John Gotti nephew Bill Gotti attacked in Los Angeles; homeless advocate not in ‘family’ business  

July 1, 2017 Reporter 0

By Mike Hudson

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


Letter from the Grand Island Supervisor

May 19, 2017 Staff 1

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. read more


Niagara Falls Jokes

May 18, 2017 Staff 0

A German tourist walks into the Burger King in Niagara Falls and orders a beer. (In Germany and many parts of Europe, fast food establishments actually do serve beer).
The local guy in the line behind him immediately starts mocking him: “They don’t serve BEER here, you MORON!”
The German fellow felt pretty stupid, but suddenly turns to the local guy and begins to laugh.
“And what’s so funny?!?” the guy from Niagara Falls demands. “Oh, nothing really,” replied the German. “I just realized that you live here.” read more


When Does A Protest Become A Riot?

May 11, 2017 Staff 0

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! read more


Niagara Falls Jokes

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Nick Forster told his majority on the Water Board, “We need new sources of revenue!”

One idea brought up was to convert human waste into something saleable – it was decided that the laboratory would be tasked with the job of figuring out how to transform the waste into butter, and get it done before the 125th anniversary of the city of Niagara Falls.

After six months of work, the Water Board members demanded an interim progress report. Their lab workers reported that they had achieved a 50% success. Forster requested more information. read more

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LIUNA Health & Safety Launches Expanded Sun Sense Campaign

May 10, 2017 Frank Parlato 1

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. read more

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“What Did You Say?” More People Than You Think Have Hearing Loss

May 4, 2017 Frank Parlato 0

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. read more

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Construction Workers Safer with New OSHA Silica Standard

April 12, 2017 Staff 0

By Randy Palladino;

Construction sites are dusty places, but does that make them dangerous? If the dust contains pulverized rock or concrete there is more concern. One study showed silicosis deaths in the construction industry are higher than any other industry in the United States. Construction workers are clearly at risk of developing silicosis and other lung diseases if they breathe high levels of concrete and rock dust. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime. read more

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How Long Does It Take to Get Out of Shape?

March 2, 2017 Frank Parlato 0

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. read more

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Limo-Taxi Association Says ‘Uber, Lyft Want Unfair Playing Field’ Upstate

February 23, 2017 Frank Parlato 1

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. read more

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What’s Next for Construction Safety and Health?

February 21, 2017 Staff 0

By Randy Palladino

Construction safety and health have come a long way in the past 40 years. Over the past dozen years, fatality rates have fallen for construction laborers in both general industry and construction, even as the overall number of workplace fatalities has increased. Injury rates in construction are now similar to those in retail work – an achievement that seemed out of reach 15 years ago. Despite this progress, more than 930 construction workers were killed on the job in 2015 and almost 80,000 suffered serious injuries. In the past, tying worker safety to public health concerns has been a successful strategy to improve conditions for workers. Asbestos didn’t become a national issue until it was seen as a threat to children in schools. Community demands for information about what chemicals were being used at nearby plants resulted in the passage of state Right-to-Know laws, which eventually led to OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard. In light of this, how can we move forward and keep making improvements? Here’s a look at what has worked and what could be done better. read more

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Registered Apprenticeship

February 15, 2017 Frank Parlato 0

By Local 91

The US and New York State Departments of Labor recognize and monitor registered skilled apprenticeship programs in NYS and throughout the United States. The Laborers’ International Union of North America publicly promotes our successful model of labor-management registered apprenticeship programs to combat the growing emphasis on employer programs supported by taxpayers.

What is Registered Apprenticeship?

It’s a job. Apprentices start working from day one with incremental wage increases as they become more proficient. read more