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If you haven’t been on Niagara Street lately, it is worth taking a drive to witness the amazing transformation underway. Once a forlorn West Side thoroughfare, even the road itself was bad – bumpy and unpleasant. Now the ride is much smoother for the most part, and there are surprising views out the car window. Many of the old manufacturing buildings shuttered long …

Whether you are a patriot, an environmentalist or an optimist – or any combination of the three – there is everything to like about the bald eagle’s revival in Western New York. It’s a modern American success story. Those spectacular birds, the symbol of America, have been on the comeback here for years. Their revival is now well established, and it’s because …

State and local economic development officials have welcomed HP Hood, the latest company promising hundreds of jobs at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park in the Town of Batavia. Hopes are high that the second time will prove the charm. The company is poised to succeed Muller Quaker Dairy, which made Greek yogurt at the plant for two years before closing. Hood is maki…

Western New Yorkers are a giving lot. Just when reaching a successful conclusion of the Catholic Charities Appeal seemed in peril, the organization managed to exceed its $11 million goal with a total of $11,069,168, down only slightly from last year’s $11.1 million total. The drive has met its target in 91 of its 93 years, with the exceptions during the economic downt…

The closing of the Huntley Generating Station, the biggest taxpayer in the Town of Tonawanda, was indeed a blow to the town. But the town’s aggressive pursuit of new businesses, expansions by longtime employers and some state assistance have softened the blow. Huntley shut down just over a year ago, eliminating 79 jobs and nearly $6 million a year in property tax reve…

Finally, after much delay, the Buffalo Police Department is about to test body cameras on some of its officers as a prelude to deciding whether to put them on all patrol officers. The department will test at least 20 cameras over 90 days. It’s a good approach. Given the number of American departments already using body cameras – including the New York City Police De…

It’s been a long time coming for Graycliff, the Frank Lloyd Wright delight that has been overshadowed by its better known and more centrally located sibling, the Darwin Martin House. While the Martin House, in Buffalo’s Parkside neighborhood, has long attracted money and attention to its restoration, work at Graycliff, on the Lake Erie shoreline in Derby, has procee…

By Jane Conroe and Becky Nystrom With summer in full swing, the rush is on for people to make the most of the next two months and enjoy the season. For many from Western New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Canada and elsewhere, the waters of Chautauqua Lake are a central part of their summer plans. However, many lakegoers are discovering something new to deal with this yea…

It’s enough to give pause to anyone with dentures or crowns in their mouths: the possibility that labs in China may have used substandard or even dangerous materials in making them. Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo wants to at least require disclosure of where the prosthetics placed in patients’ mouths are made. His proposed law is expected to b…

A federal appeals court on Thursday overturned the felony conviction of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, ruling that faulty instructions to the jury had tainted the outcome of last year’s trial. What the court pointedly did not say, however, is that Silver didn’t do the things that the evidence clearly proved. So, whatever happens next – and it should be a …

Folks around here should be proponents of electric cars to the extent that the success of battery-powered technology helps one company, in particular. If it isn’t clear, we’re talking about Tesla. Elon Musk is the renewable energy visionary heading Tesla. Tesla is the company that absorbed SolarCity last year. SolarCity is the company poised to begin churning out s…

Kevin Gaughan’s exciting and farsighted plan to restore two of Buffalo’s Olmsted parks while improving the golf courses they now host got an important boost last week in winning the praise and formal support of the National Association for Olmsted Parks. The proposal should move ahead as quickly as diligence and good planning allow. The plan counts as a coup both fo…

The question to ask about accrediting the Buffalo Police Department isn’t whether it should happen but why, after all these years, it hasn’t been done already. This is a true no-brainer. Accreditation means the department adopts standards in areas such as training, record keeping, evidence storage and hate-crime protocols. The Buffalo City Charter requires the depar…

Removing an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy between two nations makes for happier neighbors. Just look to Canada, where officials have wisely made it a lot easier for American boaters. Where rules once allowed impounding of vessels and equipment and fines for Americans who inadvertently strayed into Canadian waters and then failed to report in, there is a new, friendli…

To outsiders, the battle between the Amherst Town Board and Zoning Board is perplexing. To residents and taxpayers, it is costly and ridiculous. To developers, it is a delicious opportunity to exploit an inherent governmental weakness and run their plans right past elected oversight. So, who wins? Some might rightly say developers in the case of two projects: a medical …