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Even in a region brimming with generous people and able business leaders, Robert G. Wilmers stood out. Focused, perceptive and visionary, Wilmers spent almost four decades turning M&T Bank into a national powerhouse while investing, corporately and personally, in his adopted city of Buffalo. Western New York will dearly miss one of its premier citizens. Wilmers died…

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Unless something remarkable happens, the fight over where to provide psychiatric services to children in Western New York is over. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has vetoed a bill intended to keep the center at its location in West Seneca, and even though the measure passed both chambers of the Legislature unanimously, the likelihood of an override is close to zero. That means th…

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A glimpse of the Navy’s future is resting gently today along Buffalo’s waterfront. The soon-to-be USS Little Rock is docked there, awaiting its commissioning on Saturday as its World War II-era namesake keeps watch nearby. The new Little Rock is a modern version of a cruiser, packing enormous power in a small package. It has enough bells, whistles and computer power tha…

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Buffalo teachers may have a point regarding discipline in city schools, but Superintendent Kriner Cash has the better policy. Not all infractions call for harsh punishment and suspensions should be reserved for incidents in which no lesser punishment is suitable. But the Buffalo Teachers Federation says students who act out, disrupting classes in one way or another, are…

There’s good news and better news on the 2017 News Neediest Fund. The good news is that donations are coming in at around the same rate as they did last year. The better news is that for those who still want to give, there is both the time and the need for your help. This is the 36th year the News Neediest Fund has reached out to the community for donations that will he…

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There seems little doubt that John L. Sinatra Jr. has the right résumé for a federal judgeship. Local lawyers agree, regardless of political party. Dennis Vacco, a Republican and former state attorney general, called him a “skilled practitioner” with “a great judicial temperament.” Terrence M. Connors, a prominent Democratic attorney, said Sinatra is “hard-working, soli…

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New York has long undervalued the lives of those injured or killed by drunken drivers. Last month, it undervalued them again via a law restricting an Erie County judge from imposing a sentence that was commensurate with the terrible crime committed by Abdikadir M. Jaffar. Jaffar got drunk last New Year’s Eve, climbed into his car and ran into a group of pedestrians whos…

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If the pending loss of crucial deductions and an exploding budget deficit weren’t reason enough to hate the tax bill moving toward approval in Washington, here’s another: Tax legislation supported by congressional Republicans would penalize renewable energy sources while favoring producers of fossil fuels. It looks backward and seeks to trip up an industry that is crucial …

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It’s unfortunate that something so valuable and doable took seven years to implement, but the good news is that an effort to improve air safety is finally being implemented. The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday released a test version of a database that will give airlines easy access to the federal records of individual pilots. Here’s the importance of that d…

For those who think governments in New York or Washington can become too intrusive, we offer this thought: Thank your lucky stars you don’t live in Quebec. There, the provincial legislature has unanimously passed a resolution calling on all shopkeepers to stop saying “Bonjour hi” when they greet customers. “Hi” is too English for the Quebec language police. From now on,…

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Here’s the edited version of a valuable new assessment of Buffalo’s housing market: It’s booming, except where it isn’t. That’s a short way of saying that while the city’s resurgence is real, it doesn’t yet extend to many parts of the city. That creates challenges in developing a municipal policy on affordable housing. To help plot a way forward, the city hired a consul…

It’s good news for all that Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office is investigating police use of traffic checkpoints in Buffalo and enforcement sweeps in public housing. Police may not like it at first, but once complete, the boundaries and rules should be clear to all. The first thing to note is that such police activities are not unusual. To be constitutional…

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Awaiting the signature of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is an important bill whose influence will benefit every New Yorker, especially those who run into a brick wall while trying to pry public information out of government agencies. The sooner Cuomo signs it, the sooner he can boast about making government work better for some 20 million residents. The bill closes a gaping hole…

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House and Senate Republicans seem to be coming to their senses – a little bit, anyway – on the subject of tax reform. With both houses of Congress having savaged the deduction for state and local taxes, Republicans in both chambers are now looking for a way to restore at least some of that benefit. This is an urgent matter. Voters of both parties have made long-term fin…

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If Lori Pettit Rieman isn’t in over her head as Cattaraugus County district attorney, she’s doing a very good job of pretending to be. The prosecutor who took on the case of an Erie County inmate who died after rough treatment by jail workers has not only dragged her feet in the investigation, but treated a relative of the dead man – a grieving person – with utter disda…