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Mark Hamister is an extremely well connected businessman who has donated to a plethora of local and state wide politicians.

What Were They Thinking? Hamister Hotel Shows They Weren’t Thinking At All

Featured, Niagara Falls March 31, 2016 at 10:50 am

The Hamister Hotel deal is exactly the sort of fiasco that makes Niagara Falls such a special place. Choose a politically connected “developer” who apparently doesn’t have any money, hand him a parcel of prime real estate for pennies on the dollar, along with tax breaks and other incentives, thenRead More

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

The Great Lakes have the greatest concentration of fresh water in the world. How much should the cities in the Great Lakes region share with the rest of the world?

Great Lakes Water Withdrawal Scheme on Cuomo’s Desk

Featured, State and National News March 31, 2016 at 10:41 am

Later this month, and for the second time during his five years in office, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will make a decision that has enormous implications for the future of Western New York’s water resources. The Governor will either deny or support the application of the small city of Waukesha, Wisconsin,Read More

Ezra Scott

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

Ortt: No State Funding for Sanctuary Cities

Niagara County March 31, 2016 at 10:37 am

Please see the following statement from State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North To-nawanda) regarding the State Senate’s Budget that seeks to prohibit local governments from adopting laws or policies that impede the enforcement of federal homeland secu-rity laws. “New Yorkers are sick and tired of working hard, playing byRead More

Going on Two Years with the Water Board

Going on Two Years with the Water Board

Uncategorized March 31, 2016 at 10:36 am

Guest View by Leo Zientara II I do not know if this is something your paper is interested in covering, but no one at the water board cares so I thought maybe this would help There is a broken water main under Pierce Ave right near Whirlpool. The leak hasRead 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

Despite “Geno”…. Final Four Fever Spreads

Niagara County March 31, 2016 at 10:30 am

By Emma Gibbs The drama surrounding the NCAA basketball Final Fours, both Men’s and Women’s, approach what promises to be a frenzied finish. On the Men’s side Oklahoma faces Villanova, while the surprising ‘tainted’’ Orange of Syracuse University meets up with the number one-seeded Tarheels of North Carolina. The Women’sRead 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

Department Of Health Awards $450,000 Grant To Memorial For Innovative Post-Hospital Care Program

Community News March 31, 2016 at 10:24 am

Total of grants to medical center in 2016 reaches $6 million mark   The New York State Department of Health has awarded a $450,000 grant to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to support the continuation of a successful program that ensures better post-hospital care while reducing hospital readmissions and nursingRead More

Stewards Of Children® Training To Be Offered In Niagara During Child Abuse Awareness Month

Community News March 31, 2016 at 10:22 am

Program integrates stories of sexual abuse survivors with the perspective of professionals who interface daily with the problem of sexual abuse One in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they turn 18 with 90 percent of them abused by someone they know.  You can make a differenceRead More

The Legal Corner: Advice on Automobile Accidents

The Legal Corner: Advice on Automobile Accidents

Columns March 31, 2016 at 10:21 am

The fraction of a second in which an accident occurs has the power to change your life forever. It can be exceptionally challenging – physically, emotionally and financially – to move forward after a serious personal injury. Today, I am focusing on auto accidents. I have handled hundreds of automobileRead 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

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Tax Filing Deadline is April 19 This Year

Community News March 31, 2016 at 10:16 am

Our friends at Liberty Tax Service have sent us a reminder that the deadline for filing a tax return to get a refund that might be due is April 19th this year as the IRS has extended the filing deadline from April 15 because of Emancipation Day. According to EdwinRead More


Uncategorized March 31, 2016 at 10:13 am

Hardly a “do-nothing” congress ■ In March, U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, chairman of the House Rules Committee, introduced a resolution to recognize “magic” as one of America’s “national treasure(s),” backed by a 711-word paean urging all to “support and protect” the storied craft — which needs to beRead More

Readers Follow Up With Ghost Stories And Pictures

Readers Follow Up With Ghost Stories And Pictures

Community News, Featured March 31, 2016 at 10:08 am

Following our publication of the picture of “Peg, the witch,” last week, a purportedly ghostly presence which appeared against the backdrop of a black couch in a North Tonawanda home, we have been haunted by readers who claim they have seen ghostly visitors in their own homes. A few claimRead More

Construction Workers Safer with New OSHA Silica Standard

Columns March 30, 2016 at 8:46 pm

Construction sites are dusty places, but does that make them dangerous? If the dust contains pulverized rock or concrete there is more concern. One study showed silicosis deaths in the construction industry are higher than any other industry in the United States. Construction workers are clearly at risk of developingRead 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

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