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Buffalo’s downtown Main Street is brimming with activity where there was none – Theatre District performance nights; Town Ballroom; live bands on summertime Thursdays at Fountain Plaza for the Queen City Social; and a nice smorgasbord of restaurants and cafes. But that is only part of the picture and one conspicuously drawn with cars sharing time with light rail. It is …

Politicians, bureaucrats and activists must stop talking past each other to ensure that the public has the facts about safety precautions surrounding so-called “bomb trains” that roll through their towns. That is pretty much what the average citizen cares about, really. The rest is just political noise rattling in the wind. Is it safe? It depends on who you believe. …

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If the proposal from a California company goes through, Niagara County will be home to the largest solar wind farm in the state, covering 900 acres. A state siting board will decide whether the $210 million project, proposed by Cypress Creek Renewables, comes to fruition. There are good reasons to hope it does. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has set a mandate, called the Clean…

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Good news for Williamsville residents: You can now raise chickens on your property and, with the right permit, you can even have a chicken coop. The decision comes after pushing from a resident, Elizabeth Graczyk Dagostino, who noted the village’s history as a milling and farming community. So, it’s omelettes all around in Williamsville, now. We can’t help but wonder…

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More than anything else, the guilty verdicts in the bribery case against Louis Ciminelli and Alain Kaloyeros affirmed this overarching fact: New York is a corrupt state. It’s been that way for more than two centuries and, unless politicians do something about it, it will remain corrupt for centuries to come. Ciminelli, a Buffalo developer, and Kaloyeros, former head of …

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The failures here began with communication and ended with an innocent man in jail. It could have been disastrous. As reported in The Buffalo News this week, sex offender Larry K. Keiper is accused of entering a Town of Wheatfield home in the middle of the night on June 28 and trying to abduct a 6-year-old girl. Authorities say he was carrying the girl out of the house, …

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One down, four to go. The Town of Tonawanda plans to equip its police officers with naloxone, the antidote to opioid overdoses. It was the right decision and, with it, only four other police departments in Erie County are resisting the need to train their officers to save lives with the easily administered drug. A story in The News last month reported that five polic…

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A proposed game-changer for Buffalo’s West Side got a major boost this week when Albany announced a $5 million grant for D’Youville College’s Health Professional Hub, a project that will deliver health care while training students in the professions. College officials announced the project late last year. The plan is to build a three-story, 50,000-square-foot health car…

It’s a tempest in a tomato stand. The Town of Amherst is putting the squeeze on George’s Produce Market, whose owner last year purchased two adjoining parcels of land at Wehrle and Aero drives. Michael Pope relocated the business, which has been in his family for 60 years, to the plot of land and began selling his flowers, fruits and vegetables. Pope’s land, as outli…

Rarely does the whole world breathe a collective sigh of relief, but that – or something like it – is what happened Tuesday morning as news spread that the last of the boys trapped in a cave in Thailand had been safely evacuated. It was an international undertaking that gripped millions for more than two weeks. The last group of three groups of boys and their 25-year-ol…

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Anyone who has visited a nursing home on a Saturday or Sunday knows that the staffing levels seem thin, as call buttons go unanswered while nurses and aides try to keep up with their patients’ needs. A story on Sunday from Kaiser Health News and the New York Times highlighted the fact that many nursing homes nationwide in the past decade have been exaggerating their staffi…

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There are reasons to believe that Tyrone Pennick is no Boy Scout. It’s possible, after the due process to which all Americans are entitled, that he will be found guilty of serious drug crimes and sentenced to time in prison. But he’s not getting due process. What he appears to be getting is the same kind of unlawful treatment that recently led to the early release of an…

It’s almost like watching a beautiful flower unfold. Western New York over the past decade seems to have had a great awakening about the importance of improving and protecting its unique environment. That heightening awareness is now reaching a new level as organizations with an interest in the environment band together in a bid to create a 37-mile pollinator greenway s…

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The usual cry in territorial disputes involving homeowners is “not in my backyard.” In the case of solar energy panels in Orchard Park, the phrase is “not in YOUR front yard.” The Town Board in Orchard Park last year began a prohibition on solar panels on the front roof of homes, at the urging of the town Planning Board. What’s their beef with solar energy? Board member…