Senate Republicans demand subpoena power to get answers on nursing home deaths

ALBANY, NY – NYS Senate Republican Leader Robert Ortt and members of the Senate Republican Conference today demanded that the Senate Majority leverage its subpoena power to compel Governor Andrew Cuomo, Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker, and any state

NY Assembly

Norris calls for end of Governor’s emergency powers

BY MIKE NORRIS I’ll never forget receiving the briefing from NYS Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker in early March with fellow colleagues about the dangerous potential of the coronavirus and the immediate need for emergency funding for preparation and equipment.

NY Senate

Gallivan sponsors Bill to honor student killed in 2016 crash

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) and Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes (R-C, Caledonia) announce the New York State Legislature has passed legislation to designate a portion of state route 63 in the Town of Geneseo as the “Savannah Marie Williams Memorial Highway.”  Williams, an 18-year-old

NY Senate

Ortt slams NYC Council’s $1 billion cut to the NYPD

The newly ascendant Republican Leader in the State Senate is slamming the New York City Council’s $1 billion budget cut to the New York Police Department last week and is taking steps to prevent its implementation. Senator Rob Ortt (R


DiPIETRO: Give local businesses a fighting chance

BY DAVID DIPIETRO We’ve sacrificed and done what was asked of us by King Cuomo during COVID-19. We’ve dealt with masks, moving phase requirements, lack of direction, loss of contact with friends, family, and loved ones. You can go to


Buffalo Niagara Partnership names new Board members

BUFFALO, N.Y– The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the area’s regional chamber of commerce, announces that seven new members have joined its Board of Directors, with terms effective immediately. The new Board members are: Jim Dentinger, President, NOCO Enterprises, LLC, a division

Niagara County

Farmers market coupons available for eligible seniors

Beginning on July 16, 2020, Office for the Aging will begin distributing Farmers’ Market Coupon Booklets at sites throughout Niagara County.  The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, headed by the NYS Dept of Agriculture and Markets, provides coupons to all

Erie County

County waste program makes hazardous waste disposal easy

The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning (“ECDEP”) is offering a new voucher program for residents to dispose of their household hazardous waste (“HHW”) six days a week throughout the year.  Residents can now schedule a drop-off of up to


West Falls man sentenced for forcible touching

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 54-year-old Andrew Amato of West Falls has been sentenced by Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi to 6 years of probation. The defendant admitted that during the late evening of November

Police Beat

Mother sentenced for stabbing her child

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 34-year-old Zakiyyah M. Wolfford of Buffalo has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns to 5 years of probation. The defendant was sentenced on Monday, July 6, 2020.

Police Beat

Suspect charged in the beating death of Tonawanda woman

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 22-year-old Joshua E. Wilson of Buffalo has been arraigned before Buffalo City Court Judge Andrew C. LoTempio, acting as a Town of Tonawanda Court Justice, on one count of Murder in


SWANSON: Reaching the broadband end zone, going the last 5 yards

BY BRET SWANSON We’ve recounted the many ways the pandemic revealed the superlative capacity, coverage, and robustness of the American internet. COVID-19 has even spurred accelerations of long-overdue innovations, such as telemedicine. But intense reliance on network connectivity since the start of the pandemic has

Foreign Policy

Report envisions partial decoupling from China

BY DEREK SCISSORS Key Points Partial decoupling from China is overdue. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) suppresses foreign competition and infringes intellectual property. It is an ugly dictatorship at home and increasingly aggressive overseas. Decoupling involves a range of


Millions may be on Pandemic Unemployment who did not apply

BY MATT WEIDINGER Various reviewers (including me) have noted the rapid growth of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. That’s the temporary federally funded unemployment benefit program created in the March 2020 CARES Act that is designed to assist self-employed individuals,