National Headlines

The dangerous headlines of The New York Times

BY SAMUEL J. ABRAMS As the nation continues to sort out the aftermath of a deeply divided presidential election, many narratives will emerge and citizens should be guarded and skeptical about them. This is because many in the media simply


Huawei ban disrupts supply chain for telecom components

BY BRONWYN HOWELL Since the US and other governments have effectively banned the use of Chinese (read Huawei, but also ZTE) equipment from future mobile communications networks, support for open radio access network (O-RAN) architecture has risen dramatically. The Federal Communications Commission


The safety net in the aftermath of the pandemic

BY ANGELA RACHIDI The American Enterprise Institute commissioned NORC at the University of Chicago to field a survey of 3,518 working-age adults in late July 2020 to learn more about the employment situation of US households and the reach of the social

White House

Biden’s support for House HEROES Act isn’t a ‘unity’ position

BY MATT WEIDINGER On Monday, Joe Biden expressed support for further stimulus legislation, calling specifically for the enactment of legislation “like the HEROES Act,” which the House passed in May and subsequently went nowhere in the Republican-led Senate: President-elect Joe Biden on Monday urged


The $540,000 camera in your pocket

BY BRETT SWANSON Every couple years, we update our original 2014 blog post that asked the question, “What would an iPhone have cost in 1991?” The purpose is to measure — at least in a rough way — the progress

Police Beat

Cheektowaga man indicted in violent sexual assault case

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 27-year-old Alexander Brewer of Cheektowaga was virtually arraigned this morning before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski on a nine-count indictment charging him with the following offenses: Two counts of

Police Beat

Defendant indicted for the murder of his girlfriend’s baby

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 35-year-old Robert L. Dumas of Buffalo was virtually arraigned today before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller on an indictment charging him with one count of Murder in the Second

City & Region

Autumn coronavirus wave is hitting New York’s nursing homes, too

BY BILL HAMMOND Coronavirus infections are again rising in New York’s nursing homes, a sign that blanket testing, tight limits on visitors and other precautions have not fully isolated their acutely vulnerable residents from conditions in the outside world. Nursing

State Budget

New Yorkers’ personal income growth rebounded a bit in 2019

BY E.J. McMAHON After a weak 2018, personal income growth matched or exceeded national averages in most parts of New York State in 2019, according to the latest estimates from the federal Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The 2019 income rebound


KINGSBURY: A roadmap for reimagining education

BY IAN KINGSBURY The disruptions to K-12 education caused by the COVID-19 pandemic spurred Governor Cuomo to announce an initiative to “reimagine education.” This challenge should have policymakers asking what inadequacies have been exposed in our public education system, and

City & Region

MADIGAN: School closures ignore negative health impacts 

BY MIKE MADIGAN The CDC has reported the following:  The risk of Covid19 virus to school-aged children is significantly lower than the flu (CDC website) The CDC cites the 2018-19 flu season had 480 flu deaths in school-aged children vs.

Feature 1

Jill Biden is being floated for Secretary of Education

Following pushback to rumors late last week that Michelle Rhee is at the top of President-elect Joe Biden‘s shortlist to lead the Department of Education, the transition team is now quietly floating the idea of nominating the First-Lady-in-Waiting, Dr. Jill