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Not unexpectedly, the question of whether to hold a state constitutional convention was defeated in Tuesday’s voting, and soundly so. That’s disappointing to anyone who wanted to use the opportunity to attend to the defects that help to make New York one of the nation’s most politically corrupt states. That failure puts the onus on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to push harder…

Byron W. Brown, Buffalo’s first African-American mayor, has again made history, although this time not as “the first.” His re-election victory Tuesday makes him just the second person to win a fourth term as mayor of Buffalo, a political feat accomplished by the late, legendary Jimmy Griffin. The voters have spoken, four times now. It is safe to say that Brown has…

Taxpayers need to know their education dollars are being spent effectively. That’s one of the reasons Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo pushed hard for a system of teacher evaluations. Education is one of the two costliest parts of the state budget, yet there have been insufficient measurers to test the system’s performance. What you can’t measure, you can’t improve. But, ju…

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Western New York should bet long on Tesla, as the solar-everything company becomes the manufacturing cornerstone of the region, with the largest solar panel factory in the Western Hemisphere right here in South Buffalo’s RiverBend. The effort will prove beneficial and vindicate the state’s calculated risk on expending a large share of the Buffalo Billion to build an…

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It’s a light, off-year election this year, so who should vote? Right, it’s a trick question. Everyone who’s registered should vote. Citizenship confers rights and obligations, and voting counts in both categories, even when the biggest races aren’t on the ballot. Our right to vote in a fair election is hardly universal. Even today, many countries hold no elections…

Aaron Bartley firmly believes in “founder’s syndrome,” the notion that a founder of an organization can stay on as leader too long, bringing stagnation or worse. So, the executive director of People United for Sustainable Housing, the dynamic grassroots organization that he and Eric Walker co-founded in 2004, is moving on. Through PUSH, Bartley, 42, has left an in…

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The national opioid crisis, in which Western New York is fully and tragically ensnared, is a tentacled beast. Its cascading influence spreads far beyond the users who are in the grip of a life-threatening addiction and includes spiraling numbers of children whose lives are being upended. Erie County’s Department of Social Services is necessarily removing children from…

The bar was low, but that doesn’t mean clearing it isn’t cause for satisfaction. With 13 more Buffalo schools primed to come out of receivership, the work has only begun, but at least the work is producing results. The state receivership program gives significant direct control of a poorly performing school to an overseer, often the superintendent. When the program …

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With all the pummeling to the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is it any wonder many Americans think it’s no longer available? It is still the law, and it is time to enroll. The open enrollment deadline for 2018 is coming quickly, Dec. 15. New Yorkers and residents in other states that run their own insurance exchanges are fortunate to have later d…

Women have come a long way since winning the right to vote, but still have a long way to go to gain equality in pay and opportunity alongside men. Still, New York State has something to celebrate Monday. The day will mark 100 years since the state’s voters – all males – granted women the right to vote. The state’s action came three years before ratification of t…

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Town of Tonawanda residents have reason to be frustrated by the federal government’s foot-dragging over the cleanup of radioactive waste. And they have reason to be frustrated by the half measures the feds are offering after delaying so long. It is not good enough. Only a full cleanup will do. Here’s the news: the Army Corps of Engineers has decided to remove fro…

The call to civic duty reaches most of us at some point, usually at inopportune moments. But it’s good to know that former presidents are also on the list for jury duty, and willing to participate. George W. Bush showed up for jury duty in Dallas in 2015, and even posed for pictures with giddy-looking members of the jury panel. Most recently former President Barack Ob…

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There is a crucial lesson that could be overlooked in the reports from women who say they were sexually assaulted by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein: While his alleged offenses may be especially egregious, he is only the poster boy. The problem goes far beyond him. This is plainly a cultural issue – one in which too many men feel entitled to force themselves on wo…

Now that the study examining the merits of a multiuse facility for sports, conventions and concerts is in, will officials heed its advice and wait until there’s more there? Or will they ignore the $113,000 report and attempt to build it anyway? It might be a risky play, if the new structure does not turn out to be much of a lure. So, back to the study by a Minneapo…

Women have come a long way since winning the right to vote, but still have a long way to go to gain equality in pay and opportunity alongside men. Still, New York State has something to celebrate Monday. The day will mark 100 years since the state’s voters – all males – granted women the right to vote. The state’s action came three years before ratification of t…