Northpointe to expand, not move, Niagara Falls methadone clinic


Northpointe Council plans to expand its existing methadone clinic in Niagara Falls, according to an announcement Thursday from Niagara County, which owns the building.

The County Legislature decided Tuesday to hold a June 20 public hearing and vote on a 20-year lease for Northpointe on additional space in the Trott Access Center, 1001 11th St…


Wallenda’s wife plans to hang by her teeth from helicopter over Niagara Falls


Five years after her husband walked a tightrope over Niagara Falls, his wife is planning her own teeth-clenching stunt there.

To be precise, Erendira Wallenda, a trapeze aerialist, plans to hang by her teeth from a tether connected to a helicopter flying over the Falls, Niagara County officials announced Tuesday night…


Voters approve every school budget in Erie, Niagara counties


Voters approved every school district budget in Erie and Niagara counties Tuesday in an election that saw the power of teacher union endorsements continue to be strong across the region.

Three budgets needing the supermajority to pass got over the 60 percent mark: In East Aurora, Maryvale and Niagara Falls…


Former Gazette publisher to run for Niagara Falls City Council

[Press Release]

Niagara Falls, NY – May 12, 2017 – Chris Voccio, who until this afternoon was the publisher of
both the Niagara Gazette and the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal, announced his candidacy for
the Niagara Falls City Council.

Voccio, who took the helm of the Gazette in September of 2014, announced to his staff in
January that he was retiring in May when he turned 50. He didn’t specify his plans at that time.
“I moved to Niagara Falls to turn around the Niagara Gazette, and I fell in love with the place,”
Voccio said. “We have so much going for us, but city government seems to be in its own way.
There’s a lack of leadership at city hall, and the council needs a change agent to help turn
things around.”

Voccio, 50, is a native of Rhode Island and has managed newspapers across the country. He
moved to Niagara Falls from CT where he was publisher of the Norwich Bulletin. He started
working for Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. (CNHI), of Montgomery, AL, owner of the
Niagara Falls and Lockport newspapers, in 1999.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bryant University of Smithfield, RI,
and an MBA from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

In 2008, after resigning his position as publisher of the Johnstown (PA) Tribune-Democrat, also
owned by CNHI, he unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. After
that election he returned to newspapering and the employ of CNHI.

Voccio’s campaign theme in 2008 was “It’s time for a change” and he says he’s sticking to that
theme in 2017. “Niagara Falls city government is in desperate need for change, and I am a
proven change agent. The electorate isn’t in the mood for the status quo this year. It’s time for a

Voccio served on the board of directors for both the United Way of Greater Niagara and the
Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce until his May 12 retirement.

He is a Republican and describes his political philosophy as conservative-libertarian. “I believe
in limited government, individual responsibility, the rule of law and some common sense for
good measure,” he said.

According to the press release announcing his candidacy, his priorities will be:
● Fiscal responsibility
● Small business and private-sector development
● Public safety

Voccio is single and lives on 31st Street. His web address is and leads to
his campaign Facebook page.


Local dancers spend the day with Jim Nowakowski from, “So You Think You Can Dance”

[Press Release]

Time To Dance Studios in Niagara Falls, NY, recently hosted Jim Nowakowski for a five hour workshop ending with a Q&A session. He taught a group of local students, ages 4-14, ballet barre work, learned an original choreography piece, and were given corrections. During his Q&A session, he answered many questions from how to handle an audition, to healthy eating, and whether or not he had a girlfriend! His natural connection with the children was amazing. He has a gift for being motivational and positive, and we look forward to working with him again in the future. Time To Dance studio owner, Susan Akin, strives to give her students every opportunity to expand their dance education. She hosts at least two, in house workshops per year, and often opens them to the public. We are hoping to work with Mr. Nowakowski again in the future. His professionalism, talent, and natural ability to teach young dancers, is truly a gift.

Jim Nowakowski began his formal ballet training at the Timothy M. Draper Center for Dance Education Rochester, New York. In 2002, Jim attended the Youth American Grand Prix where he was presented the Junior Grand Prix Prize. Later in 2004 he took home the junior Men’s Gold and again in 2007 was awarded the Senior Men’s Gold Award. In 2015, Jim made the Top 6 of So You Think you Can Dance and completed a 75-city tour of the United States and Canada. Most recently, he became a featured cast member in Travis Wall’s “Shaping Sound” Company and joined them on the road for the fall 2016 tour.

If you would like more information on Time To Dance Studios, for classes, or upcoming workshops, please call Susan Akin at 716-946-7909. We are located at 2419 Hyde Park Blvd. in Niagara Falls, NY. Competition Team Auditions will be held this Saturday, May 6th 10am-2pm. Open House is on Saturday, May 13th from 10am-2pm. New students registering on that day will receive one free costume.

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Bail set at $500,000 in Niagara Falls stabbing of 4


Bail was set at $500,000 Friday for Eddie A. Mayo Jr., the man accused of stabbing four people in a Niagara Falls bar brawl March 26.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said Mayo has “a lengthy and very impressive criminal record,” as he set the bail figure at Mayo’s arraignment…


Ion Yoga & Fitness now open on Third Street in Niagara Falls, USA

ION Yoga and Fitness is up and running like a fat man on New Year’s day!  Associating with the internationally recognized scheduling software ap, “Mindbody,” the wellness studios are able to offer online reservations and payment right from your phone.

 “The most difficult task was coordinating the instructor’s schedules with participants’ preferences,” said Craig Avery, owner of the facilities.  “We now have the ability to post a confirmed schedule of classes and will know how many people are interested in each one.  It will still be a moving target until we can settle in on groups using time slots that fit their needs, but if everybody keeps checking our schedule, it will start to flow.”  Avery encourages people interested in trying out the studios to contact him the old fashioned way, by phone.  “Our phone number is listed on the website and Facebook, you can also send an email to let us know your timing and yoga style preferences,” Avery added.  Check out the information at

Ion Fitness (a facility opening to host physical training classes) got shot out of a cannon through the efforts of Christopher Perricelli, a Niagara Falls native who is a professional dance and fitness instructor.  Christopher has booked the studio for what he calls “The Limitless Challenge” through the month of May.  For more information on this you can inquire through email at



BorderWorx opens new facility in Sanborn


A Canadian logistics company on Friday took the wraps off its new storage and distribution facility in a Sanborn industrial park that doubles as a foreign trade zone.

BorderWorx Logistics, which had 10 employees, is pledging to create 86 new jobs because of the expansion in the Vantage Center Industrial Park.


Niagara Falls firefighters to receive long-term raises


The City Council this week approved new long-term contracts with the two unions representing city firefighters, granting them annual raises for years to come.

In exchange, the firefighters will pay a greater share of their health insurance costs through increased copayments for prescriptions and medical office visits…


Brook D’Angelo to represent USW Local 9434 in Mexico

On February 19th, 2006, 65 miners perished in a mine explosion at the Grupo Mexico mine at Pasta de Conchos in the Mexican state of Coahuila. The situation began with (unfortunately common) horrible labor conditions and unfair compensation for workers. It climaxed with untold government and corporate corruption, leading to the deaths of dedicated laborers. Though they had been fighting for their rights as workers and as humans, they were consistently ignored by their employers, who were in favor of higher corporate profit.

The explosion seemed to be ignored as officials tried to sweep it under the rug. They had not even attempted recovery of the trapped miners. And when Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, the leader of the the national union of mine, metal and steelworkers (Los Mineros), denounced the killings, the government tried to remove him from office.

Enough was enough. In April 2006, the union called strikes across the country. Workers stood together to fight for basic rights. Government and corporations feared cuts to their profits if the workers were successful in standing up for fair wages and improved safety measures. Especially because they had such a capable Union leader and could actually win.

President Vicente Fox ordered an attack by police and military forces on the strikers. That order resulted in the deaths of Hector Ấlvarez Gómez and Mario Alberto Castillo Rodríguez, two union members at the steel mill in the Mexican town of Lázaro Cárdenas.

To commemorate their bravery and to stand in solidarity, annually thousands of members of Los Mineros are joined by more than a hundred United Steelworkers and members of Unite the Union from the UK and Ireland. They march to commemorate Hector and Mario and remind the world that the fight for safe and decent working conditions is not over.

This year, 4 people are going to join the march from the Western New York area to represent a portion of the District 4 United Steelworkers. Joe Vertalino, David Wasiura, Valerie Thomas (staff at the District 4 Office), will be joined by City of Niagara Falls employee Brook D’Angelo of USW Local 9434 (who is also their Women Of Steel Chairwoman).

Follow their journey as they travel to Mexico. This year they will be departing April 18 and returning April 22nd. Take this opportunity to promote the noble cause of international laborer unification and the support of the most basic of human rights and work safety. Ms. D’Angelo plans to extensively photo-document their journey. Consider interviews pre-trip and even see them off as they fly out of Buffalo.

United Steelworkers Presence in Western New York

USW District 4 has headquarters in Cheektowaga. The district covers CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT and Puerto Rico. It is lead by Director John Shinn. The USW Buffalo office opened around 50 years ago. Once on Genesee Street in Buffalo, now located in Cheektowaga on Cayuga Road.

The USW office serves as meeting space, a place for negotiation facilitation, mediation for conflict resolution, and even as training space. The staff are there to assist the membership in  any way that they can. They serve over 6,500 workers in Western New York alone and from many different industries. In WNY there are 70 plus Locals, from: steel, rubber, chemical, paper, public sector, mining, beverage distribution, and manufacturing, to name a few.

The United Steelworkers not only support their own members, but are very active within their communities. Groups like Women of Steel, Next Gen, and the Legislative committee groups are busy volunteering and often collecting items such as food, diapers and toiletries to help build stronger neighborhoods. They often work alongside other unions to ensure working families have good jobs and a bright future.