Education

Schools could raise millions through advertising

BY CAITLIN GILLIGAN New York school districts are missing out on non-taxpayer revenue due to antiquated legal restrictions, according to a new report from the Empire Center for Public Policy. Selling advertising and naming rights on school properties is widely seen as

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

City

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,

City

Thoughts on Facial Recognition

BY NORBERT RUG I am for the implementation of the Facial and Object Recognition System (FORS) in the Lockport schools. There I said it. I know this might be an unpopular stance but it is the way I feel. I

Common Council

Smothers, Bollman to battle for Lovejoy Common Council seat

Esther Smothers, former Erie County Legislature Chairwoman Betty Jean Grant‘s principal legislative staffer, is vying for the Buffalo Common Council seat representing Lovejoy.  Also running is Brian Bollman, the outgoing Lovejoy Councilman Rich Fontana‘s principal legislative staffer. Both figures are