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Editorial: Golombek's stand, the Pegulas' influence and the importance of baseball in New York

We’re not sure it was advisable but it was certainly bold of Buffalo Councilman Joseph Golombek Jr. to scold people he thought were drug dealers on his street in Riverside.

As News staff reporter Maki Becker’s account described, the councilman, who also teaches history at SUNY Buffalo State, spotted what he surmised were about six to eight drug deals. “… Like a conveyor belt” from “nice cars” parked on his street.

He wrote down license plate numbers and called police. But when one of the men he believed had been dealing drugs pulled up next to him and asked whether the councilman was looking for him, Golombek didn’t hold back. He, ahem, vented. Took a photo of the guy with his phone, and after the man drove off called a police officer friend. But when another suspected drug dealer confronted him, he vented again.

Police followed three men and at least one was charged. Message received.

Thanks to Kim and Terry Pegula, the NHL Scouting Combine will remain in Buffalo until at least 2019. The NHL and the Sabres (which the Pegulas own) made the announcement. And although the event is closed to the public, it brings more than 100 prospects and hundreds of NHL employees to Buffalo’s downtown.

The Pegulas’ purchase of the Buffalo Sabres and the Bills, along with the millions of dollars invested in the HarborCenter complex, have significantly benefited the community. Earlier this year, Buffalo’s No. 1 power couple purchased a building in the Cobblestone District that will include a Labatt’s emporium. For all of that, Buffalo is truly grateful.

Given that the official Baseball Hall of Fame is in Cooperstown, adding baseball as the official state sport should be a winning idea.

At least, that’s how a couple of lawmakers from opposite sides of the political plate see things. Assemblyman William Magee is a Democrat and Sen. James Seward is a Republican. They both represent Cooperstown, as an article in The News put it, “the much-touted and much-contested birthplace of baseball.”

Not that these lawmakers can claim an original idea. Just as a fourth-grade class from a school in Genesee County a few years ago championed making yogurt the official “snack” of New York State, it was a fourth-grade class in Cooperstown that inspired the baseball bill.

Batter up!

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