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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.

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…

Buffalo's Airbnb host community told its side of the story Tuesday. Rupinder Jatana decided to rent the second apartment in her two-family house though Airbnb as a way to make some extra money, while also giving her children a way to meet people from around the world. Joseph Galvin decided to rent a couple apartments in his 19-unit West Side building as Airbnb to pro…

The above photo was taken from the passenger window of my car this morning, during the normally 15-minute drive into work that took 45 minutes. First there was the creeping traffic on the normally slow-going Parkside Avenue, followed by the slippery drive on the Scajaquada (which is where the photo was taken) then on to the Kensington, which seemed as congested today as…

A little slippery It wasn't a bad ride into downtown Buffalo from my North Buffalo home this morning. I spotted the Mayor's Impact Team clearing snow from sidewalks under the viaduct at Parkside and Linden. Lots of cars backed up on the Scajaquada at the 33 East entrance. And roads were a little slippery. But otherwise, the morning commute was fine. Not many…

Mayoral  history Ever since Mark Schroeder announced he's running for mayor, I've been wondering when the last time was – if there was a last time – that a sitting Buffalo comptroller challenged an incumbent Buffalo mayor. I finally got an answer from Schroeder. He told me about Republican Chester Kowal, a three-term city comptroller who, in 1962, challen…

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's travel to conferences has attracted attention from the head of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, who is asking the agency for documentation on its travel and other spending. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote to the BMHA as well as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, questioning the use of taxpayer mone…

The borrowing question re-emerges City officials have verbally dueled with the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority over the years over which agency should do the city's borrowing. Buffalo has been doing its own borrowing for years now, having gotten back into the market even before the control board went "soft" in 2012. But the dueling continues. The city could …

Women's Rights are Human Rights On the steps of City Hall, the Western New York Peace Center and others ralllied Wednesday in support of women and International Women's Day, calling for, among other things,  a gender analysis to see how women are doing when it comes to pay and promotions in City Hall - where all 11 elected positions are held by men. That's the mayor…