During recent discussions to trim hundreds of millions of dollars from the state's budget, many state officials focused on increasing their efforts to combat Medicaid fraud. Niagara County, through a state grant, is hiring a Medicaid fraud investigator. Afterall, Medicaid fraud costs the taxpayers of New York State billions every year. So when we saw that Judge Sara Sperrazza gave a woman who defrauded the state out of $323,000 in Medicaid payments, we wondered, why the hell bother? These weak-minded judges who refuse to send a message need to get the hell out of the judicial system.
Niagara Times has learned that WLVL's newsman Doug Young has been terminated by the station. Apparently leadership at the station didn't take kindly to Young calling Dialog host Scott Leffler an asshole last week - live, on the air.
First Niagara Bank is giving $250,000 to the Lockport YMCA to aid the Y's efforts to abandon downtown Lockport, just as First Niagara did years ago.
Christopher Roser is scheduled to take over as the Superintendent of the Lewiston-Porter School District. We've heard good things about Roser, but he will have his work cut out for him in bringing some stability and cohesiveness to a board that has been severely fractured for several years.
The Bada Bean coffee shop in Niagara Falls is closing shop, which normally wouldn't be big news, but it's the message of "political corruption, vandalism and backstabbing that is Niagara Falls" owner Debbie Kreiger is sending that will send some shock waves though city hall.
Simply saying that hurricane Gustav may approach the Gulf Coast is sure to send gas prices higher.
Liz Benjamin writes about the scrum on the floor of the Dem convention as delegates fought to get near Hillary Clinton. Maybe she's so popular because of the 200,000 jobs she created in Upstate.
Have a nice Labor Day weekend.