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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…

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 …

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…

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…

Why is the administration of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown continuing to conceal video of the vicious beating of a city jail inmate? There is no longer even the pretense of an excuse for refusing to allow the public to see what went on inside the jail. The explanation up to now has been that the city was refusing to release the video at the request of the federal prosecu…

Once again, Western New York voters are being denied their right to decide who wears the robes in the courtrooms that their taxes support. Party leaders, as is their anti-democratic custom, have made the decisions for them. Continuing their long-standing practice, the leaders of Erie County’s Republican and Democratic parties have cross-endorsed two candidates for two…

The headline was both disturbing and, in an odd way, reassuring: “Secrecy surrounding Senate health bill alarms lawmakers.” It’s good to know that something in the public interest is still of concern to members of Congress, and this certainly merits it. The United States Senate has been meeting secretly to craft legislation meant to overturn and, in some way, repl…

Give the opponents of air safety this much credit: They’re persistent. And now they’ve enlisted a seriously big gun in their effort to water down important safety rules implemented in the aftermath of the Flight 3407 tragedy. But they’re still wrong, even if they have the support of the highest-ranking officer in the Air Force. Gen. David L. Goldfein should know b…

It would be nearly criminal if workers doing an honest job were left unpaid for their efforts on state contracts, but the fact is that New York has to be rigorous in its expectation of contractors who bill the state for millions of dollars. Especially in light of federal indictments involving state development efforts, including Buffalo’s RiverBend project, New York need…

Uber, it seems, knows a lot about launching a wildly successful ride-hailing service but almost nothing about how to run it honestly. The company is a problem child and, given that it is about to start doing business in upstate, one that New York State should plan to monitor carefully. Hardly a week goes by without some new cringe-worthy revelation about Uber and its co…

An Amazon distribution center bringing several hundred new jobs to the area when it opens later this year in Lancaster is very welcome news. Amazon joins other businesses that have taken an interest in the local workforce. Among the announcements involving promises of several hundred new jobs: Tesla’s SolarCity factory and spinoffs at South Buffalo’s RiverBend site,…

Williamsville Superintendent Scott G. Martzloff, who might be the epitome of the word “embattled,” has found relief in a decision by a hearing officer that should end the district’s bizarre yearslong internal struggle. Trouble began after Martzloff took over as superintendent in 2011. He started shaking things up the district, something well within his rights to d…