NEWFANE – State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) will be at the Town of Newfane Mobile Command site at the Olcott Fire Company on Friday, May 12 from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to speak with more residents affected by the flooding on Lake Ontario. Senator Ortt has been in constant communication with his constituents throughout Niagara, Orleans, and Monroe counties. He’s been listening to their concerns, offering help and visiting their properties to assess infrastructure damage and shoreline erosion. Senator Ortt has also assisted his constituents with the DEC emergency permit process, and has been working with local and federal leaders to find a long-term solution to helping shoreline property owners.
JASTRZEMSKI OFFERS SATELLITE HOURS IN FALLS, NT
NORTH TONAWANDA—Niagara County Clerk Joe Jastrzemski knows that New York State’s pistol permit process is a burden for many gun owners, and said he’s made it a goal of his office to increase access to services for local pistol permit holders.
That’s why the county’s Pistol Permit Office will be offering part-time satellite offices alongside the county’s DMVs in North Tonawanda and Niagara Falls. Jastrzemski also began sending out a mobile team to process amendments at area gun shows earlier this year—something many gun rights advocates have long asked for.
By Jamie Moses;
There’s a very old saying “when in Rome do as the Romans.” The saying originally appeared in 390 A.D. as advice in a letter from St. Augustine to the Bishop of Naples. St. Augustine, who had traveled extensively, was pointing out that it is wise to adopt the customs of wherever you are.
We bring this up because of a recent flare up over Canadian hotel developer Michael DiCienzo’s plan to build a $20 million “daredevil-themed” water park and a $50 million luxury hotel addition on top of his Sheraton at the Falls in Niagara Falls, NY.
By Mike Hudson;
If Michael DiCienzo was a woman, or a person of color, he’d have a heck of a discrimination case on his hands. He’s a white man though and the fact that his repeated attempts to bolster the moribund Niagara Falls economy with personal investments of tens of millions of dollars have been dismissed by Mayor Paul Dyster and other officials here without explanation have barely made the news.
Last week, he appeared before the city Council with a $70 million proposal to build an indoor waterpark and radically expand the Sheraton at the Falls hotel owned by his family on Third Street, across from the Seneca Niagara Casino.
By Kenny Tompkins;
Niagara Falls City Councilman
I’ve learned as a city councilman that it’s important to set the record straight as often as possible. I’m a firm believer in transparency, which is why I am addressing the online story that emerged suggesting a connection between the American Niagara Hospitality (ANH) project and my move to table the resolution on the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation (NTCC) contract. There is no connection between the two, as you can see from the following details that emerged from the May 1 council meeting.
By Mike Hudson
How closely was Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster involved in the process that led to the opening of the Niagara County Community College Culinary Institute here?
In numerous statements made over the past eight years, he’s given the impression of being single handedly responsible for the facility.
Alleged bid rigging during the actual construction of the school — housed in what used to the Rainbow Centre Mall — is now the focus of an investigation by the FBI that led NCCC President James Klyczek to resign last week.
By Mike Hudson
I’m back. And so is the Niagara Falls Reporter.
We took a brief hiatus in order to conduct a major reorganization that Publisher Frank Parlato and I believe will propel the paper to becoming a national publication, something I’ve always dreamed of.
We’ll be back on the streets with a print edition in a few days. Tony Farina, Jim Hufnagel and I are chomping at the bit to get back in action, as is our most capable Managing Editor Chitra Selvaraj.
The Reporter was founded 17 years ago next month in order to provide an alternative to the pablum being served up by most of the establishment media here on the Niagara Frontier.
By Mike Hudson;
In the rush to placate the Seneca Nation of Indians during the casino cash dispute that dragged on for four years starting in 2009, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unilaterally granted a 10-year extension to the compact that allows the tribe to operate casinos in Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Salamanca.
He forgot one thing though. The original compact, signed in 2002, only calls for the tribe to pay the state 25 percent of the casinos’ slot machine revenue for 14 years. Those 14 years are now up, and there is no language in the extension that requires the Senecas to keep paying.
By Tony Farina;
Clarification: Vincent James Cancemi is seeking a third five-year term on the Niagara Falls Board of Education in the May 16th election. He is the current president of the board and the decision on whether he continues in that role will be up to the board members who vote on the position. He is expected to seek another year as president if he wins re-election to the board against three challengers. He has strong community support for his work on the board.
By Mike Hudson
In one of the most blatantly political prosecutions in the state’s long history, New York Attorney General and former Democratic state senator Eric Schneiderman is going after war hero and current Republican state Senator Rob Ortt in the hope of tipping the balance of power in the Senate back to the Democrats.
Currently, there are 62 state senators, with one seat vacant. Should Ortt be convicted he would have to step down, and the Democrats would be left in control of the Senate.
He was indicted on March 23, on charges that his wife Meghan “secretly” received payments totaling around $20,000 from the Niagara County Republican Committee while he served as mayor of North Tonawanda.
By Mike Hudson;
A rat in the woodpile, former county Republican Party chairman Henry Wojtaszek, who switched sides and decided to help former Democratic state senator and current state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in order to save his own skin, is primarily responsible for the current five count felony indictment against long time former state senator George Maziarz, the Niagara Falls Reporter has learned.
“He’s been cooperating with the government authorities all along,” Wojtaszek’s defense attorney, Patrick Brown told reporters. “We expect that to continue.”
During Barack Obama’s Presidency he began preparing for an underground war. You see, the only thing he was ever good at was dissention and “organizing” to oppose, obstruct and dissent. Community Organizer is a politically correct way of saying…organizing militant civilians who want to obstruct!
Organizing as a citizen, to “change” things peacefully is a Constitutional right. Organizing as a citizen, to change things by force or violence is a crime…could even be sedition, treason or a multitude of US Code criminal acts. Now, when a President…a sitting President, organizes a 32,000 strong Army of agitators and tells them he was “heartened” by anti Trump protestors he is definitely sending them a message. According to many sources, including Paul Sperry, a New York Post Columnist, Barack Obama has a well financed and professionally organized army called the OFA (Organizing for Action) whose goal it is to obstruct and disrupt using any means necessary, to dethrone our duly elected, duly sworn in President Donald Trump. I mean how wonderfully American can Barack Obama, a former US President, be? He can disrupt our Rule of Law …that is, a duly elected President gets to lead, protect, defend and preserve the Constitution of the United States and protect the Nation, UNLESS almighty GOD or Barack Obama, objects! Then it is his RIGHT to dethrone whoever was elected. It is OK, legal, honorable even a duty, to overthrow a President of the United States, who Barack Obama doesn’t want! Maybe Allah or Mohammed told him to!