Councilman Andrew Touma announces City Council re-election bid

[Press Release]

It is with great pride and honor that I announce my re-election bid for Niagara Falls City Council in 2017. I have never viewed myself as a politician, but rather a hard-working, public servant dedicated to providing a service for the residents in the City of Niagara Falls. I have aspired to be someone that residents can trust to represent their best interests and make the best choices for them. It is imperative to work together with all stakeholders – residents, business leaders, city officials, and elected officials – to obtain growth in our city.

I ran for City Council in 2013 because I thought the council lost sight of their purpose and ability to move our great city forward. In my opinion, some members needed to be more receptive to the needs of the public and provide them a voice. Over the past three years, two of which as Chairperson for the council, I am happy to say that we have given residents the opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process.
One example of this involvement is my neighbor-to-neighbor initiative, which was implemented by Councilman Walker, where we go into communities throughout the city to hear the concerns and ideas of the residents. Another example is the implementation of the Human Rights Commission, which ensures equal treatment of all individuals in our community.

During my tenure on the council I remained an independent voice, yet worked with my council colleagues to implement laws such as eliminating door-to-door solicitors, reducing the use of casino dollars in the general budget, reducing expenses, and increasing revenue. We have been successful with improving the quality of life through the improvement of city parks as well as the addition of a new skate park; all while lowering homestead taxes for residents.
Moving forward with a collaborative approach, it is imperative to keep our neighborhoods intact, provide efficient services, create a stable and sustainable budget, and use casino dollars wisely to incentivize economic development and job growth. We need to continue to provide our residents with training opportunities that will meet various industry needs.

I look forward to your support and participation as we pursue progress and continued momentum for our city.

Image of the Day – March 18, 2017

Niagara Gazette

Corner of Third and Niagara c. 1965

Residents & Local Organizations Invited to the 3rd Annual LiveNF Volunteer Fair

Congressman Higgins & ReNU Niagara Host Event Designed to Match Volunteers with Local Organizations, Encourage Community Engagement

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), City of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and Niagara University’s ReNU Niagara announce the 3rd Annual LiveNF Volunteer Fair.  This year’s event will take place on April 18, 2017 from 4:00-7:00pm at the John Duke Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd in Niagara Falls, NY.

The event connects local residents interested in civic engagement with volunteer-driven organizations doing good work in the Niagara Falls community.   Dozens of organizations will be on hand to share details on their work in the community, needs and how you can get involved.  The volunteer fair is free and open to the public.

Organizations interested in participating should visit to register or call ReNU Niagara at 716.205.0287 for more information.

New this year is the Niagara Falls Volunteer Hall of Fame.  Members of the community are invited to nominate individuals who have made a significant impact on the lives of others through a lifetime commitment to community service.  Eligible nominees must be a current or former resident of the City of Niagara Falls and have a minimum of 15 years of community service.   For more details on Volunteer Hall of Fame criteria or to nominate a volunteer go to:

While over 3.1 million New Yorkers volunteered in 2015, the state ranks near the bottom in the nation, 49th among the 50 states and Washington, DC, in terms of resident volunteerism according to the Corporation for National & Community Service.   The event is a preview to National Volunteer Week, which will from April 23-29 this year.


Image of the Day – March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day


The Hospitality Hub: St. Patrick’s Day Drink Recipes [by Jonathon Boas]

Fighting Irish

The Patron Saint of Ireland who may or may not of chased all the snakes from Ireland. It seems he was British born to Roman Catholic parents. He did indeed die in Ireland. All of the Shamrocks and Blarney aside this was a religious holiday until The Irish immigrants in Boston and New York turned it into a Feast with much drinking!

There are so many recipes… let’s do a shot, a classic beer, a hot drink and a frozen version, ah hell, let’s do ‘em all!


Pint Glass

1/2 full of Guiness Blonde or Bass Ale
Layer Guiness Stout to fill


Stemmed Shot glass

Layer in order
1/3 Kahlua
1/3 Baileys
1/3 Gran Marnier


Glass Footed Mug pre-heated w/ hot water

1/2oz Jameson’s, Bushmills or Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
1/2oz Baileys
1/2oz Frangelico

Fill to 1/2 inch from top with hot coffee.
Top with fresh whipped crème drizzled with Green Crème de Menthe.


Copper Mug
2oz Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey
Several Fresh Mint Sprigs, save the best one for the garnish.
Jamaican Ginger Beer
1 Lime cut into 4 slices
Superfine Sugar

Muddle 3 of the lime slices and 6-10 Mint Leaves in the bottom of the Mug
add ice and Whiskey, fill with Ginger Beer.
Dip the Mint Sprig in superfine sugar to coat the leaves and garnish with the remaining lime slice.


Pint Glass

1oz of Baileys, Irish Mist or Kahlua
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
Fill slowly with Guinness Stout
…wait for it… fill it again… wait for it… it’s worth the wait!
use a spoon or put it all in a blender for a delicious shake.


Mixing Tin filled with ice
Chilled Martini Glass
Pour equal parts over ice.

1oz Green Crème de Menthe
1oz White Crème de Cacao
1oz 1/2 & 1/2

Shake and Strain into Martini Glass
Garnish with Mint Sprig and Shaved Chocolate.

OK All the Young Dudes are gonna say “What about the Irish Car Bomb?


3/4 Pint of Guinness Stout
3/4oz Jamesons
3/4oz Baileys Irish Crème poured into a shot glass
Make a toast…drop the shot into the beer and chug!

(No Guinness at all)

Shot Glass
2.5oz Kahlua
Layer 1/2oz Baileys for the Head on your “Beer”


Shot Glass
3/4oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
3/4oz Irish Mist Herbal Liquor

Y’all be safe!

Jonathan Boas
Master Mixologist
Niagara Falls Bartending Academy
Renovation, Rescue, Restorations and Operations Management

Image of the Day – March 16, 2017


It was fun while it lasted.

New pitch for Falls USA, ‘Where Adventure Comes Naturally’


Niagara Falls USA

Tourism officials Tuesday unveiled a new slogan for Niagara Falls: “Niagara Falls USA: Where Adventure Comes Naturally.”

The new slogan and branding concept culminates 18 months of work that cost $500,000. The effort aims to give Niagara Falls a new image, as well as a new self-image…



Image of the Day – March 15, 2016


Et tu, Brute?

State of emergency declared in all NY counties


In preparation for blizzard-like conditions Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday declared a state of emergency for all 62 New York counties.

A statement from Cuomo’s office said, “With heavy snow and dangerous conditions expected statewide, we are taking every precaution to keep New Yorkers safe.”



Image of the Day – March 14, 2017


“So, Spring starts next week… ain’t this some sh*t, Linus?”
Happy Snow Day Niagara!