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Letter from the Grand Island Supervisor

May 19, 2017 Staff 0

Dear Islanders,

Let’s talk about the community center.

Last year I proposed that we build a community center. I said that it should not be just a giant gym. The success of the recent art studio we opened at the Nike Base points to the demand for activities beyond just sports. And I said it should replace some of our facilities that need repair—like the Golden Age Center. After all, do we really want to invest hundreds of thousands (if not millions) in updating that old building, (which was once a military bunker)? It needs a roof and a whole lot of other work.

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Chris Voccio

FORMER GAZETTE PUBLISHER TO RUN FOR COUNCIL

May 19, 2017 Staff 0

Niagara Falls, NY – May 12, 2017 – Chris Voccio, who until this afternoon was the publisher of both the Niagara Gazette and the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal, announced his candidacy for the Niagara Falls City Council.

Voccio, who took the helm of the Gazette in September of 2014, announced to his staff in January that he was retiring in May when he turned 50. He didn’t specify his plans at that time.

“I moved to Niagara Falls to turn around the Niagara Gazette, and I fell in love with the place,” Voccio said. “We have so much going for us, but city government seems to be in its own way. There’s a lack of leadership at city hall, and the council needs a change agent to help turn things around.”

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SENATOR ORTT POSTHUMOUSLY HONORS WWII VETERAN AND INDUCTS HIM INTO THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE VETERANS’ HALL OF FAME

May 19, 2017 Staff 0

Senator Ortt Nominated Sil Dan Sr. of North Tonawanda for his Courageous Service to the Nation

ALBANY – State Senator Rob Ortt (R,C,I – North Tonawanda) today honored World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient Silviu “Sil” Dan Sr. during a special ceremony in the state’s capital. The North Tonawanda native was posthumously inducted into the annual New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The Veterans’ Hall of Fame pays tribute to all members of the U.S. Armed Forces whose sacrifices and service has helped to shape our nation and make our communities better places to live.

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Niagara Parks Celebrates Victoria Day Long Weekend

May 19, 2017 Staff 0

Niagara Falls, ON – Established during the reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Niagara Parks and Queen Victoria Park, are the perfect venues to enjoy the fresh blossoms and glorious sunshine this Victoria Day long weekend. Join us as we celebrate the occasion with a fantastic lineup of activities, combining time-honored favourites, such as the Falls Fireworks display, with brand-new attractions and programming.

Falls Fireworks Display
Queen Victoria Park
Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON
Canada’s longest-running fireworks series, showcasing the illuminated beauty of Niagara Falls at night, is set to return with a bang on Friday, May 19 at 10:00 p.m. Fireworks continue over the holiday long weekend with shows also scheduled for Sunday, May 21 and Victoria Day Monday, May 22. The popular Falls Fireworks series is presented thanks to the continued strong support of destination partners on both sides of the border, including presenting sponsor The Tourism Partnership of Niagara. All firework displays are subject to weather conditions.

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MORINELLO JOINS COLLEAGUES TO COMBAT HEROIN EPIDEMIC

May 19, 2017 Staff 0

Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (R,C,I,Ref-Niagara Falls) is joining forces with his colleagues in the Legislature to address the heroin and opioid epidemic that has run rampant across New York State. This week, Morinello signed on to cosponsor two Assembly bills associated with the multi-pronged approach the Legislature has singled out as the proper way to address the disease.

The first bill cosponsored by Morinello would focus on increasing the criminal penalty imposed on dealers. Assembly Bill 3398 would grant law enforcement the ability to charge dealers with homicide should the substance they sold result in the death of an individual who consumed the product. This crime would become a class A-1 felony.

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LIUNA Health & Safety Launches Expanded Sun Sense Campaign

May 19, 2017 Staff 0

By Randy Palladino;

For over 17 years, the Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America has run an annual Sun Sense campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of skin cancer. According to the American & Canadian Cancer Societies, nearly 3 million people in North America are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. Overexposure to the sun is the most common cause of skin cancer. LHSFNA through Laborers’ Local 91 distributes sunscreen, lip balm, and neck flaps to protect laborers from the exposure to sunlight. Laborers or anyone spending time outdoors should take the necessary precautions to minimize their skin exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

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Sam Archie

Three Open City Council Seats May Attract As Many As 10 Candidates

May 18, 2017 Mike Hudson 0

At least six contenders will vie for three open seats on the Niagara Falls City Council this autumn, and insiders say as many as eleven others are likely to announce before the July filing deadline.

Charles Walker, a 20-year veteran of the Council, has decided not to seek re-election, while members Kristen Grandinetti and Andrew Touma have announced they are in the running.

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Chris Voccio

The Council has been seen largely as a rubber stamp, approving the programs and policies of Mayor Paul Dyster, rarely questioning his decisions. This has led to fiascos such as the city’s new train station that has yet to see a train and the 72nd Street water main that left residents without water for two winters in a row.

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Turmoil At Empire State Development Revealed In State Comptroller’s Audit

May 18, 2017 Mike Hudson 0

By Mike Hudson;

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s scathing audit report of the Empire State Development Corp. reveals an agency in crisis, one all but unaccountable to the people of New York or anyone else.

Many here have long suspected that Empire State Development, headed up locally by former state assemblyman Sam Hoyt, and its’ subsidiary, USA Niagara Development Corp., run by former state assemblywoman Francine DelMonte, exist largely to benefit campaign contributors and provide jobs for political hacks.

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Moribund Wonderfalls back in news following DiCienzo’s harsh criticism

May 18, 2017 Mike Hudson 0

By Mike Hudson;

Nearly three years ago, in August 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to town to announce a “transformational” $150 million project known as Wonderfalls Resort.

Uniland Development and Delaware North would partner to build the project he said, which called for a 15-story tower, 300 hotel rooms, an indoor water park, upscale restaurants and boutiques and a daredevil attraction that officials have said would involve tightrope walker Nik Wallenda all appended to the largely unused portion of the Rainbow Centre Mall, now owned by the city.

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Violent Crime Sweeping The Falls Can Be Laid Directly At Dyster’s Door

May 18, 2017 Staff 0

By Mike Hudson;

The wave of violent crime currently sweeping over the city of Niagara Falls is something Mayor Paul Dyster doesn’t like to talk about.

Why would he? In 2010, when he bent over for then state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and entered into a consent decree that would cost city taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars and make rank and file police officers here leery about pulling over a car filled with gang bangers unless it could be verified as stolen, he showed plainly what side he was on.

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Celebrating Niagara Falls Greatest Generation

May 18, 2017 Staff 0

By Councilman Kenny Tompkins & Terry Ortt Tompkins

Dick Lacey. Gordon Ortt. Chester and John Gawel. Patricia Knibbs.

They’re not household names and yet they are REAL heroes in our community. These are just a few of the men and women from Niagara Falls who proudly served our country in World War II.

In the Tompkins’ house, all veterans, especially those who served in conflicts like WWII, are revered for their valor. Terry’s dad, Gordon Ortt, served in the U.S. Army 345th Engineer Regiment from 1942 to 1946 and was an MP in Italy. Before he was honorably discharge from his honest and faithful service to this country, Dad was awarded the Victory Medal; America Service Medal; European, African, Middle Eastern Service Medals; Good Conduct Medal; and the Bronze Star. Dad died in 2014 at 92, but will forever live on in our hearts as the hero he was at home and abroad.

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