Members of the region's state delegation are trying to derail plans to have New York's driver licenses made in Canada. The Department of Motor Vehicles is ready to give its business to the highest bidder, which would cost residents millions of dollars.
Given the sluggish economy, State Senator Mark Grisanti says this is no time for a legislative pay raise.
Legislators' salary is currently about $80,000 annually plus per-diem. The Buffalo Republican says when the issue was brought up, he and many of his colleagues pledged to vote against it.
"This job is a privilege, not a right. You should be happy to serve the public and have integrity while you're doing so. If you don't like the pay scale and you're in the position already, then leave the position and find something else to do," Grisanti said Friday.
If you have a closet cluttered with all of that electronic gear you no longer use, you have a chance to legally dispose of them Saturday.
An e-waste recycling event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Saint Amelia's School on Eggert Road in the Town of Tonawanda.
The number of these events has proliferated since Albany passed a law barring garbage collection firms from picking up most electronic gadgetry. Before that, the devices were routinely put out at the curb and hauled away to the landfill.
The nearly three-year-long dispute between Albany and the Seneca Nation of Indians, which has cost some area cities millions of dollars, should be resolved in the coming months.
The Senecas have withheld nearly $460 million in casino revenue sharing payments to the state and the Cities of Niagara Falls, Salamanca and Buffalo since 2009 because the Senecas claim the state violated its exclusivity agreement by allowing slot machines at local horse racing tracks.
After talks went nowhere, both sides agreed to a three-member arbitration panel to settle the issue.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has announced his support for a program that would provide tuition aid to illegal immigrants.
That proposal is receiving harsh local criticism a from both sides of the aisle. Republican State Senator Mark Grisanti claimed the initiative would be unfair to legal residents of the state who struggle with tuition costs.
Two Democratic hopefuls in a challenge to Grisanti also panned the plan.
Al Coppola and Charles Swanick stated that the program would be an unfair challenge to legal residents and an unnecessary burden on taxpayers.