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Niagara Parks Invests in the Revitalization of the Niagara Glen Nature Centre

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From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

The Niagara Parks Commission is pleased to announce its investment in the revitalization of the Niagara Glen Nature Centre, creating a trailhead and interpretation facility that will focus on Niagara Parks’ important stewardship role, while educating the public on the geological, environmental and historical significance of the spectacular Niagara Glen.

Niagara Parks has made its reinvestment in the Niagara Glen Nature Centre a priority, responding to the continued growth and popularity of this site as a renowned outdoor destination for hikers, cyclists, conservationists, boulderers and anyone seeking an opportunity to connect with nature.

Goat Island Lodge Plan Could Be Coming Soon

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From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

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.

According to sources in Albany, an RFP is being developed (secretly, as usual) for a state park lodge, and Goat Island is still the prime parcel being considered despite the talk of other parks.

Gaming Dispute Takes Back Seat to Budget

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From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

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. Read More…

Cuomo’s Goat Island ‘World Class Lodge’ Under Fire

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From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

The governor’s Goat Island lodge plan, rolled out during one of his State of the State speeches in Amherst last month, is coming under strong attack from Niagara Falls legislators. Read More…

Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” no Benefit to Niagara Falls

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From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

With key members of his staff under indictment, a potential $3.5 billion budget deficit looming, various ill-considered initiatives like free college tuition and selling liquor in movie theaters going over like lead balloons, and being increasingly at odds with a state legislature scratching and clawing to maintain its own prerogatives in a declining and corrupt state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo brought his road show to Niagara Falls this week, cutting the ribbon at a hotel opening.

Cuomo was in town to promote was what he calls his “Buffalo Billion Squared” which, being a $500 million reprise of a previous state aid program for Buffalo, might more aptly be called “Buffalo Billion Halved.”

The only thing the Buffalo Billion has paid for here in Niagara Falls, through a $10 million relative pittance, is the rebuilding of the south Robert Moses Parkway, which sprawls along and cuts off access to Niagara River waterfront.

New Sign on Parkway shows Cuomo’s Contempt for City, Reporter, Feds

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From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, through his associates at State Parks and the New York Power Authority, sometime over the past week perpetrated an act of such petty vindictiveness and blatant contempt for Niagara Falls that we thought it appropriate to come up with a special name for his attitude towards us…

The Dec. 8 issue of the Niagara Falls Reporter hit the newsstands and the internet last Thursday morning. It featured an article headlined “Feds to Cuomo: Parkway Signage out of Compliance”.

At some point over the succeeding four days, as of 11 am on Monday, Dec. 12, a brand-new, large, obtrusive “motherboard” sign, identical to those that, as we previously reported, have been determined by the Federal Highway Administration to be dangerously distracting and in violation of traffic safety regulations and ordered removed by the agency, was erected along the Robert Moses Parkway as it traverses the Niagara Power Project.

This story isn’t particularly interesting, other than the fact they are complaining about a highway sign. I think Niagara Falls, NY has a lot to offer, but I don’t think highway signs are their biggest problem.

One year later, negotiations continue for “Wonder Falls Resort” in downtown Niagara Falls

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From WIVB Channel 4 in Buffalo:

It’s been one year since Governor Andrew Cuomo touted the “Wonder Falls” project set to revamp downtown Niagara Falls.

The $150 million project is called “the biggest private sector development in the Niagara Falls in a generation.”

Wonder Falls is one of the major Niagara Falls developments set for the First Avenue area of the city. Last year Governor Cuomo spoke about how this will bring big business. He said, “How do you know its going to work? Because it’s a natural. Just look out the front door of the Rainbow Mall. Twenty-two million tourists, an international tourist destination. Just give them a place to go.”

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City’s Proximity to Canada Finally Does Us Some Good in New Poll!

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From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

Niagara Falls has done it again, coming in at Number One on another list. And this list has nothing to do with the nation’s most dangerous cities, overtaxed municipalities or unwanted teen pregnancies, either!

Last week the readers of USA Today voted the Cataract City as the “Best Kid-Friendly Destination” in the country. The newspaper’s reasoning of the choice was scant, as is typical of USA Today.

“Only a handful of votes separated our winner from the runner up, but in the end, Niagara Falls, N.Y. came out on top,” the entry read. “Families flock to this northeastern city to experience the awe-inducing grandeur of this natural wonder, whether aboard the Maid of the Mist or from the Cave of the Winds. Aside from the cascades, Niagara is packed with other family-centric attractions.”

Time is Now for State to Open Bidding for Maid of the Mist Lease

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As long as I can remember going to Niagara Falls, it included a trip on the Maid of the Mist.  I can remember getting the smelly old Jackets from way back.  You put it on, took the tour and put it back for others to use.  In 2014 the era of the Maid of the Mist end, well at least in Niagara Falls Canada.  James Glynn Owner of the Maid of the Mist never had to bid on running his business until last year and he lost. (In Canada).  Governor Cuomo of New York State is trying to keep the Maid of the Mist in New York.  Having lost the Canadian side, Glynn is now looking for a place on the American side to store his boats to keep his New York business alive.  Glynn’s hopes center around the state-owned former Schoellkopf Power Plant.

You can check out a great article on the Niagara Falls Reporter website.

HEADS ROLL AS ONTARIO PARKS ATTEMPTS CLEANUP OF MAID OF THE MIST MESS

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From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

Chalk up a victory for justice and the Niagara Falls Reporter — whose articles on Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and their secret arrangements with James Glynn, longtime owner of the Maid of the Mist — led to more than the unraveling of his lease.

Last week, four NPC commissioners, including staunch Glynn ally Archie Katzman, were fired by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism. Katzman sat on the board for 40 years. The others were Fred Louws, Italia Gilberti and Ed Werner.

NPC General Manager John Kernahan announced he would retire effective immediately. He had been there 12 years. NPC Business Development Director Joel Noden, Kernahan’s righthand man, was unceremoniously fired from his $130,000 job after 13 years. Prior to that, there was the resignation of NPC Chairman Jim Williams, who was replaced by accountant Fay Booker.

In short, all the architects of the Maid of the Mist secret lease arrangements are gone at the NPC.

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