Tag: Media

Nov 28

2022

Monday Morning Read

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The felony convictions of Louis Ciminelli and Alain Kaloyeros will be reconsidered by the Supreme Court this week, as reported yesterday by Jerry Zremski of The Buffalo News. Their lawyers will argue that prosecutors went too far in their application of federal fraud and bribery statutes.  Regardless of the technical merits, this much is clear: Ciminelli’s company, in league with Kaloyeros, played dirty in the drafting of bid specifications to develop Tesla’s solar panel manufacturing plant in South Buffalo. As I reported in 2014, the original bid documents required bidders to have been in the development business in Buffalo for[...]

Posted 6 days ago

Nov 21

2022

Monday Morning Read

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WeeklyPost is a free newsletter emailed first thing Sunday morning. It includes summaries of our reporting the previous week and Jim Heaney’s recommended reading, which is below. You can subscribe here. There are a lot of reasons for Buffalo’s segregation, a lack of affordable housing in the suburbs chief among them. Lack of affordable housing is also an issue on Long Island and voters earlier this month decided to do something about it: impose a surcharge on the sale of high-priced homes. Reported New York Focus: The tax, which is likely to take effect next spring in the towns of East Hampton,[...]

Posted 2 weeks ago

Nov 13

2022

Monday Morning Read

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Get Jim Heaney’s recommended reading Sunday mornings by subscribing here. The national political press once more dropped the ball this election season. Too much focus on the horse race, not enough on the issues. I mostly stopped reading the converge after Labor Day. This essay in Popular Information, a new website I’ve come across, summed it up nicely: More and more political coverage treats elections like a horse race, even though this approach has repeatedly proven useless. Prediction-based coverage comes at a high cost because it crowds out the coverage that voters actually need. To make an informed decision, voters need[...]

Posted 3 weeks ago

Nov 7

2022

Monday Morning Read

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Taxpayers in Nashville are going to fork over more money to build their football team a new stadium than we suckers in New York are going to spend subsidizing Terry Pegula’s stadium in Orchard Park. Did we get a better deal? Hardly. The new stadium for the Tennessee Titans will include a dome and be located within walking distance of downtown’s fabled entertainment district. Oh, and the team owners are depleting much of their family’s fortune to pay for their portion of the venue. Pegula is making no such sacrifice. The beleaguered STAMP industrial park near Batavia has landed a second tenant,[...]

Posted 4 weeks ago

Oct 24

2022

Monday Morning Read

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WeeklyPost recaps Investigative Post’s reporting of the previous week, along with recommended reading of other news accounts. It’s free and delivered Sunday mornings to subscribers via email. Subscribe here. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is throwing oodles of money at the Erie County Sheriff’s Department to hire a slew of new employees. Let’s hope John Garcia does a better job screening job candidates than Tim Howard did, as evidenced by this fine reporting job by Charlie Specht. Long story short, Howard hired a bad apple from the Buffalo police force, who later underscored his unfitness for the job by confronting[...]

Posted 1 month ago

Oct 17

2022

Monday Morning Read

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Subscribe to WeeklyPost and you’ll get Jim Heaney’s recommended reading first thing Sunday via email. President Biden’s decision to pardon those convicted on federal marijuana possession charges is a big deal — to a degree. How many people will get out of federal prison as a result? Zero. How many are held with similar convictions in state prisons? 30,000.  Still, it’s a step forward to reverse the damage the war on drugs has inflicted on Black people. Bombing, raping, executing and otherwise terrorizing civilians. Russia’s savagery in Ukraine knows no limits. But it gets worse. Now the Associated Press reports the Russians[...]

Posted 2 months ago

Oct 10

2022

Monday Morning Read

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Monday Morning Read is extracted, with updates, from WeeklyPost, a free email newsletter sent Sunday mornings. Get Jim Heaney’s recommended reading by subscribing here. The deal announced last week by Kathy Hochul and Chuck Schumer to bring a huge microchip plant to Central New York represents the biggest subsidy package in state history. Micron will receive $5.8 billion — yes, billion — in grants, tax breaks and other goodies to build a massive production facility north of Syracuse. (The Genesee County IDA’s STAMP industrial park strikes out again.) The announcement includes the usual hyperbole about jobs and green operations, which Reinvent[...]

Posted 2 months ago

Sep 29

2022

Podcast: Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Toles

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Tom Toles is the most decorated journalist in the history of Buffalo news media. He cut his teeth as an editorial cartoonist at The Courier-Express, moved on to The Buffalo News, where he earned his Pulitzer in 1990, and then succeeded the legendary Herblock at The Washington Post in 2002. His work was syndicated in more than 200 newspapers across the country Along the way, the Hamburg native has received numerous awards for his work. Honors, in addition to the Pulitzer, include the National Cartoonist Society Editorial Cartoon Award in 2003 and the Herblock Prize in 2011. Toles retired in[...]

Posted 2 months ago