For the first time in decades, the Buffalo Niagara region's job market has grown faster than all of the other 13 major metropolitan areas in the state. While the nation has lost jobs for six straight months, the Buffalo Niagara region has added jobs for six consecutive months. Good news indeed.
At the same time, hotel operators in Erie and Niagara counties are experiencing something their counterparts in the rest of the country are not -- filled rooms. Hotel occupancy over the past six months has risen significantly in both counties. Niagara Falls led the country in occupancy rates in June and for the first six months of '08. Great news.
The Buffalo Bills start training camp today. Our prediction is a 6-10 season. If they don't give Jason Peters a new contract soon, cut that win total in half. The Bills have the longest current streak in the NFL of not making the playoffs.
In case you missed it, the Niagara Falls Reporter front page has a picture of Niagara County Dem Chair Dan Rivera sneaking in the back door of the Red Coach in Niagara Falls during a protested fundraiser. Appropriately, the headline is "Back Door Dan".
Kudos to Gov. David Paterson for signing into law a new version of the Brownfield Cleanup Program. The moratorium that the state enacted earlier this year had threatened to derail several WNY projects. They can now move forward.
The New York Times has an excellent piece on the new brownfields law.
The death of a DOT worker by a distracted driver is horribly tragic. Best wishes to his family as they attempt to cope with this tragedy.
The cloud over disgraced former guv Eliot Spitzer simply will not dissipate. The state Commission on Public Integrity charged four members of the Spitzer administration on Thursday with misusing the State Police as part of a political vendetta.
Shades of "Laurence" Spitzer's anger are evident in a chain of emails released by the State Commission on Public Integrity related to the Spitzer administration’s efforts to smear Joe Bruno.