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Maybe it was a one-off, maybe not. But for anyone who cares to see it, there is a lesson in last week's sudden, surprising thaw in the cold war between Carl Paladino and Rep. Brian Higgins. Paladino, of course, is the former school board member and Republican gubernatorial nominee whose name is synonymous with controversy. Higgins is a Democratic congressman from Buffal…

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Now that key renovations of the old Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Terminal appear at risk, it is more important than ever that elected officials step in to offer even more financial assistance. Or, ideas as to where to get additional funds. As recently reported, what might go missing is a pedestrian bridge to the adjacent KeyBank Center. Here is why it mu…

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Rep. Chris Collins' indictment on securities fraud charges strikes familiar chords to New Yorkers who are weary of public servants who think the rules don’t apply to them. Unlike former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senate leader Dean Skelos, the Clarence congressman didn’t sell out his office for personal gain. What he is accused of doing — illegally sharin…

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There are good reasons behind the restrictions put on the bus and rail passes issued to high school students in the Buffalo Public Schools. That doesn’t mean that, 27 years after they were issued, there isn’t room for improvement. The Metro Rail system was brand new in 1985 when the Buffalo Schools and Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority first reached an agreement…

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr.’s statement that his office cannot investigate the death of Holding Center inmate India Cummings comes as no surprise, given the conflict of interest within his ranks. The state Attorney General’s Office should take the case, as Flynn suggested. Flynn, whose office has a conflict of interest because one of his prosecuto…

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City Honors, Buffalo’s premier magnet school, has for the past few years been a magnet for controversy, pitting the teachers union against the Buffalo Public Schools in a dispute over work duties. A recent ruling by a state judge may not be the last word, but for now it affirms that Superintendent Kriner Cash’s hands are not tied by the Buffalo Teachers Federation when …

Congress may not believe it and President Trump may not buy it, but top members of his administration do, as does Facebook, one of the most popular conduits for Russian machinations to influence American elections. Nefarious efforts are again underway to disrupt American democracy and Washington is duty-bound to respond aggressively. So are the states, which actually run t…

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Mayor Byron W. Brown’s administration made its pitch last month for its plan to add a surcharge to the price of entertainment and sports tickets at five venues in the city. While the idea of a user fee to cover security and traffic-control costs at the venues is reasonable, we’re at a loss as to why the fees should vary according to the price of a ticket. The cost is the c…

The Buffalo Bills recently announced that tickets printed on paper won’t be accepted at games at New Era Field. The Bills are making a full switch to mobile ticketing, meaning patrons must buy their tickets electronically and present them on their smartphones at the stadium. The news was a bit jarring to fans who are not, as the saying goes, digital natives. Smartphones…

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A recent state announcement holds out the possibility two useful developments in Western New York: one undeniable; the other to be determined. But there are reasons for optimism. Offering much needed care to a suffering and underserved population, New York plans to create a center in Buffalo to provide treatment for children with the double diagnosis of developmental an…

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The gathering of environmentalists, elected officials and even toddlers should have inspired anyone who cares about Buffalo’s watery environment. The Buffalo River and its shoreline are on the way back. Much work has been done, starting at the grassroots level, to produce the $75 million restoration that has returned plants and wildlife to a river that had, literally, d…

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You’ve got to love a municipal sense of humor and, Hamburg, it seems, has one. The town is now accepting suggestions for what kind of hamburger to paint on its defunct but prominent water tower. Not only does it play on the town’s name but on the theory that the hamburger, itself, was created at the Erie County Fair 133 years ago. The menu includes four choices: a ha…

If the printable-gun genie isn’t already out of the bottle, there seems little doubt that at some point, sooner or later, it will be. Governments need to restrain it as much as possible to give society a way to prepare for, and mitigate, the damage that is likely to come. The issue is plastic guns that can be made using 3D printers. They are undetectable and untraceable…

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The union representing the majority of Tops Markets workers took one for the team last week by agreeing to a pension settlement with their employer. By approving a deal that will ultimately reduce the workers’ pension payouts, the United Food & Commercial Workers union Local One helped remove a major obstacle to the supermarket chain emerging from bankruptcy. Good f…

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It’s a hard way to end a career, but the plain fact is that Sheldon Silver asked for it. If anything, his prison sentence is less than he deserves. New York is well rid of him. It’s possible, certainly, to feel Silver’s pain, even to have a shred of sympathy for the disgraced former speaker of the New York State Assembly. At 74 years old, a man who was once a towerin…