It didn't cost any of them a dime including the silver haired guy in the middle - Mark Hamister, since taxpayers and bankers paid for his entire hotel. The clever developer knows how to grease the itchy palms of politicians to win development contracts paid for by the taxpayers. Hamister got a free hotel and  from left to right, Councilmen Kenny Tompkins, Charles Walker, Mayor Paul Dyster, Hamister, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti and Council Chairman Andrew Touma happily shovel some dirt for the cameras. And life is good for everyone but the taxpayers.

Public Can Learn About Reassessment at Council Meeting

August 31, 2016 Tony Farina 0
It didn't cost any of them a dime including the silver haired guy in the middle - Mark Hamister, since taxpayers and bankers paid for his entire hotel. The clever developer knows how to grease the itchy palms of politicians to win development contracts paid for by the taxpayers. Hamister got a free hotel and  from left to right, Councilmen Kenny Tompkins, Charles Walker, Mayor Paul Dyster, Hamister, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti and Council Chairman Andrew Touma happily shovel some dirt for the cameras. And life is good for everyone but the taxpayers.
It didn’t cost any of them a dime including the silver haired guy in the middle – Mark Hamister, since taxpayers and bankers paid for his entire hotel. The clever developer knows how to grease the itchy palms of politicians to win development contracts paid for by the taxpayers. Hamister got a free hotel and from left to right, Councilmen Kenny Tompkins, Charles Walker, Mayor Paul Dyster, Hamister, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti and Council Chairman Andrew Touma happily shovel some dirt for the cameras. And life is good for everyone but the taxpayers.

by Tony Farina

Residents of Niagara Falls who want to learn more about the planned citywide property reassessment should make a point to attend next Tuesday’s (Sept. 6) council meeting at City Hall when officials including Assessor James Bird will brief lawmakers on the reassessment process.

Joining Bird in the briefing will be officials from the state’s Office of Real Property Tax Services and representatives from GAR Associates, a real estate valuation and consulting service contractor.

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North Tonawanda Senior Center to hold fundraiser

August 31, 2016 Staff 0

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The North Tonawanda Senior Center, located at 110 Goundry St. near the corner of Oliver Street, will be hosting its annual theme basket fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 10. Doors will open at 1 p.m. and drawings begin at 2:15 p.m. The entrance fee is $5, which includes 25 basket tickets, a drink ticket and a refreshment ticket. Extra basket tickets can be purchased for $5 for 25 tickets.

There will be approximately 150 baskets/gift cards to take a chance on, and attendees can also enjoy $1 raffles and a 50/50. All of the proceeds help offset the center’s cost for program supplies, dances and special events for the seniors. Donations of baskets, items or baked goods are appreciated. For more information, call the center at 695-8582 or Pam Hogan at 695-8520, ext. 5508.

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Realistically Taxes will go up for most through reassessment in Niagara Falls

August 31, 2016 Staff 0

Realistically Taxes will go up for most through reassessment in Niagara Falls

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There is a dirty little secret no one but the Niagara Falls Reporter will dare to tell you about the proposed Niagara Falls reassessment of properties.

Most people’s taxes will go up.

And they are high enough already.

According to WalletHub, New York ranks as the worst state in America for taxpayers. The average burden for state and local taxes is $9,718, which is 39% higher than the national average.

According to New York State’s Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments,  (https://frb.ny.gov/requestServices/examples/FRBallMunicipalities.pdf) Niagara Falls is in a virtual statistical tie with the City of Binghamton as the highest taxed of the 1597 municipalities in New York State which, as mentioned above, is the highest taxed state in the US.

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THE WEALTH HAS BEEN DRAINED AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE

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by Ann Williams – Committee to Stop the Reassessments & Continuous Tax Increases

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Too many of our elected officials have found the ways and means to put their own interests above those whom they swore to serve and protect. The profligate spending over the past eight plus years is disgraceful and something has to give! Like the wolf in with the lambs, they have taken and taken and taken until there is no more for the taxpayers to give. The wealth has been drained away from the people.

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Niagara County residents enjoy the scenic trek down the Niagara Escarpment to the historic Village of Youngstown for many reasons – to visit Old Fort Niagara, the Stella Niagara Preserve or the Youngstown Yacht Club. On Labor Day, traditionally, the villagers come out to their annual parade and their social in the park. Visitors are welcome. Youngstown, New York is a quaint and historic village located in the Town of Porter, 11 miles north of Niagara Falls, New York and has waterfront on the Niagara River and Lake Ontario.

Youngstown readies for Labor Day Parade

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The Youngstown Labor Day Parade begins at noon on Monday, September 5, along Main Street.

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Two Grand Island residents give opposing views on Supervisor McMurray’s bike path

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A classic case of property owners opposing changes in public land use.

Two readers have offered their opposing views of a state plan to create a bike path on Grand Island that is supported by Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray.

Kris writes:

Nate McMurray’s campaign for Grand Island Supervisor was about keeping our beautiful, quiet Island rural and to stop the tourist homes from attracting “transients” and now the idea is to attract millions of people to stop here to use the West River waterfront? Where there is no beach to swim at, no boat launches, (not one public boat launch on Grand Island!), and the Canadian border is so close to GI it would not exactly be the ideal place for utilizing the waterfront. The W. River Parkway is underutilized, but the parallel road (30 mph speed limit) is already barely used for bikers – there’s nothing but homes! Not even a place to stop for a hot dog and a cola. This has become more than just a bike path plan! And it certainly doesn’t support Mr. McMurray’s original campaign plan of keeping Grand Island a rural, quiet community. As quoted in this article it’s currently “a quiet place where 20,000 or so residents find respite from the urban environs to the North and South”, and we’d like it to stay that way.

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A grand idea for Grand Island? Development key to future

August 25, 2016 Reporter 7

By Mike Hudson;

A great percentage of the visitors coming to see Niagara Falls arrive via the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. About halfway between the airport and the falls themselves is Grand Island, a charming, almost rustic community in the middle of the Niagara River that tourists must cross to get to the falls.

For most of its history, Grand Island has served as a bedroom community for Buffalo and Niagara Falls, a quiet place where 20,000 or so residents find respite from the urban environs to the north and south.

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When a bevy of public officials broke ground on the new Niagara Falls train station not a one of them stop to discuss who would pay for it. Now we know - the City of Niagara Falls taxpayers, that's who!

Still no contract with Amtrak; Train station remains vacant

August 24, 2016 Reporter 2

By Mike Hudson;

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and City Planner Tom DeDantis have spent upwards of $44 million of taxpayer money to build a train station that is now facing a slight possibility that no train will ever use and a much more likely possibility that the prime tenant Amtrak will pay only a minsicule percentage of the total costs of the facility’s overhead.

Just as we predicted.

City taxpayers will likely be burdened with the operational expenses.

This stands to reason.

The train station was not built because the city needed a new train station; there is clearly no demand for a large new train station when passenger demand in this city is annually about 32,000 train riders per year.

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Dyster Concerned As Seneca Gas Station Moves Forward

August 24, 2016 Reporter 2

By Tony Farina;

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A tax free gas station is coming to Niagara Falls. It is not exactly what Falls’ officials envisioned when they welcomed the Seneca Gaming Compact giving a people by ethnicity a monopoly on gaming in Western New York.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, who saw his city held hostage during the four-year gaming dispute between the state and the Seneca Nation, is once again caught in the middle, this time over the construction of a convenience store and gas station on Seneca land even though the state has said it is in violation of the gaming compact.

“They [Senecas] did receive a letter that it [gas station] was inconsistent with the compact,” Dyster said during an interview on Wednesday.  But Dyster noted the steel has gone up on Seneca land behind the casino on Niagara Street, saying “we’re very concerned.  We want to protect local businesses.”

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Attorney Joel Daniels with his client Dr. Eugene Gosy.

Gosy’s Patients Doing Well Under New Arrangement

August 24, 2016 Reporter 1

By Tony Farina;

“The 9,500 patients of indicted pain doctor Eugene Gosy are being well treated,” says Joel Daniels, the attorney who represents Gosy who is accused in a federal indictment of issuing over 300,000 illegal painkiller prescriptions over four years.

Under a new arrangement, Dr. James Hitt, a pain management specialist who formerly worked at Roswell Park and the Veterans Administration hospital, is the medical director at the Williamsville offices of Gosy & Associates Pain Treatment Center, and Dr. Gosy is there every day.

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Is she too ill to be president or are rumors of her ill health a dishonest conspiracy to discredit her?

The Right Side:  Trump and Clinton’s …Medical Records: LET’S SEE THEM!             

August 24, 2016 Reporter 0

By J Gary DiLaura;

Reportedly, Mr. Trump is in good health and Hillary maybe…not so much! So we the American people demand to see if the two candidates are physically and mentally fit to be president!

The below  information is ALL OVER THE INTERNET but goes UNREPORTED by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and on and on! I have seen her many falls, numerous times, on video and have seen the “seizure”, the uncontrolled laughing and coughing!

In my opinion, Medical information is and should be personal and NOT available to government organizations and other agencies unless the individual agrees or they are running for President of the United States! According to Obama care, however, everybody’s medical information MUST be reported on the “OBAMA” computers that our doctors now MUST use. This was Hillary and BO’s idea! Their philosophy is, “If you control some one’s health, you control them”.

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Pushing Daisies on Albany Agenda last week; Cuomo, State Lawmakers Boost Undertaker Bottom Line

August 24, 2016 James Hufnagel 1
New York State’s reputation as a socialist paradise that takes care of a multitude of free-loaders from cradle to grave, was recently extended to the great beyond for many of them, thanks to a bill recently signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Last Friday the governor announced that he had given his stamp of approval to what’s being called the “Awards for Burial Expenses of Crime Victims Act”.   Previously, families of murder victims, and the independent funeral homes they may have chosen to patronize, were eligible to apply to the state Office of Victim Services for reimbursement of expenses associated with the wake, burial plot, burial outfit, clergy fees, transportation costs for the deceased, obituaries, head stone, flowers, death certificates and church fees for religious services and flowers, up to a maximum of $6,000.

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