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Mayor Paul Dyster is shown with a model of a sculpture he plans for a small traffic circle on Rainbow Blvd. The sculpture will cost taxpayers $472,000 of state, city and Greenway money.  Standing next to him is City Administrator Donna Owens who will be axed - but not until after she stays on past her eighth anniversary so she can pick up additional taxpayer funded goodies. 
One thing about Dyster: He is never transparent. He could have said, when announcing Owens’ departure date, that he wanted her to stay until she got one more year of benefits. But he didn’t. Sly.

Brown Gets Bum’s Rush Here As Owens Hangs On For More Cash

Featured, News May 26, 2016 at 10:52 am

by Mike Hudson Inquiring minds want to know: What’s the big hurry to get City Controller Maria Brown out of office next week when Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster is letting City Administrator Donna Owens hang around until July 8? Both women were canned by the mayor in the sameRead More

The new Niagara Falls International Railway Station and Intermodal Transportation Center

Without High Speed Rail Service What Good Is New Train Station?

Featured, News May 26, 2016 at 10:48 am

by Mike Hudson Back in 2010, for Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, it was all about high speed rail. President Barack Obama had committed to funding the concept, with New York State alone to receive $151 million to promote the concept. Dyster used the publicity to justify spending $44 million onRead More

Train travel the mode of transportation that never goes out of style

No Lease Between Amtrak, City May Mean Future Surprises for Train Station

Featured, News May 26, 2016 at 10:46 am

by Mike Hudson & Frank Parlato Since no lease agreement exists between Amtrak and the city for space in the Whirlpool Street “Intermodal Transportation Center,” there is no guarantee that Amtrak will move into the $44 million facility at all, much less any sort of agreement as to how muchRead More

Enough Already, The Train Station Name’s Too Long

Enough Already, The Train Station Name’s Too Long

Featured, News May 26, 2016 at 10:34 am

The Niagara Falls International Railway Station & Intermodal Transportation Center – a name which is, by the way, a mouthful of grammatically contorted & ponderously laughable exaggeratedly glorified windy pretentiousness and with its nine word name it is an example of name sprawl. Of the 51 railroad stations in AmericaRead More

US Attorney Preetinder Singh “Preet” Bharara prosecuted Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos for exchanging taxpayer money for donations or other favors.

Power is Corruption: Are Silver, Skelos and Cuomo Victims of the Progressive Government They Fought to Sustain?

Featured, News May 26, 2016 at 10:24 am

by Jim Ostrowski This may come as a shock but I have a slightly different take on the corruption scandal that led to the indictment and conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.  I like to startRead More

It’s time to move the Albright-Knox and  Buffalo Zoo to Niagara Falls

It’s time to move the Albright-Knox and Buffalo Zoo to Niagara Falls

Featured, News May 26, 2016 at 10:20 am

by Matt Ricchiazzi If we could ever put the interests of institutional advancement over the prissy sensibilities of cynics, we may be able to make something spectacular of the The Albright–Knox Art Gallery which barely earns 200,000 attendees annually at its Delaware Park location. To put that in perspective, theRead More

Nickled and dimed for 81 years. Motorists have been delayed and charged to enter Grand Island since the days of the model T Ford to the present.

Despite Harm To Region, GI Tolls SNAFU May Face Slow Resolution

Featured, News May 26, 2016 at 10:12 am

by Joseph Kissel Straight from the pockets of commuters and tourists, the Grand Island tolls bring in $18 million a year for the NYS Thruway Authority. And they also create pollution and rush-hour traffic jams virtually any time of the year but especially during the region’s critical tourist season. “It’sRead More

At the end of the day, what’s wrong with people renting out their private property to people from other parts of the country and the world, who clearly understand the terms and conditions of airbnb?
Why is there a sudden need for government to regulate and tax the people and deprive them of life’s simple joys? Like making a new friend half way around the world or earning a little money to pay your taxes while playing host to someone new and giving them an experience they might never get otherwise?
Once government gets in the middle of this - it will ruin it, not improve it, and another freedom will disappear: the simple right to rent one’s own room out to a stranger who might soon become a friend.
People have been taking in boarders and renting rooms in America for centuries without onerous regulations. Other than a money grab what’s the need now?

Although “Illegal,” Airbnb Hosts In City Not Imminently Facing Bed Taxes

Featured, News May 26, 2016 at 10:07 am

by Joseph Kissel It’s certainly one of the nicest, best-maintained houses on 18th Street. Inside, the meticulously clean house has been thoroughly updated while retaining the original architectural details that make this middle-class Niagara Falls home unique. Part of what makes that home unique is the owner, an Airbnb “superhost”Read More

Richard Palladino of Local 91.

Unopposed, Palladino Wins Reelection As Laborers Local 91 Business Manager

Featured, News May 26, 2016 at 10:02 am

by Mike Hudson Six years ago, Dick Palladino ran to become business manager of Laborers Local 91 here based on a single premise – to clean up the once troubled union, and rid it of the last vestiges of the corrupt element that once controlled it for as long asRead More

Community Memorial Day Parade Begins at 10 a. m. Saturday

Community Memorial Day Parade Begins at 10 a. m. Saturday

Featured, News May 26, 2016 at 9:59 am

by Tony Farina Thanks to the tireless efforts of Niagara Falls Councilmen Kenny Tompkins and Ezra Scott Jr., the Niagara Falls Memorial Day Parade will launch the holiday weekend on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at City Market and continue down Pine Avenue, eventually concluding at the Niagara Falls VeteransRead More

Seat belt road blocks coming to a street near you.

Nanny State ‘Click It Or Ticket’ Campaign In Effect; ‘Godvernment’ Law Will Harass Motorists

Featured, News May 26, 2016 at 9:52 am

by Frank Parlato Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard, once again, is reminding motorists that the nanny state ‘Click It or Ticket’ revenue generator will be in effect between May 23 to June 5, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. The county sheriff’s departmentRead More

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