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When the Zoning Board of Appeals meets today to review the request by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. for a series of variances from the city’s Green Code, it should keep prominently in mind the effort being made to link Buffalo’s revitalized present with its storied past. The agency is constructing a “longshed” that will become part of Canalside. The shed’s fir…

Opioid addiction has become the scourge of the nation but, thankfully, society continues to find new ways to help its victims. Now, the court system has become a sanctuary of sorts for those genuinely looking for rescue, and they don’t have to be implicated in any wrongdoing. The Niagara Falls Opioid Intervention Court recently opened with the goal of saving the lives o…

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William “Bill” Sutherland is not behind bars, nor is he free. Sutherland has been confined to state psychiatric hospitals since pleading “not responsible by reason of mental illness” to a felony arson charge in 2000. Sutherland’s plea got him out of serving prison time. A judge ordered him held in custody of the state Office of Mental Health for at least six months, whi…

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Now that the Democratic Party has control of both houses of the State Legislature, it will be tempting for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to try to overstuff his legislative agenda with something for everyone. Trying to boil the ocean is never a sound strategy. The governor needs to keep his priorities focused on a few pillars of reform, ones that are publicly useful and politica…

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“Imagine if part of our community didn’t have access to water. There would be a huge outcry about that.” Those are the words of Matt Enstice, chief executive officer of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, describing the effects of so-called digital deserts, areas in which large segments of the population are not connected to broadband internet service which, more and mo…

Both groups undergo months of training to perform their life-saving jobs, but one of them, experts believe, is able to do the work better: the ones with the floppy ears. Dogs, we mean. Floppy-eared dogs appear friendlier, the Transportation Security Administration believes, and interact better with the public as they sniff out explosives at airports. So, while Labrad…

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How many times has any one of us been at work, home, play, or rest and had our cellphones or landlines start ringing or buzzing with what looks like a familiar area code and exchange, only to discover, to our irritation, that it is just another robocall? The onslaught of annoying and potentially dangerous robocalls has grown worse, reaching an estimated 5.1 billion in N…

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A great number of voters in New York State believe that glass ceilings are made to be broken. Another one bit the dust on Wednesday with the elevation of Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins to Senate temporary president and majority leader. Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat from Yonkers, is the first woman to lead the chamber in its 242 years. There are now 20 female senators out of …

We hope Rep. Tom Reed is planning to be as good as his word. He had a good idea on border security recently, but then seemed to back away from it. He had it right the first time. The Corning Republican, co-chair of the congressional Problem Solvers Caucus, promised last fall that he was “all in” on restoring respectful debate to the House of Representatives and standing…

The New York State Labor Department must consider Delta Sonic’s case or risk a significant loss in 2,500 potential new jobs over the next six years – a number that, in other circumstances, would prompt an outpouring of public incentives. But the company isn’t asking for tax breaks, just relief from a proposed regulation that, in its case, makes no sense. The issue is kn…

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Setting aside, for the moment, the matter of New York’s incompetence, it’s good news for struggling communities in Western New York the Senecas have been ordered to resume making revenue-sharing payments to Albany and to make good on the payments they have withheld for almost two years. If the Senecas refuse to comply, the compact empowers the state to take the matter t…

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Under the direction of a new board, the Erie County Water Authority seems to have adopted a new strategy: professionalism. Call us impressed, despite continuing concerns about the agency’s openness to political manipulation. Instead of turning to yet another political hack with no relevant experience to run the $54 million operation, the authority’s commissioners have h…

Will Kevin Gaughan’s vision of a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in South Buffalo come to fruition? There are no guarantees, but the project is showing tangible signs of progress. That’s good for Buffalo. Gaughan, the lawyer and civic activist, announced over the weekend that Nicklaus Olmsted Buffalo Inc. has gained $5 million in financial commitments for the course …

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The people have spoken – more than 21,000 of them – and the city has listened, making adjustments to its new parking regulations. It’s an acknowledgement that the changes were too much too fast. Other changes should also be considered. But good for Common Council President Darius Pridgen for authoring a resolution to amend the new rules. The plan to charge for parking o…