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The race for New York attorney general is between a Buffalo-born attorney who works for a white-shoe law firm in Manhattan, Keith Wofford, and the New York City public advocate, Letitia “Tish” James. James, a Democrat, talks about using the office to take on the Trump administration. Wofford, the Republican, bases his candidacy on going after the culture of corruption in A…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, running strong for a third term in office, deserves the support of Western New York voters both because of – and despite – events that have occurred over the past four years. The fundamental fact is this: Cuomo has lavished money and attention on Western New York in a way that no governor has since DeWitt Clinton built the Erie Canal. That politica…

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Today, the News editorial page offers endorsements in the U.S. Senate and state comptroller races. Whether you agree or disagree with our conclusions, we urge you to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Two highly intelligent and capable women are running to represent New York in the United States Senate and, while both offer qualities that could serve voters well, the incumbent, K…

State comptroller is an elected office, but it’s no popularity contest. The comptroller monitors the state’s finances and is the chief fiscal officer, overseeing audits of state and local agencies and authorities. Thomas DiNapoli has held the job for 10 years, and is running for a third full term. He was a popular Assemblyman from Long Island when his fellow legislators…

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Today, the News editorial page offers endorsements in the three congressional races in Western New York. Whether you agree or disagree with our conclusions, we urge you to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6. 23rd Congressional District: Tom Reed The Corning-based incumbent has matured into this job. Republican Tom Reed is willing to work across the aisle with Democratic colleag…

The job of Erie County clerk comes with some anachronisms attached. County clerks are elected, rather than appointed, in all but five of New York’s 62 counties. Why? The clerk’s job is to oversee record keeping and manage departments that issue licenses for driving, hunting or owning a pistol, among other duties. It is not to make policy, so it is puzzling why the clerk af…

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Today, the News editorial page begins four days of endorsements in contested elections, beginning with the state Legislature. Whether you agree or disagree with our conclusions, we urge you to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6. In the state Senate, Republicans control the 63-seat chamber by just one vote. Ideology aside, a Democratic-controlled state Senate would become top-heavy…

After years of allegations and half-a-million public dollars in legal fees, the Buffalo School District last week gave up and agreed to pay $3.1 million still owing on a $1.3 billion renovation project. It was the right call. Largely at the insistence of Board Member Larry Quinn and former member Carl Paladino, the school district had refused to make the final payment, …

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Good news for the Buffalo Public Schools landed in the form of a $12 million surplus at the end of its fiscal year in June thanks to unanticipated revenue, but that bonus should not distract board members from the need for strong fiscal management, especially as teacher contract negotiations begin. The “surprise” package of funds included $10.2 million from the state fo…

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Tour any number of farms in the “inner city,” check out the rows of planted tomatoes, kale, peppers, asparagus and berries and it becomes crystal clear: Here, it’s a city in name only. Urban farms stand as proof that the once-scarred earth can be restored across swaths of land once deemed fit only for the purpose of populating cities and towns. It’s a lesson for urban g…

Loneliness has been called an epidemic in our society. A modest program scheduled to start in January in Erie County intended to encourage low-income seniors to dine out could help them feel less alone. The program, funded by a $250,000 federal grant for two years, will subsidize the cost of meals at half a dozen restaurants, including eateries in the West Side Bazaa…

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Ill-prepared high school graduates entering college and the work world represent one of our community’s most serious concerns. Businesses looking for areas in which to locate – think Amazon HQ2, as an example – demand an educated, skilled workforce. Yet, community colleges and even four-year colleges routinely contend with new students who cannot read at grade level or …

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Garrison Keillor’s make-believe town of Lake Woebegone was “where all the children are above average.” That’s a fiction that is far from the reality of the Buffalo Public Schools, where a recent study found that only about 5 percent of the students were “high performing,” or faring above the state average on standardized tests. That’s not good enough; a school system th…

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Recent improvements at the Erie County Water Authority are a good sign, even if the bar is set low and even though the authority still needs to be abolished. It’s like an alcoholic who wants to drink less, but lives in a tavern. What the authority has done is to take steps to obey the law. That’s something most New Yorkers do every day, but for the authority, it represe…

This just in from the cultural time machine: store shelves have been missing the diet soft drink, Tab. That’s right, Tab. It’s still being sold out there — somewhere — and evidently has a devoted following. According to The New York Times, fans who called customer service reported Coca-Cola Bottling Co. has chosen to discontinue offering Tab in parts of its 14-state ter…