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By Patricia Lynch Short-term rentals in Grand Island and the Town of Porter, as reported in The Buffalo News, continue to present town boards and the communities they represent with zoning challenges, threatening the security and quality of life in otherwise peaceful residential neighborhoods. In its Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co. ruling upholding zoning, the U.S. Supre…

By Gabe Roth A respected jurist will soon step down from the nation’s top court after nearly three decades in office – but without much fanfare. Millions of dollars will not be spent by political action committees to influence the elected officials who must confirm a replacement. Just before and immediately following the retirement, the court will continue to hear i…

By Andrew J. Shaevel Action by the Amherst Town Board to use taxpayer funds to hire outside legal counsel for purposes, “including but not limited to condemnation issues, eminent domain issues, land redevelopment issues, and litigation” of the Westwood property is highly inappropriate and could prove to be a fiscal nightmare. Since the request for proposal was is…

By Kevin M. Gibas In June of 1981 the Centers for Disease Control detected a cluster of rare infections in a group of gay men in California. Although unknown at the time, this would mark the beginning of the AIDS epidemic that would plague the United States for decades. By 1983, it was discovered that AIDS was a syndrome caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)…

By Frank J. Dinan The rejection of widely accepted scientific theories that clash with political ideology is nothing new. Donald Trump’s claim that human-induced climate change, a concept widely accepted within the scientific community, is just a “scam” is but another example of a time-honored method used to refute inconvenient scientific truths. Trump’s reje…

By Betty W. Carrington As Congress continues to debate health care insurance coverage formats, great concern is felt by individuals and families impacted by sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder that is serious in nature and life-shortening. Identified in 1910 by Chicago physician James B. Herrick, who first published a description of sickled cells in a blood…

By Richard Annibali Life has a cruel way of hitting you with the unexpected. For me, it was the sudden passing of my wife, who was hit by a driver while jogging in Cheektowaga. That initial moment – hearing the worst news you can imagine – is indescribable. I think it’s impossible to really understand this unless you’ve been in that situation personally. My w…

By Mark Chason As residents of the Elmwood Village for 37 years, my family is extremely excited about the continued resurgence of our neighborhood and city. We are also pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to this vibrancy and growth through the development of 1111 Elmwood Ave. at Forest Avenue. We at Chason Affinity have conducted significant community outrea…

By Kean W. Stimm I write this piece on Memorial Day as I memorialize the 30 golden years following the end of World War II, which we now call the “Golden Age.” This fantastic period effectively ended in 1975 as Japan accelerated trade with the United States. Later, the U.S. Congress approved China’s entry into the World Trade Organization and granted it permanent …

By Sally C. Pipes Fully government-run health care may be coming to the Empire State. The State Senate will soon consider the New York Health Act, a bill that would sweep every New Yorker into a single, government-funded health plan. The Assembly green-lit the bill in mid-May. On paper, the measure seems like a gift. State residents would have access to any doctor…

By Craig W. Turner On June 9, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced that reconstruction of the Bayonne Bridge, which connects Bayonne, N.J., with Staten Island, had reached navigational clearance that will allow the new class of larger ocean vessels to access Port Authority of New York and New Jersey facilities in Elizabeth and Newark, N.J., and Staten Island. The…

By Tara Schafer It’s always exciting to read about the promise of 1,500 new jobs – and even more gratifying to hear the emphasis on workforce training programs. Despite our region’s economic recovery, too many residents are still unemployed or underemployed. According to Empire State Development Corp., “employers across WNY and in all industry sectors say it …

By John F. Darby There are large problems facing our country, but solving the retirement savings crisis is not one of them. The challenge of providing sufficient retirement funds for young workers could be solved over the course of their working lives by making worker contributions to a low-cost, U.S. stock market index fund mandatory from their very first paycheck. …

By René Jones The grand reopening of the Richardson Olmsted Complex was the culmination of years of hard work, substantial investment and visionary leadership. Even more, it symbolized our city’s great capacity to achieve great things. And that’s exactly what Buffalo displayed with this project. Among the string of victories our city has celebrated in recent yea…

By Sheila Weinberg A recent report from financial think tank Truth in Accounting has given New York’s finances a failing grade. The report is based on the state’s comprehensive financial report, which Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli presented as a “signal that the state has moved beyond the recurring fiscal gridlock of recent decades.” However, the report is full of…