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Dear Fellow American,
Donald Trump’s election gave voice to the growing conviction of many Americans that their elected officials had strayed from their constitutional obligations—that they had been derelict in allowing the destruction of limited government.
President Trump has identified a number of critical issues for our country: eliminating regulations, cutting taxes, creating jobs, enforcing immigration laws, and fixing healthcare. We will see if the President can play a critical role in shaping policy in these areas. Whether he is successful will have impact for generations to come.
But already there is much, and growing, resistance to what the President proposes be done.
This raises important questions: What is the extent and what are the limits of presidential power in regard to public policy? What is the proper relation of the president with the other two constitutional branches? And what is his relation to the “fourth branch”—the enormous federal bureaucracy?
Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”
The opportunity for constitutional renewal in America is greater than it has been in decades. But it will require rededicated efforts by “We the People” – the true and only sovereign source of authority under the Constitution – to see this work through.
Bill Gotti Sr. was, and remains, a remarkable man. He never wanted to go into the family business. His brother, legendary mob kingpin John Gotti, and his other siblings, Peter, Richard, Gene and Vincent followed John Gotti into what they call “the life.”
Bill went his own way. He opened a delicatessen in Brooklyn, where he served up a unique menu of Jewish and Italian food. Reuben sandwiches and blintzes took their place alongside manicotti, lasagna and other red gravy specials to create a unique dining experience.read more
Assemblyman Angelo Morinello (R. C. – Niagara Falls) is urging the governor and the Seneca Nation of Indians to use the arbitration provision in the gaming compact to come to a “timely resolution” of the latest gaming dispute, triggered by the announcement this week by Seneca officials that they no longer are required to make payments to the state under the compact.
The Senecas have announced they will stop making revenue sharing payments to the state from its three Western New York casinos at the end of the month, with Seneca President Todd Gates saying the obligation to the state contained in the compact that began in 2002 has ended and no more payments will be made.read more
The long and sometimes bitter gaming war between the State of New York and the Seneca Nation ended in the summer of 2013 with an agreement that started casino revenue-sharing payments flowing again under the gaming compact to the three Western New York cities where the Senecas operate casinos–Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and Salamanca in Cattaraugus County.
But while the agreement between the state and the Senecas came in the nick of time for the three cities which had been badly damaged by the loss of the slot revenue from the casinos, it now looks like the Senecas believe they are no longer obligated to pay the state about $110 million a year because while the compact was extended until 2023, the Nation believes the payment terms are not extended and ended in 2016.
The Senecas contend the payments under the compact expired at the end of 2016 and no further payments are spelled out after a payment expected this month that is really from last December.read more
A state grand jury sitting in Albany County could return indictments next Thursday (March 23) in the investigation into the Niagara County political operation and campaign war chest run by former Republican State Sen. George Maziarz of Newfane.
According to our sources, the State Atty. General’s Pubic Integrity Unit is zeroing-in on three main targets: Maziarz, who ruled his district with an iron fist; Henry Wojtaszek, a North Tonawanda lawyer who worked as Maziarz’s political lieutenant for most of the 19 years Maziarz held his State Senate seat; and State Sen. Robrt Orr, a former mayor of North Tonawanda who won election to Maziarz’s 62nd District seat in 2014 after Maziarz announced he was retiring as reports surfaced originating from the now-defunct Moreland Commission that Maziarz topped the list of un-itemized campaign expense filings totaling more than $140,000 between 2008 and 2013.read more
Media articles published in the last few days are reporting that Trump friend and adviser, Roger Stone has admitted he had a private Twitter exchange with “Guccifer 2.0”, an online entity suspected of being a front for a Russian spy group.
Reportedly, Stone is under investigation by the FBI over suspected contacts with Russian hackers – including potentially Guccifer 2.0 who allegedly exposed damning information about Democratic Party leaders that may have tilted the election toward Trump.read more
The trial of renegade Democrat, G. Steven Pigeon is scheduled to begin Sept. 5. before acting State Supreme Court Justice Donald F. Cerio Jr., a mainstream Democrat.
Pigeon was once a mainstream Democrat when he was chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party from 1996-2002. After being ousted, he served as an outsider to the mainstream party often upsetting their plans in primaries and general elections. Most notably he engineered a coup that toppled Democratic control of the state senate in 2009.read more
As we reported previously, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is in a battle with federal highway officials over state-funded “I Love New York” billboards scattered along highways in New York State.
The signs are meant to inform motorists about a state-funded phone app which guides people toward state selected tourist attractions and businesses.
Federal officials say the signs pose a threat to motorists with poor self preservation instincts who might download the app while driving.
Initially New York State officials told the public that the signs cost taxpayers $1.9 million. The controversy with the feds however stirred further-than-usual inquiries by the media and subsequently the state admitted the cost for the signs was $8.1 million not $1.9 million, uncovering the fact that in this one instance the state was more than 400 percent off in the numbers they initially told the public.read more
Three of the five incumbents will have to win re-election this year to continue to serve as members of the Niagara Falls City Council.
The three lawmakers who are up this year are Chairman Charles Walker, Kristen Grandinettti, and former Chairman Andrew Touma.
Walker, who pleaded guilty last January to election law violations, is not expected to seek another term, but Grandinetti will face voters in November and Touma, the dean of students at LaSalle Preparatory School, says he’ll announce his decision shortly as the list of potential council candidates seems to grow by the day.read more
A noted Buffalo attorney has won a $3,225,000 settlement, one of the largest ever in Orleans County, for a Town of Shelby man who died in a December, 2013, one-car accident after losing control of his vehicle on flooded South Gravel Rd. before it overturned in a swampy area.
According to attorney Terry Connors, 43-year-old David Russo unknowingly drove into an ice-covered and flooded area of highway, lost control of the vehicle and landed upside down in a water and ice-filled ditch, causing him to drown. A passenger in the car was injured but was saved by rescue crews.read more
The Niagara Falls Reporter has learned that state grand jury subpoenas issued in the investigation into the campaign account of former State Sen. George Maziarz are returnable next week and witnesses could be called to testify as the investigation picks up steam.
Sources say the Public Integrity Unit of the state Attorney General’s Office is conducting the probe that sources say is focusing on Maziarz and possibly others in connection with activity involving the former senator’s campaign account which at one time totaled more than $1 million.read more
Few people are aware of how the late Bruce Lee – although a world famous star of martial arts films – was one of the most controversial and ridiculed martial artists within the martial arts community.
Lee likened the criticism to the children’s game of “King of The Hill” since various people took turns, it seemed to him, sometimes ganging up on him, to push him off his top of the hill position in martial arts.
I observed it myself.
In the 1960’s, I was part of the upcoming group of young martial artists who grew up in the “San Fernando Valley of The Champions”. I heard many unflattering stories about Lee, floated around from mouth-to-ear of gossipers, some of them notable martial artists.read more