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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.

'Seasoned' seniors "As the City of Buffalo celebrates Older Americans Month ... ," Mayor Byron Brown said Wednesday, speaking to a group of about 50 seniors. That's when the grumbling started. "Seasoned!" the audience bellowed, drowning out the mayor. They kept it up: "Seasoned! Seasoned!" "Seasoned?" Brown asked with a quizzical expression. After a little m…

An apology The Council Education Committee's formal meeting was canceled Thursday for lack of a quorum, but Masten Councilman Ulysees Wingo, the committee chairman, showed up anyway, as did some 20 other people. Wingo called it a community meeting, giving people a chance to talk about school issues, including City Honors' admission policies - even though the committ…

https://twitter.com/MayorByronBrown/status/847893804644487169 Federal news/local angle Mayor Byron Brown's recent tweet on the Congressional vote allowing states to defund family planning organizations that perform abortions offers a chance to explore the larger abortion topic in this campaign season. It's not really a city issue, but it is one in which Brown and…

Only CPAs need apply For about five or six weeks now, City Comptroller Mark Schroeder's been pushing for a law requiring only certified public accountants be appointed to three top jobs in his office – city auditor, city accountant and investment/debt management officer. It's about professionalism, the comptroller has argued. But for whatever reasons, it's come …

The Depew question My 6:45 p.m. flight into New York City was delayed until 11:30 p.m. Friday, so I instead re-booked on an early Saturday morning flight — that I learned four hours before the scheduled take-off was being cancelled. So I decided to take the train. I don’t typically share my personal travels on City Hallways, but given all the interest lately …

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is losing one of its key people, a top manager who received tens of thousands of dollars worth of training in recent years while he was being groomed to possibly become an assistant executive director. But instead of getting a No. 2 spot at the Buffalo authority, Anthony J. Laulette, 43, is heading to Columbia County, not far fro…

Could it be the Leprechaun? Come up the front stairs to the second floor of City Hall, and you'll be impressed by the shiny floors. But as you continue walking around the second floor, at some point you'll notice the entire second-floor walkway isn't shiny. In fact, some of it is dull. What's going on? Seems the floor leading to and on the side in front of the …

Talking snow as spring begins I was just reading the city's 2016-17 snow removal procedures manual and thought City Hallways readers would be interested in the section called: "Residential Street Protocol." Here's what it says: "Within 24 hours of a snow event, the goal of the Department of Public Works is to complete at least one snow plow pass on every residential …

Close games Wisconsin was the big winner in Buffalo's NCAA March Madness games. But locally it was the University District middle school team and the Masten District high school team that took the championship titles at the Stop Madness Basketball Tournament over the weekend. I got the results Monday from University District Council Member Rasheed Wyatt, whose m…

Yesterday and today Like thousands of others, I stopped by the St. Patrick's Day parade Sunday, amid a sea of green and young people openly drinking Guinness and Bud Light on the sidewalks, the street curbs and in the Metro Rail cars. I stopped back this morning, at one of the centers of all the fun: Delaware at Chippewa. It was all cleaned up. Labor beat …

It's St. Patrick's Day. I've been seeing green in City Hall all week -- green ties, green sweaters, shamrock scarves. The city announced Thursday that snow removal and a general clean-up began last night along Delaware Avenue in preparation for Sunday's big parade. Before today is done, I anticipate we'll also be hearing -- as we do every year -- that police will be …

Two major Jefferson Avenue developments won city Zoning Board of Appeals approval, allowing the East Side project to move ahead as proposed. "This is a benefit to the Cold Spring area," said the Rev. James Lewis, chairman of the zoning board. The approvals  represent the first large-scale commercial projects to be considered for zoning variances since the city's rec…

Tuesday decision Two big historic landmark cases come before the Council next week. The  North Park Library building. The Crosby buildngs on William and  Pratt streets. Normally, we'd know by now how the Council would be expected to vote in each case. The Council reviews most  issues coming before it a week in advance at committee sessions, when the commi…