Could there be a connection with the News' opinions on Buffalo Control Board and The State magically placing them into an Empire Zone that gave them money to install new printing presses and eliminate jobs?
Here is Sunday Jan. 13th opinion
Keep strong control board
Governor spoke clearly, now it’s time for unions and city to negotiate changes
Updated: 01/13/08 8:59 AM
The last time Mayor Byron W. Brown lobbied Albany for an end to the city’s “hard” control board, Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer responded with a resounding, “no.” He has not changed that decision, and should not. Brown’s request remains premature.
Here is last years
City board still needed
Published on February 14, 2007
Mayor Byron W. Brown's recent request in Albany for changes in the way the state-appointed Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority handles state aid for the city may be understandable, coming as it does from a mayor confident in his own ability to manage the city out of a financial crunch that was years in the making. But the control board's work is far from done, and its fiscal review authority offers more confidence to city residents that costs can be contained and
City surplus called biggest in history
Published on November 14, 2006
Buffalo ended its fiscal year $56.1 million in the black, amassing what Comptroller Andrew A. SanFilippo called the largest surplus in city history.
A report that will be released today indicates the positive fund balance for the fiscal year ending June 30 would have been $95.6 million, but $39.5 million has been set aside for anticipated expenses.
SanFilippo added that the city still would be in the black even if its control board had not imposed a wage freeze 31 months ago or had not
And Heres the doom and gloom response from the News two days later
Head of control board urges caution by city in handling of surplus
Published on November 16, 2006
Brian Meyer - NEWS STAFF REPORTER
As some city officials and union leaders ponder ways to spend a city surplus, the executive director of Buffalo's control board offered four words of advice Wednesday.
"Whoa, not so fast," said Dorothy A. Johnson.
She stressed the importance of building a cushion to protect the city against long-term fiscal uncertainties.
"This is not the time to open the spending floodgates unless we can count on future revenue increases or clear cost
Sept 20 '06
Buffalo finances seen improving as short-term borrowing decreases
Published on September 20, 2006
The News' response
City still needs tight budgets
Published on September 29, 2006
Buffalo's short-term borrowing has hit a six-year low. That's a good step, but with state handouts still a major factor in the city's budget there's a lot of work to do before Buffalo's finances are truly stable.
Buffalo's control board, working with city Comptroller Andrew A. SanFilippo, borrowed $60 million to meet day-to-day costs. That's a lot, but only half of the $120 million the city borrowed in 2003.
Guess what 05 a then record surplus
Surplus for city is best in decades
Published on December 9, 2005
Brian Meyer - NEWS STAFF REPORTER
Buffalo ended its fiscal year $39.2 million in the black, the largest surplus in at least 25 years, according to a report prepared by outside auditors and scheduled for release today.
The surplus for the 2004-05 fiscal year would have been even bigger -- more than $77 million -- but nearly half of that is being set aside for anticipated costs.
City officials view the report prepared by the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche as encouraging news for a city that has been
Do you even need the News response?
Progress, but keep wage freeze
Published on January 18, 2006
Talk by union leaders and some Common Council members about lifting the city's wage freeze is premature and remains ill advised. Still, it is heartening to hear comments from top city officials that there could be reasonable progress in sight with union-management negotiations and compromise.
Finance Commissioner James B. Milroy suggested the city's submission to the state control board later this year of a revised four-year financial plan might include lifting the
Sorry I didnt want to pay for the articles so I printed what came up in the search. Besides you can read them when they reprint them again next year.