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Did Buffalo school officials really disqualify Kaleida Health from continuing to provide nurses for students because its bid arrived 16 minutes late – by hand delivery? The email sent on time didn’t count because electronic proposals are not allowed. What is this, 1968? Someone call Ernestine the telephone operator – aka comedian Lily Tomlin – and tell her to patch u…

It’s not the kind of bragging rights New Yorkers want, but their state government has established a dubious distinction over the past dozen years: Every top elected official in state government has been run out of office in that time, either charged with serious crimes related to their positions or for other unsavory conduct. Excelsior. This week it was former Attorn…

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Entering into a fight is sometimes the only way to get what you want. Other times, it just leaves you with a black eye. That’s what is happening to the Catholic Church as it fights to keep some victims of sexual abuse from seeking redress. A story in Monday’s Buffalo News detailed how the New York State Catholic Conference spent $1.8 million over six years on lobbying i…

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It seems, in some ways, like an old, familiar story. A preacher who rails against homosexuality is caught in a gay relationship. Politicians who carry on about “family values” are caught cheating on their spouses. Too often among humans – especially those in positions of influence – hypocrisy is the coin of the realm. That seems to be the case with Eric Schneiderman, Ne…

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Rep. Brian Higgins wants the state waterfront agency to get moving on several potential projects that will maximize New York Power Authority money he helped obtain about a decade ago. It is a reasonable request that falls somewhere between interested advocacy and out-and-out goading. The 20-year agreement with the Power Authority is nearing its halfway mark. As the c…

The Assembly did no favors to parents, taxpayers or students last week when it overwhelmingly voted to undermine the system of teacher evaluations without first coming up with some other way to do the crucial job. According to 131 members of the legislative chamber – only one voted against – New Yorkers don’t need to assess the work of public employees performing one of…

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As the old saying goes, it’s who you know. Stephanie W. Cowart seems to know enough influential people for a get-out-of-jail free card. Many others without those connections will have to cross their fingers and hope for some measure of mercy. Cowart just needed friends and admirers to come to her defense. In one of the more unusual – at least, we hope – court stories…

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City of Buffalo residents had to know that taxes would eventually go up. It’s never fun but – with an important asterisk – it’s time. Mayor Byron W. Brown recently released his proposed 2018-19 budget. It recommends increasing residential property taxes by 3.4 percent and commercial property taxes by 5.5 percent. All in all, not too bad, especially given Brown’s record …

Was anyone shocked that the new chairman of the Erie County Water Authority is a political boss? There surely was no cause for astonishment, since the authority is set up to be a kind of human resources slush fund for the parties. The new leader is Jerome Schad, who also happens to be the Democratic Party chairman in Amherst. And so it continues at the Water Authority, …

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University at Buffalo officials seemed pleasantly surprised recently, as an effort to raise $650 million has so far gone well. It goes to show what concentrated effort and reaching out to private donors and alumni can do. Those who support the university and its mission – which ought to account for everyone in Western New York – should be pleased, as well. UB needs a st…

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As former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver goes to trial again on corruption charges, the public would do well to take note of the proceedings and judge for themselves whether the law is up to reining in the political corruption for which Albany is justly renowned. It doesn’t look good. Silver was convicted in 2015 for actions that anyone blessed with common sense wou…

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Kathy Hochul has made clear that she intends to campaign for re-election as lieutenant governor. That’s good because it’s where she belongs and where Western New York needs her. But Democrats, including Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo have tried to steer her into a campaign against Rep. Chris Collins. That’s not in Western New York’s interest. This region of New York, which inc…

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The Underground Railroad Heritage Center in Niagara Falls opens Friday and when it does will take its place among the nation’s historical sites commemorating the journey of slaves who fled to freedom in Canada. Significantly, it will be the only such museum on the international border. The center tells the story about a terrible time in American history when humans held…

It’s not just priests. It’s also teachers, Scout leaders, Little League coaches and more. Pedophiles know their prey: who the most vulnerable are; where to find them; how to approach them and, critically, how to silence them. Too often, they move from place to place, finding new targets while the public is left in an ignorance that, in some instances, has been delibe…

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The community has lost one of its great leaders. Frank B. Mesiah, who served most prominently as president of the Buffalo Branch NAACP for 20 years before stepping down in 2016, died Friday at age 89. Countless community members, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, can thank Mr. Mesiah for fighting for change. His advocacy began well before h…