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Building a startup culture requires patience, just like building a new startup company. Not every bet is a winner, but you have to be in the game to have a shot. The culmination of 43North’s latest competition, including the awarding of its $1 million grand prize on Wednesday night, is further evidence that Buffalo Niagara’s efforts at nurturing a startup-friendly clima…

For Western New York’s economy, good things come in packages large and small. Amazon looked before it leaped into Western New York with a package sorting facility in Lancaster in 2017. The company liked what it saw and will now put a $25 million warehouse and distribution center in the Town of Tonawanda. The online retail behemoth was a pioneer in one-day delivery, a…

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It seems like a long time – or has it been forever? – since any good news has arrived about the solar energy business at Buffalo’s Tesla plant. Now, suddenly, there is. How much to credit it remains uncertain, but it’s a welcome change for a plant that cost taxpayers $750 million and in which Western New Yorkers have vested hopes for a durable, 21st century economy. It’…

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A shortage of bus drivers has been a growing problem for school districts across the country for at least the past five years. The job requires a commercial driver’s license and is often part-time with limited benefits. Better paying jobs will lure drivers away, particularly in a strong economy. That’s the problem facing First Student, the transportation company to whom…

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If voting were any easier in Erie County, a drone would fly a ballot to your home, hover while you filled it in, then whisk it away to be counted. Early voting began this past weekend in New York State, a convenience that means there are very few excuses left for not exercising your franchise. A nine-day early voting window opened Saturday. From noon to 6 p.m. on weeken…

The uneven honor system that benefited Canadian motorists crossing the Grand Island bridges is officially over, and it’s about time. For the truly honest Canadian drivers – and there are many out there, eh? – apologies. Even though there was no way to force our neighbors to the north who chose not to make good on that $1 toll, we’re sure – cough, cough – that this task …

Here they come: The rock-throwers, the dissemblers, the liars. These are the unwelcome out-of-state intruders who will use any tactic, truthful or not, to try to tilt an election. In this case, it’s the conservative Club for Growth, a super PAC that wants to poison the voters of the 27th Congressional District against the candidacy of the undeniably conservative Chris J…

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Give the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, under new leadership, this much: it is changing its poor purchasing practices. Finally. It is a start, and a good one. More needs to be done to clean up the baked-in mess that began several decades ago. But something as straightforward and influential as purchasing is as good a place to begin as any. The authority plan…

The first few months of Barbara Miller-Williams’ tenure as the City of Buffalo’s interim comptroller did not exactly raise red flags, but there were yellow ones that called her appointment into question. In early May, her office issued two reports about the city’s proposed 2019-20 budget. The first was appropriately skeptical of some of Mayor Byron W. Brown’s revenue as…

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This editorial is the last in a series endorsing candidates for office. Endorsements by the editorial board are intended to aid voters in their evaluations of those seeking office. Whether you agree or disagree with our choices, we urge you to vote and take part in our electoral process. No one will ever confuse Mark Poloncarz with the silver-tongued, back-slapping poli…

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This editorial is the third in a series endorsing candidates for office. Endorsements by the editorial board are intended to aid voters in their evaluations of those seeking office. Whether you agree or disagree with our choices, we urge you to vote and take part in our electoral process. The decision by three-term Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster not to run for re-el…

Sometimes, good fortune just makes you smile. Here’s to David Yax, a 75-year-old retired carpenter who this week claimed his $80 million prize from September’s Powerball drawing. With that, the North Evans resident became winner of the largest lottery prize in Western New York history. But a caveat: By choosing a lump sum payout, his prize was reduced to $57.3 million. …

Sit down while you read this. A Republican is running for a seat on the Buffalo Common Council. He’s a pretty sharp one, too. Nevertheless, as appealing as Mark Supples is as a candidate for the Niagara District – and as important as it is for Republicans to make inroads in city government – incumbent David A. Rivera has shown his value to the district and the city. He …

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This editorial is the second in a series endorsing candidates for office. Endorsements by the editorial board are intended to aid voters in their evaluations of those seeking office. Whether you agree or disagree with our choices, we urge you to vote and take part in our electoral process. Today, we continue with the nominees in three competitive Erie County Legislature…

The good times are rolling for Buffalo’s two major-league sports teams. The Buffalo Sabres have won eight of their first 10 games, with a 5-0 record at KeyBank Center, and the Buffalo Bills are off to a 5-1 start in their NFL season. Does that mean it’s time to start planning the championship parades? No, but neither should the September and October victories be discoun…