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Bingo is on the ropes and some contend Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo helped put it there with his emphasis on state-sanctioned gambling, which offers bigger payouts and exciting play. While it’s true that gamblers today have plenty of ways to lose their money, bingo’s decline began long before Cuomo took office. Heading to the church, fire hall or veterans post for bingo is not …

All joking about “Scary Lucy” aside, the generosity of sculptor David Poulin deserves notice. He is hanging up his bronze sculpting tools and in the process giving back to the community. Poulin created what turned into a national and international sensation, but not in a good way. Poulin got ripped on social media over the statue of Lucille Ball he created for the comed…

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President Trump made a smart decision in appointing Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser. Not only is it a good choice, but a significantly better one than the ideological and deceptive Michael T. Flynn, who served less than a month before being chased out for lying. The difference is nearly like night and day. While both were military men, M…

In a sign of the fierce competition for manufacturing jobs, Tennessee is trying to lure an Akron company. That company says it needs tax breaks in order to stay. The Erie County Industrial Development Agency is weighing the request. Aakron Rule Corp. is a 50-year-old company. The company wants to add more than 25,000 square feet of space to its 12,000-square-foot wareho…

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Grand Island’s Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is concentrating on rebuilding his native country. It won’t be easy, but with an already demonstrated fortitude under adverse conditions, Mohamed appears to be the right choice as Somalia’s new president. Mohamed was inaugurated Wednesday. There is no time for a political honeymoon with so many issues to deal with. Somalia has be…

Only one set of circumstances can justify a municipality owning and managing a business such as an ice rink: if the demand exists, if no one else will do it, and if the taxpayers don’t mind. Those are the issues that Amherst Supervisor Barry Weinstein wants to explore as his last year in office unfolds. The town owns four such rinks at the Northtown Center and never doe…

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It may seem to some as a small-enough victory. With the treasure trove of priceless architecture that gives life to the Buffalo streetscape, the Market Arcade may seem to be of little concern. We would argue otherwise. It’s a magnificent little gem that reflects the beauty of Buffalo. It’s a gem that had lost its luster and was nearly discarded. That was before develope…

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A New York State justice, ignoring the routine ability of defendants to secure a fair trial in spite of publicity, turned her back on the public’s right to see what went on in a city jail last May when an inmate was thrashed within an inch of his life. A jail employee has been charged with a federal crime: deprivation of rights under color of law. For that, Matthew Jask…

For the 26 Buffalo-area residents sworn in as U.S. citizens the other day, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” are not simply words written by one of the Founding Fathers. The phrase holds deep significance for these new citizens, some of whom fled terrible conditions in their native lands and sought an opportunity to begin again. There was renewed spirit of…

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Too much is unknown about the plan for financing a new emergency room at Erie County Medical Center to proceed with it now. The concept floated by Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has enough yellow flags around it that lawmakers cannot responsibly support it without first obtaining additional information. That would be true in any circumstance, but especially so,…

Homeowners in Amherst have been preparing for the worst while hoping for the best as they scan their mail for a letter from the town. The reason: 44,000 property owners in the town are receiving their new assessments. This event should not be met with dread. Maybe not glee, but certainly not dread. The town is sharing the results of its 2017 Assessment Equity Projec…

Municipalities should be doing what they can to ease the financial burden for taxpayers while increasing efficiencies. One way to do that is to share services across town lines. To that end, the plan by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo should be viewed as a ripe carrot, without a stick, that encourages towns and villages to work together. This property tax reduction scheme requi…

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When it comes to Airbnb and the City of Buffalo (or, any municipality), lawmakers should devise regulations that apply both to those hosts and to traditional businesses, such as bed and breakfasts. It’s the same principle that should apply to Uber, Lyft and other disruptive economies. First, though, it’s important to ensure that the rules already in place actually ma…

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Good for Tom Reed. Even with advance warning that he was going to run into a buzz saw of opposition, he persisted. The Republican congressman from Corning waded into succeeding storms of protest at four town hall meetings on Saturday, hearing out raucous crowds, dealing with them respectfully and standing his ground. You can agree or disagree with Reed’s positions on is…

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Finally, it’s looking real. With an attractive and intriguing design, construction is expected to begin next month on the Explore & More Children’s Museum at Canalside. It could become a valuable addition to Buffalo’s vibrant and increasingly popular waterfront district. The design is nothing if not creative. It’s going to be a new, four-story building that is desig…