State lawmakers promise that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s followup plan to the Buffalo Billion will be in for closer scrutiny than its first iteration. That’s fine. It’s even appropriate, given the circumstances – as long as it’s about how contracts are let and not whether the program should go forward. It must go forward if Buffalo and the state are to get maximum …

General Motors’ recent commitment to manufacturing in the United States, coupled with an earlier announcement affecting this region, are good news for factory workers, regardless of the political winds blowing. GM says it will spend $1 billion to expand vehicle production in the United States, allowing the company to add or keep 1,500 jobs. The announcement was act…

Forget whether Rep. Chris Collins did anything legally or institutionally wrong regarding his relationship with Innate Immunotherapeutics. That’s not the point – at least, not yet – and, as his spokesman said, there can be perfectly legal explanations for his role in helping moneyed Western New Yorkers to capitalize on the company’s growth. Certainly, there are …

The closing of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus signals the end of an era. Many of us have happy childhood memories of the circus, with its elephants and big cats, aerialists and, especially, the clowns. That was before attitudes against animal acts began to harden. The elephants were phased out last year, and ticket sales have slumped. After standing t…

Buffalo needed a turnaround, economically and socially, and it got it. What it needed even more, though, was to become attractive to young people, without whom the city would become progressively older and unable to support its revival. Happily, Buffalo got that, too; it was part of the package. As Buffalo became more economically progressive and socially interesting, m…

If Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plan to develop prime Niagara Falls land succeeds, it may prove his biggest victory yet. Albany lawmakers would have to cooperate and allocate the money. And, of course, property owners, some intractable, would have to agree to sell. The winners would be a city and region too long held captive by landholders who have categorically refused …

It’s hello, goodbye today as America inaugurates a new president and bids farewell to its leader of eight years. It represents a dramatic change in leadership. As President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office today, Americans should wish him well in the complex task of growing the economy and improving national security. That is obviously true of his supporter…

Erie Community College trustees likely already know that finding the right president will not be easy. The next president will take the helm of a sprawling three-campus system suffering from deep financial pressures marked by declining enrollment and rising tuition. In June, Jack F. Quinn Jr. will retire as president of the college. The decision has presented an opport…

It is, from a preliminary look, the strangest of the seven budgets Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has proposed, beginning with the way he proposed it: twice behind closed doors then, almost as an afterthought, in an unveiling for the public – the people who will be paying the freight. But that’s only the beginning of the strangeness, as Cuomo proposes significant increases in…

Keeping children safe is at the core of the work Child Protective Services engages in. But when the reputation of adults who might be innocent is smeared or their rights are restricted because of a failure to follow procedures, it is time to reassess. A recent News article by reporter Matthew Spina spotlighted one case in which a man found himself placed on the state…

Students at Erie Community College will surely benefit from the new, $4 million Center for Nanotechnology on the North Campus. It may even help keep some students in Erie County, instead of drifting north to Niagara County Community College, where their presence exacts a financial penalty on their hometown taxpayers. But something is amiss. Given ECC’s gloomy financia…

Metro Rail extension to Amherst – or anywhere, really – has always seemed more fantasy than possibility. Because of the city’s resurgence and a governor committed to building on it, it might very well get done. Now, more than in decades, there is a sense of hope in Western New York. New jobs in clean energy are coming online where steel mills once stood. The finan…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s $10 million commitment to the Darwin Martin House and Graycliff is an acknowledgement of something Western New Yorkers have come to appreciate since Frank Lloyd Wright set his sights on this area more than a century ago: the architectural wonders he created are worth investing in. The governor wants to finish restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’…

Well, why not? After all, police exist to protect and serve, right? So why shouldn’t a caller, unable to sleep because of excess noise, have telephoned Niagara Falls police for help overnight Tuesday? Even if the noise was from the wind. As the dispatcher relayed to cops on patrol: “All cars be advised, someone called to see if the police could stop the wind from bl…