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March 22, 2017

Getting the skills to run for political office in WNY

“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”

That’s food for thought, but it’s also no small affair running for local political office.

There’s fundraising, canvassing, budgeting, speeches, planning, targeting voters, recruiting volunteers, field activities, message development, persuasion and, of course, what to do on election day.

All of that was discussed March 25 at the DoubleTree Niagara Falls, 401 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

RISE Niagara teamed up with The Working Families party to offer its new-candidate training class.

“We are seeking progressive champions willing to [...]

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July 5, 2016

Is Niagara’s ‘Old Stone Chimney’ now crooked after relocation?

“I am noticing it,” said Rob Panepinto, who serves as the Cultural Resources Specialist for The New York Power Authority, which ostensibly has had stewardship of the Chimney since it acquired the land of the former Niagara Falls Power Company on its second location on Buffalo Avenue. He added, “Although I’m not sure if it’s crooked or a parallax effect.”

Now that the Chimney has been been installed and re-dedicated as of Monday on what’s known as the “spoils pile” — part of the modern Niagara River shoreline made of reclaimed earth from the hydro project — it has a fence, benches, preliminary signage as well as a new road from the Niagara Scenic Parkway and 10 parking spaces [...]

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