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The State Education Department has again been tasked with the job of distinguishing between reality and perception in the Buffalo School District.And, once again, school leaders are not looking good, after the District Parent Coordinating Council filed a formal complaint recently with State Ed accusing the district of violating state and federal laws.Good for the DPCC. The…

We’re far from the red budget/green budget disaster of a decade ago, but the cautionary flare sent up by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli shouldn’t be dismissed by Erie County, the City of Lockport and other municipalities.DiNapoli’s office recently conducted an update of an early warning fiscal monitoring system that found a number of municipalities across the state a…

Try to shine a light on the back corridors of the New York State Legislature and lawmakers will run to the courts to try to make you stop. That is the discouraging way of things in Albany, where lawmakers want desperately not to let constituents know where they are making money outside of government.The Moreland Commission, created by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to flush out corr…

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Four years ago, Mickey Kearns lost the Democratic primary for mayor in a landslide. He garnered 14,866 votes.Earlier this month, Byron Brown won the Democratic primary for mayor in a landslide. He received 14,433 votes.In other words, more people voted for Kearns four years ago than for Brown this year.That’s what happens when four out of five voters stay at home on primar…

Vocational education and training remain a curricular centerpiece in the preparation of high school students, as they make meaningful transitions into industries, trades and manual/manufacturing jobs in today’s communities. The relationship between working environments and schools is a vital connection to future opportunities for all students after high school has been com…

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The U.S. Postal Service is in trouble, according to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. It’s something most of us already knew. But his solution – a request to raise the cost of a stamp by 3 cents – amounts to little more than nibbling around the edges of the problem.Donahoe characterized the agency as in “the midst of a financial disaster” and may need an emergency increa…

Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, is a kindlier looking man than his predecessor, the Holocaust-denier Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But President Obama is wise to be suspicious of Rouhani as Iran and the United States consider the possibility of resumed nuclear talks and closer relations.No one should be deceived by Rouhani’s kindly appearance or his reputation as a “more mode…

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Pamela C. Brown remains Buffalo’s school superintendent, but only by the skin of her teeth. She has lost the support of nearly half the School Board and, we suspect, about the same proportion of community residents.Brown on Wednesday survived an effort to fire her “without cause.” The resolution, offered by board member Carl Paladino, fell short in a 5-4 vote. Brown’s supp…

Kaleida Health is taking another stab at remaking the mothballed behemoth that was once Millard Fillmore Hospital at Gates Circle. Let’s hope this time the developer of choice is able to make it happen.Uniland Development Co. and two other developers have submitted separate proposals for the old hospital, which closed in March 2012 after merging into Buffalo General Medica…

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The Supreme Court may be on the verge of completing the damage it caused three years ago in its Citizens United ruling. When the court convenes for its new term next month, it will take up a case that could remove the limits that the wealthy can give directly to all candidates and political parties.For years, this has been the direction of the Supreme Court, which has boug…

Say Yes to Education continues to be the gift that keeps on giving to Buffalo Public Schools students, their parents and the community as a whole. The recent announcement about partnering with the district to provide after-school programs at half the city’s 56 schools this fall is yet another example.And that’s not all.Say Yes Buffalo also unveiled a four-year, $4.5 millio…

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The Republican Party is heading for a breakdown. Grimly, irrationally fixated on doing that which is not possible, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives is on the verge of shutting down the government.Republicans are holding a gun to the nation’s head – again – threatening a shutdown unless the Senate agrees to defund President Obama’s health care law. But the Senate…

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Again, a child has been beaten to death, allegedly by someone who should have been his protector. And, once again, Child Protective Services was nowhere to be found.Eain Brooks was only 5 years old when he was assaulted last week, half the age that Abdi Mohamud was last year when his stepfather murdered him. Abdi had cried out for help, reporting his abuse at the hands of …

It’s hard to see how House Republicans could seem more hard-hearted than by last week’s vote to slash the food stamp program that benefits the poorest Americans, including many seniors, children and the disabled.We’d hate to see them try to top their proposed $40 billion gash over the next decade to such a crucial program, officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assis…

As America’s population ages and the cost of health care and related institutions continues to rise, it’s clearly most cost-effective for older Americans to remain as long as possible in their homes – “aging in place” is the official term. That poses special challenges, however, for cities with older housing stock like Buffalo, and for nonprofit organizations like ours tha…