While federal authorities acknowledge the activity of the Mafia in this region has come to a virtual halt, the Mafia holds a storied past in Western New York. Reporter Dan Herbeck, who has covered local crime for over four decades, reviewed some of the area's notorious mob-related crimes in a two-part series in the Buffalo News.
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Seeing, hearing and feeling Niagara Falls for the first time is an awe-inspiring experience, even for visitors today who have viewed images of the mighty cataract all their lives before finally setting eyes on it. Multiply that sense of awe a thousand times and we can only begin to know what Father Louis Hennepin felt in the winter of 1678-79 when he stumbled through the woods and stood at the brink of Niagara.