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Falls Comedian “Black Ernie” Lights Up the Stage in Vegas

Falls Comedian “Black Ernie” Lights Up the Stage in Vegas

Community News, Featured, Ken Cosentino, Local News, Niagara Falls November 12, 2023 at 11:18 pm

Comedian Ernie Bivins, AKA “Black Ernie,” is making a name for himself in Las Vegas. “I’m 49, but I feel like I’m 29!” Jokes the Niagara Falls Native, whose career began here in his hometown in 2008. “I was doing shows for a few years and then I met MikeRead More

Coercive Plea Bargain? Pigeon Chooses Eight Months Over Gambling Life in Prison

Coercive Plea Bargain? Pigeon Chooses Eight Months Over Gambling Life in Prison

A Miscarriage of Justice, Featured, Local News November 11, 2023 at 9:45 pm

In a dramatic turn of events, G. Steven Pigeon faced a harrowing decision in the face of serious sexual abuse charges. With the risk of a life sentence looming over him, Pigeon grappled with a gut-wrenching choice: accept a plea deal for a crime he insists he didn’t commit, orRead More

WNY Land Conservancy Deputy Director, Cathleen Maine

WNY Land Conservancy, Champion of Stella and Gorge, Adds Maine to Stellar Staff

Niagara County November 9, 2023 at 9:43 pm

The Western New York Land Conservancy, which in the past few years has spearheaded multimillion dollar restoration projects at both Stella Niagara and the Niagara Gorge, and is probably the most effective voice for the natural environment in the entire region, has named a new Deputy Director, Cathleen Maine. MaineRead More

In Race Too Close to Call, Restaino Leads Cain by Thin Margin as Absentee Votes are Counted

In Race Too Close to Call, Restaino Leads Cain by Thin Margin as Absentee Votes are Counted

Elections 2023 November 8, 2023 at 10:51 am

Restaino’s Alliance with the Conservative Party May Have Secured Win Democrat Mayor Robert Restaino has a small lead over Republican Carl Cain in the hotly contested Niagara Falls mayoral election. As of press time, Restaino leads by slightly over 200 votes, with affidavit and absentee ballots yet to be counted.Read More

“Warriors of Fashion” to feature Wearable Art Saturday at the NACC

“Warriors of Fashion” to feature Wearable Art Saturday at the NACC

NACC News and Events November 7, 2023 at 10:46 pm

“Warriors of Fashion” FIERCE. POWERFUL. BEAUTIFUL. On a runway transformed into a living art gallery artists push the boundaries of wearable art design: 5:00-7.00 Fashion Bazaar: Live Music, Vendors, Beer & Wine Tastings 5:30-7:00 VIP Reception: Mix & Mingle 7:00-8:30 Runway Show: 30+ Designers / 80 Models / 1 NightRead More

Restaino’s Pre-Election Blitz: Clever Campaigning or Abuse of Power?

Restaino’s Pre-Election Blitz: Clever Campaigning or Abuse of Power?

Local News, Niagara Falls November 7, 2023 at 6:53 am

In the crunch before election day, Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino displayed a blend of political savvy and desperation. His pre-election tactics were transparent, something he has not been during his four years as mayor. Borrowing the taxpayer-funded city’s emergency alert text system – which reaches residents throughout Niagara Falls,Read More

Councilmember Vince Cauley Champions Transformation Toward a World-Class City

Councilmember Vince Cauley Champions Transformation Toward a World-Class City

Local News, Niagara Falls November 6, 2023 at 12:43 pm

Niagara Falls, NY – On the eve of Election Day, Council Member Cauley presents a clear and compelling vision for the future of Niagara Falls. His is a vision of progress, bolstered by his track record and robust platform for his re-election bid. With Election Day on the horizon, CauleyRead More

Time for Voters to Weigh in on Niagara Falls Future

Time for Voters to Weigh in on Niagara Falls Future

Elections 2023, Local News November 5, 2023 at 11:18 am

By Tony Farina Election day is within sight (Tuesday) and there is a lot at stake in Niagara Falls for voters to consider, not the least of which is trying to keep the city in balance and not surrendering to the mysterious agenda of the incumbent mayor, Robert Restaino, whoRead More

The city needs the right name for Restaino's legacy to himself.

Restaino’s “Events Center” Pipe Dream Should Be Named After Him

Data Campus, Local News November 4, 2023 at 8:10 pm

Mayor Robert Restaino wants to build a taxpayer-funded events center. He does not yet have the funding or land. But we understand the principle behind his effort, and we want to support it by proposing some better, more accurate names than his preferred one: Centennial Park. Mayor Robert Restaino’s MajesticRead More

City in Peril: Skrlin’s Scorching Take on Niagara Falls’ Nosedive

City in Peril: Skrlin’s Scorching Take on Niagara Falls’ Nosedive

Gerald Skrlin, Niagara Falls November 4, 2023 at 7:49 pm

By Gerald Skrlin In response to Frank Parlato’s question, “What will it take to fix up the Falls?” I found myself reflecting on the challenges our beloved city faces. Indeed, it feels like a centipede asked which foot it put forth first when walking – where do we even begin?Read More

Vincent Cauley: A Bold Voice in Niagara Falls City Council

Vincent Cauley: A Bold Voice in Niagara Falls City Council

Elections 2023, Local News, Niagara Falls November 4, 2023 at 7:21 pm

Niagara Falls City Council Member Vincent Cauley is emerging as a force to reckon with. Known for his assertive stance, Cauley has vocally challenged Mayor Robert Restaino’s extravagant use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. As a member of the Republican majority of the Niagara Falls City Council, CauleyRead More

Falls Mayoral Candidate Carl Cain’s Wisdom Sharpened by Heart and History

Falls Mayoral Candidate Carl Cain’s Wisdom Sharpened by Heart and History

Community News, Elections 2023, Featured, Local News November 4, 2023 at 10:37 am

By Brandon M. Stickney “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson For a time, human rights activist Malcolm X meant trouble for young Carlton “Carl” Cain. Malcolm’s autobiography, co-authored by Alex Haley, was nearly 500Read More

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GUEST VIEW: Niagara Digital Campus will improve power infrastructure and help us meet climate goals

By Dennis Elsenbeck I have lived and worked in Western New York for decades now. Many in the area know me from the nearly 30 years I spent at Niagara Mohawk and National Grid (culminating in the position of regional director for Western New York), or from my role onRead More

Vincent Cauley Challenges Mayor’s Planned Misuse of CDBG Funds for Event Center

Vincent Cauley Challenges Mayor’s Planned Misuse of CDBG Funds for Event Center

Featured, Ken Cosentino, Local News, News, Niagara Falls, Parcel 0 November 2, 2023 at 4:30 pm

Last night’s city council meeting was further proof that Mayor Restaino’s proposed use of CDBG funds for purchasing Parcel 0 is still on the table. Last night, Councilmember Vincent Cauley attempted to rescind the authority the council granted the Mayor last December to use CDBG funds for the purchase ofRead More

Brian Archie: Trust, Accountability and Building Bridges

Brian Archie: Trust, Accountability and Building Bridges

Elections 2023, Ken Cosentino, Local News November 1, 2023 at 11:03 pm

As part of a series highlighting the Black candidates currently running for office in the City of Niagara Falls, this article will focus specifically on Democratic candidate for city council Brian Archie. In this series we will examine the Black candidates and judge them not by the color of theirRead More

Mayor Restaino’s ‘Generous’ Tax Cut: Smoke and Mirrors in Niagara Falls

Mayor Restaino’s ‘Generous’ Tax Cut: Smoke and Mirrors in Niagara Falls

Featured, Local News, Niagara Falls November 1, 2023 at 8:59 am

Niagara Falls, NY – Mayor Robert M. Restaino, just in time for the election, has announced a modest decrease in residential property tax rates. Yet, since his inauguration in 2020, the city has been plagued with soaring crime rates and rising taxes. First, let’s dissect his “generous” tax cut. AlthoughRead More

Niagara Falls is a Horror Show

Niagara Falls is a Horror Show

Featured, Ken Cosentino, Local News, Niagara Falls October 31, 2023 at 12:28 am

Downtown Niagara Falls has effectively become a garbage dump. We’ve all seen it as we drive down streets and alleys. Old mattresses, used tires, trash bags ripped open with their contents spilling out all over the ground. The average person drives by these eyesores and wonders “Who’s cleaning all ofRead More

District Attorney John Flynn Stands by Accusations Against Pigeon Despite Lack of Physical Evidence, as Family Members Question Credibility of Teen Accuser

District Attorney John Flynn Stands by Accusations Against Pigeon Despite Lack of Physical Evidence, as Family Members Question Credibility of Teen Accuser

A Miscarriage of Justice, Erie County, Local News, News October 30, 2023 at 6:27 pm

Erie County – Nearly two years ago, former Erie County Democratic Chairman, G. Steven Pigeon, was indicted on charges related to an alleged one-time rape of his niece when she was nine years old. His trial is in 35 days. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced the charges on DecemberRead More

Gawel Raises Questions About Archie’s Role at Housing Authority

Gawel Raises Questions About Archie’s Role at Housing Authority

Local News, Niagara Falls October 29, 2023 at 5:49 pm

By Tony Farina Niagara Falls GOP City Council candidate Michael Gawel has raised questions in a Facebook post about Democratic council candidate Brian Archie’s role at the Niagara Falls Housing Authority where Archie serves as secretary. Gawel asks if the Housing Authority still owns a single family home, and is formerRead More

Uniquia Lewis: Fairness, Equality And Transparency

Uniquia Lewis: Fairness, Equality And Transparency

Elections 2023, Featured, Ken Cosentino, Local News October 28, 2023 at 12:11 pm

This article is part of a series highlighting the Black candidates currently running for office in the City of Niagara Falls, focusing specifically on candidate for city council Uniquia Lewis. In this series we will examine the Black candidates and judge them not by the color of their skin, butRead More

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