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If the residents of the suffering 27th Congressional District are looking for some good news – and they could use some – they can find it in reports that State Sen. Chris Jacobs is considering a run for that House seat. Indeed, even the possibility counts as some of the best news that put-upon district has had in years. The decade beginning 2009 sure seemed to be shapin…

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Starting a company is like climbing a mountain. It’s a high-risk endeavor where one false step can mean the difference between planting your flag at the top or plunging into obscurity. ACV Auctions, the tech startup featured in Sunday’s News, is looking pretty sure-footed. The company, maker of an app used by car dealers to buy and sell used cars, has created 300 jobs i…

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It was never just about the Catholic Church. Yes, the church’s role in harboring clerics who abused children – and then in shamefully covering up those crimes – delivered a profound shock to the public conscience, but does it matter to a child if the adult sexually abusing him or her is a priest or a camp counselor or a relative? Or a Boy Scout leader? Pedophiles …

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“I’m Hanna Hall, a 5’3” Division I point guard from the University at Buffalo, and I struggle with mental illness every day.” With those words, the UB basketball star, who helped the Bulls win the Mid-American Conference championship this past season, turned herself into a hero for mental health advocates. Hall released a video this past week, through the NCAA, in which…

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The statistics in a story in today’s Buffalo News are striking: In the first three months of this year, nearly double the number of people in Canada tried cannabis products for the first time as compared with the same period a year ago. Last October, Canada became just the second nation to legalize recreational marijuana use, joining Uruguay. A survey by the Canadian go…

It may not be a bad idea, when you think about it; Developer/politician/critic/bad boy Carl Paladino has offered to buy most of the Commodore Perry low-income housing complex near downtown Buffalo and to redevelop it into a residential and commercial neighborhood. His opening bid: $1. In response, Gillian Brown, the executive director of the Buffalo Municipal Housing…

This shouldn’t be that difficult. The answer to what to do with Erie County’s budget surplus is to: 1. Meet the county’s obligations. 2. Catch up on essential work that needs doing. 3. Save the rest – or most of it – to defray residents’ 2020 tax bills. Done. And yet, the county’s elected officials are predictably squabbling over what to do with money that i…

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Mayor Byron W. Brown’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2019-20 is not exactly a lean one, but it does something few municipal budgets ever achieve: It decreases spending. Brown’s stay-the-course plan, subject to approval by the Common Council, is for $508.6 million in expenditures, a 1% decrease from the last fiscal year. A city with large swaths of poverty has great ne…

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What happened in Buffalo Tuesday was a travesty. Or, more accurately, the travesty is what didn’t happen – and it makes the case for fundamental change. With all nine seats on the Buffalo School Board up for election, only five were competitive – and barely that. According to the Erie County Board of Elections, voter turnout Tuesday was a paltry and corrosive 6.6%. …

The check is practically in the mail from the federal government to pay for a new seawall along Route 5 in Athol Springs, but New York’s state government can’t get its act together on an agreement to let the project move forward. This key Southtowns traffic artery can’t afford to have bureaucratic red tape become a stick in the spokes. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer…

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It’s hard to argue with ensuring that the International Joint Commission is doing its job correctly. And we’re glad that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is paying attention to the threat along the state’s Lake Ontario shoreline. That’s his job. Or at least part of it. But something is missing from the equation. The fundamental problem faced by the lake and those who inhabit its so…

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You would think that state officials prosecuting a hearing on a daycare center’s failure to follow the critical rules would know enough to following their own rules. Sadly, it seems that administrative judges for the Office of Children and Family Services need to be subject to their own hearing. That they won’t be testifies to the inadequacies of New York’s open governm…

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The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation’s awarding of $100 million to reinvent LaSalle Park and to complete a regional trail system represents the largest philanthropic gift ever in Western New York. That kind of gift demands thinking big. It appears the planners behind the transformation of the park on Buffalo’s West Side, a $50 million-plus project, are more than up to the…

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In any community, many people may have a hand in improving its fortunes, but only a few ever make a difference that will resonate for generations. Howard Zemsky has done that three times, each more successful than the last: first with his gamble on inventing Larkinville, then as co-chair of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council and, for the past four y…

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On Tuesday, Buffalo residents – those who are alert, anyway – will go to the polls to elect a new school board, which will immediately face far-reaching decisions on a new contract with the Buffalo Teachers Federation and extending the contract of Superintendent Kriner Cash. And yet, without wanting to discourage anyone from performing an important civic duty, it’s hard…