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Census Bureau is planning to hire non-citizens to conduct 2020 Census

In early August, Census told U.S. News & World Report, it was ‘actively working through flexibilities’ to see if it could hire alien workers Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department

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Higgins may retire to take a position at Delaware North

Rumor has it that Rep. Brian Higgins, the six-term Democrat of South Buffalo, is “inclined to prefer” taking a position as Delaware North‘s top federal lobbyist, rather than to run for a seventh term in the House of Representatives, a

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Avoid another Amazon by learning from Essex Crossing

BY FELIX CIAMPA Amazon’s decision to withdraw its plans to build a second headquarters in Long Island City sparked dire predictions from many observers. Some argued it would now be impossible to attract significant commercial development in Western Queens, or

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Why was Seneca Holdings without a CEO for a year and a half?

Seneca Holdings, the private equity arm of the Seneca Nation of Indians, has been without a formal Chief Executive Officer since June of 2017, when Dave Kimelberg changed his title to Strategic Advisor and, according to his LinkedIn profile, returned

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Larry Quinn should broker a Bass Pro deal with Seneca Gaming

Buffalo developer Larry Quinn has, at times, been a catalytic force for change in Western New York — whether in real estate, major league sports, or education policy.  He is universally respected across the political spectrum, perhaps aside from small

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Will Amazon HQ2 become another magnet for corruption?

BY MICAH MORRISON The Amazon HQ2 sweepstakes is over and the winner is Queens, New York. And some place in Virginia called National Landing. And Nashville, Tennessee. New York and Virginia will split Amazon’s second headquarters, while Nashville gets a consolation

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Would the Pegulas be willing to manage UB teams in stadium deal?

It looks increasingly likely that Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s administration is preparing to back a $1 billion investment in a new NFL stadium in downtown Buffalo.  Just last month, Terry Pegula hired Chris Schoepflin, the former Empire State Development official, to

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Local Tea Party wants Mexico to make reforms before any new trade deal

President Donald J. Trump’s administration has announced its intention to separate the ongoing multilateral North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Canada and Mexico. The President intends to conduct bilateral talks with Canada and Mexico on independent negotiating tracts. Local

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All eyes are on M&T Bank’s new CEO Rene Jones

The late M&T Bank CEO Robert Wilmers was as close as one could come to reigning over Western New York as its titular monarch.  The installation of Rene Jones as Wilmers’ successor at the Bank is of no small consequence

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Golisano is ‘open’ to M&T Bank merger with Paychex

Billionaire B. Thomas Golisano, the founder and chairman of Paychex, the Rochester area firm valued at more than $25 billion, is open to merger talks with Buffalo based M&T Bank, whose market capitalization stands around $28 billion, a source familiar

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National Fuel to reduce rates in PA, increase rates in NY

BY JAMES HUFNAGEL National Fuel supplies natural gas to over 730,000 residential and corporate customers throughout Western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania. The Williamsville, NY-based oil and gas concern is vertically integrated across five business divisions: Exploration & Production, Pipeline

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Obama and Trudeau should open the Canadian border

It would require the elimination of customs tariffs, border crossing fees, and travel restrictions between the federal governments of the United States and Canada — but the concept of an open northern border is more politically plausible in the current

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International patent laws are unnecessarily stifling commerce

By Rich Purtell  “Free Trade” agreements are loaded with language to protect intellectual property (IP).  These protective efforts do very much have potential to turn into protectionism, which is the opposite of free trade. I really think that we are