Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done miracles for New York State, according to studies conducted by Gov. Cuomo.

Gov. Cuomo advertises his greatness with taxpayer money

April 7, 2017 Staff 0

By Frank Parlato 

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 inquiries by the media and subsequently the state admitted the cost for the signs was $8.1 million. In this instance the state was 400 percent off in the numbers they initially told the public.

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Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse Unveils Easter Display

April 7, 2017 Staff 0

Niagara Falls, ON – The perfect April activity, come rain or shine, is a leisurely stroll within the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse, as you enjoy the sights and scents of spring during the annual Easter Display, a seasonal favourite for over 70 years. In addition to the beautiful springtime blooms, the Easter Display will also include adorable live chicks and bunnies, which has proven to be a special treat for visitors of all ages.

The Easter Show features a cross display of festive lilies surrounded by colourful and fragrant spring flowers such as daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and azaleas to get you in the mood for spring. The warm and serene setting is bursting with gorgeous blooms, orchids and exotic tropical plants, all accompanied by the peaceful sounds of resident songbirds.

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Twin City Ambulance has saved the City of Lockport $1 million per year.

Lockport City Democratic Committee to Field Candidate to Oppose Abbott Over Ambulance Issue

April 7, 2017 Staff 0
Twin City Ambulance has saved the City of Lockport $1 million per year.
Twin City Ambulance has saved the City of Lockport $1 million per year.

The Lockport City Democratic Committee says it will part ways with 5th Ward Alderman Rick Abbott, also a Democrat, for opposing restoring to union firefighters the job of providing city ambulance service.

Prior to 2014, the Lockport Fire Department (LPD) provided ambulance service to city residents for 40 years. The city outsources to a private company which has saved taxpayers $1 million per year.

Lockport City Democratic Committee Chairman Roger Sherrie said, “Rick Abbott duped voters in the 5th ward into thinking he was a principled Democrat when he is not. Abbott should be ashamed for deceiving the public into thinking he is more than just a rubber stamp for [Republican Lockport Mayor] Anne McCaffrey.”
Abbott voted with Republicans this week with a “no” vote to a Lockport Common Council resolution which could potentially streamline the return of the ambulance service to the union-run Lockport Fire Department (LFD.)

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New York Is No #1 Again – Highest Taxed State

April 7, 2017 Staff 0

It costs a lot to be a nanny state

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The personal-finance website WalletHub released its 2017 Tax Burden by State report.

New Yorkers will be happy to know they pay their fair share – and some of everyone else’s share too.

WalletHub’s analysts compared 50 states based on three components of state tax burden — property taxes, individual income taxes, and sales and excise taxes — as a share of total personal income. New York – with its Democrat rule – beat out the competition and is proud to announce it forces its residents to pay the most of any residents in any state.
States with Highest Tax Burdens (%) States with Lowest Tax Burdens (%)
1 New York (12.94%) 41 Montana (7.51%)
2 Hawaii (11.27%) 42 Wyoming (7.29%)
3 Vermont (10.75%) 43 Alabama (7.19%)
4 Maine (10.73%) 44 South Dakota (7.12%)
5 Minnesota (10.24%) 45 Florida (6.79%)
6 Connecticut (10.23%) 46 New Hampshire (6.70%)
7 New Jersey (10.14%) 47 Oklahoma (6.61%)
8 Rhode Island (10.09%) 48 Tennessee (6.45%)
9 Illinois (10.00%) 49 Alaska (6.27%)
10 California (9.52%) 50 Delaware (5.59%)

downloadKey Stats

  • Red states have a lower overall tax burden, with an average rank of 30.27, than Blue states, which have an average rank of 18.30 (lower rank = higher tax burden).
  • New Hampshire has the highest property tax as a share of personal income, 5.33 percent, which is 3.9 times higher than in Oklahoma, the state with the lowest at 1.38 percent.
  • New York has the highest individual income taxes as a share of personal income, 4.76 percent, whereas Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming do not levy such a tax on their residents.
  • Hawaii has the highest total sales and excise tax as a share of personal income, 6.52 percent, which is 5.7 times higher than in Oregon, the state with the lowest at 1.14 percent.

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Millions may already be budgeted for Cuomo’s Goat Island “lodge”

April 7, 2017 James Hufnagel 0

By James Hufnagel

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The first $25 million for the “Landscape Improvements” plan, with its bulldozing and paving of Three Sisters Islands and construction of bigger parking lots and expanded food service in the park, insuring that the 8 million tourists don’t have any reason to enter or spend money in the city’s downtown, came from the Niagara River Greenway, which is funded by NYPA relicensing dollars. In other words, the state screwed us with our own money.

It started with $25 million in Greenway funding to implement the 2012 Niagara Falls State Park Landscape Improvements plan.

“(Six) areas will be restored under the $25 million revitalization initiative, including Luna Island, Three Sisters Islands, Stedman’s Bluff, Terrapin Point, Prospect Point, and the Cave of the Winds Pedestrian Plaza… In addition, (New York) State Parks is advancing other rehabilitation work at Niagara Falls under the $25 million initiative, including way-finding and signage improvements, rehabilitation of park roadways, walking paths, and infrastructure, and designing the replacement of the American Falls Bridge,” detailed the introduction to the plan.

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Economic Aid to Niagara Falls in State Budget Still Unclear

April 7, 2017 Tony Farina 0

By Tony Farina

With the state budget being passed in bits and pieces in Albany, it is difficult to figure out how much real money will be flowing to municipalities like Niagara Falls when all is said and done.

Assemblyman Angelo Morinello (R. C. – Niagara Falls), said Wednesday night that things should become clearer in the next few days when the numbers on economic development aid will be carved out of the bills being passed by weary lawmakers anxious to get out of Albany.  The budget deadline was last Saturday.

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Dyster ‘Surprised’ Council on Tentative Fire Union Deal

April 7, 2017 Tony Farina 0

By Tony Farina

It appears that Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster may sometimes need to be reminded that municipal government is more than just a chief executive, it also includes five lawmakers who are elected–just like him–by the residents of the city to protect their financial interests and provide safe streets as well as things like garbage pickup and fire protection.

Such a reminder came last week when Councilmember Andy Touma raised concerns that city lawmakers had not been given any  information on the 10-year contract extension with the firefighters union that the mayor announced he had negotiated and, by the way, needs City Council approval to got into effect.

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Cancemi Excited About School District’s Progress, Wants Another Term as Board President

April 7, 2017 Tony Farina 0

By Tony Farina

Retired Niagara Falls special education teacher James Cancemi is seeking his third five-year term as president of the Niagara Falls Board of Education in next month’s election, and despite his long tenure in the unpaid position, there is no sign he is ready to leave.

“We’re doing a lot and I’m excited about continuing our work,” said Cancemi, 75, during an interview this week as he gets ready to face four challengers in the election set for May 16th for the position of board president.

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Ortt Says He Was Victim in Grand Jury Appearance

April 2, 2017 Tony Farina 0

By Tony Farina

State Sen. Robert Ott (R.- North Tonawanda) is keeping up his offensive against State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this week, claiming felony indictments filed against him last week should be dismissed because he was effectively blocked from addressing the charges against him during his grand jury appearance.

After the failure-to-file indictments were returned against him, Ortt, the former mayor of North Tonawanda, unloaded against Schneiderman, claiming the case brought by the Democratic attorney general (and former state senator) was politically motivated and he looks forward “to telling New Yorkers the truth about Eric Schneiderman and myself.”

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Gaming Dispute Takes Back Seat to Budget

April 2, 2017 Tony Farina 0

By Tony Farina

The developing crisis between the Seneca Nation and the state in the gaming dispute over revenue sharing payments is taking a back seat these days to the budget negotiations in Albany as lawmakers and the governor try to meet the April 1 budget deadline.

“It is definitely on the back burner right now,” said one lawmaker, “but the word is the governor and the Seneca president hope to get together to discuss the issue after the budget is passed.  And it is our understanding that the two have talked and that meeting will happen very soon.”

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Goat Island Lodge Plan Could Be Coming Soon

April 2, 2017 Tony Farina 0

By Tony Farina

It was only a few weeks ago that the state plan to build a “world-class lodge” on Goat Island State Park was swirling in controversy as the Niagara Falls Council and the Niagara County Legislature voiced strong opposition to the idea of marring the pristine beauty of the park and hurting downtown business interests with a tourist-magnet lodge.

Feeling the pressure, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s development honchos sought to cool the furor and said other state parks along with Goat Island would be considered for the governor’s lodge and that RFP’s would soon be issued.

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Part 3: STILL No evidence of Roger Stone’s collaboration with Russia

April 1, 2017 Staff 0

Should Americans Trust the Intelligence Community on Russian Hacking?

By Frank Parlato

The US Intelligence Community has concluded with ‘high confidence’ that hacks which led to leaks of emails of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton Campaign Manager John Podesta were orchestrated by the Russian government.

In analytics, “high confidence” is defined as an assessment deemed very likely to be true yet carries with it the possibility of being in error.

For instance, in 2002, the US Intelligence Community concluded with “high confidence” that Iraq was “expanding its chemical, biological, nuclear and missile programs.” After lives were lost, taxpayer money spent, a nation destabilized, and American multinational corporations enriched, it was found to be false.

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