Niagara Falls

From soup to nuts, the 72nd Street water main project that left residents there without running water for two winters in a row. Politicians ignored the problem until it became an issue in last year’s election. What were they thinking?

Water Board Creation Leaves to Wonder What Were They Thinking?

Featured, Niagara Falls March 31, 2016 at 10:45 am

At the behest of the Niagara Falls City Council, the New York State Legislature created the city Water Board back in 2002. Locally, the primary cheerleader for spinning off the city’s water and wastewater treatment services was Paul Dyster, then a freshman Council member and now mayor of the city.Read More

Will tourists be prohibited from experiencing Terrapin Point this summer?

Terrapin Point….Off Limits

Featured, Niagara Falls March 31, 2016 at 10:43 am

By Emma Gibbs As another tourist season approaches, the New York State Parks Office is trying to fine tune a sale pitch explaining to some eight million annual visitors why the American side viewing area of the Horseshoe Falls is off limits. Terrapin Point, located at the western end ofRead More

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Tompkins, Scott Seek To Wrest Water Board Control From Albany

Featured, Niagara Falls March 31, 2016 at 10:39 am

In addition to calling for the termination of Niagara Falls Water Board Executive Director Paul Drof, city Councilman Ken Tompkins has introduced a resolution with Councilman Ezra Scott asking that all five members of the Water Board by approved by the mayor and the Council, so as to regain cityRead More

Nick Melson and Brigette Myles to get a raise?

Will Taxpayers Foot The Bill For Dyster’s Personnel “Surprise”? Dyster Secret Plan To Give Raises To Appointees Requires Council Support 

Featured, Niagara Falls March 31, 2016 at 10:33 am

By Emma Gibbs Nowhere in either his proposed or adopted 2016 Budgets did Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster have the courage to introduce the plan he now wants to ask the City Council to approve sometime in April. You read it here first. Niagara Falls’ Chief Executive has plans toRead More

Tompkins Says Memorial Day Parade Will Go On

Tompkins Says Memorial Day Parade Will Go On

Featured, Niagara Falls March 31, 2016 at 10:28 am

In perhaps his finest hour in his first year as a Niagara Falls city councilman, Kenneth Tompkins announced Wednesday night there will be a Memorial Day Parade this year only hours after the Veterans Memorial Commission had announced the parade had been suspended due to lack of funding.  And theRead More

Republicans to Honor Tompkins

Niagara Falls March 31, 2016 at 10:17 am

The Niagara Falls Republican Leadership is planning to honor their lone elected representative in city government, Councilman Kenny Tompkins, on Thursday, April 7, from 6 p.m. to 8 p. m. at Gagsters, 708 E. Market Street. Tompkins, who campaigned on taking a business approach to running city government, has alreadyRead More

Little Evidence To Support City’s Link With Underground Railroad

Little Evidence To Support City’s Link With Underground Railroad

Niagara Falls March 24, 2016 at 6:41 am

  Is the decision by the city’s Underground Railroad Commission to broaden the scope of what was to have been the Underground Railroad interpretive center at the Whirlpool Street train station a tacit admission that Niagara Falls has little if any Underground Railroad history of its own to begin with?Read More

Niagara Falls Will Be Competing With Cincinnati  Underground Railroad Museum

Niagara Falls Will Be Competing With Cincinnati Underground Railroad Museum

Niagara Falls March 24, 2016 at 6:37 am

Before the Civil War, the Ohio River meant freedom. Even though it was the primary water route for the still-thriving American slave trade, the river was also the border between the slave states of the South and the free states of the Northwest Territory. This attracted escaping slaves and abolitionistsRead More

Underground Railroad Related Tourism Competition Healthy?

Underground Railroad Related Tourism Competition Healthy?

Niagara Falls March 24, 2016 at 6:32 am

The Castellani Freedom Crossing exhibit at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center and the Underground Railroad interpretive center at the new Whirlpool Street train station won’t just be competing with each other, they’ll be competing with museums all around the country designed to lure tourists interested in former slaves escapingRead More

NACC to open Underground Railroad exhibit before city’s is ready to go

NACC to open Underground Railroad exhibit before city’s is ready to go

Niagara Falls March 24, 2016 at 6:26 am

For Bill Bradberry, history is both an avocation and a passion. A decade ago, he became deeply involved when the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University undertook its Freedom Crossing exhibit, and when Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster announced the formation of an Underground Railroad Commission to mount an exhibitionRead More

Three Sisters Islands was fenced and paved with expensive granite as part of the Niagara Falls State Park “Landscape Improvements” plan. Now it must be closed for several months of the year because people kept slipping and falling on the slippery stone.

Pavers in Niagara State Park an Ongoing Scandal Overpriced Granite a Taxpayer Rip-off

Niagara Falls March 24, 2016 at 5:54 am

Two years ago this month, Reporter publisher Frank Parlato exposed in these pages what appeared to be a blatant case of bid-rigging perpetrated by the Saratoga Springs, NY-based LA Group, a landscape architecture firm chosen by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to implement portionsRead More

City Spending $2 Million A Year To Promote Tourism But Board Says New Position Needed
Tourism advisory board members say the city needs a taxpayer funded city tourism director to help get people to come to Niagara Falls and to make their stay more rewarding.

City Spending $2 Million A Year To Promote Tourism But Board Says New Position Needed

Niagara Falls March 23, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Does the city of Niagara Falls, which already pays an outside agency around $2 million a year to promote tourism, need to create a new governmental position to promote tourism? And does it need the Tourism Advisory Board, a group of well-meaning and politically connected amateurs put together by MayorRead More

Touma Wants Water, Sewer Rate Reductions in Wake of State Audit

Niagara Falls March 23, 2016 at 11:50 pm

The state audit released on Wednesday that found that the Niagara Falls Water Board and Water Authority had millions of dollars in excess funds sitting around as the city was looking for help to repair water lines on 72nd Street caught Council President Andrew Touma by complete surprise. “I wasRead More

Tompkins Responds to Water Board Surplus Reports Calls for Drof’s Resignation

Niagara Falls March 23, 2016 at 11:47 pm

Niagara Falls, NY (March 23, 2016) – Niagara Falls City Councilman Kenny Tompkins responded tonight to the announcement of Niagara Falls Water Board audit findings re-leased today that identified an undisclosed surplus of $6.3 million. “How do you NOT know that you have over $6 million dollars? This is simplyRead More

Out of Control Controller or Conspiracy to Thwart Brown’s Intelligent, Forthright Work Ethic?

Out of Control Controller or Conspiracy to Thwart Brown’s Intelligent, Forthright Work Ethic?

Niagara Falls March 17, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Niagara Falls –  According to City Hall sources, a handful of civil service city hall employees who work at the controller’s office and/or billings and collections have written letters of complaints against City Controller Maria Brown saying she has been abusive and created a hostile workplace. Sources say Brown mayRead More

No Legal Option To Stop Senecas From Opening Gas Station, Smoke Shop Here

No Legal Option To Stop Senecas From Opening Gas Station, Smoke Shop Here

Niagara Falls March 17, 2016 at 8:18 am

The governmental affairs director of the region’s largest business advocacy group, the Niagara USA Chamber, said there is little that can be done legally to prevent the Seneca Nation of Indians from building a tax-free gas station and smoke shop on their downtown Niagara Falls reservation. Kory Schuler told theRead More

State Bureaucrats, Hamister Silent On Failed Hotel Project

State Bureaucrats, Hamister Silent On Failed Hotel Project

Niagara Falls March 17, 2016 at 7:26 am

  The sad truth behind the state development agencies that helped push through the proposed Hamister Hotel project in Niagara Falls four years ago is that silence is indeed golden, because despite all the talk about the city capitalizing on an opportunity too good to pass up, nothing has happenedRead More

Don’t Hold Your Breath On Hamister Hotel Project: IDA Grants Extension

Don’t Hold Your Breath On Hamister Hotel Project: IDA Grants Extension

Niagara Falls March 17, 2016 at 7:25 am

You read it here first, folks. Back in 2013, when Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and Buffalo developer Mark Hamister announced that a resort style luxury hotel would be built on city owned Rainbow Boulevard property, the Niagara Falls Reporter smelled a rat. The plan was vague, Hamister was evasiveRead More

Out of Control Controller or Conspiracy to Thwart Brown’s Intelligent, Forthright Work Ethic?

Out of Control Controller or Conspiracy to Thwart Brown’s Intelligent, Forthright Work Ethic?

Niagara Falls March 17, 2016 at 2:16 am

Niagara Falls –  According to City Hall sources, a handful of civil service city hall employees who work at the controller’s office and/or billings and collections have written letters of complaints against City Controller Maria Brown saying she has been abusive and created a hostile workplace. Sources say Brown mayRead More

Grandinetti Bursts Out Laughing At Friend’s Adolescent Hi Jinks At Council Meeting

Grandinetti Bursts Out Laughing At Friend’s Adolescent Hi Jinks At Council Meeting

Niagara Falls March 16, 2016 at 10:14 pm

  Niagara Falls – Last week, former Niagara Falls Mayor Vince Anello came before the council at their regularly scheduled meeting to speak at the podium during the public comment period known as “for the good of the city.” As he was speaking, in earnest tones, he was interrupted, oddly,Read More

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