Western New York

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Andrew Cuomo Wins Democratic Primary, Defeating Challenger Zephyr Teachout [Updated]

    In a tighter than expected race, Governor Andrew Cuomo has defeated his longshot Democratic primary challenger Zephyr Teachout. With 41 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press is declaring the governor the victor. His pick for lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, has also defeated Teachou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Prisoner Who Refused Water During Ramadan Can Sue on Religious Grounds

    In November 2003, prison guards at the Wende Correctional Facility in upstate New York ordered Darryl Holland to take a drug test. He had three hours to provide a urine sample. But the order was not so simple. Holland was Muslim and it was Ramadan and he had not drank any water all day. The guards g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    The Accusations Against Disgraced Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, in Order of Creepiness

    Starting Monday, the New York State Assembly will have one less member. Dennis Gabryszak, who has represented the 143rd District sine 2006, resigned Sunday after four separate women filed sexual harassment complaints against him. In his letter of resignation, Gabryszak denied that he had sexual con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Fracking Activists Crash Andrew Cuomo's Lavish Birthday Bash

    It's only Wednesday, but it has already been a long week for Andrew Cuomo. The governor, who is responsible for the state-owned MTA, has been working overtime since Sunday morning when a Metro-North train flew off the rails in the Bronx, throwing five cars on their sides, killing four passengers and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Damon Janes' Death Comes Amid Deeper Knowledge of Football Brain Injuries

    On Friday, in the third quarter a western New York high school football game, 16-year-old Damon Janes ran for a five-yard touchdown. A few minutes later, there was a big hit and Janes walked off the field in a daze. He collapsed unconscious on the sidelines. The boy died on Monday. It's the sort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    NY GOP's Post-Election Memo: Hispanic Voters Exist

    The New York State Republican Party put out its post-election memo over the weekend and -- after blaming President Obama for the ills of the world (and the NYS GOP) -- Chairman Ed Cox echoed what political experts have been saying since Tuesday (and we've been saying for the last five years): Republ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Robert Sietsema at Potlikker; Tejal Rao at Jezebel

    Robert Sietsema says that the food at Potlikker has an improvised quality and that the dishes come out a bit inconsistent: "My biggest complaint is that there's no actual potlikker on the menu, as the name of the place promises. Swabbed with a savory version of the Dutch pancake, and sided with plen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Q&A: Melissa F. Clarke On Traveling To Greenland By Boat, The Kickstarter Model, And Hyperawareness

    The entry for Melissa F. Clarke is mercilessly brief, and with good reason. This New York-based sound artist doesn't go in for headphone music; she crafts immersive, science-fueled audio/visual experiences that demand observation of the interplay between images and sonics, like the haunt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2012

    Cuomo and Legislature Sign Off on Cyber-Bullying Bill

    Bullying, both on- and offline, has been hitting headlines lately. The trial conviction of Dharun Ravi, the Rutgers student who webcam-ed his homosexual roommate Tyler Clementi, has developed into a major story about the horrors of pressured teasing. The documentary Bully dug deep into the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Kitty Lambert Chats About Marrying Cheryle Rudd in First Legal New York Same-Sex Wedding

    Kitty Lambert (left) with fiancĂ© Cheryle Rudd​On Monday, we reported that Kitty Lambert and her fiancĂ© Cheryle Rudd will be the first same-sex couple to wed in New York State. The grandmothers of 12 will tie the knot before a crowd of thousands, in front of the specially rainbow lit Niagara ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Craigslist Congressman Resigns After Appearing Topless on Gawker

    ​Christopher Lee, a Republican representative from New York, is in hot (sexy) water today after Gawker posted the story of a woman who claims Lee sent her a bevy of flirty emails and a shirtless photo after she posted a dating ad on Craigslist. "Will someone prove to me not all CL men look lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    How Does Carl Paladino Get the 'Tea Party' Tag After Teabagging the Tea Partiers?

    ​Sometimes it's really tough to figure out what's news in New York. Everywhere in America, and on every national cable channel, it's Tea Party talk all the time. Carl Paladino runs for governor as if he's a Tea Partier and knocks off the ballot the only candidate to actually file petition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    New York's Indians Try to Fend Off the (Marlboro) Man: A Court Fight Over Smoking Rights

    ​Hasn't America already doled out a terrible hand to the Indians already without trying to make them a part of their eugenics and assimilation? Apparently not. Today, the Seneca Nation Indians have to fight off New York State from taxing cigarette purchases made by non-Indians on their reserva ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Steve Rattner's Book, Overhaul: the Cuomo and Schumer Revelations

    ​Steve Rattner, the financier and Democratic fundraiser who served in 2009 as President Obama's car czar, takes some guarded shots at New York's political elite in his yet-to-be-released book, Overhaul. He paints himself as a victim in the ongoing Securities & Exchange Commission investigati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    PSA Sadly Reminds America That Not All Muslims Are Terrorist-Bin-Ladins (Video)

    America, for this one, you suck.​Earlier today, a bunch of kids were arrested in Western New York for driving by a mosque, screaming obscenities, honking their horns, and shooting a shotgun into the ground. Why? Because they're dumb fucking hicks, is why. And they're the reason America apparen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Does Cuomo's Favored AG Candidate Have Her Own Pedro Espada Problem?

    Rice​It sounds like an exotic Sandra Lee recipe: pigeon and rice. Lee is the Andrew Cuomo gal pal who took time off from her Food Network on-camera cooking duties to appear with him at his gubernatorial announcement and was famously asked by Roseanna Scotto recently on Fox Five when Andrew wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Carl Paladino: Racist E-mails Prove I'm Human

    ​Being a true Tea Party partisan means never having to say you're sorry, and yesterday Carl Paladino, the Buffalo real estate titan who would be governor, lived up to the code. At a press conference in the Finger Lakes, Paladino refused to disown a torrent of e-mails that a western New York we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    More Tainted Meat; Illy Serves Starbucks

    ​ A new study reveals that half of American kids will live in households receiving food stamps before age 20. One in five will live on food stamps for years, while a number of kids will live in families who have to turn to food stamps during a short-term crisis. [USA Today] Spoiled meat alert ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    New York Democrats Woo Voters with Websites

    Our politicians haven't been achieving much legislatively, but they're very busy with web development. The New York state senate has unleashed a new website devoted, they say, to "the best communication though all our social networks of any state legislature in the country." What this means is pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Jack Kemp, 1935-2009

    When Jack Kemp -- the former Buffalo Bills star, Congressman, HUD Secretary, and Republican Vice Presidential candidate, who died of cancer this weekend -- was derided at a function as a mere football player, his daughter retorted, "My daddy wasn't a football player: He was a quarterback." Kemp was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    Under the Toque--Chefs and Food Sellers Band Together to Create Supply Chain

    Bravo announced the chef'testants slated to compete in the upcoming Top Chef spinoff, Top Chef Masters, which include New Yorkers Wylie Dufresne, Anita Lo, Nils Noren, Christopher Lee and Jonathan Waxman. [Eater] Christian Delouvrier of La Goulue in Bal Harbour, Miami and previously of Alain Ducass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Albany Still Hacking Away at the State Budget

    No, the damn budget still hasn't been passed. Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, who walked her walking pneumonia into the chamber to applause yesterday, had to go back to the hospital, which killed the Democrats' advantage. She and her medics are expected back today. Meanwhile the complaints against t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Ethiopia Stops Coffee Flow

    Only five out of 40 foods can be traced all the way through the supply chain, according to investigators from the Health and Human Services office. The faulty system could undermine our ability to solve a disease outbreak or bioterrorism attack. [AP via Google] The Agriculture Department will dole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Like the Sun, New York Unemployment Rises Again

    We know you're getting tired of hearing it, but knowledge is power, they tell us, so be aware that the state Department of Labor just put out new figures and guess what, everything's worse. New York City's unemployment rose from 6.9 in January to 8.1 in February. We seem to be tracking the national ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Cuomo Gets More Insurers to Pay Up, Sues Holdout

    Since getting Ingenix and UnitedHealth Group to pony up for an independent rate database so health insurance customers won't get fleeced on out-of-network costs, attorney general Andrew Cuomo has been shaking down the rest of the insurance industry. This month he's gotten more than half a million fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    America New York is Back!

    This is from a release we received this morning from the New York State Department of Labor: "As the current economic crisis continues to negatively affect both workers and businesses, the State Labor Department today announced some good news for the Western New York economy. Since Extended Unemplo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Bailout Thoughts from Megan McArdle

    Last week at The Atlantic, Megan McArdle argued that General Motors "needs to go into bankruptcy, which is the only possible way I can see to adjust its legacy labor problems" -- that is, its salary and pension obligations. She also argued against bailing out troubled western New York because "it wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    Why the Mormons Hate the Gays

    Michael Musto really stepped in it yesterday when he pointed out on his blog that tomorrow evening there will be a peaceful protest outside the Manhattan Mormon Temple on Columbus Avenue at 65th Street (6:30 pm, bring a sign!). Commenters went after Musto for suggesting that protesting the Mormon C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2008

    In NY26, Lee Admits "Mistake" Led to Firing; Kryzan off WFP Line

    In one of the two New York races the National GOP continued to fund after last week's financial pull-back, both Congressional candidates recently suffered setbacks. The Buffalo News reported Saturday that Republican candidate Chris Lee admitted he "made a mistake" that got him fired from a computer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    Fall Preview: Upstate Apple Crop "Good Size," "Plentiful"

    Apple growers in Clinton County tell Fresh Plaza, vendors of "Global Fresh Produce and Banana News," that this year's crop is "better than last year... Apples are a good size and they are plentiful." Western New York growers lost much of their crops to hail, though, so don't expect a price break. p ... More >>

  • News

    November 28, 2006

    Spying on Big Brother

    Now you can find out if you're being surveilled by the FBI or the NYPD.

  • NYC Life

    August 22, 2006

    Monkey See, Monkey Do

    Food and films in a sensory chamber out of a Logan's Run fantasy

  • Books

    May 16, 2006

    Mehta Fiction

    Enjoying the source of the latest plagiarism scandal

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2005

    Fulani Down, But Not Out

    Moments after Lenora Fulani and five close allies lost a lop-sided vote booting them from the executive committee of the state's Independence Party yesterday, she was asked what effect it had on the New York City party chapters, where she and her adherents still hold sway. Fulani held up her right ... More >>

  • News

    June 14, 2005

    Stirring Up the Toxic Dust

    They turned Uncle Sam's uranium into atom bombs, and the work made them sick. Now they've got a new champion—Hillary Clinton

  • News

    May 18, 2004

    The Reluctant Activist

    One mother's unlikely education in New York's Rockefeller drug laws

  • Film

    May 27, 2003

    Gods and Sea Monsters

    They Call Me Bruce

  • News

    July 9, 2002

    A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Evil

    Horror Lit Finds Its Voice After 9-11

  • Film

    April 3, 2001
  • News

    September 12, 2000

    In 'Voluntary' Servitude

    Tenants Vow to Boycott Lazio's Law

  • News

    April 18, 2000

    Foul Ball

    Why Giuliani Dissed Upstate Republicans for the Yankees

  • News

    April 11, 2000

    Attica Brother

    A Survivor of the Nation’s Deadliest Prison Riot Comes to Terms With His Past

  • News

    August 17, 1999

    Racism and Favoritism In Pataki Land

    Lawsuit Exposes the Secret Albany World of a Disengaged Governor

  • Film

    August 10, 1999

    Palace Walks

    On the Road With the Theatre Historical Society

  • News

    April 27, 1999

    The Circus Comes to Buffalo

    Operation Rescue puts on a show in a slain abortion provider's hometown

  • News

    September 15, 1998

    The Ubiquitous Candidate

    In the final days of the primary, Chuck Schumer is everywhere