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Pete Gallivan's Best Tastes in Buffalo

Pete Gallivan's Best Tastes in Buffalo

2 On Your Side’s own Pete Gallivan is struggling to come up with just one Best Taste in Buffalo, but he is offering up some great eats in his latest blog.  Check it out here.

Remember that you can continue to nominate your favorite restaurant, just send us an email at neighborhoods@wgrz.com with a short description of why it’s your favorite and a daytime phone number.

TCC Buffalo Welcomes the Elimination of Osama Bin Laden

TCC Buffalo Welcomes the Elimination of Osama Bin Laden

The Turkish Cultural Center welcomes the elimination of Osama bin Laden that was announced by the President  Barack Obama, and that justice has been delivered. It is hoped that this announcement marks the beginning of an era, in which the new beginning between the United States and the Muslim World thrives on the basis of mutual respect and understanding as President Obama put forth in his historic addresses respectively in Ankara and Cairo.

Does Albany Politician Jane Corwin Support Free Trade?

Does Albany Politician Jane Corwin Support Free Trade?

The following is a statement from Erie County Democratic Committee Chair Len Lenihan:

We here in the 26th District want to welcome Jane Corwin back from her fundraising trip in Washington, DC.  On her trip out of state, the Assemblymember found some new friends, as well as some old friends from her Wall Street days.

And it’s a good thing Jane met those old Wall Street pals outside of Western New York, since these special interests stand squarely against Western New Yorkers on an issue that has negatively affected millions of Americans – free trade.

The Financial Services Roundtable- a special interest group now helping fuel Jane Corwin’s campaign – has publicly stated, multiple times, how they support free trade deals like the US- South Korea, the US-Colombia, and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Western New Yorkers stand strongly against job-killing policies, like NAFTA, which have cost more than 51,000 New Yorkers the

Could "Ungrowth" Be Healthy for WNY?

Could "Ungrowth" Be Healthy for WNY?

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The U.S. Census Bureau recently released results of the 2010 census for New York, and the numbers show that population in all eight Western New York counties continues to decline. The City of Buffalo lost 10.7% of its population since the 2000 census, down to 261,310. Erie County’s population (919,040) is down 3.3%.

Local media unanimously reported this decline in population as a negative. (See the complete WGRZ report here.) Erie County Executive Chris Collins has said before: "We must grow or die."

But is the news all that bad?

Maelstrom in WNY: Grisanti & Giambra Control 60th While Field gets Ready For 2013

Mark Grisanti will be proclaimed as the winner in the 60thSenate District, it’s just a matter of time. When the final word comes in Grisanti will have a familiar name in local politics to thank, Joel Giambra. It is said that Giambra is Grisanti’s cousin, but not sure if they are really blood cousins or political cousins. That is because like Giambra, Grisanti switched from Democrat to Republican to gain his office.

Giambra worked feverishly behind the scenes for Mark Grisanti and had many familiar faces from his days in the Rath Building working as well. Gimabra now works as a lobbyist/political operative for Park Strategies and the Grisanti victory over Antoine Thompson is a huge feather in his cap.

Maelstrom in WNY: We Are Who We Are Because of Veterans

How can we pay back Veterans for what they have given the United States? You often hear that question on this day as the various ceremonies around the community celebrate and honor those who served for their country. For some the debt owed is greater than others.

There are those Veterans who served in WW II, Korea, Vietnam, Dessert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan. Men and women who were in the heart of the action and have images that will haunt them until the day they die.

We have all watched the films, TV shows and read the books. There are stories of great heroism and tragic outcomes. Young men, barely out of high school put into situations that would test any ones heart and soul. Many left behind in graveyards bearing names we could not even pronounce. Then there are those who returned but left much of their selves behind.

Byron Brown's Political Career in Neutral

Not so long ago Byron Brown looked like a man on the rise in New York state politics. Brown was an easy winner in his re-election bid for Mayor of Buffalo and there was talk of being a serious candidate for Lieutenant Governor. The old downstate, upstate ticket and it didn't hurt that Brown was a young, well spoken minority to boot.

Then there was the scenario where Byron runs for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's seat once she retires. That's still a possibility, but Brown's second term as Mayor has been a rocky road and the Karla Thomas episode isn't helping.

There was even a whole succession plan if Byron won a higher office.Senator Antoine Thompson would run for Brown's spot as Mayor, taking the same path from the State Senate used by Byron.