Niagara Falls

Dyster likely to sell city parking lots to State to raise needed cash

Sources say that Mayor Paul Dyster is looking to sell the lucrative City-owned parking lots that operate in downtown Niagara Falls.  The Dyster administration is desperate to secure cash — hoping to avoid massive layoffs in an election year during which


With DOI approving off-Rez casinos, will Cuomo deal with the Cayugas?

President Donald J. Trump‘s Department of the Interior is issuing approvals for new off-reservation casino projects.  Despite an increasingly competitive gaming industry, some Tribes are advancing new projects — but not here in New York State, where Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s

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A year of great shows…

BY JOE GENCO A Short Take on Today’s News: I lost track of how many shows we saw in 2018, but here’s my Top 10: Godspeed! You Black Emperor. Babeville. Cathartic, raw, instrumental. Life changing power. Steve Miller, Artpark. How


Larry Quinn should broker a Bass Pro deal with Seneca Gaming

Buffalo developer Larry Quinn has, at times, been a catalytic force for change in Western New York — whether in real estate, major league sports, or education policy.  He is universally respected across the political spectrum, perhaps aside from small

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I don’t like calling names, but…

BY JOE GENCO A short take on today’s news: Back to our great America edition. I don’t like calling names, but who are you if you ever thought for a moment our America stopped being great? Praise Jesus: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Our house, and other holiday reflections

BY NORBERT RUG Our house is a very, very, very fine house. (Crosby, Stills and Nash & Young, 1970) Ours was always the place to go. All the kids in the neighborhood would assemble at our house to play. My


Peoples-Stokes will shape housing legislation this session

The newly ascendant Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes is expected to play a key role in housing legislation that is expected early this session. Agencies like the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, have

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Treat women like you treat your mother

BY NORBERT RUG Since the beginning of the #MeToo movement, policies have been devised to keep men out of possible trouble. Men are learning the importance of respecting every woman and valuing them as human beings. I have written about

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A very merry shutdown…

BY JOE GENCO A short take on today’s news: As 2017 ended, I made a list of the best live music shows Beth and I saw all year. At No. 2, just behind Sir Paul, was the Robert“Freighttrain” Parker Allman Brother’s tribute, featuring Pat

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Things I got for my wife that she didn’t want

BY NORBERT RUG Years ago I owned a small handyman business. I had installed a microwave in to a wall for a customer and she was telling me just how useful a microwave was to her. I had been thinking

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At least we laugh

BY NORBERT RUG For 10 years of my life, I worked at Milkbone in Buffalo where I was a maintenance man on the packing floor. A large part of my day was spent sitting around waiting for a breakdown. I

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Nickel City Sessions inaugural season finale edition…

BY JOE GENCO A short take on today’s news: Nickel City Sessions Inaugural Season Finale edition — Season 1 went out with a flourish, from Davey O dusting off the first song he wrote on his Gibson and being comfortable in

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UNYTS needs your blood donations

BY JOE GENCO A short take on today’s news: Please donate blood on Saturday. UNYTS needs you. Native plants are trending for 2019 in Western New York, according to Connie Oswald Stofko. You should subscribe to her gardening newsletter. Please come

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The best college basketball team in New York

BY JOE GENCO A short take on today’s news: Down go the Orange. The UB Bulls are, easily, the best college basketball team in New York, defeating SU for the first time since 1963. Marquette next. Attended the Investigative Post-happy


Harig to decide on school board run after the holidays

Austin Harig, the young candidate who nearly ousted Buffalo developer Carl Paladino from office at the ballot box — despite being underfunded and receiving no support from establishment organizations — is considering another run for the Board of Education’s Park