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Given the fierce industry and government resistance to the flight safety law passed in 2010, it should come as no surprise that the last piece of the puzzle has yet to be put in place. Nor should anyone be shocked at the frustration of those who, over the past 10 years, have advocated for this necessary and effective law. Rep. Brian Higgins led two dozen House member…

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Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes is a sponsor of a bill that would stop police from using the smell of marijuana in a motor vehicle as probable cause to conduct a search or make an arrest. It is part of the leader’s proposal to legalize adult-use cannabis. The idea is that if using pot is legal, how can the smell be otherwise? Another rationale for the…

Buffalo Common Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo did the wrong thing – but in the right way – when he handed his gun over to a school principal upon entering the building. Wingo has a concealed carry permit, so nothing wrong there. Bringing the firearm onto school grounds in the midst of nationwide fears in the wake of several school shootings … well, that’s a big problem…

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We may differ with State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia on some of the ways to get there, but we share a common goal: Making the Buffalo Board of Education responsive and accountable to the community. Elia on Monday told Buffalo News editors and reporters that she does not favor having the School Board appointed by the mayor, a position we favor, but she does end…

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Buffalo is not New York City, and one size does not fit all when it comes to designing laws for New York State. Is anything more self-evident than those statements? Someone forgot to tell that to lawmakers in Albany who are trying to expand New York City rent regulations to the whole Empire State. The city’s rent control and stabilization system is due to expire o…

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It was a conspiracy and someone should pay. Attorney General Letitia James is the one to make sure it happens. As disturbing as it is to know that Buffalo police and the Catholic Church were engaged in a depraved and illegal policy to shield priests from criminal prosecution, it doesn’t really come as a surprise. That had been standard practice elsewhere in the country,…

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For a window into just how complicated it is to run a school district as large and diverse as Buffalo’s, consider a couple of recent stories in The News: • Even as enrollment in the district’s schools has been declining, the number of teachers and staff hired to educate the kids continues to rise – as does employee compensation. • While the district’s budget for the …

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The visions for a transformed Buffalo waterfront could have been much more modest. Say there had only been a “Buffalo Million” from the state, or that the development of Canalside stopped progressing four or five years ago, or the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation gave just enough money to put up new picnic tables in LaSalle Park and throw in some dirt for the baseball diamon…

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One money-grab at a time. Before New York State allows in-person sports betting that could further enrich the Seneca Nation of Indians, it should require that the nation’s three Western New York casinos pay all the money they already owe to the state and, through it, to the cities of Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Salamanca. There’s no way that Albany should move ahead w…

It’s Marketing 101: Do not offer a special deal if you’re not prepared to follow through. And especially do not do it to mothers on the one day of the year set aside to honor their many contributions. The people at Tim Hortons apparently skipped that class. The ubiquitous coffee-and-doughnut chain had offered a free “mom-sized” iced coffee at two Western New York loc…

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We are unequivocally pro-voting. Voter turnout always seems like a disappointment, except in the most hotly contested elections. All citizens should exercise their franchise. But doing so does not excuse us from our other adult responsibilities – even if the State of New York, perhaps inadvertently, has tacitly encouraged that very thing. When the State Legislature pass…

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How important is Erie County Medical Center’s trauma and emergency department to Western New York? In 2018, the department treated more than 70,000 patients, and more than 7,400 of those were transferred from other hospitals. The Grider Street facility is the only Level I adult trauma and emergency department in the eight-county region, the go-to place for numerous type…

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There really is no free lunch. The aphorism comes to mind in considering the matter of housing costs in Buffalo. They’re going up, so much and so fast that builders can’t afford to construct houses priced for first-time buyers. That’s one of the costs of Buffalo’s welcome and ongoing revival. As problems go, it’s not a bad one to have, especially since it goes hand in h…

If the residents of the suffering 27th Congressional District are looking for some good news – and they could use some – they can find it in reports that State Sen. Chris Jacobs is considering a run for that House seat. Indeed, even the possibility counts as some of the best news that put-upon district has had in years. The decade beginning 2009 sure seemed to be shapin…