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 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 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.
By Randy Palladino
How’s your hearing? The reality is it’s probably not as good as you think, even if you haven’t noticed it yet. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that one in four people think their hearing is just fine when the fact is they have already experienced some hearing loss. Researchers analyzed more than 3,500 adult hearing tests and found that more than half of the participants with hearing loss said they were not regularly exposed to loud noise at work. Most people suffer some age-related hearing loss as they get older, but sources of loud noise in our everyday lives are contributing to noise-induced hearing loss in people as young as age 20. As a rule of thumb, if you have to raise your voice to carry on a conversation when the other person is within three feet of you, it’s too loud and controls are needed to protect hearing.
By Tony Farina;
State Sen. Robert Ortt (R-62nd District) and his predecessor, George Maziarz, plan to vigorously fight the eight felony charges of filing a false instrument returned against them on Wednesday by an Albany County Grand Jury in a case presented by the Public Integrity Unit of Atty. General Eric Schneiderman’s office.
A third leading Republican figure from Niagara County, Henry Wojtaszek, a long-time time aide to former Sen. Maziarz, pleaded guilty to an election law misdemeanor count on Wednesday and is seen as a likely witness in the cases against Maziarz and Ortt. This newspaper reported last week that indictments were expected this week in the probe by the attorney general’s office.
For years, Deal Realty Inc. has helped a lot of clients purchase their first home. In fact, many clients were previously renters, some are re-peat buyers, and others investors.
First-time home buyers are often surprised when they see how affordable purchasing a home can be. Many clients save thousands of dollars when they purchase rather than rent over a short 3-5 year period and are very excited to find out that they can afford to buy a new home utilizing the grants and bank programs that are available.
By Randy Palladino
Colder temperatures and fewer daylight hours make it more difficult to stay active and motivated. But how long does it take to actually get out of shape? It varies from person to person, but most experts agree that it’s pretty simple: you either use it or you lose it.
After a few days
No change. A day off gives your body time to recover and grow stronger, so don’t worry about missing a day here or there. In addition to preventing overtraining, which can lead to injuries, rest days can also bring a much-needed mental break.
As readers know, NXIVM conducts “human potential and ethics” seminars in Albany and elsewhere. Keith Raniere is the company’s founder. And Clare and Sara Bronfman (two of heiresses of the Seagram’s fortune) started investing with Raniere around 2003.
By 2007 the Bronfman sisters had invested more than $100 million in commodities, real estate and in litigation to sue adversaries who were preventing NXIVM from reaching its full potential.
Some of the litigation was aimed at indicting adversaries, including one of Raniere’s harem members who left the NXIVM group.
By Tony Farina
“The ride-hailing companies (Uber, Lyft) can operate right now upstate if they want to,” says Kevin Barwell, president of the Limousine, Bus, Taxi Operators of Upstate New York, “if they choose to comply with the law, as they do in New York City.”
“But the fact is, they don’t want to comply, they don’t want to follow the for-hire laws which means–among other things– paying special insurance to cover drivers and passengers that can cost millions and following the other regulations that cover transportation services, as we do,” says Barwell, vice president and director of sales at Giorgio’s Limousine Service in Lancaster.
Here is a little game for those who want to be detectives.
It will take some deductive reasoning.
It concerns the federal case against Frank Parlato and a contract the US Government claims was entered into by Parlato and Clare and Sara Bronfman, Seagram heirs, alleged serial litigators, and alleged cult members.
AUSA Anthony Bruce [retired] claims that a contract, called a Letter of Intent, dated Jan. 2008. is enforceable writing to Parlato.
He wrote to Parlato that, “[T]he layman (Parlato) interpretation of the contract you entered into with the Bronfman sisters was [not enforceable], in a word, wrong.’”
It’s not a hare brained scheme but, if you will give it consideration, an idea whose time has come.
And now an investment group led by Matthew Ricchiazzi is planning to seek the long and arduous road to approval to launch a ferry service in the lower Niagara River, shuttling tourists from the base of Terrapin Point to nearly the Whirlpool Bridge.
The Maid of the Mist, owned by James Glynn, has had a monopoly on boat rides in the lower River since 1972 and has offered only a 20 minute ride with no stops, essentially shutting off the lower river to exploration. A tourist is not afforded the time to experience the lower river set deep within the 400 million year old strata of rocks along the river cut by the Falls.