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Mike Sluberski has it exactly right. The Erie County sheriff’s deputy has noticed an improvement in the conduct of some of the citizens who interact with him at the Rath Building in downtown Buffalo, and he understands the protection that it provides him against allegations of misconduct. “When it comes down to a ‘he said, she said,’ it’s right there.” It…

President Trump is still threatening to dump the decades-old North American Free Trade Agreement. Such a move would be bad for America and especially bad for Western New York. This region has depended upon trade with both Canada and Mexico to support and grow small businesses. Western New York’s position on the border with Canada makes it ideally suited to take advant…

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Let’s be clear about what the Office of Congressional Ethics has concluded about Rep. Chris Collins: When it reported that it found “substantial reason” to believe the Clarence Republican violated federal law, it was speaking in the kind of language that supports grand jury indictments. This is serious business. It’s not just federal law that may have been br…

The classic 1937 diner in Larkinville is a step back in time for customers flocking to the new-old restaurant, once called the Newark Diner and now the Swan Street Diner, at 700 Swan St. Its rich history was chronicled by News columnist Sean Kirst, who brought readers the touching story of the business built out of love and devotion by Jim and Betty McBride in the Erie …

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In a state that has been identified as one of the nation’s most corrupt and held in the grip of its most dysfunctional legislature, it is dismaying to see the array of interests lining up against a constitutional convention. Dismaying, but not surprising. The state constitution requires a referendum every 20 years on whether to hold a convention to consider changes to…

The halt to cleanup of radiation contamination at three sites in Lewiston and Niagara Falls shows there is something fundamentally wrong at the Environmental Protection Agency. It is the only way to explain why the agency suddenly abandoned work at the three hot spots contaminated by radioactive waste byproducts from previous industrial uses. While the levels of radiati…

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How do you eat an elephant? That popular question is apropos when talking about what to do with Port Terminal A, the long-vacant behemoth sitting on 50 acres of prime Buffalo Outer Harbor property. The answer for both seems simple: one bite at a time. In the case of Terminal A, however, the first bite is turning out to be quite expensive. The Erie Canal Harbor Dev…

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And again, discharge from the Niagara Falls Water Board’s treatment facility has fouled the gorge just below the falls. This chlorine-scented overflow seems to be a result of lack of capacity rather than human error, but whatever the cause, it further demonstrates the need for prompt action. The latest in a series of discharges occurred earlier this week as heavy rain…

Killing the federal historic tax credit – as the Republican tax cut framework envisions – would mean Buffalo’s grand old buildings still awaiting attention will not be brought back to life in the manner of the Hotel @ the Lafayette, the Guaranty Building, the Richardson Olmsted Complex and so many others. It would also mean thousands of jobs and many millions of d…

If the University at Buffalo is to remain competitive, it must increase its endowment through fundraising, appealing to the institution’s alumni and stakeholders in the community. So it is appropriate that, after many years, the university will embark upon a fundraising campaign in the spring to raise hundreds of millions of dollars from private donors. More than appr…

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No truer statement was uttered regarding the recent Erie County Medicaid report than that by the author when he said, “I think $2 billion is an indicator of how many problems there are in the health care delivery system in the United States.” That’s $2 billion, with a “b,” the total cost that Erie County is soon expected to incur through its Medicaid program. …

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They’re on to something in North Tonawanda. Whether it is the exact right something is open to debate, but by recognizing the destructive nature of bullying and the role that parents must play in preventing it, city leaders are responding to an issue that is too often met with shrugs. In a year characterized by teenage violence in its earlier months, the North Tonawan…

Anyone who has ever taken a helicopter ride understands that the idea of being able to take a flying tour of the waterfront is pretty cool. Right now, it’s just a concept being put forth by Mike Campbell, owner of FlyBuffaloNY, working with Carl and William Paladino’s Ellicott Development. Campbell would operate his company from a heliport to be constructed at 20 B…

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New Yorkers should pay close attention to what state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli had to report the other day about the gap between what they send to Washington in taxes versus what the state receives in federal spending. It meant that last year New York State taxpayers received a paltry 84 cents for every dollar sent to Washington, far below the national average. The…

Sometimes life is not fair, and the criticism Mayor Byron W. Brown receives for not doing enough on the East Side may be an example of that saying. It is true that his administration has devoted considerable resources to the largely poor, African-American area of the City of Buffalo. It is also true that the need there is great and that much more remains to be done. …