Susan Schulman, The Buffalo News

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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.


Almost a month before the November election, Michael P. Kearns is outspending his Democratic opponent in the county clerk's race by almost 3 to 1. Republican County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw is outspending his Democratic rival by 9 to 1. But the big money is in the sheriff's race, where incumbent Timothy B. Howard has outspent his opponent by 20 to 1. Howard…

A Jefferson Avenue public housing complex is getting a $15 million makeover. Work at the Frederick Douglass apartments, at Jefferson and Clinton streets, will begin in early 2018 and be completed by the end of the year, said Modesto Candelario, assistant executive director at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority. A total of 87 apartments in 19 buildings will get n…

When the workday began Nov. 18, 10 employees called in sick to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority’s automated phone line. By midday, four more employees went home sick. And by the final two hours of the workday, another 11 workers were gone. That’s 25 people out sick by the end of the day. Sixteen percent of the BMHA workforce. Laborers. Housing a…

Votes don't come cheap. After some 26,000 people voted in the Buffalo primary Sept. 12, it turns out Mayor Byron W. Brown's winning campaign spent about $75 for each vote cast for him in the three-way race. Mark J.F. Schroeder's campaign spent about $47 per vote. And Betty Jean Grant, who was a distant third in the race, spent about $7 for each vote she got. Th…

The Buffalo mayor's primary race is about to cross the $1 million mark. Incumbent Mayor Byron W. Brown has spent $634,644 so far this election season, while challenger Mark J.F. Schroeder has spent $327,119 and challenger Betty Jean Grant has spent $11,232, according to campaign reports filed with the state Board of Elections. Those reports detail spending throughout th…

An early morning shooting on Forest Avenue injured a 17-year-old, who was shot in the arm, police said Saturday. The shooting occurred sometime before 2:30 a.m. Saturday at a residence on the 100 block of Forest Avenue, between West Avenue and Dewitt Street, according to police. "Detectives say a 17-year-old Buffalo female was struck in the arm by gunfire while at so…

Feb. 17, 1945 - Aug. 29, 2017 Marguerite "Marge" Serio, a reading specialist who taught for more than three decades in the Niagara Wheatfield School District, died Tuesday at Niagara Hospice House, Lockport. She was 72. Born Marguerite Kishmoian in Niagara Falls, Mrs. Serio graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1963, then received her bachelor's degree in teach…

Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority top executives have been grounded – at least for the time being. The BMHA board – at its first meeting since Mayor Byron W. Brown replaced a majority of its members – voted Thursday to impose travel restrictions on the agency's top management, including Executive Director Dawn Sanders-Garrett. While the resolution does not sp…

With Park District member Carl Paladino removed from office, the Buffalo School Board Friday is expected to begin the process of appointing a replacement. The board has 30 days to appoint a new Park District member, according to state law.  The replacement must be from the Park District, and must be approved by a majority of the remaining eight board members. If the…

Many prominent people praised state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia's decision to oust Carl Paladino from the Buffalo School Board, but not always for the reasons Elia cited. Elia's decision was based on Paladino, in January 2017,  publicly discussing confidential information from an October 2016 executive session of the board. But many of the people who laude…

Reaction was swift to State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia's decision to oust Carl Paladino from the Board of Education. Elia's ruling was based solely on Paladino, in January 2017,  publicly discussing confidential information from an October 2016 executive session of the board. But most of the people praising the decision instead referred to racist comments…

Byron W. Brown's money machine keeps rolling, helping the incumbent mayor build what is close to a $600,000 campaign fund as the Democratic primary election enters its final month. Brown's campaign fund amounts to more than four times what his closest rival, Mark J. F. Schroeder, now has on hand, according to campaign finance reports filed in recent days with the state …

Palladian Health, like most of the firms named in the subpoena that arrived at City Hall in July, made political contributions to Mayor Byron W. Brown over the years, according to financial reports filed with the New York State Board of Elections. The health firm — which has held the city’s competitively bid employee assistance program contact since 2011 — donated…

Before lodging bribery charges against G. Steven Pigeon, investigators learned that Palladian Health of West Seneca had filed a lawsuit that got transferred to State Supreme Court Justice John A. Michalek’s court after the case had been assigned to another judge in 2013. They also learned that while Michalek was handling the case, he exchanged emails about the lawsuit…

State and federal agents probing the many connections of political operative G. Steven Pigeon have expanded their search into Buffalo City Hall. In July, City Hall received a subpoena for documents related to firms that have done business with the city during the Brown administration, according to four sources with first-hand knowledge of the investigation. Seven differ…