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Editorial: It seems to us ... Cuomo digs deep, Gigi's returns and a Death Star for Dunkirk

It may have been a little embarrassing to a reporter – and the police who arrested him – but it was pretty funny, too.

Ken Lovett, the Albany bureau chief for the New York Daily News, was arrested by State Police on Wednesday for using a cellphone in a restricted area outside the State Senate Chamber. It wasn’t long after cops hustled him off to the nearby police station that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appeared to post bail for the reporter. “Freedom of the press is alive and well,” he quipped afterward.

The charges were dropped and the Senate issued an apology to Lovett. But isn’t it good to see that at least one chief executive still values the First Amendment?

Lines should be long and diverse from plain folks to politicians to get into the reimagined Gigi’s restaurant. Hopeful rumors about this neighborhood institution’s rebirth had been floating around since a fire closed the East Side soul food restaurant. That was more than two years ago.

Owner Darryl Harvin was selected by the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. to operate a full-service kitchen and café at the new Workforce Training Center at the Northland Corridor. The new restaurant’s nearly 3,900 square feet at 638 Northland Ave., will have plenty of room for diehard fans and enthusiastic new ones to sample its traditional fare as well as new, healthy options.

The soup’s not on, yet, but it’s cooking.

Perhaps officials should listen to Sean Moore and paint the new Dunkirk water tank in the image of the Death Star, that iconic – if deadly – orbiting weapon from the Star Wars movies.

The Town of Hamburg agreed last year to a fund-raising effort to pay for the Hamburg water tower to be painted like a hamburger. Why not a Death Star for Dunkirk?

The idea sprang up after a major leak at the Dunkirk water treatment facility. The leak was during a major expansion of the plant, which includes a new water tank.

Readers may have seen Moore’s work (replica of the Star Wars droid R2-D2) in mini-movies at the Buffalo Bisons Star Wars nights at Coca-Cola Field. He apparently knows his stuff, but maybe a likeness of BB-8, the loyal and spherical droid from the two most recent movies, would be more comforting than a weapon of serious mass destruction.

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