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There is a belief gathering steam that ride-hailing services should be part of the fabric of life in New York State. In these app-driven times it seems logical that we have access to the modern-day conveniences that can be found in the least-modern parts of the world, but not here. Still, ride-hailing services must be willing to compete on a level playing field with …

The Buffalo Common Council made the right decision in approving the Police Department’s request for an increase in firepower and defensive equipment for officers. Council members built on that decision by requiring every officer to complete training on the new firearm and undergo instruction in sensitivity and de-escalation techniques. The issue is how to ensure th…

The region is grateful, as always, for the millions of state dollars invested here, the latest in an effort to help Grand Island welcome tourists and improve the town’s recreational opportunities. But it’s sort of contradictory to ask those tourists to pay a dollar to cross a bridge in order to get to the welcome center. That’s just one small reason why the Gra…

Anyone under the age of 18 is just starting out on life’s journey to adulthood. Yet in New York, nearly 4,000 minors were married between 2000 and 2010. Even more troubling, more than 84 percent of those were girls married to adult men. Another stunning fact is the current minimum age – 14 – for someone to be married in this state. It takes parental consent and co…

Buffalo has many assets to its rebounding name, including its store of magnificent buildings, its professional sports teams and a sparkling arts scene. None is as important as its place on the water. Lake Erie and the Niagara River, among other waterways, make Buffalo what it is – and did so long before any of its great buildings were constructed. The water on our wes…

It is worth saying again that veterans who have come forward to defend this country deserve a break. If we want to thank the brave men and women who have fought in the Vietnam, Korean and Iraq and Afghanistan wars, there are many ways to accomplish that goal. A long time ago, the GI Bill meant that many veterans and their generation were able to get an education, buy…

There is a unique quality to the Elmwood Village in the architecture, mom and pop shops, restaurants, walkability, bikeability and friendliness among both residents and visitors. It is worth preserving and protecting but not always to the exclusion of new ideas and proposals. One of those is Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.’s Reverie project that would build a four-story …

We’re pretty sure Buffalo Fillmore Councilman David A. Franczyk had no intention of becoming the de facto chant leader at the special legislative committee Tuesday night but … well, it happened. If, reluctantly. The meeting centered on inclusionary zoning and a proposed law requiring new apartment developments to set aside a certain percentage of units for affordabl…

It is mainly good news – perhaps – that state legislators are finally showing support for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s second phase of the Buffalo Billion. After Cuomo expressed concern about the program’s chances of approval, lawmakers now say that, yes, of course they support the spending. But, as we have noted previously, lawmakers also have to agree to keep their …

There is a wave passing along Main Street in downtown Buffalo. It began slowly, and is picking up speed as it moves south from the 700 block and increasingly into the 500 and 400 blocks. It is progress of a kind that rescues neglected buildings and makes them usable – desirable – again. New life is being breathed into structures of significance, filling them with sp…

The Burchfield Penney Art Center was fortunate to have the talents of Anthony Bannon once, let alone twice. Now that he has announced his retirement effective July 1, at the cap of the center’s yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary, the board has before it the challenging task of finding a replacement. Bannon, 74, indicated that timing was a factor. It’s c…

The opioid crisis is a complex and confounding problem trailing social, psychological, legal and medical entanglements. In treating it, doctors, lawyers and politicians must hew to the ancient maxim: First, do no harm. Something went awry in recent communications between government leaders and the medical community, creating confusion and worry among some physicians tha…

The Democratic Party is beset with problems, not the least of which involved intraparty fighting and embarrassing emails revealing the previous chairman’s disdain for presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Healing the divide falls to the party’s new chairman, Snyder native Thomas E. Perez. He is embracing unity, first by swiftly announcing as deputy …

It was a different President Trump who spoke to Congress Tuesday night, at least in presentation and possibly in substance, in light of comments he made before the joint session. It’s unwise to draw firm conclusions based on one speech, but it’s fair to say that Trump seemed presidential. That’s worth noting. There were frequent misstatements, as fact-checkers not…