Editorials - The Buffalo News

Too much is unknown about the plan for financing a new emergency room at Erie County Medical Center to proceed with it now. The concept floated by Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has enough yellow flags around it that lawmakers cannot responsibly support it without first obtaining additional information. That would be true in any circumstance, but especially so,…

Homeowners in Amherst have been preparing for the worst while hoping for the best as they scan their mail for a letter from the town. The reason: 44,000 property owners in the town are receiving their new assessments. This event should not be met with dread. Maybe not glee, but certainly not dread. The town is sharing the results of its 2017 Assessment Equity Projec…

Municipalities should be doing what they can to ease the financial burden for taxpayers while increasing efficiencies. One way to do that is to share services across town lines. To that end, the plan by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo should be viewed as a ripe carrot, without a stick, that encourages towns and villages to work together. This property tax reduction scheme requi…

When it comes to Airbnb and the City of Buffalo (or, any municipality), lawmakers should devise regulations that apply both to those hosts and to traditional businesses, such as bed and breakfasts. It’s the same principle that should apply to Uber, Lyft and other disruptive economies. First, though, it’s important to ensure that the rules already in place actuall…

Good for Tom Reed. Even with advance warning that he was going to run into a buzz saw of opposition, he persisted. The Republican congressman from Corning waded into succeeding storms of protest at four town hall meetings on Saturday, hearing out raucous crowds, dealing with them respectfully and standing his ground. You can agree or disagree with Reed’s positions on …

In fairness to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, it’s not hard to see his point about how the state subsidizes private colleges. Their nature is to produce costs far higher than public systems such as the State University of New York. Taxpayers in New York already, and appropriately, support SUNY. Why should they also support private institutions? They don’t support private hig…

Pedestrians crossing a 1.7-mile section of Niagara Falls Boulevard are taking a huge risk. They know it but do it, anyway. Mentally gauging the speed of oncoming traffic and hurrying across, most make it safely. But some don’t. Since June 2013 five pedestrians have been killed trying to cross the busy road dividing Amherst and Tonawanda. Last week a woman was badly in…

Plans to launch two local experiments into space today show that this region has got the right stuff. Eddie and Elizabeth Snell are a happy-at-work couple. He is the head of Buffalo’s Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute. His wife is a molecular biologist working on research to refine a method to use outer space to help provide knowledge to design the drugs of…

A good portion of the 140-year-old complex designed by noted architect Henry Hobson Richardson, along with legendary landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, will soon be open for business. The Richardson Olmsted Complex on Elmwood Avenue has seen the principal construction completed on what is about to become Hotel Henry. The complex also will be pl…

The effort to remove government from management of the nation’s air traffic control system will not go away. While there is an urgent need to upgrade the system and bring it into the modern age, government is better equipped to keep air travel safe. With a new executive in the White House who has his own strong opinions about privatization, industry officials pushing …

Restaurateur Russell J. Salvatore has developed a well-earned reputation for generosity, but his latest commitment of $1 million for the Erie County Medical Center is a topper. Like his many previous gifts to the community, this one will benefit countless individuals and for many years. Salvatore’s donation will go to the county hospital’s capital campaign for it…

Unfathomable delays have hampered The task of turning a stretch of Michigan Avenue, between South Division and East Ferry streets, into a corridor spotlighting the city’s African-American history requires focus and determination. So far those qualities have been sorely lacking. It has been far too many years from concept to the still non-completion of the Michigan Str…