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Susan Schulman

Susan Schulman is an investigative reporter at The Buffalo News, currently assigned to Buffalo City Hall. She is also author of City Hallways, a daily blog offering an insider's view on the daily machinations of city government and politics.


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While other Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority members stand to salute the flag at the beginning of each board meeting, tenant-elected Commissioner Leonard Williams sits, his hands at his side. "The same as the athletes who take a knee, until I see - especially - young black males treated correctly by police and courts, I can't stand (up) to salute the flag," Williams …

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More changes are being made at Buffalo's public housing agency. The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is set to hire a top-level executive to take over some of the day-to-day responsibilities of running the 27 housing developments where some 10,000 tenants live. Yvonne C. McCray, who currently serves as director of housing at the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, will …

Buffalo

Some Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority commissioners could be heading to Las Vegas to learn how to do their jobs. While the BMHA board has restricted travel for the agency's top executives, commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to send themselves to a public housing conference being held at a hotel on the Las Vegas strip from March 7 to 9. BMHA Executive Directo…

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The HUD inspector general is conducting a wide-ranging audit into how Buffalo's public housing authority spent tens of millions of dollars over the past two years. Auditors from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General are scheduled to meet with Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority officials this week as the first step in an audi…

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City Hall employees were sent home, and the building was closed at 3:30 p.m. today because of blizzard warnings for Buffalo and northern Erie County. Erie County government's downtown offices were also closing early, with closing times staggered to help prevent traffic tie-ups for workers leaving downtown, city officials said. All state, county and city courts in dow…

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The Buffalo Common Council gave a vote of confidence to its leadership team Tuesday, unanimously re-electing Ellicott Council Member Darius G. Pridgen to a third two-year term as Council president. "We've done a lot. We have a lot more to do," Pridgen said after being renamed to the post. The Council also unanimously re-elected Niagara Council Member David A. Rivera …

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July 13, 1971 –  Dec. 29, 2017 Michael J. LoCurto never let his health problems define him or limit him in a life devoted to his city and to fighting injustice. That is the person remembered throughout the community when word spread last week that LoCurto had died at the age of 46 from complications related to the multiple organ transplants he received during his lif…

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A building conversion that will include apartments for homeless women as well as a Friends of the Night People satellite on the city's East Side is moving forward, with construction expected to begin in the next few months, according to the project developer. The $12.8 million project on Thursday received $600,000 from the the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency. That was the …

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It was about two weeks before the general election of Nov. 7. Money was flying in Erie County. Assemblyman Michael "Mickey" Kearns, the Republican Party front-runner in the county clerk's race, kicked his previously low-key campaign into gear as the Democratic Party was pumping cash into his opponent's effort. The already-pricey Erie County sheriff's race also jum…

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The inclusionary zoning debate began airing in the Common Council Tuesday, leaving no clear-cut vision of where city leaders are headed — on an issue all agreed needs to be addressed. Sam Magavern, executive director of the Partnership for the Public Good, addressed the Council's Legislation Committee, making a case for inclusionary zoning. He offered a sample bill t…

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Inclusionary zoning is one of the tools a consultant is recommending Buffalo consider to help create affordable housing and increase economic and racial diversity in certain neighborhoods. But the recommendation comes with caveats. Inclusionary zoning should not be mandatory and the costs associated with it should not be foisted upon developers, according to czb LLC …

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Buffalo's housing market is rebounding, but the recovery so far is largely confined to a handful of neighborhoods in a slice of the city, according to a consultant hired by the Brown administration. Housing sales prices in these rebounding neighborhoods — a swath that extends from the waterfront through the neighborhoods by Elmwood, Delaware and Hertel avenues, as well …

The revolving door continues at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, which selected as its newest attorney a former interim executive director who previously served as the agency's counsel. Gillian D. Brown will fill a slot that opened when Delia Cadle  moved out of the area earlier this year. The BMHA has yet to negotiate a salary agreement with Brown, according…

After spending upwards of $500,000 on snow removal last year, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority has developed what it believes will  be a less expensive plan: Hire public housing tenants to help. The BMHA has approved a contract with Peopleready Inc., a temporary employment firm that will hire housing authority tenants when the agency needs help removing snow at i…

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Carl P. Paladino, his family and his companies contributed more than $1.3 million to favored candidates and political organizations over the past 12 years. Very little went to Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, until this year. Paladino's son and one of the Paladino development companies gave Brown a total of $4,000 during 2017. Compared to the $105,675 in total contri…