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The bid in the New York State Legislature to put the Peace Bridge Authority out of business is something other than it appears and is, in fact, worth the effort, not only in terms of producing progress on the bridge and plaza but also of creating a more accountable management structure.The legislation, pushed by Assemblyman Sean M. Ryan, D-Buffalo, and Sen. Mark J. Grisant…

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The recent School Board election in the City of Buffalo drew many more voters than the previous one, but that isn’t saying much. The paltry turnout is why it’s important to move city School Board elections from May to November.This year we saw one of the most controversial elections in recent memory, and fewer than 12,000 voters turned out. More than 3,200 of those votes w…

By Brian SampsonRecent scandals have rocked state government and justifiably outraged taxpayers. Unfortunately, well-funded special interests are arguing that the appropriate response to these scandals is for hard-working New York taxpayers to give politicians even more money.These special interests are trying to convince us that publicly financed campaigns will make every…

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In a deeply troubling revelation, the government has been compiling a huge database of telephone calling logs of virtually every American, and it has been going on for no less than seven years. In addition, another program has been secretly collecting information on the Internet activity of foreigners overseas who use the nation’s big Internet companies, including Google, …

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For as long as anyone can remember, Niagara Falls has had trouble making smart decisions. Politics, stubbornness, greed and even corruption have helped turn the city with the famous name into a financial and economic disaster zone.State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli didn’t use those words in his just-released audit of the city’s finances, but he could have. He acknowledge…

By Paul AtkinsonStudent loans are a growing financial concern for many individuals, with ripple effects slowing economic growth throughout the country.Student loan defaults surged in the first three months of 2013, while efforts to collect bad loans are faltering, according to credit analysts and government audits. It is the latest twist in a college debt crisis that is ha…

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Wednesday’s hearing into sexual assaults in the military showcased a dozen tone-deaf generals and admirals harping about chain of command while incredulous senators – Republicans and Democrats alike – tried to pry from them an admission of failure and a real reform plan.Instead, the brass battened down the hatches and prepared for battle. It’s a battle that, for the good o…

By Mark Grisanti and Sean RyanIn recent weeks, a lot of attention has been paid to the Peace Bridge Authority and our proposed legislation. We would like to clarify how the legislation would work and why we think it is needed.The authority was created solely for the purpose of financing the construction of the Peace Bridge. The original legislation that formed the authorit…

By Jerry CastigliaPresident Obama has proposed the creation of a new program that would provide a full day of preschool for every 4-year-old child in the United States whose family is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The federal government also would provide incentives to states to offer preschool to children from families above this income threshold u…

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Among the more disturbing revelations coming out of the crash of Colgan Air’s Continental Connection Flight 3407 has to be the story told by Dan Morgan, the former vice president of safety and compliance for the regional airline.As reported by News Washington bureau chief Jerry Zremski, Morgan outlined in detail the missteps and missed opportunities by both Colgan Air and …

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Here is what is clear from the state report on the brutal death of Abdifatah Mohamud: He should still be alive.The 10-year-old boy was beaten to death by his stepfather last year – bound, gagged and bludgeoned with a rolling pin. Compounding the tragedy was the fact that Abdifatah had reported his stepfather’s previous abuse. As a result, the Erie County Department of Soci…