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By Monica Wallace  This month, our state’s top law enforcement officer was accused of violence against women and resigned his office shortly thereafter. His alleged actions are unconscionable and made more appalling given that the office he held is sworn to uphold the law. I applaud the women who came forward to tell their stories of domestic abuse. Unfortunately, th…

By Henry F. Wojtaszek The recent decision by the United States Supreme Court to strike down a 1992 federal law that limited gambling, has created a pathway for Western Regional Off-Track Betting (WROTB) and Batavia Downs Gaming to provide sports betting opportunities to all the dedicated sports fans in Western New York. Our organization is perfectly positioned with existi…

By Jody Lomeo The recent controversy surrounding the Buffalo Public Schools’ nursing program became much larger than it needed to be. As everyone knows, the district has significant academic and financial challenges. Unfortunately, our staff – experienced, unionized personnel – went from longtime partner and trusted care provider to a simple vendor and prime target f…

By Al Bruno When I first began teaching in the early 1990s, I was full of idealism and believed that schools and teaching were “true” sanctuaries for learning and nurturing our young people. In hindsight, I could in no way have envisioned the future school environments of today where safety has become so pervasively perilous and life-threatening for innocent adolescents…

By Heather C. Briccetti When you represent nearly 2,400 businesses from Buffalo to Long Island, it can be difficult to find common ground, especially on new and emerging issues. But there is one thing that I can always count on our members to agree with: the need to create good jobs and stronger communities. Increasingly, that commitment requires that we accommodate …

By Marissa Camacho, Kelsey Dux, Meghan Hall and Robert Snekser We recently had the opportunity to join with New Yorkers Against Gun Violence as it engaged in its annual lobby day for gun safety legislation in our state capital. We left Buffalo in the early morning hours and arrived in Albany with a full schedule of meetings with our local delegation of state legislators…

By Carmen A. Colao They are there at every moment of every day, regardless of the weather. The Tomb Guard sentinels, members of the Army’s elite 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (the Old Guard), volunteer to stand watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. To say they are precis…

By Junella Chin New York’s Compassionate Care Act went into effect in January of 2016. As a leading cannabis certified physician here in the state of New York, I’ve been at the forefront of treatment using cannabis and have seen the life-changing results its thoughtful and judicious use can provide. Prescription marijuana medication has helped my patients safely cope wi…

By Gordon Connally The Sierra Club deliberately refers to the material underlying West Valley as “soil” to make it sound vulnerable. Scientists reserve that term for the uppermost zone that supports life. Geologically the subsurface at West Valley is subglacial meltout till with very, very low porosity. Any spill would seep underground at an exceptionally low rate, faci…

By Dennis C. Vacco Article 10, a state statute enacted in 2011 was created to centralize the decision-making process regarding the siting of large alternative energy projects. The law was designed to create the illusion that local governments would still have a voice in decisions which would affect land usage in their towns. Unfortunately, the Article 10 siting process …

By Jo K. Nasoff-Finton In her May 3 article “NY state gives condo owners millions in property tax breaks; the rest of us pay for it” Michelle Breidenbach focused on unwarranted and costly property tax breaks enjoyed by “patio home” owners in New York. The proliferation of such homes throughout Western New York – and in Amherst in particular – has been going on at least …

By Larry Zielinski At the University at Buffalo School of Management, one of the courses I teach is innovation in health care. An underlying theme I try to relay to students, based on the experiences of innovators from many different industries, is that the best innovations are those that take complex, costly products and services to broader markets by making them sim…

By Rick Johnson With little fanfare, we again bid a fond adieu to last month’s Earth and Arbor Days. Yes, some of us may have participated in shoreline cleanups, and undoubtedly trees were planted in commemoration, but the health and well-being of our fragile environment doesn’t seem to be the quite the priority it had once been. Our collective attentions are inevitably…

By Melanie Blow Cries for justice after a child is murdered may satisfy, but they don’t protect children. Ethan Bigham deserved a different kind of justice long before he was living with eight other people in a trailer in Marilla. The time to protect children is before the abuse and trauma start. Before there are CPS investigations and trials. Before we point fingers…

By Tanner Schmidt In late April, the Erie County Legislature, in a vote along party lines, passed Local Law 4-1 to close what they deemed to be a “loophole” in their apprenticeship law. Unfortunately, for the residents in Erie County, the ill-informed and misguided members of the Democratic majority chose to dramatically increase the cost of public construction at a tim…