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Now that Buffalo and Rochester are out of the running for Amazon’s second headquarters, the two regions should aggressively and publicly join forces on other efforts. If it takes two or three tries, or 200 or 300 tries, to land business that brings economic vitality it will be worth the effort. That project might not land the 50,000 jobs the Amazon deal is advertised…

More progress on the waterfront: The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. has announced plans for lightly developing Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, and while some aspects of the proposal are already being challenged, in broad strokes, the picture is immensely appealing. For years, the Outer Harbor had been a Buffalo stepchild. It was hard for any but the most determined to get …

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The political patronage pit is filling up again. This time, the beneficiaries are a couple of former politicians, one who just lost his seat in the last election and another who sacrificed hers in an attempt to secure the top job at City Hall. Thanks to the party higher-ups who provide taxpayer-paid safety nets, both have landed jobs at the Erie County Board of Electio…

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Two issues converging on the internet and carrying great influence deserve close attention: net neutrality and expandding high-speed access into underserved areas. Net neutrality is an Obama-era policy and the Trump administration is not fond of Obama-era policies. Net neutrality forced internet service providers to create an even playing field when it comes to deliv…

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Something new for Buffalo: Following the examples of other urban centers, including New York City, a well connected group of advocates is planning to transform an abandoned railway into Buffalo’s newest park. It’s a wonderful idea. Like Manhattan’s popular and charming “High Line” along the island’s west side, Buffalo’s park will be built on an abandoned, elevated rail …

Western New Yorkers used social media – and good old-fashioned letters and phone calls – to support a local business. And won. Weber’s Mustard has been around for 96 years. Folks around here are loyal to the South Buffalo company’s product. They love it. That’s why they started writing BJ’s Wholesale Club when they noticed it had gone missing from store shelves. The ca…

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It wasn’t an easy start for Daniel Derenda when he was named Buffalo police commissioner in 2010. Critics complained he lacked a college degree. But with his retirement eight years later, it’s clear that this former street cop was up to the task. He leaves the department better than he found it. Derenda, 58, called it a career on Tuesday after 32 years as a policeman in…

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In presenting a $168 billion spending plan on Wednesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo eschewed the usual bells and whistles and just used the whistle to signal trouble ahead, much of it, in his estimation, brought on by Washington. He’s not wrong. But he needs to make sure that he is not adding to the problem by raising $1 billion in the coming year in tax increases, “shifts” o…

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Sergeant Schultz would have been proud. In August, Sheriff Timothy B. Howard finally faced lawyers in the case of an inmate death at the Erie County Holding Center. At his deposition, he answered “I don’t know” 68 times, evoking the memory of Schultz, the fictional "Hogan’s Heroes" character, whose regular punchline was that he knew nothing. Except Howard is the s…

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The law, if it is enacted, might not be aggressively enforced. In practice, it would surely be too difficult to cite every driver smoking with a child inside the vehicle. But Erie County should adopt this legislation, anyway. It will send the right message about a pernicious habit that risks the health of the helpless. Erie County Legislator Patrick B. Burke proposed th…

Today is the day the nation celebrates the birth of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who is regarded as the leader of the Civil Rights movement. Yet, were he alive, he might be at a loss as to why some key initiatives for which he and his contemporaries had marched and even died are still being debated. Both black and white supporters fought for change, placing their …

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s roughly formulated plan to alleviate the pain of state taxpayers who might otherwise suffer under the new federal tax scheme is – so far, at least – a classic example of “it’s the thought that counts.” The question now is whether the thought will translate into action. The governor has been battered over his response to the new tax law, which l…

Niagara Falls Housing Authority board members decided – though public sentiment would side with the two no votes – to grant a remarkable request by former housing chief Stephanie W. Cowart. And that means 18 months of authority-paid dental insurance. Cowart pleaded guilty last month to stealing money from the agency and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 …

Should Erie County release details of all harassment settlements paid by taxpayers because of the misconduct of government employees? Should motorists stop at red lights? The answer to each question is equally obvious. That a county legislator even has to ask for the information demonstrates government’s disrespect for taxpayers and an unserious attitude toward miscondu…

The knock on the 43North business competition has been that winning companies often spent the required one year in Buffalo and then promptly left when their time was up. The problem is, the main purpose of the competition, funded by the state’s “Buffalo Billion,” is to keep those companies in Western New York. Without that, its value is diminished. So organizers swit…