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

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

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


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,