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What a mess. Rep. Chris Collins, the Clarence Republican indicted on insider trading charges, first said he would suspend his reelection campaign and would, when Republican leaders found a way to replace him on the ballot, step out of the race. Then Monday he said he would stay in the race. One source told News political reporter Robert McCarthy that Collins’ lawyers…

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper wants to build a center along the Buffalo River that would house an education center, laboratories and its offices. It seems a long way from turning into reality, but it is a nice idea. Waterkeeper is a nonprofit started 29 years ago to save the Buffalo River, which was declared "dead" in 1967. Started as a group of dedicated volunteers, Wate…

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Jack Nicklaus once said, “The older you get, the stronger the wind gets, and it’s always in your face.” The golf legend known as the Golden Bear was speaking about his game, but his observation also could describe the headwinds faced by Nicklaus and civic advocate Kevin Gaughan in their quest to bring a Nicklaus-designed golf course to land adjacent to South Park, and t…

For four years, Western New York has had a vacancy for federal judge. It appears the finish line is near. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 16-5 last week to confirm Buffalo lawyer John L. Sinatra Jr. as a U.S. district court judge for the Western District of New York. Next up is the final hurdle: a vote by the full Senate. Sinatra, a partner in the Hodgson Russ l…

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When a business asks for a deal from the government, there is often reason to be suspicious. But here is one that seems warranted: Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.’s request for a discount on the land where it will build its West End town house project on the Buffalo waterfront. The reason? The developer has gone to great lengths to modify plans based on objections from neig…

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The Erie County Legislature should set politics aside and establish a permanent corrections advisory board. For nearly a decade, conditions inside the county’s Holding Center and Alden Correctional Facility have been dangerous. Twenty-four inmates have died. A July report by the Commission of Correction labeled the 2016 death of inmate India Cummings a “homicide” due to…

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It’s time to move on this. It’s been almost two years since Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ordered an investigation into racism in New York’s prison with no results. Perhaps there are reasons it is taking so long. We hope the election calendar isn’t among them. The matter is significant and long-lived. It will be difficult to root it out. But, as a New York Times report documente…

Was it a schmear campaign? Gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon made news in New York City when she ordered lox, capers and red onion on a cinnamon raisin bagel last weekend. That order was likely not the undoing of her campaign, but it might not have helped in the five boroughs, where they know bagels. The website Gothamist filmed Nixon ordering that unusual combi…

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Team Cuomo had a good night on Thursday. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and attorney general nominee Letitia James, the three endorsed Democrats, swept the Democratic primary Thursday. Cuomo and Hochul each beat back a challenge from their left. Cuomo won a resounding victory over actress Cynthia Nixon, but it was important for Western New York that Hoch…

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School is in session at the Northland Workforce Training Center, which is good news for Buffalo’s East Side, and for the future of manufacturing in Western New York. About 150 students began classes Monday at the new $60 million facility, which offers degree programs for future welders, machinists, technicians and others in the manufacturing and energy fields. Those …

We can’t say enough good things about Jericho Road Community Health Center. For more than two decades, the nonprofit has devoted itself to helping the neediest, not just in Buffalo but around the world. Started as a small clinic serving refugees and low-income people on Buffalo’s West Side, it has since grown into three clinics in Buffalo and expanded overseas to the Af…

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The ability to vote has been a hard-won right for many Americans. The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – guaranteeing women the right to vote – was ratified in 1920. It took decades of protest and activism to get the amendment passed. The Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965, becoming law five months after a peaceful protest march organized by the Rev. Martin …

Should he stay or should he go? The choice should be an easy one for Cheektowaga Councilman James P. Rogowski, who pleaded guilty this month to a misdemeanor involving a domestic violence incident. The Town Board wants him to resign; he needs to heed their call. Rogowski’s wife obtained an order of protection against her husband after a domestic incident that occurred o…

The good people at Catholic Charities have fallen into an all-too-common trap. Amid an outcry over the agency’s decision to end its foster care and adoption program, the agency is trying to muzzle unhappy employees. That never works. As reported in The News, administrators have reminded employees to “use agency computers only for authorized purposes.” No talking t…