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Deciphering Tax Dependents: Expert Advice from Michael S. Gawel, CPA, JD

Deciphering Tax Dependents: Expert Advice from Michael S. Gawel, CPA, JD

Featured, Gawel December 27, 2023 at 1:20 pm

By Michael S. Gawel, CPA, JD Dependency? Who can be claimed as a dependent? Who can claim that person as a dependent? A dependent must be a person, not your dog cat or 56 Chevy. A dependent is an individual who is the taxpayer’s qualifying child or qualifying relative forRead More

John Gross

John Gross Bids Final Farewell

Community News, Local News December 23, 2023 at 4:50 pm

By Tony Farina “There goes another legend,” commented noted Buffalo defense attorney Joel Daniels when he heard of the passing of Niagara Falls plumbing contractor John Gross who died unexpectedly last Monday, Dec. 19, at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, at the age of 87. John Gross served two different jailRead More

This photo was taken at the Riviera Theater at the cash presentation to Twin Cities Community Outreach from Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel and 21 local restaurants.  From left are Batavia CEO Henry Wojtaszek, Legislators Rich Andres, Jesse Gooch, Twin Cities’ Bobbie Seekins and Linda Finikin, Legislator Randy Bradt, and North Tonawanda Councilmen Joe Lavey and Joe Marranca.

Riviera Event Raises Nearly $8,000 for Community Outreach       

Local News, Niagara County December 23, 2023 at 4:40 pm

By Tony Farina The Batavia Downs-sponsored holiday movie event on Dec. 13 at the Riviera Theater in North Tonawanda was a big success and along with 21 local restaurants who donated 10 percent of their proceeds that night, cash totaling more than $7,500 was presented to Twin Cities Community OutreachRead More

How Niagara Falls Can Benefit From The Remarkable Demand For Data Centers

How Niagara Falls Can Benefit From The Remarkable Demand For Data Centers

Data Campus, Featured, Local News December 21, 2023 at 10:42 pm

The Niagara Digital Campus is an innovative, $1.48 billion technology and data center hub that will bring thousands of jobs and cutting-edge technological infrastructure to the City of Niagara Falls. The joint project between Niagara Falls Redevelopment (NFR) and Urbacon—a Toronto-based developer of state-of-the-art data centers—is privately funded and willRead More

Marvel at Niagara Falls: 6 Must-Visit Locations in the U.S.

Marvel at Niagara Falls: 6 Must-Visit Locations in the U.S.

Niagara Falls December 21, 2023 at 5:41 am

  Niagara Falls is one of nature’s greatest marvels, drawing millions of visitors each year from all over the world. Situated on the international border between the United States and Canada, Niagara Falls offers awe-inspiring views and adventures for everyone. If you happen to be on the U.S. side ofRead More

Demystifying Your Filing Status: Expert Advice from Michael S. Gawel, CPA, JD

Demystifying Your Filing Status: Expert Advice from Michael S. Gawel, CPA, JD

Gawel December 10, 2023 at 2:52 pm

MICHAEL S. GAWEL, CPA, JD NIAGARA BOOKKEEPING & ACCOUNTING FILING STATUS After entering your Social Security number choosing your filing status is the first thing all taxpayers must do. There are five choices: single, married filing jointly, married filing separate, head of household and surviving spouse. Single is for anRead More

NACC Holiday Bazaar to Feature 30+ Vendors

NACC Holiday Bazaar to Feature 30+ Vendors

NACC News and Events December 9, 2023 at 8:17 pm

Holiday Bazaar features 30+ vendors and open studios on multiple floors of the NACC, Perfect for Artisan Gift Shopping. FRIDAY:Basket auction, kids crafts, live music and more! SATURDAY: Whoville market with the Grinch including Grinch themed treats for sale! Charlie Brown Christmas Musical at 1pm Money from admission will goRead More

WROTB’s Batavia Downs Sponsors Riviera Theatre Holiday Event

WROTB’s Batavia Downs Sponsors Riviera Theatre Holiday Event

Community News, Featured, Local News December 8, 2023 at 12:39 pm

WROTB Revenue Helps Support Local Communities By Tony Farina The Christmas spirit has arrived and there will be a very special holiday event at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda on Wednesday night, Dec. 13, at 7 when Batavia Downs sponsors a screening of the 1947 Christmas Classic “Miracle onRead More

Events Center Belongs West of Casino; Still Time for Two-Project Solution

Events Center Belongs West of Casino; Still Time for Two-Project Solution

Data Campus, Featured, Local News December 8, 2023 at 12:30 pm

By Tony Farina While Mayor Robert Restaino narrowly won re-election with a 3.5 to 1 vote advantage, he still appears committed publicly to building his events center arena on 10 acres of land the city will have to purchase from NFR on John Daly Blvd. if the city wins theRead More

Mayor Restaino’s Budget Includes Tax Hike for Businesses

Mayor Restaino’s Budget Includes Tax Hike for Businesses

Ken Cosentino, Local News, Niagara Falls December 2, 2023 at 10:05 pm

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the highest property taxes in the nation for a metropolitan sized city is Rochester, NY at a 2.4% effective rate. Interestingly, the average property tax rate in Niagara County is 2.89%. Niagara Falls residents have the highest city property tax rate of any municipalityRead More

Seneca Snub: Restaino’s Centennial Plan Favors Nation Over Local Businesses

Seneca Snub: Restaino’s Centennial Plan Favors Nation Over Local Businesses

Local News, Niagara Falls November 29, 2023 at 8:35 pm

By Richard Luthmann Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino is a lawyer and former judge. But he sure isn’t acting like one with the Centennial Park deal. Centennial Park and Events Center Proposal Centennial Park is a planned 7,000-seat events center and a small adjacent park. Restaino began an eminent domainRead More

Uncovering Tax Benefits and Avoiding Pitfalls: Expert Advice from Michael S. Gawel

Uncovering Tax Benefits and Avoiding Pitfalls: Expert Advice from Michael S. Gawel

Featured, Gawel, Local News November 27, 2023 at 4:45 pm

MICHAEL S. GAWEL, CPA, JD My name is Michael S. Gawel and I have been a Certified Public Accountant since 1980. I have a BBA in Accounting and a JD from SUNY @ Buffalo School of Law. I am going to write a weekly tax advice column for the NiagaraRead More

Family Member Defends Steve Pigeon Against Niece’s ‘False’ Abuse Allegations; Calls Sister ‘Pathological Liar’

Family Member Defends Steve Pigeon Against Niece’s ‘False’ Abuse Allegations; Calls Sister ‘Pathological Liar’

A Miscarriage of Justice, Erie County, Local News November 24, 2023 at 5:02 pm

Now, a relative of Pigeon has commented after reading Coercive Plea Bargain? Pigeon Chooses Eight Months Over Gambling Life in Prison: By a Relative of Both Pigeon and His Sister I’m a relative of Steve’s by marriage, and he is still a friend of my family and myself. His niece,Read More

Deja Vu? Niagara County Sheriff vehicles block off the Parkway as it enters the massive hydropower facility after today's downtown incident.

In 9/11 Flashback, Moses Parkway over Power Project Blocked from Terrorist Attack

Niagara County November 22, 2023 at 7:22 pm

    For over 20 years, state agencies have tolerated an open door to terrorist attack on the Niagara Power Project, also known as the Niagara Scenic Parkway (formerly the Robert Moses Parkway), which provides 24×7 access to the heart of the generation plant that supplies electricity to most ofRead More

City to Host Public Meeting on What to do with Waterfront it Doesn’t Own

City to Host Public Meeting on What to do with Waterfront it Doesn’t Own

Niagara Falls November 22, 2023 at 10:59 am

This evening the Falls Department of Planning, in conjunction with state representatives, will hold a public meeting at the Niagara Falls Train Station to provide public scoping for the LWRP, or Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. Residents are invited to drop-in between 5 and 7 p.m. for what is described asRead More

Hochul, Albany Shovel Out $5 Million to Niagara Falls in Effort to “Revitalize” Downtown

Hochul, Albany Shovel Out $5 Million to Niagara Falls in Effort to “Revitalize” Downtown

Community News November 21, 2023 at 1:09 pm

Governor Kathy Hochul last week announced that applications are available for the Niagara Falls Small Business Property Improvement Program. The $5 million program will provide grants of up to 50 percent of total project costs, up to $100,000 per property, to eligible small businesses to foster revitalization of traditional mixed-useRead More

Echoes of Injustice: Steve Pigeon’s Case Mirrors Sebold’s Wrongful Accusation

Echoes of Injustice: Steve Pigeon’s Case Mirrors Sebold’s Wrongful Accusation

A Miscarriage of Justice, Featured November 20, 2023 at 10:15 pm

By Marie White Sebold’s Apology Too Late In 2021, Alice Sebold, the best-selling author of the memoir “Lucky” and the novel “The Lovely Bones,” issued an apology to Anthony J. Broadwater, a man she had wrongly accused of raping her in 1981 – 39 years after the fact.  Broadwater spentRead More

Murder Victim Ignored for an Hour after Being Shot in Little Italy

Murder Victim Ignored for an Hour after Being Shot in Little Italy

Citycide November 16, 2023 at 8:25 pm

Last month, the 9th homicide of 2023 in the city of Niagara Falls took place on the formerly busy Pine Avenue in the Little Italy so-called tourist district, which has fallen on hard times, along with the rest of the city, over the past decades. Once a thriving thoroughfare ofRead More

The Meridian Centre is an arena located in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Its seating capacity is 5,300 for hockey games, 5,580 for standing room, 6,000 for concerts, and 4,030 for basketball games. An arena its exact size would fit on land already owned by the city.

Niagara’s Game-Changer: New Arena + Digital Campus to Boost Economy, Skips Eminent Domain Hassle

Data Campus, Local News November 16, 2023 at 7:18 pm

Bold Vision: Leveraging State Land for Event Center, Tech Campus to Spur Growth! With the Mayoral election over, Niagara Falls can now turn its attention to the “two-project solution” as a potential avenue for economic growth and development in the city. This solution aims to provide residents with an arena,Read More

Former Attorney General Sues State for Wrongful Action In Dismantling WROTB and ‘Neutering’ Outlying Counties

Former Attorney General Sues State for Wrongful Action In Dismantling WROTB and ‘Neutering’ Outlying Counties

Community News, Featured, Local News, News November 13, 2023 at 8:35 pm

By Tony Farina Former State Attorney General Dennis Vacco of the Buffalo law firm of Lippes Mathias, is still awaiting responses from the state on the lawsuit he filed in September on behalf of several member counties challenging the language in the state budget in May that, in Vacco’s words,Read More

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