By Liam O’Mahony This summer I became consumed with running 5K races. They took over my social calendar. Cruising through crowds energized me after years away from the friendly rivalries, social atmosphere and bursts of exertion that these events offer. I never trained formally and did not compete in high school or college. In 1996, I developed an appetite by runni…

Seventy-five years ago this morning, the story of the Greatest Generation began, molded in the searing heat of a sneak attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor. The men of that generation – and more than a few women – had little idea until that morning what would be demanded of them over the coming years or how crucial to the survival of democracy their sacrifi…

By Chris Candelaria In June of 2014, first lady Michelle Obama issued a unique challenge to cities across the United States. This was called the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. As a veteran myself, I couldn’t have been more proud of such an initiative. At the same time I was so skeptical of the possibility of ending veteran homelessness. Many mayors a…

Helping the less fortunate begins at home, a mission embodied in good work being done by volunteer medical students and doctors. They have been taking to the streets in order to bring medical services to the homeless and those simply down on their luck. Providing over-the-counter medications, along with free medical advice and transportation, even for a few short blocks…

By John S. Szalasny “The First Amendment does not give you the right to commit fraud,”  State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said during his press briefing earlier this year regarding the state’s investigation into charges ExxonMobil knowingly deceived the public and shareholders about climate change. Proving that the company defrauded shareholders by with…

Now that the Town of Evans taxpayers are on the hook for a deep double-digit tax increase because of the entrenched financial ineptitude of past elected officials, they may want to demand greater transparency and accountability. The town has run out of money and local taxpayers will be the ones picking up a bill that, had sound management practices been in play all thes…

By Alex Lazarus-Klein The first advice my father-in-law gave me when we were looking to buy a house was: Don’t just look at the house, also meet your potential neighbors. How right he was. Good neighbors can make all the difference. When my wife and I were moving to Buffalo, we had exactly one day to look for houses. We started early in the morning and we went on s…

In his campaign for president, Donald Trump pledged retribution to Carrier, the air conditioning and heating giant that was planning to move 2,000 jobs from Indiana to Mexico. In the end, he and Vice President-elect Mike Pence – the governor of Indiana – used a traditional combination of carrots and sticks to save about half those jobs: They bought them with the kind …

By Barack Obama In the final weeks of my administration, we are as focused as ever on a promise I made in my inaugural address: putting American ingenuity to work to help Americans live healthier lives. In honoring this promise I remain committed to addressing the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic, a crisis that is taking a devastating toll on far too many familie…

By Chris Candelaria In June of 2014, first lady Michelle Obama issued a unique challenge to cities across the United States. This was called the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. As a veteran myself, I couldn’t have been more proud of such an initiative. At the same time I was so skeptical of the possibility of ending veteran homelessness. Many mayors a…

One company is struggling to keep its head above the fast-moving current pulling down an industry; the source of another’s problems is less clear. The Erie County Industrial Development Agency is determining whether to claw back the tax breaks of one or both. The ECIDA allows clawbacks “if a company fails to come within 80 percent of its job creation or investment p…