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New Day, New Sheriffs: Niagara Falls Water Authority Makes Dramatic Changes

New Day, New Sheriffs: Niagara Falls Water Authority Makes Dramatic Changes

Local News February 9, 2018 at 5:39 am

Despite some recent bad publicity, including an embarrassing black-spill in the Niagara Gorge last summer, there seems to have been dramatic improvements at the Niagara Falls Water Authority. The Reporter has learned that two recently appointed board members have changed the way the authority is run, largely by taking aRead More

What again? Council Secretary accused of submitting another ‘fake’ resume!

What again? Council Secretary accused of submitting another ‘fake’ resume!

Niagara Falls February 9, 2018 at 2:13 am

Former employer calls Diodate’s second resume ‘lies and nonsense’ After Mark Diodate was outed for submitting a “fake” resume for consideration for hire as Niagara Falls Council Secretary, his prospective council bosses allowed him to submit a second resume. The Reporter noted in an exclusive story in our last issueRead More

Strikingly, six months ago we correctly predicted that Niagara Falls unemployment would rise in 2017, simultaneous with better job numbers for the rest of the state. Dyster administration policies, combined with Albany's exploitation of our tourism resources, have resulted in the misery of joblessness here, the highest in New York State.

Niagara Falls December jobless rate soars over 8%

Local News February 9, 2018 at 1:31 am

Highest Unemployment in New York State While the United States has officially been at “full employment” for several months, as a nearly decade-long economic expansion continues, the situation here in Niagara Falls is bad and getting worse, according to figures released last week by the NYS Department of Labor. NiagaraRead More

Was Lockport Mayor justified in not reappointing Deputy Clerk Browning?

Was Lockport Mayor justified in not reappointing Deputy Clerk Browning?

Local News February 9, 2018 at 1:08 am

Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey’s decision not to reappoint Shirley Browning to another 4-year term as Lockport’s Deputy City Clerk caused controversy last week. Mayor McCaffrey declined to reappoint Browning because, she said, it is a “public officer” position which requires Browning to live in Lockport. Browning moved down the canalRead More

NYS Comptroller: Town of Cambria borrowed $1 M in “unneeded debt”

NYS Comptroller: Town of Cambria borrowed $1 M in “unneeded debt”

Local News February 4, 2018 at 5:13 am

Cambria taxpayers paid interest on bond debt when Town had money in bank; state audit claims  The New York State Comptroller’s office released an audit last week that concludes the Town of Cambria borrowed about $1 million for two projects when it had money sitting in bank accounts, or hadRead More

Source: $1.5 million realized from Falls tax foreclosure auction; what will money be used for?

Source: $1.5 million realized from Falls tax foreclosure auction; what will money be used for?

Local News February 1, 2018 at 11:48 pm

By Frank Parlato; Hundreds of people turned out in Niagara Falls last December to buy homes, buildings, or vacant lots at the city’s tax foreclosure auction. The city reportedly auctioned off more than 320 properties seized from owners who failed to pay property taxes. A reliable city hall source tellRead More

Gordon Stewart III To Step Down as City Chair of the Niagara Falls Democratic Committee

Gordon Stewart III To Step Down as City Chair of the Niagara Falls Democratic Committee

Local News February 1, 2018 at 8:13 pm

The Niagara Reporter has just learned that Gordon Stewart III will step down as City Chair of the Niagara Falls City Committee over the next week. Mr. Stewart, who has been Chair for more than three years, said that it was a “family decision.” Democrat Suzanne M. Macri, current NiagaraRead More

NF City Council Meeting News & Notes from January 31st, 2018

NF City Council Meeting News & Notes from January 31st, 2018

Local News February 1, 2018 at 11:12 am

Council appraising the math in assessor’s $10,000 stipend deal Concern raised on social media and at Wednesday’s 3-hour Niagara Falls common council meeting caused the elected body to table the mayor’s resolution requesting $10,000 for longtime city assessor James Bird that some said was “double dipping” or at least notRead More

Chris’s Corner: A Libertarian Look at “Public Art”

Chris’s Corner: A Libertarian Look at “Public Art”

Local News January 29, 2018 at 9:11 pm

When the Reporter asked me to pen a column on taking a libertarian-oriented approach to local government, I agreed. Here’s my first go at it. But first, a caveat. I am a conservative. And a Republican. And sort of libertarian. I have often identified myself as a conservative with aRead More

Mark Diodate

A Tale of Two Résumés

Niagara Falls, Local News January 26, 2018 at 3:12 am

New Council Secretary Changes Résumé After Being Called Out By Councilman Tompkins Mark Diodate, the newly appointed administrative assistant to the Niagara Falls City Council, submitted two different resumes to the council, the Reporter has learned. The two resumes are starkly different. After Diodate’s first resume sparked questions about hisRead More

Sign ‘to’ the Falls points ‘away’ from the Falls

Sign ‘to’ the Falls points ‘away’ from the Falls

Niagara Falls January 26, 2018 at 1:47 am

Say what? A sign supposedly directing tourists to Niagara Falls on the corner of Niagara and Third Streets actually (deliberately?) points tourists away from the Falls and down Third Street. As the picture above shows, it is ironic, if not laughably stupid. Note: The sign should be pointing straight ahead.Read More

Auctions International sold numerous Niagara Falls properties last month, but for how much?

City Tax Foreclosure $$$ not available?

Niagara Falls January 26, 2018 at 1:21 am

  Reporter Editorial The City of Niagara Falls held a Tax Foreclosed Real Estate Auction on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, but has not yet made public what the net proceeds were that accrued to the city. Nearly 300 properties went on the auction blockRead More

Bwana, go home! Jimmy John’s shutters Elmwood Village store

Bwana, go home! Jimmy John’s shutters Elmwood Village store

Erie County January 26, 2018 at 12:20 am

The Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo location of Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches has closed after less than two years in operation. No explanation was given by the nationwide Jimmy John’s chain for the failure of its franchise on the busy commercial street, bounded by economically upscale neighborhoods and student housing for BuffaloRead More

Herbert Launches Campaign for NT School Board

Herbert Launches Campaign for NT School Board

Local News January 24, 2018 at 8:51 am

  NORTH TONAWANDA, NY, 2018- Erik A. Herbert of North Tonawanda has formally announced his candidacy for the North Tonawanda School Board. Herbert, 31, is a North Tonawanda Police officer who works as a patrolman and often speaks at the High School on various bullying, social media and city issues.Read More

Coffee with Chris on February 15th, 2018

Coffee with Chris on February 15th, 2018

Niagara Falls, Local News January 24, 2018 at 8:44 am

  Niagara Falls, NY – Niagara Falls City Council member Chris Voccio has scheduled his second Coffee with Chris to get feedback from citizens. Coffee with Chris sessions are tentatively scheduled for the third Thursday of each month. The second Coffee with Chris is scheduled for Thursday, February 15th atRead More

Vince Anello served as Niagara Falls Mayor from 2004-2008.

Former Mayor schools City Council on Budgeting 101

Niagara Falls January 19, 2018 at 1:36 pm

  One-time Mayor Vince Anello addressed the newly-installed Niagara Falls City Council at their first regular meeting Wednesday afternoon on prudent fiscal management. Unfortunately, none of the five councilmembers were seen to be taking notes. “The last thirty years only two mayors have had a budget surplus. Mayor O’Laughlin beingRead More

Mark Diodate and wife Lindsey.

Secreta(riot)

Niagara Falls January 18, 2018 at 10:42 pm

The Niagara Falls City Council is receiving harsh backlash after voting to hire Mark Diodate as their new administrative assistant/secretary. Mr. Diodate, who was ranked in each of the councilman’s top-five candidates for the position, was under fire for his lack of experience in the field. The position, which wasRead More

"I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant." - H. L. Mencken

NF Reporter Agent of Change for Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls January 18, 2018 at 10:14 pm

Record of Reform continues with recent State website change The first issue of the Niagara Falls Reporter hit the newstands on June 28, 2000, and while that’s less than 18 years ago, it must seem like an eternity to many of the ruling elite of the Cataract City. Since itsRead More

Learn to ID trees while hiking the Niagara Escarpment

Learn to ID trees while hiking the Niagara Escarpment

Niagara County January 18, 2018 at 8:53 pm

Most everybody can tell a maple from an oak, but would you know an American Hornbeam if you walked into one? The Western New York Land Conservancy, the organization restoring the Stella Niagara preserve as well as spearheading the $2.1 million Niagara Gorge ecological diversity project, will be sponsoring a WinterRead More

Council Clashes Over Water Board Resolution, Secretary Hire, Salary Reductions, and More

Council Clashes Over Water Board Resolution, Secretary Hire, Salary Reductions, and More

Niagara Falls, Local News January 18, 2018 at 11:24 am

  Solidarity amongst the entire Niagara Falls City Council was in short supply Wednesday. The closest the council came to unity on a substantive issue was the hiring of its new assistant.   Only Councilman Tompkins voted against offering the secretarial position to Mark Diodate, who had worked at aRead More

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