

News January 12, 2017 at 7:59 am

Food-stamp recipients can use their taxpayer-funded benefit to order online from retailers like Amazon under a new Obama administration initiative that aims to facilitate the shopping experience for rural and urban residents. It marks the latest of many costly experiments by the administration to expand the fraud-infested program, which hasRead More

Gov. Cuomo “State of the State” speech deconstructed

Gov. Cuomo “State of the State” speech deconstructed

News January 12, 2017 at 7:46 am

Oblivious to the fact that most have “had it up to here” with his failed policies, and as a dress rehearsal for his run for the White House in a couple of years, Gov. Andrew Cuomo hit the road this week carrying his “Happy Days are here again, the skyRead More

Schwandt is going over to NYPA, will resign as Alderwoman in North Tonawanda 

Schwandt is going over to NYPA, will resign as Alderwoman in North Tonawanda 

News January 12, 2017 at 1:00 am

North Tonawanda Alderwoman-at-Large Catherine Schwandt will be resigning from her elected position with the city of North Tonawanda to pursue a full-time position with the New York Power Authority (NYPA), she announced this week. NYPA is the behemoth, quasi-governmental authority that the late Robert Moses headed and which, since 1957,Read More

Dyster fires Destino on day before civil service kicked in

Dyster fires Destino on day before civil service kicked in

News January 7, 2017 at 4:46 am

By Frank Parlato; Firing him on the last day before his job became protected by civil service law, Mayor Paul Dyster has fired Johnny Destino, the director of purchasing for Niagara Falls. Destino was hired in May 2015, shortly after Dyster announced he was running for reelection as mayor ofRead More

Source: Cuomo Finds Ceretto Cushy Job at State Parks

Source: Cuomo Finds Ceretto Cushy Job at State Parks

News January 6, 2017 at 7:23 pm

This just in: Since publishing our article on “Are Democrats Scrambling to Find a Job for Ceretto”, we have been informed that former Assemblyman John Ceretto (Democrat  -> Republican -> Democrat) has landed a job with NY State Parks and will be stationed at the Niagara Falls State Park. His “title”Read More

Meet the new Grand Island waterfront after the West River Connector Trail is completed.

Grand Island, “An Island without Fear”

News January 6, 2017 at 1:54 pm

 2016—year in review,  2017—continuing the path By Nate McMurray Supervisor Grand Island Roundabout: I spent the first month in office working to keep a campaign promise by literally sitting in the waiting room until the DOT agreed to commit to a new landscaping plan for the roundabout (adding rock and 14Read More

Are Democrats Scrambling to Find a Job for Ceretto?

Are Democrats Scrambling to Find a Job for Ceretto?

News January 6, 2017 at 8:47 am

It seems fitting that the last post to appear on the Facebook page of former Assemblyman John D. Ceretto was one memorializing the attack on Pearl Harbor. For Ceretto, it is not Dec. 7th that will be a date that lives in infamy, but rather, Nov. 8th. That was theRead More

The Larger Meaning of the Fight Over Uber

The Larger Meaning of the Fight Over Uber

News January 6, 2017 at 4:35 am

Buffalo – Niagara, one of the last Uber holdouts in the progressive nation; By Jim Ostrowski; You might think that the Western New York political class is embarrassed about being one of the few places on earth to make Uber-driving a crime.  You would be wrong.  These folks have noRead More

Some say he was a monster: Anthony Bruce; more victims step forward to accuse former AUSA

Some say he was a monster: Anthony Bruce; more victims step forward to accuse former AUSA

Bruce, News January 6, 2017 at 12:01 am

A few weeks ago this publication began seeking people wrongly accused of crimes by former Assistant US Attorney Anthony M. Bruce, who retired last year after 38 years with the US Attorney’s office. Public service announcements appeared in Artvoice, the Niagara Falls Reporter, the South Buffalo News and the FrontRead More

Was Delaware North involved in the death of Don Bolles?

Was Delaware North involved in the death of Don Bolles?

News December 22, 2016 at 4:18 am

Before it was known as Delaware North, the global Buffalo-based concessioner called itself Emprise. A reporter at the time who relentlessly investigated the company and its business practices, Don Bolles, was murdered in a car bombing in 1976. In 1972, the House Select Committee on Crime held hearings concerning Emprise’s connections withRead More

Mayor Dyster chums it up with his pals in the Niagara Falls State Park. L to R, State Parks Western Region director Mark Thomas of Chautauqua County, Dyster, State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey, Cuomo, unknown.

Niagara Falls Citizens Organize To Take Back The City from Albany, but Must Reckon with Pro-Albany Mayor

News December 22, 2016 at 1:31 am

Earlier this year the Niagara Gazette announced that a group of locals organized something called “Reclaim Niagara” – formed to “get Albany out of our pockets.” To combat the “exploitation of our resources by public authorities and state entities” is its stated goal. It is described as “a growing movementRead More

Mark Laurrie

We’re in the Business of Teaching and Learning – a Message from the Superintendent

News December 22, 2016 at 12:02 am

By Mark Laurrie, Supt. of Schools for the Niagara Falls School District Niagara Falls, NY. Back in June when I became Superintendent, I identified objectives I wanted to achieve to move the District forward. Aligned with the Board of Education’s Strategic Goals, these objectives are specific and designed to support students andRead More

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