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If anyone still didn't know it, the dispute between the state of New York and the Seneca Nation of Indians has real and potentially hazardous consequences. With the Seneca Gaming Corp. withholding payments to the state because of a dispute over racetrack casinos, the City of Niagara Falls has been deprived of more than $60 million - and counting - in revenue it was suppos…

It was the sheer determination that kept me watching. The scowled look of concentration took over his little face, unaware of any peripheral activity that took place in the room. Grasp after grasp, my grandson reached into the box of raisins, came out with a prize, chewed it carefully, then continued his focus until every single little bite was gone. He stopped, looked up …

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Michael C. Ettipio says he is sorry for driving drunk and killing a Lancaster Middle School student who was riding his bicycle. None of his apologies will bring back Bryce Buchholz. But what will make a difference is a change in the law that may force those who would hit and run to think twice, or pay the penalty. The State Legislature needs to pass a bill introduced by S…

By Rocco Termini Much is being said about the difficulty of financing the $200 million in improvements to Ralph Wilson Stadium. It is not just the financing, but how you keep the team here once you solve the financing problem. There is a simple solution that will cost the taxpayers and the Buffalo Bills nothing. The Bills organization pays approximately $13 million pe…

The demand by House Republicans that funding for food stamps be slashed while we're at the tail end of the Great Recession is beyond comprehension. But apparently it is not beyond comprehension if you are among those who believe that food stamp recipients are abusing the system and stuffing their shopping carts with sodas and candy. That is, when they're not at McDonald's…

Momentum can be a fabulous thing, but it can also be fragile. It can be tripped up, sidetracked or otherwise depleted. That is among the worries as Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, pushes for local and state officials to pick up the pace on a critical highway project. Higgins has the money in hand to rebuild a dilapidated, 1.4-mile stretch of Ohio Street, a crucial connecti…

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Whatever anyone thinks about the federal health care reform law, this is undeniably a period when the health care industry is undergoing massive changes. Much of that change is welcome. While the health reform law is driving many of those changes, more than a little is the result of raw economic forces that are, independent of the law, pushing one of the developed world's …

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The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council has made a strong case as it competes for a $25 million state award for capital investment. The council has selected 24 Western New York projects as its regional priorities. This area is competing with three other regions in the state for one of two $25 million awards at stake in this round of funding. The money w…

By Sam Capitano In today's political environment, gridlock seems to be the norm. If there is any time to consider term limits, the time is now. Too many of our politicians are serving for careers instead of serving for the public good. Term limits would force today's politicians to act now instead of putting off crucial decisions until they reach their ultimate goal, which…

In pursuing designation as a historic district by the National Register of Historic Places, supporters must continue their efforts to educate homeowners and retail businesses in Elmwood Village. Without that effort, misunderstanding and mistrust could prevent the neighborhood from taking part in a state tax credit program meant to spur economic opportunity. To be eligible …

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The death of John Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, demands an aggressive response to the Libyan government and also to the Americans linked to a pointless film that was bound to inflame passions in a part of the world most Americans barely comprehend. First and foremost, American officials must demand of the Libyan government what Americans expected when …

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Lancaster Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli must know full well that signing a contract last spring to sell land he owns in Cheektowaga to the Bella Vista Group for $140,000, and then turning around in May to join the rest of the Lancaster Industrial Development Agency board in approving tax breaks for an office park that same group owns in Lancaster is a conflict. If he doesn't k…

News about a company able to successfully take advantage of the state's ReCharge New York program is encouraging. After all, it's only been a short time since the demise of the program's flawed predecessor - Power for Jobs. Mayer Bros., a company that makes apple cider and bottled water, recently celebrated the $5,000-a-month savings from the lower-cost electricity it rece…