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and analysis.

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by Jim Heaney

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by Dan Telvock

Tom Toles

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and commentary

Jul
24

Disgust and outrage along Scajaquada Creek

Two state senators are demanding the Department of Environmental Conservation take aggressive action to address sewer overflows that have contaminated Scajaquada Creek. Senators Mark Grisanti and Tim Kennedy, whose districts include the creek, called for action Monday after witnessing a repulsive scene that included trash filled creek water, three dead ducks, and a fourth paralyzed […]

Jul
24

State complicit in defiling of Scajaquada Creek

Way back in 1993 the state Department of Environmental Conversation told the City of Buffalo to dredge Scajaquada Creek to remove decaying human excrement and other sludge that was up to five feet deep in some places. The city refused — and the DEC did nothing. In 2008 the DEC used an enforcement order to […]

May
12

Maziarz, Gallivan spending questioned

Do state lawmakers pocket campaign contributions for personal use? The Moreland Commission, charged with investigating corruption in state government, was asking that question before Gov. Andrew Cuomo disbanded the panel in March. A couple dozen state legislators were on the commission’s radar screen because their campaign finance disclosure reports didn’t document some expenses or failed to […]

Apr
09

Cuomo’s contempt for public’s right to know

You may recall a series of stories Dan Telvock did last fall about the push by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, among others, to open Gallagher Beach for swimming despite its PCB contaminated water and proximity to not one, but two Superfund sites. State officials, after first suggesting they might not test the beach for its fitness […]

Mar
24

Sheldon Silver is no liberal

He’s been protecting male lawmakers who sexually harass female employees for years. Now comes a report that the Assembly speaker has used his influence to thwart development that would have brought low-income residents to Silver’s neighborhood. A report from The New York Times.

Mar
18

Might tribes lead way on marijuana reform?

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota is moving towards legalizing marijuana. Morgan Pehme of City and State NY wonders aloud if tribes here might follow suit. “Growing and selling marijuana on Indian reservations could provide a massive windfall for New York’s economically depressed tribes,” he writes.

Jan
15

Another call for probe of Peace Bridge project

Tuesday’s Buffalo Common Council meeting could be an interesting one when it comes to Peace Bridge matters. That’s when Council is scheduled to vote on North District Common Council Member Joe Golombek’s resolution that calls for a federal investigation of the environmental review process undertaken by the state Department of Transportation for its proposed project at […]

Aug
01

Environmental regulators slow on the draw (again)

The Department of Environmental Conservation has ordered Covanta Niagara to stop construction of a natural gas boiler and a 190-foot smokestack in Niagara Falls because it hasn’t obtained the required air permit. Covanta, which has spent more than $820,000 over the past three years in campaign contributions and lobbying expenses, started construction months before the […]