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Collins hiding. Termini opening. WM responding. Broder remembering.

   From today's Buffalo News Opinion page:

- Release the records - Buffalo News Editorial
   If Erie County Executive Chris Collins has nothing to hide, he has an odd way of demonstrating it. If he Collinsoffice knows anything about democratic government, he has an odd way of showing it. This is the downside of electing a non-politician to political office.
   Collins is refusing to release the financial disclosure forms that county policymakers are required by state law to file. Perhaps that's because the person seeking them is Erie County Comptroller Mark C. Poloncarz, a likely opponent in next year's county executive election.
   No matter. The records are public. They are meant to be accessible to anyone.

- A ‘historic’ win for Buffalo - Buffalo News Editorial
   Developer Rocco Termini did it. He’s managed what once was considered the unmanageable.
   The old AM&A’s is now the
AM&A’s Warehouse Lofts, a mixed-use structure with 45 of 48 apartments already rented, bringing residents and their pocketbooks back downtown 24/7.
   The conversion of the once-deteriorated warehouses at
369 Washington St. into apartments and 15,000 square feet of commercial space took roughly a year but it also took a succession of disappointments, stops and starts, judgments and court orders against previous owners. And there’s still work to be done.
   Termini, of
Signature Development, was aided in large part by creative financing and in no small part by state historic rehabilitation tax credits via legislation pushed by Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, D-Buffalo, and Sen. David J. Valesky, D-Syracuse, and signed into law last year. They continue to work together on final improvements to the program.
    [Previous blog - with cool slide show.]

- Landfill import tax would harm region and state - Another Voice/Michael Mahar/Waste Management
   In response to The Buffalo News editorial “Pass landfill import tax,” some inaccuracies need clarification.
   This proposed tax is not advantageous to Western New York or New York State as a whole. It presents a disingenuous interpretation regarding revenue and could actually prove harmful to New York State’s brownfield and remediation programs. It certainly is not a “green” piece of legislation.

- The vote that redirected history - David Broder/The Washington Post
   Last Wednesday night, the John F. Kennedy Library marked the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant elections in U. S. history — the West Virginia Democratic primary of May 10, 1960, between Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey.
   With video:

   Wow. A two-and-a-half minute TV commercial. With real substance. Talk about an ancient artifact.

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News


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