Ortt’s silence on Wheatfeild’s Love Canal Dump angers his NT base

The recently indicted Senator Robert Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) owes his political career to his mentor, the former Senator and also recently indicted George Maziarz (R-Newfane), who ruled over Niagara County politics for decades. Maziarz served as the Chairman of the Senate Energy Committee and pushed hard to legalize hydrofracking upstate. That close relationship with the state’s natural gas lobby was shared with Ortt, his handpicked successor. … Continue reading Ortt’s silence on Wheatfeild’s Love Canal Dump angers his NT base

Ricciuti pans accuracy of Kratt’s new book, “Niagara Falls in WWII”

BY LOU RICCIUTI Aside from the heart-string-tugging stories of the veterans, their families, their lives and sacrifices, Michelle Ann Kratts’ Niagara Falls in World War II is technically a historical fiction at best. Single-sourced references scream that this book was rushed, or more accurately perhaps “pushed” as the author stated in a recent interview. In doing so, this amateur attempt at documenting military-industrial activities here at Niagara … Continue reading Ricciuti pans accuracy of Kratt’s new book, “Niagara Falls in WWII”

A primer on Quasar’s equate

BY FRANK PARLATO ‘Equate,’ the brown, blackish, mulch-like product – with a piquant taste and curious smell – is made up of about 60 percent human excrement, mixed with other undissolved solids that once went happily down the drain after leaving someone’s toilet. Brought to you by Quasar, a Cleveland, Ohio-based company, and adored by the New York State DEC, Equate is what happens to … Continue reading A primer on Quasar’s equate

Conundrum remains unaddressed along Smokes Creek

BY MIKE HUDSON High priced flood insurance, erosion that eats up your back yard and government inaction are just a few of the joys associated with creekside living in Lackawanna. For years, residents living along Smokes Creek in all four city wards have been forced to pay for flood insurance even though there is a low risk of flooding. “Much of the Second Ward is … Continue reading Conundrum remains unaddressed along Smokes Creek

DEC launches investigation into illegal dumping in Niagara Falls

BY MATTHEW RICCHIAZZI Since The Reporter broke a story about illegal dumping at a city-operated composting facility last week, the State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has launched an investigation into the illegal dumping. On the same day, last Thursday, Department of Public Works supervisors instructed employees to put sweeper dirt in dumpsters rather than atop mounds already at the composting site.  When DEC officials arrived at … Continue reading DEC launches investigation into illegal dumping in Niagara Falls

Cuomo pressured to veto Great Lakes water withdrawal scheme

BY JAMES HUFNAGEL Later this month, and for the second time during his five years in office, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will make a decision that has enormous implications for the future of Western New York’s water resources. The Governor will either deny or support the application of the small city of Waukesha, Wisconsin, which lies outside the natural basin of the Great Lakes, to access … Continue reading Cuomo pressured to veto Great Lakes water withdrawal scheme