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Where we stand

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: The News' editorial board encouraged Erie County Comptroller Mark C. Poloncarz to pursue all avenues -- including a lawsuit -- in seeking to restore funding and personnel cut from his office in a political decision made by his rival, County Executive Chris Collins.

Monday: The lead editorial called on Republican congressmen, including Chris Lee of Clarence, to support legislation providing medical benefits to workers whose health was harmed in their response to the 9/1 1 terror attacks. A second editorial criticized the Erie County Legislature for failing to reauthorize a measure that exempted nonprofit agencies from having to pay prevailing wages on projects.

Tuesday: The day's lead editorial criticized the actions of Niagara County District Attorney Michael J. Violante, whose office has offered questionable plea deals to relatives and politically connected defendants. A second editorial called on Buffalo's political and business leaders to broaden their legislative agenda beyond the SUNY reform bill that failed in the Legislature this year.

Wednesday: We called on Albany to relieve school districts of costly unfunded mandates next year, when districts expect the state to reduce aid to education.

Thursday: We observed that New York's pending loss of two congressional seats is an indirect but formidable consequence of policies in Albany that drive away jobs and population. We called on the Legislature and Gov.-elect Andrew M. Cuomo to change policies so that the state doesn't lose more seats as a result of the next census. A second editorial criticized Erie County Legislature Chairwoman Barbara Miller-Williams for upbraiding Robert Gioia, whose Oishei Foundation stepped in to fund county arts groups.

Friday: With an important federal tax incentive program having lapsed because of Senate inaction, this page called upon both house of Congress, and our local delegation in particular, to work next year to restore the Renewal Community incentive program that helps bring activity to stressed areas, including Buffalo's Larkin District.

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