Niagara Gazette

December 29, 2013

Glynn's glimpse of 2014

By DON GLYNN
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Don Glynn’s forecast for 2014. Last year, the margin of error was 99.8 percent.

JAN. 1: New Year’s reception at city hall erupts into heated debate when Mayor Dyster asks city council to approve a $75,000 pay hike for city administrator. 

JAN. 10: City Administrator Donna Owens discloses that she has turned down lucrative job offers in Malta Bend, Mo., Big Tree, Ore., and Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada. 

FEB. 2: (Ground Hog Day) Punxsutawney Phil spots his shadow, a sign that the final design for the north section of the Moses Parkway won’t be released for another six months.

MARCH 17: Twenty-inch snowfall paralyzes City of Niagara Falls. Seneca Niagara Casino has record attendance. 

MARCH 25: Canada Post raises cost of first-class stamp to $1 and ends all home delivery.

MARCH 26: Gridlock at international bridges. Niagara Falls Bridge commission officials say the four-hour delays to cross the border are due to Canadians bringing their mail to the Main Post Office here. 

APRIL 1: Gov. Cuomo to visit Niagara Falls next week to distribute report cards to pupils at Henry J. Kalfas Elementary School.

APRIL 10: Latest Quinnipiac Poll shows Cuomo’s approval rating has dropped 37 points. Downstate residents livid that the governor spends too much time in Lewiston, Wrights Corners, Middleport and Newfane. 

APRIL 15: A banner headline in the Albany Times Union: “Cuomo to Stay Overnight in Capital.”

MAY 1: Math scores of middle school students in the Niagara Falls School District lowest in the state.

MAY 7: Niagara Falls Board of Education approves hiring two new specialists, at $110,000 each, to study the reasons for poor math scores.

MAY 26: Tourist season kicks off with countless Greenpeace activists protesting the start of another jet boat operation in the lower Niagara River.

MAY 29: Jet boat crews from both sides of the border rescue Greenpeace demonstrators who were dumped into the river when their sailboat flipped over.

JUNE 14: Flag Day: Bob Emerson, executive director of Old Fort Niagara, said that under a new policy the drawbridge at the historic site will be open to the public starting at 2:30 a.m. 

JUNE 20: Western New York Chapter of Southern Methodist University to hold reunion at Gadawski’s (’Fightin’ Irish) Restaurant, Falls Street.

JULY 4: High-wire artist Nik Wallenda says the future site for his permanent tourist attraction has been narrowed to Niagara Falls, Ont., and a vacant farm house in Gasport. Wallenda said the decision will be announced after the next election.

JULY 16: Irked that reporters keep asking why he’s making so many visits upstate, Gov. Cuomo snaps, “My trips here have nothing to do with 2016. Right now, I’m just working on 2014.”

AUG. 7: Alan Hastings’ expanded plans at the historic Frontier House, Lewiston, includes a six-story parking ramp.

AUG. 20: EPA refuses permit to Canadian company seeking to drill in the former Love Canal neighborhood.

SEPT. 4: Gov. Cuomo named honorary marshal of the Youngstown Labor Day Parade. In the spirit of party unity, he will be escorted by state Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, and Assemblyman John D. Ceretto, R-Lewiston.

OCT. 15: Ribbon-cutting at new strip mall on Center Street, Lewiston, draws 14 ribbon cutters,16 area politicians, and 11 spectators.

NOV. 15:  An 18-year-old area youth wins $125,000 on the slots at Seneca Niagara Casino, the same night he’s busted for using fake ID card to buy alcohol. 

DEC. 4:  Mafia Museum opens in the high-rise building off Prospect Street and across from the state park. The museum director said: “We intend to show the days when the Cataract City was a great place to live and raise a family.” 

DEC. 18: NU Purple Eagles lose to Our Lady of Peace in exhibition basketball game. Niagara coach Chris Casey tells media: “They certainly had the edge on us, like in age and experience. We’re still a very young team.”

DEC. 31: Cuomo attends annual ball drop in Ransomville.