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Spectacular isn’t a word that is thrown around too much in Buffalo, but it’s the exact right word to describe the planned expansion of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. With glass walls, underground parking and a connection to the adjacent parkland, the project is nothing less than transformative. The announcement of the project’s details is the culmination of months…

What Joe Dash wants for the grocery store that carries his name is reasonable. What is more, he is going about it in the right way. Buffalo’s Common Council should approve his request to expand the market on Hertel Avenue. Despite support for a larger store in the neighborhood, Dash’s petition ran into opposition last week at two public meetings. Rather than than al…

By Patricia Lynch Short-term rentals in Grand Island and the Town of Porter, as reported in The Buffalo News, continue to present town boards and the communities they represent with zoning challenges, threatening the security and quality of life in otherwise peaceful residential neighborhoods. In its Euclid v. Ambler Realty Co. ruling upholding zoning, the U.S. Supre…

By Larry Beahan The new University at Buffalo medical school downtown is an architectural wonder. I stand in amazement at its soaring glass, seven-story, light-filled atrium, its terracotta “rainscreen” exterior and its statuary-adorned subway station basement. My heart and mind spin back to 1951 when I enrolled in UB’s medical school, then housed in a very dif…

There should be no argument that Buffalo needs to help its many poor residents find affordable housing. The city’s renaissance can be wholly virtuous only if it ensures that rising prosperity doesn’t leave behind those who can’t otherwise afford the increasing rents. Unfortunately, that circumstance is exactly what appears to be happening, as waiting lists appear …

By David Shribman MONTREAL – When the United States celebrated its 150th birthday, Calvin Coolidge was president, Al Capone’s gangsters were running wild in Chicago, NBC was just being formed and Gene Tunney was girding to defeat Jack Dempsey. Generally it was a quiet, contented country, not all that important in world affairs, not all that worried about war or depr…

By Gabe Roth A respected jurist will soon step down from the nation’s top court after nearly three decades in office – but without much fanfare. Millions of dollars will not be spent by political action committees to influence the elected officials who must confirm a replacement. Just before and immediately following the retirement, the court will continue to hear i…

By Larry Scott The traditional gift for a 50th anniversary is gold, but when our parents hit that milestone my sister Jean and I gave them something completely different: a purple bagpipe. We sent away for a half-size beginner’s model, which came with a predominantly red Stewart tartan bag cover. My wife scoured the local fabric shops, found a plaid that featured q…

By Chris Collins Special to the Washington Post The morning of June 14 turned tragic when a gunman opened fire at a practice in Alexandria, Va., for the annual congressional charity baseball event. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., two U.S. Capitol Police special agents, one staff member and one former staff member were wounded in a despicable attack that sent …

There’s a reason why government officials like to operate in secrecy: They’re afraid of what will happen if the public finds out what they’re up to. The U.S. Senate crafted its health care bill behind closed doors and now we know why. Like the House bill passed last month, it is more interested in cutting taxes for those who don’t need it than it is in providing…

By Norb Rug Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end. I grew up in Buffalo in the 1950s and early ’60s. It was an entirely different time and place than it is now. I remember walking to PS 68 and back home again without the need for my parents being there to protect me. Many days we would jump the fence and play baseball in the school playgroun…

OK, show of hands: Who of Chris Collins’ constituents is relieved that the congressman will be packing heat at his rallies in an effort to help protect you? It’s a crazy time in America, and it’s easy to understand the unease and even fear. Given the country’s raw political division, that is especially true for public officials. But the Lone Ranger is a fanta…

By Andrew J. Shaevel Action by the Amherst Town Board to use taxpayer funds to hire outside legal counsel for purposes, “including but not limited to condemnation issues, eminent domain issues, land redevelopment issues, and litigation” of the Westwood property is highly inappropriate and could prove to be a fiscal nightmare. Since the request for proposal was is…

ALBANY – It’s been more than two years since the Politics Column was last dispatched to the State Capitol to chronicle the proceedings of New York State government. Could it have proven too long an absence, especially when the yellowed electronic card granting access to the Capitol started beeping against the monitor, and attracting the attention of a very serious-l…