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In a well-deserved honor, The Buffalo Zoo has decided to name one of its new facilities, The Donna Fernades Amphibian and Reptile Center. It pays homage to the former zoo president for her role heading the cultural institution. The zoo’s Reptile House will reopen with new and renovated exhibits, along with new inhabitants and mechanical systems. The state will provide a $3…

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Re-engineer: It has to be the surest way private colleges and universities in New York State will survive and perhaps thrive under what one leader called a “direct assault” on higher education. The accusation stems from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal to eliminate $30 million in Bundy Aid, unrestricted state money used by such institutions to provide additional financia…

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It is reassuring, to an extent, that Tesla seems unworried about the tariff the Trump administration slapped on imported solar panels and cells this week. The gigantic plant at RiverBend, built at state expense, is devoted to solar energy and represents Buffalo’s best hope for a new high-tech economy. Even still, the administration’s decision is wrong, and on a couple o…

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The bright, diverse fabric of the City of Buffalo’s Grant Street with its eclectic shops, artful graffiti, multilingual and multicultural vibe contains the hopeful winning formula for growth and prosperity. Among millennials who seek out cool coffee shops, tattoo artists and a funky vibe filled with all the colors of the rainbow, Grant Street is hip. Yes, the milelong s…

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Who won in the brief federal government shutdown? Some argue that Republicans did because Senate Democrats blinked, but the real answer is that Americans won. The government they fund and rely upon for countless services wasn’t held hostage to political gamesmanship, as it has in years past. That it wasn’t is largely due to the common sense of a New York Democrat, Senat…

The state Public Service Commission should take a close look at a three-year deal between National Grid and state regulators that hikes the average residential customer’s monthly bill by about 11 percent over three years. The utility should get ready for more comments at public hearings. The PSC is expected to make a decision sometime in April or May and could change th…

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It’s so good and obvious an idea, it should have been pursued years ago: The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy plans this summer to launch an endowment campaign to help fund its stewardship of the city’s historic park system. It’s a natural for one of Buffalo’s premier cultural assets. Indeed, it should be seen as essential. Lacking iconic buildings or specific programm…

Now that Buffalo and Rochester are out of the running for Amazon’s second headquarters, the two regions should aggressively and publicly join forces on other efforts. If it takes two or three tries, or 200 or 300 tries, to land business that brings economic vitality it will be worth the effort. That project might not land the 50,000 jobs the Amazon deal is advertised…

More progress on the waterfront: The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. has announced plans for lightly developing Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, and while some aspects of the proposal are already being challenged, in broad strokes, the picture is immensely appealing. For years, the Outer Harbor had been a Buffalo stepchild. It was hard for any but the most determined to get …

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The political patronage pit is filling up again. This time, the beneficiaries are a couple of former politicians, one who just lost his seat in the last election and another who sacrificed hers in an attempt to secure the top job at City Hall. Thanks to the party higher-ups who provide taxpayer-paid safety nets, both have landed jobs at the Erie County Board of Electio…

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Two issues converging on the internet and carrying great influence deserve close attention: net neutrality and expandding high-speed access into underserved areas. Net neutrality is an Obama-era policy and the Trump administration is not fond of Obama-era policies. Net neutrality forced internet service providers to create an even playing field when it comes to deliv…

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Something new for Buffalo: Following the examples of other urban centers, including New York City, a well connected group of advocates is planning to transform an abandoned railway into Buffalo’s newest park. It’s a wonderful idea. Like Manhattan’s popular and charming “High Line” along the island’s west side, Buffalo’s park will be built on an abandoned, elevated rail …

Western New Yorkers used social media – and good old-fashioned letters and phone calls – to support a local business. And won. Weber’s Mustard has been around for 96 years. Folks around here are loyal to the South Buffalo company’s product. They love it. That’s why they started writing BJ’s Wholesale Club when they noticed it had gone missing from store shelves. The ca…

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It wasn’t an easy start for Daniel Derenda when he was named Buffalo police commissioner in 2010. Critics complained he lacked a college degree. But with his retirement eight years later, it’s clear that this former street cop was up to the task. He leaves the department better than he found it. Derenda, 58, called it a career on Tuesday after 32 years as a policeman in…

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In presenting a $168 billion spending plan on Wednesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo eschewed the usual bells and whistles and just used the whistle to signal trouble ahead, much of it, in his estimation, brought on by Washington. He’s not wrong. But he needs to make sure that he is not adding to the problem by raising $1 billion in the coming year in tax increases, “shifts” o…