Indian Affairs

Seneca Nation and City of Niagara Falls urged to form ‘cooperation task force’

Activists are calling on the City of Niagara Falls and the Seneca Nation of Indians to form a ‘cooperation task force’ that could circumvent Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s office and open direct Nation-to-City talks that move beyond the ongoing casino revenue

White House

Caputo is not expected to return to the Trump administration

The storied political operative and part-time WBEN Newsradio 930 AM talk show host, Michael Caputo, is not expected to return to President Donald J. Trump‘s administration following a devastating diagnosis of metastatic throat cancer last week. Caputo is evaluating treatment


The US is unprepared for Africa’s growing terror threat

BY EMILY ESTELLE Maj. Gen. Dagvin Anderson, the commander of US Special Operations Command Africa, gave a sobering assessment of the increasing security threats posed by al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and their ilk in Africa in an AEI webinar


How a blast from the past could save NYC again

BY E.J. McMAHON Forty-five years ago this month, then-Gov. Hugh L. Carey and the state Legislature passed a landmark law, the Financial Emergency Act, designed to rescue Gotham from imminent bankruptcy. The law created the state Financial Control Board as

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Pagels narrowly wins caucus nomination for Seneca presidency

Seneca Nation Treasurer Matthew Pagels narrowly won the Seneca Party caucus nomination for President. Pagels was nearly defeated by John “Joonie” Williams, in a vote of 733 to 700. The offices of President and Treasurer rotate between the Nation’s Cattaraugus


Marine Drive residents prefer Paladino over BMHA as their landlord

Residents of Marine Drive Apartments — Buffalo’s largest public housing complex — prefer that Carl Paladino‘s Ellicott Development was their landlord, rather than the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA), at a rate of more than 2 to 1, privately conducted

Department of Justice

Mueller team repeatedly wiped phones

WASHINGTON, DC — Judicial Watch announced today it received 87 pages of records from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that show senior members of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel’s Office (SCO) repeatedly and “accidentally” wiped phones assigned to them.   The records were produced in


On measuring school quality, ‘Education Week’ misses the mark

BY IAN KINGSBURY Education Week released its A-F grades for states on school quality last week. New York earned a B-, appreciably better than the nationwide C average. A closer look at scoring methodology, however, shows grade inflation at work. Education Week raised New


What happens if teachers go on strike?

BY KEN GIRARDIN New York’s largest teachers union this summer threatened to go on strike rather than allow schools to reopen for in-person classes—despite months of preparation by officials and a state law that prohibits union work stoppages. Public employee


The numbers debunk Cuomo’s SALT gripes

BY E.J. McMAHON For the better part of three years now, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been pounding SALT — the federal income-tax deduction for state and local taxes. After President Donald Trump signed the GOP-sponsored tax-reform bill in December 2017,


State forces school districts to give raises—and layoffs

BY KEN GIRARDIN Months of bad decisions and inaction by New York state officials have put school districts in the awkward position of having to give pay raises to most teachers while laying off others. The districts could have avoided


Even after aid cut, New York will spend most on education

BY IAN KINGSBURY Governor Andrew Cuomo is withholding 20 percent of state school aid allocations pending federal bailout negotiations. The decision has been met with alarm and objection from district leaders and New York teachers unions. Yet notably absent from pleas to maintain funding