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Douglas Turner


A U.S. Transportation Department report supports completion of the long-delayed Route 219 expressway.The government endorsed the project on economic development grounds, not on traditional cost-benefit analyses. It also reiterates contention that New York and Pennsylvania, not the federal government, should pay for the work.The report, requested by Rep. Henry J. Nowak…

The Reagan administration's budget office acknowledged Tuesday that $70 billion from the Social Security payroll tax is being used to help the president's final budget meet deficit-reduction targets.Without diverting Social Security taxes, the Reagan administration's fiscal 1990 deficit would be $162.6 billion, instead of $92.5 billion, the budget office acknowledged.…

In a twisted sequel to the dirtiest national campaign in half a century, the Congress has decided to be kinder and gentler with itself.All Congress needs to do is to stay out of town until Feb.9 and it will get a 50 per cent pay raise that it doesn't need and doesn't deserve.There is one virtue to this post-election pay grab: The public will at least have a clearcut i…

It took nine years, a presidential campaign and designation as secretary of housing and urban development, but Jack Kemp has finally secured Democratic House leadership support of his enterprise zones bill.House Majority Leader Tom Foley, D-Wash., and Rep. Charles Rangel, D-Manhattan, a longtime foe of the bill, are among the influential sponsors of H.R. 6, the 1989 v…

Rep. L. William Paxon, R-East Aurora, has taken the clearest position against the proposed congressional pay raise of any member of Congress representing Western New York."I ran for Congress knowing what the salary level would be," Paxon said, "so I'm not in a position to raise it during my (two-year) term in office."A commission on Dec. 13 proposed $29 million worth …

As secretary of housing and urban development, Jack F. Kemp will be perched just where he said he likes to be -- in a risky spot at the cutting edge of policy and government.The Department of Housing and Urban Development was created 23 years ago as the centerpiece of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty in an atmosphere of great optimism.Today, HUD casts only a …

James V. Stanton, a former Buffalo businessman and one-time Ohio congressman, today will announce his candidacy for chairman of the Democratic National Committee.Stanton, who served as executive vice president of Delaware North Companies Inc. of Buffalo for eight years, has the support of former House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill Jr., D-Mass., and both U.S. senator…

President-elect Bush today named Rep. Jack Kemp, R-Hamburg, his choice for secretary of housing and urban development, calling him "one of the primary architects of the opportunity society I'm trying to create."Bush, in a press conference, said he was asking Kemp "to bring his innovative solutions" to the problems of homelessness, housing and joblessness in the nation…

President-elect Bush will nominate Rep. Jack F. Kemp, R-Hamburg, as secretary of housing and urban development, sources say.Kemp was said to have met with Bush and his chief of staff, John H. Sununu, in the last two days. Bush offered the post to Kemp during the talk, sources said Thursday, and Kemp has accepted.Kemp, who is retiring from Congress, could not be reache…

President Reagan, President-elect Bush and a host of conservative leaders heaped praise on Rep. Jack Kemp Thursday night at his swan song appearance as a congressman."Jack Kemp has already fought and won more battles than most men dream of," Reagan told a dinner audience of 1,000 people, including 40 from the Buffalo area."But Jack Kemp's future is even greater than w…

Inspectors found deficiencies in 13 Niagara Frontier nursing homes in results of the most recent surprise inspections released by the government Thursday.Some WNY nursing homes had only one infraction. One in Niagara County had as many as 11.The inspections, contained in a 75-volume guide for consumers by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, criticized so…

An international commission studing the effects of high Great Lakes levels in 1985-86 urged governments Wednesday to ban construction of vulnerable buildings along the lakes' shorelines.The International Joint Commission also studied proposals for Niagara River projects to see whether they would increase flows out of the upper lakes.The commission said no Niagara Rive…

One of the ways you can tell if a congressman is watching the store is the way he thinks ahead and heads off problems.Rep. Henry J. Nowak of Buffalo came to mind almost as soon as we cracked a massive federal report on how the "greenhouse effect" will change the temperature and precipitation patterns over the U.S.First, a word about the greenhouse effect. It's a biolo…

Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, is making a long-shot bid for the chairmanship of the House Committee on Banking and Urban Affairs.LaFalce reportedly made the decision to try for the leadership of the committee, one of the most powerful in Congress, about noon Wednesday after learning of the defeat of the panel's beleaguered chairman, Rep. Fernand J. St Ger…

Rep. Jack F. Kemp, R-Hamburg, Tuesday said he feels "pretty good" about the way that George Bush campaigned for the presidency but voiced firm doubts he will play a role in the Bush administration.Kemp said Bush helped his campaign by linking it to conservative values, but said he wished Bush hadn't "coasted" for the final 10 days of the campaign. "My biggest disappoi…