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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s fortunes continue to grow through the latest in a series of extraordinarily generous donations, this one from the estate of pop artist and Buffalo favorite, Marisol, an enormously talented and prolific artist. She generously bequeathed to the gallery its largest single donation of art. Marisol died last April at 85. The trove she left t…

The U.S. census, constitutionally required to be undertaken every 10 years, is at risk of conducting a poor count as Congress fails in its obligation to fund preparations and render the process modern and as efficient as possible. That’s a problem for New York and any state with high concentrations of minority residents. The census is more than a numerical count. It i…

Now that the conversation on whether to extend Metro Rail to Amherst is growing louder it is time to look at some realities. Indeed, the notion of extending the rail service from the University at Buffalo’s South Campus in Buffalo to its North Campus in Amherst has gained in popularity since the 1980s and 1990s. For various and disputed reasons, the proposal to exten…

Verizon Wireless will have to show some patience and understanding when trying to convince Amherst residents that deploying “small cells” in their neighborhoods is a good idea and that it won’t harm them or drive down property values. Amherst residents will have to show an equal measure of patience as the company makes its case. Each side of this contentious issue…

Few will soon forget the inferno at the High Tread International plant in Lockport last summer that sadly claimed the life of a teenager. The fire burned four days, billowing toxic smoke. Nor will folks around here forget the November fire at the former Bethlehem Steel plant the mayor called “catastrophic.” It, too, poured hazardous smoke into the air around the …

Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph H. Emminger says he wakes up thinking about the Huntley Power Generating Station. He should keep his mind trained on that task. It may take near-obsession to devise a viable use for the 93-acre site on River Road. That’s fine. Figuring out what comes next is an imperative for communities that relied on Huntley, which NRG Energy clos…

Democrats and Republicans differ on many issues, but one on which there is broad agreement is ensuring that water systems are adequate and functioning. It’s a fundamental responsibility of government and one that New York is meeting in bipartisan fashion. Washington needs to take a lesson. Few places around the state need this project more than Western New York does. …

The Buffalo School District settled one long-running problem last year when it reached a contract agreement with teachers. But that agreement only deepened the district’s financial difficulties. The $10.2 million budget gap for the coming year balloons in the next two years, creating a total $116 million deficit if new money isn’t found or expenses aren’t reduced. …

Here’s an issue that should garner strong bipartisan support: clean air. Just like the water we drink, the air we breathe must be safe and free from pollutants. Seems a simple concept, until political pressure comes to bear. The latest air quality report by the American Lung Association gave Erie County middling grades. The county earned good marks for its low amou…

The committee charged with choosing a location for a new train station in Buffalo made a smart decision Thursday, selecting downtown Buffalo over what might be called the sentimental favorite, the old Central Terminal. The facts pointed toward a downtown site and away from the ghostly but beloved Central Terminal and, to its credit, the committee followed the facts. Nev…

Just because folks around here can’t seem to build a new Peace Bridge doesn’t mean bridges can’t be built. News staff reporter Robert J. McCarthy’s Tuesday article pointed to bridges built over the past several years – 10 local spans – with much public input and shepherded by the state Department of Transportation. A noteworthy accomplishment. The designs…

That there are problems within the Sabres organization is obvious to anyone even remotely familiar with Buffalo’s NHL team. Little in the way of good news has come out of the organization this year, but the possibility for improvement was made at least possible Thursday when owners Terry and Kim Pegula fired the team’s underperforming general manager and coach. That’…

Western New York shares Rep. Chris Collins’ frustration at the glacial pace at which vacancies are being filled – or even considered – in the Trump administration. Collins’ comments are significant as he has been one of the president’s most outspoken champions. Among the key unfilled posts: U.S. attorney, U.S. marshal and a federal judgeship in Western New Yor…

Maybe this will be the time that advocates find the right mix of ingredients to make the Broadway Market a year-round attraction. With the city on an upswing, the time is certainly right to try again. The renowned, 129-year-old market on Buffalo’s East Side is a hot spot every Easter season. But tired and in need of being reimagined, it’s a ghost town at other times…

It’s becoming ever clearer that the Erie County Water Authority is a rogue operation, blundering along as it chooses without regard to the law or common sense. It has outlived its usefulness. The authority is a quasi-public agency that delivers water to tens of thousands of ratepayers in Erie County. Over the years, and twice within a month, it has shown itself to be …