Through his work on the House Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Tom Reed is able to take credit for work on tax policy to help farmers and small business. Now, he'd like to see wider tax policy changes in the coming year.
There's apparently no end in sight to the pay differential between men and women. The ranking of new U.S. Census Bureau data, by Business First, shows men in the Buffalo area, on average, earn 39.1 percent more than women.
Defense attorney Steven Cohen argued at a public hearing Friday that a recording of Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority resident commissioner Joe Mascia using the "n-word" to describe several local officials was taken out of context. Cohen also said Mascia was goaded into using it.
Following the recent convictions of two former legislative leaders, New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Senator Timothy Kennedy says more needs to be done to protect taxpayers. Meanwhile, the head of a government watchdog group suggests the time has come to curb potential conflicts-of-interest by making state legislators full-time employees.
New York state funding has been awarded to help clean up Scajaquada Creek. The Buffalo Sewer Authority will be receiving $1.815 million to restore a section of the creek, its floodplain and its wetlands.
With Congress passing the five-year transportation bill, nearly $16 billion will be coming to New York State for road and bridge repairs. That should help out the local governments which have been struggling with infrastructure issues.
Should the public's access to assault weapons be limited? Or are mass shootings a mental health issue? Questions continue to be raised following the latest incident of mass violence in San Bernardino, California.
Changing Albany's revenue sharing formula for the Seneca Niagara Casino is going to take cooperation, according to Assemblyman John Ceretto (D-Lewiston). Ceretto says he heard about Senator Robert Ortt's recent proposal in the media.