Norb's Corner

Mother’s Day gifts

BY NORBERT RUG Sunday, May 12, 2019 is Mother’s Day. This holiday is celebrated every year to honor mothers and motherhood. In the United States, the observance of Mother’s Day started early in the 20th century. Mother’s Day is one

NY Senate

GOP activists want Gallivan to seek Senate leadership post

New York State’s Republican Party is facing an existential crisis, having lost control of the State Senate chamber last year, the party’s last bastion of power in Albany.  If the party is unable to retake the chamber next year, then

Government Waste

At least four double-dippers top $300K

At least four New York local government retirees appear to have received permission from state or New York City officials to each take home a combined $300,000 in pay and pensions as of January 1, 2018, according to data posted today

NY Assembly

Politicians spent almost $8M on campaign-style mailings

State lawmakers spent $7.8 million on postage for campaign-style mailings to constituents in the six-month run-up to last year’s elections, according to data added today to SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s transparency website. Senators spent $4.2 million and Assembly members spent $3.5 million

State Budget

McMahon applauds permanent tax cap

BY EJ MCMAHON The impending enactment of a permanent property tax levy cap in New York is a truly historic moment. Since its founding in 2005, the Empire Center has identified a broad cap on property tax levies as a

Mass Transit

MTA can’t release public records on time, either

The Empire Center for Public Policy this week filed Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) appeals with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) after six of its seven subsidiaries failed to release public payroll records. The appeals come after the Empire Center

Norb's Corner

Play more games with your family

BY NORBERT RUG Games give us a way to connect with our families. It is a fun activity. It can lead to conversations and is a way to share time with them. I will admit it, I have “a competitive

Today's Take

Tis the season for Slow Roll

BY JOE GENCO A short take on today’s news… Visited the Broadway Market for the Slow Roll Season Kickoff Party. The 1st ride is Monday, May 6 from Buffalo Hostel. There are two Clarence Bike Stampedes as well. We are

Norb's Corner

Seniors declare their independence every day

BY NORBERT RUG I recently was able to drive my car again after a whole winter of not driving. I can’t tell you how liberating it was to get behind the wheel once again. I was holed up in my

Niagara County Legislature

Jesse Gooch wants to bring Chick-fil-a to Wheatfield

Niagara County Legislator Jesse Gooch (R-Wheatfield) is voicing his support for Chick-fil-a following their removal from Delaware North’s planned remodeling of its venues at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.  Assemblyman Sean Ryan (D-Buffalo) publicly disparaged the firm based on its Evangelical Christian


Chrystia Freeland is angling to succeed Trudeau as Prime Minister

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has been regularly engaging in private conversations with Stephen Bronfman — the Liberal Party’s treasurer — in recent weeks, a staffer inside her office tells The Chronicle.  The Bronfmans have been the principal financiers of the Liberal

Niagara County Legislature

Gooch slams Cuomo bag ban

Today, Niagara County Legislator Jesse Gooch (R-7thDistrict) voiced his opposition to implementing a new tax in Niagara County. As part of the FY2019-2020 New York State Budget, plastic bags will be outlawed in New York State. The budget also gave