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We love new technology as much as the next person, but we have to agree with Brooklyn Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz that driving while wearing Google Glass is just as dangerous as talking on a cellphone. Or texting. Or applying mascara. Or checking the box scores. Or doing anything except paying attention to the road.For the non-tech savvy, Google Glass is wearable technology…

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The most obvious answer to the problem of chronic sexual harassment in Albany is the one offered by Assemblywoman Crystal People-Stokes, D-Buffalo: Elect more women.Why the culture of sexual predation among males is so powerful and ingrained in New York State government is a matter of conjecture. That it needs to be confronted and disincentivized is undeniable. The best wa…

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s positive report on the City of Buffalo’s finances results from the combination of good work by the mayor, oversight by the control board and a healthy dose of state aid.The Brown administration gets credit for returning the city from the fiscal wilderness. Byron W. Brown moved in to City Hall just as the state control board took o…

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Is a pattern starting to emerge showing that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is too willing to punish whole communities whose mayors don’t endorse him? It’s starting to look that way, even as another trouble spot – Christie’s use of Hurricane Sandy recovery funds – has appeared. It’s not the normal way to open a bid for the White House.Christie has denied any kn…

Some 60,000 seventh- and eighth-grade students in New York will have one less math test to worry about this year, thanks to a federal waiver. The move gets rid of some “double testing,” and shouldn’t be seen as a capitulation to opponents of the new Common Core learning standards.Students, as they have been for decades, must be tested to see how well they are learnin…

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It took too long, but finally, when he could put it off no longer, Dennis Gabryszak bowed to reality. He resigned from the State Assembly, allowing the women there to breathe a little easier.It took a month for him to decide – or even to make any public statement – about allegations of vile behavior from seven women who worked for him. When he did speak, his comments w…

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Would somebody please introduce Pamela C. Brown to her telephone?The Buffalo school superintendent, whose district is in deep trouble over its inability to accommodate the 2,100 students who are demanding transfers out of underperforming schools, says she is waiting for another call from the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo about its offer to take some of those students.Once ag…

Businesses will have yet another reason to locate here in Western New York in the wake of the recent announcement of a $5 million business plan contest intended to attract worldwide attention.The newest effort will have Jordan A. Levy and a venture capitalist who relocated to the area from Minnesota overseeing the competition.The contest is part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s…

The debate over the use of drone aircraft in the United States understandably centers around safety and privacy concerns, but the truth is, the genie is already out of the bottle.The government has to ensure that privacy concerns are adequately addressed. And as drones become more common, the public has to be confident they won’t pose a safety hazard.The Federal Aviation…

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Any loosening of laws governing marijuana use remains a politically charged subject, but a new proposal by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is creative, narrowly scaled and compassionate to New Yorkers who are suffering from debilitating conditions that some version of marijuana could help to alleviate. It’s the right move.Cuomo’s plan is to make use of the Antonio G. Olivieri Con…

Warships from the U.S. Navy will someday be sailing alongside the Royal Canadian Navy supply ships HMCS Queenston and HMCS Chateauguay, perhaps on a NATO exercise or a humanitarian relief mission. That might get awkward if a historically minded American sailor notices that Queenston and Chateauguay are battles where Canada defeated America in the War of 1812. Yo, Canada, w…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo inherited a century-old workers’ compensation system in extreme dysfunction, caused by years of neglect and special interest lobbying. Independent research, such as studies by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute, shows that compared to other states, New York’s system is slow to pay injured workers and produces poor medical outcomes.It is…

Sometime this year, a retired accountant from Kokomo, a transplanted auto worker from Kankakee or a Caracas banker will become the answer to a trivia question. Cyber cymbals will clang, announcing that Florida has succeeded New York as the nation’s third-largest state. Expect a New York Daily News headline: “Empire State to Sunshine State: Drop Dead!”In 1844, Ralph W…

Dennis Rodman has outdone himself, something that didn’t seem possible. The NBA Hall of Famer (who, by the way, disgraces the Hall of Fame) has loudly declared murderous North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un his “best friend,” and he and a team of former NBA players recently traveled to the communist country for what he called “basketball diplomacy.”Before the game, …

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The rapidly increasing violence in Iraq stemming from the growing threat of al-Qaida forces shows once again how limited our options are.American troops cannot be sent to every hot spot, especially one with such a deep sectarian divide as Iraq, where a Sunni insurgency threatens the Shiite government. And ignoring the problem is equally wrong. The best answer is to work po…