Tonawanda residents want a new policy that allows police to accept ‘sexual gratuities’

Following tawdry rumors over a sexual misconduct allegation against a popular career police officer, Brett Rider, 46, several Town of Tonawanda residents are pushing the Town Board to change its policies to allow officers to receive ‘sexual gratuities’ while on


Higgins demands extension of Census reporting deadlines

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined a group of 89 members calling on Congressional leadership to include funding for the census in the next COVID-19 relief package, accompanied by a necessary extension to census reporting deadlines. The letter follows a recent

Letter to Editor

KOLB: Rights are rights for a reason

BY BRIAN M. KOLB This past week, New York state Attorney General, Letitia James, with the support of Gov. Cuomo and his administration, filed a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association (NRA), citing it as a civil suit as opposed

City & Region

Empire Center sues DOT for hiding study

The Empire Center for Public Policy today announced its lawsuit against the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) for refusing to disclose a study DOT claims justified forcing bidders to sign a deal with specific construction unions. DOT last

Police Beat

Buffalo man indicted for rape

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 39-year-old Rashawne Smith of Buffalo has been virtually arraigned before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio on an indictment charging him with one count of Rape in the First Degree,

City & Region

Port Authority of NY and NJ payroll increased by $150 million

Payroll for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) in calendar year 2019 increased by more than $150 million, according to data released today on, the Empire Center’s transparency website. Payroll at Port Authority totaled more than $997

City & Region

State dormitory authority dished out $152 million in pork last year

New York’s governor and state lawmakers dished out $152 million for local projects favored by state lawmakers through the state Dormitory Authority during the state’s 2020 fiscal year, according to data posted today on, the Empire Center’s government transparency website. The