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Whew. The Lockport Police Department has resuscitated its wheezing, antiquated 911 emergency system by scrounging parts that are no longer manufactured from a source who provided them for free but whom the police chief will not identify. Is everybody reassured? Maybe next, the department can round up a few used six-shooters, scare up some pre-owned shoes for its hors…

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In this corner stands the Chautauqua Lake Association, a 68-year-old nonprofit group that has been a steward of the 13,000-acre lake for decades. In the opposite corner, the Chautauqua Lake Partnership, an organization that has advocated for the use of herbicides to counter a growing presence of invasive weeds in the lake. The two sides have been battling, not in a b…

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It’s likely to be a contentious start to a hopeful project, as hearings begin in the matter of Buffalo v. Skyway. If all goes as envisioned, part of the Skyway will come down, opportunities for recreation and development will open and satisfactory alternatives will be identified to handle all the 42,000-plus cars and trucks that daily use that critical link between the cit…

This is what happens when good judges are allowed to do their jobs: They take relevant facts into consideration, weigh them carefully and hand down sentences that, generally speaking, do justice. That’s what U.S. District Court Judge Vernon S. Broderick did over a week in January, when he ordered former Rep. Chris Collins to prison but granted probation to two others in…

The Erie County Republican boss promised a “transparent” process. But if he and his fellow party chairs in the 27th Congressional District had had their way, it would have been opaque. Maybe there was a reason for that. When eight white guys get together in secret to choose a white male candidate, it doesn’t look good. But that’s what happened on Saturday, when the GOP …

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Education lobbyists are beginning their annual campaigns to wring more state aid out of Albany. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, unveiling his budget proposal last week, proposed an increase of roughly 3% in education aid for fiscal year 2021. To education groups, that’s not enough. For a state wrestling with a projected $6.2 billion budget deficit, it may have to be. Aid next …

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Kenneth P. Achtyl turned in his Erie County sheriff’s deputy badge last September, shortly after he was convicted of three charges from his roughing up a young man outside a Buffalo Bills game in December 2017. In Achtyl’s sentencing on Thursday, the judge decided not to inconvenience Achtyl with any jail time, or even probation. Orchard Park Town Justice Jorge S. de Ro…

Those who enjoy train travel, rumbling along the tracks while taking in the scenery – bucolic, at times – would be disappointed traveling the line between Buffalo and Toronto. No, not disappointed by the terrain between those two points but by the interminable wait to clear customs. A recent News story clocked the wait time for Amtrak’s Maple Leaf train leaving Buffa…

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The Prospectus supplement in today’s Buffalo News lays out six key decisions that will shape the region’s future. We have some thoughts on the issues and how they might shake out. A Bills stadium: When Billy Joel hits the stage at New Era Field in August, his song “Just the Way You Are” will resonate with some Buffalo Bills fans who do not want the stadium to “go cha…

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It’s an unusual kind of endorsement in an odd sort of election. In recommending State Sen. Chris Jacobs as the Republican nominee for the 27th Congressional District, we are speaking not so much to voters, but to the eight party chairs who will select the nominee. But voters don’t need to feel themselves entirely cut out of the process. They can make their preferences k…

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So, it’s underway – finally. Four of the expected Republican candidates for the long mistreated 27th Congressional District have announced their interest in the seat vacated by its most recently disgraced occupant, former Rep. Chris Collins. The fifth decided not to run. All they need now is an actual election date. The expectation – though not the certainty – is tha…

The Buffalo Planning Board may have tabled a request by Queen City Landing developer Gerald Buchheit for a planned-unit development designation for his Outer Harbor project but it should signal only a bump in the effort to produce a broadly acceptable agreement. Buchheit is not the first developer – nor will he likely be the last – to seek a single set of zoning rules f…

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The goal is both ambitious and perceptive. The question is where to find the $82 million needed to upgrade nearly a dozen of Buffalo’s neighborhood parks and school athletic facilities. The public might appropriately be asked to help fund those necessary improvements, but advocates are wise to look for private sources of funding. The recreational assets in question are …

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There is some belt-tightening, cost-shifting and some wishful thinking in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2021. There is little that will shrink state government or lessen New Yorkers’ tax burden. Noting that every interest group comes to Albany asking for more every year, Cuomo said, “And this year everyone gets more … more for every program.” Wh…

The Section VI Football Federation did the right thing by calling a timeout on its plan to exclude Buffalo public high schools from its system for scheduling football games. The proposal raised howls of protest within the city, and for good reason: As Mayor Byron W. Brown observed, it especially affected students of color. The section announced Monday – Martin Luther Ki…