BY NORBERT RUG There have been a series of coincidences in my life. My buddy grew up in a house full of girls in Amherst. One of them dated a Harley driving, leather vested, Vietnam-veteran biker from Barker. They went


Kolb: Back-to-school costs are at all-time high

BY BRIAN KOLB Summer always seems to go by in the blink of an eye. Before we know it, the days are shorter, the air is cooler and it’s time to send our children back to school. This change of


Tonko congratulates Santabarbara on A+ rating from conservation voters

Advocacy, legislative work on local environmental issues in Montgomery County cited Albany-area Congressman Paul D. Tonko is congratulating Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara again received an A+ rating from the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) for his legislative work on

US Senate

Langworthy tells Gillibrand to get back to work

In a widely circulated statement, New York Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy is telling Senator Kirstin Gillibrand to get back to work following her recently ended four-year pursuit of the presidency. “Kirsten Gillibrand has been using her U.S. Senate office

Norb's Corner

The loss of a tree

BY NORBERT RUG I contributed to global warming a tiny bit more than usual recently. When we moved in to our home over 40 years ago there were two maple trees and an ash tree that provided shade in the


Wind bids rigged for unions

BY KEN GIRARDIN The Cuomo administration appears to have violated state law by forcing offshore wind developers to cut deals with construction unions, inflating costs and boxing out non-union subcontractors on billions in construction work. Bidders seeking state subsidies likely worth

County Executive

Kirkwood suggests that Poloncarz is a ‘closet Trump Democrat’

Community organizer Duncan Kirkwood slammed Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz for his allegedly weak progressive credentials in a widely read Buffalo News editorial last month.  It’s just the latest friction between the County Executive and Buffalo’s African American community. Poloncarz is not

House Democrats

House Democrats plan new ‘Traffic Tax’

Democrats have an idea to make bumper-to-bumper traffic worse: tax drivers more when they’re sitting in traffic.  Incoming House Transportation Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) is planning to propose a new tax that would penalize drivers by taxing them at a higher rate

2020 Presidential Election

Biden wants to raise capital gains tax “back to 39%”

Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said he’d like to raise the capital gains tax rate to 39.6 percent, a near doubling of the current 20 percent.  Biden made the remarks on Wednesday, August 21 during an interview with Iowa Public


Obama Judge rules Medicaid must pay for gender reassignment surgery

An Obama-appointed federal judge is forcing Wisconsin taxpayers to provide costly sex reassignment surgery and hormonal procedures for low-income transgender residents who get free medical care from the government. In a recently issued ruling U.S. District Judge William M. Conley writes that Medicaid,


Federal Judge orders FBI to search for Steele documents

U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper ordered the FBI to conduct a search within 60 days for records of communications with former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele post-dating Steele’s service as an FBI confidential source. In ordering the supplemental search,

Housing Authority

NYCHA employees collect $96M in overtime

Employees of the troubled New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) pulled down $96 million in overtime payments in fiscal 2019, according to data posted today on SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s government transparency website.Base pay and overtime for NYCHA employees are part of


Buffalo detective highest paid municipal worker in WNY

A Buffalo detective was the highest-paid municipal employee (excluding school districts) in Western New York during the 2019 fiscal year, according to the latest edition of “What They Make,” the Empire Center’s annual report summarizing total local government pay. Scott R. Malec,


Catsimatidis and Langworthy form a new axis of power in New York

New York State Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy has received the influential backing of John Catsimatidis, the billionaire New York City businessman who has been a key figure inside the political power structure architected by former Chairman Ed Cox. Catsimatidis


Langworthy taps Jeffery Williams for key party fundraising post

As part of his plan “to rebuild, retool and revitalize” the New York Republican Party, Chairman Nick Langworthy has appointed top real estate executive, civic leader and former government official, Jeffrey Williams, to serve as the Party’s regional finance vice