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By Dean Stansel Recently released census figures showed that the state of New York lost population for the first time in a decade. This should not be a shock. New York’s level of economic freedom is also the worst in the country, according to the new Economic Freedom of North America (EFNA) report, which ranks states according to their levels of economic freedom. Sta…

By Michael Meyers A racist rant from Carl Paladino, Buffalo businessman and School Board member, has him roiled in controversy; calls from politicians as mighty as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo demand that he resign or be ousted from the School Board. Many New Yorkers – including editorialists and top state education officials – have joined the chorus of those offended and horri…

By Gary A. Olson Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made national news when he announced a new initiative – the Excelsior Scholarship program. This program would provide free tuition for low- and middle-income families to attend SUNY and CUNY colleges. While I applaud his effort to provide the opportunity for all state residents to attend college, the plan in its present form will ha…

By Maxine S. Seller The U.N. Security Council resolution on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in the Middle East is one-sided, ahistorical and counterproductive to the pursuit of peace. The resolution is one-sided because it blames mainly Israel for the stalled peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Terrorism is mentioned as an obstacle to peace only brief…

By Ron Deutsch Poverty. While it may not be the glitz and glamour of a flashy news story, it is a very real and pervasive issue for millions of Americans, particularly in New York State. As such, and especially in the aftermath of the 2016 election, it should be clear to members of both political parties that struggling workers face real challenges and need real solutio…

By Mark Shriver Western New York’s waters – the Niagara and Buffalo rivers, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie – are much more than natural treasures. They drive massive amounts of spending and economic activity, and offer nearby municipalities and New Yorkers consistent opportunities for growth and development. Every year, tourists and residents spend millions to sightsee, …

By Mark Shriver Western New York’s waters – the Niagara and Buffalo rivers, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie – are much more than natural treasures. They drive massive amounts of spending and economic activity, and offer nearby municipalities and New Yorkers consistent opportunities for growth and development. Every year, tourists and residents spend millions to sightsee, …

By Aaron Krolikowski In December 2016, I made three trips by rental car to southern Ontario. The first was to catch up with a former classmate from the University of Oxford who lives in Toronto. Working in corporate social responsibility for a company based in Paris, he was on his way to Peru to set up an agro-forestry project. On the second visit, I met a professor…

By Anne F. Downey and Patricia C. Sandison With increased obligations of transparency and accountability, it is time once again for nonprofits in the state to ensure they are up to speed with the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013, as recently amended. The act makes changes to the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law and Estates, Powers and Trusts Law. …

By Anthony P. LoRusso Beyond the matter of Carl Paladino’s fitness for public office, and separate from the effect his words have on the individuals he denigrates and the humanity he diminishes, lies the question inherent in every instance of untoward human behavior: Why? Like Paladino, I am a Buffalo developer. Our profession, I believe, is a noble effort to shelter…

By Paul W. Wolf Buffalo developer and current School Board member Carl Paladino recently wrote hateful, racist words regarding President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. Many people are demanding that Paladino resign or be removed from his elected School Board position. I do not have any objection to Paladino resigning, but do have concerns about removing an elec…

By Michael Szukala As Erie County’s Medicaid inspector general, I have received phone calls and emails from Medicaid clients concerned over how a victory by Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled House and Senate will impact their Medicaid benefits. Health care reform was a key point of every major candidate in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has pledged to …

By William Lambers The nuclear tweet from Donald Trump was not exactly the holiday season message we were hoping for. The president-elect said on Dec. 22, “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” But sadly there was no mention of strengthening our diplomacy to reduc…

By Greg Slabodkin The U.N. Security Council’s Dec. 23 resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank has sent a powerful message to the Jewish state that the world sees these settlements as illegal under international law and as a major obstacle to a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The resolution rightfully calls for an imme…

By Thomas Edwards As the statewide advocacy organization for retailers of all sizes in the wine and spirits industry, I want to clarify some clear misperceptions about the lawsuit recently filed by Premium Wine & Spirits against the State Liquor Authority (SLA) and a liquor store in the Buffalo area. First, there have been comments that the lawsuit was filed beca…