Over the last week, the editorial board of The Buffalo News met with policy-makers and leaders and researched, analyzed and debated issues affecting this community. Here's a summary of the week's editorials, which can be read in full on our Web pages:
Sunday: We celebrated the development of the city's Larkin District, led by Buffalo developer Howard Zemsky and his Larkin Development Group, but aided by investments from First Niagara Bank, National Grid and the City of Buffalo.
Monday: The lead editorial questioned the status of Buffalo School Board member Vivian O. Evans, who had moved to Maryland while insisting she remained a Buffalo resident. (Later in the week, Evans resigned from the School Board.) A second editorial welcomed the prospect of a Verizon data center in the Niagara County Town of Somerset, but observed that the question of whether an environmental impact statement was required was a matter for a judge.
Tuesday: We supported efforts to create a "do not track" system for the Internet, similar to the "do not call" list that applies to telemarketers. The issue is privacy. A second editorial observed that congressional Democrats had no better choice than to support the tax deal President Obama struck with Republican leaders of Congress.
Wednesday: We called again for stronger oversight of state government based on the two latest episodes in Albany's ongoing crisis of corruption: the conviction of former Sen. Vincent Leibell and the civil penalty assigned to lobbyist Patricia Lynch, former top adviser to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. In a second editorial, we noted that Gov. David A. Paterson may be taking a wise position in vetoing the City of Buffalo's effort to change its control board's status to advisory.
Thursday: We looked at the results of the just-concluded county budget battle and noted that the library and culturals fared reasonably well with help from the Oishei Foundation. We wondered if County Executive Chris Collins hurt his chances for re-election with his efforts to drastically cut funding for the library and culturals. A second editorial celebrated the formation of a girls varsity hockey federation in Western New York.
Friday: Observing that New York has now been identified as having the worst business climate in the nation, we called on Gov.-elect Andrew M. Cuomo and the business community to steel themselves to the hard work of overcoming the coming union-led campaign to keep spending at unsustainable rates.