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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.


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…

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority — which serves 10,000 residents — has a new board to oversee the agency. And one of the first things it'll likely do is figure out if the housing authority owes the city $4.2 million. The Common Council approved four appointments Mayor Byron W. Brown made to the housing authority board of commissioners on Tuesday, thereby …

Mayor Byron W. Brown's plan for Buffalo's public housing agency goes beyond appointing new board members, and includes bringing in what amounts to financial and housing development gurus to help reform the struggling agency. Gary M. Crosby, a former Buffalo city schools chief financial officer and former president of First Niagara Bank, has agreed to advise the BMHA o…

Mayor Byron W. Brown is overhauling the board that oversees Buffalo's public housing for 10,000 residents, an initial step toward tackling ongoing problems at the agency. The mayor in recent weeks asked for and received resignations from three of the commissioners who oversee the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority and he intends to announce replacements Monday. He also…

Federal and state agents five weeks ago raided the headquarters of Grassroots – one of Buffalo's most influential political organizations – along with the home of its founder, Maurice L. Garner, amid reports that authorities are following a money trail tied to campaign finance reports. Even though investigators are believed to be scrutinizing the records and compute…

Mayor Byron W. Brown has more than a half million dollars in his campaign chest, far ahead of his opponents in the Democratic primary for City Hall's top job. The three-term incumbent in the last six months raised almost $440,000, four times more than Mark J.F. Schroeder, the city comptroller, raised and 70 times as much as Betty Jean Grant, an Erie County legislator, a…

The Grassroots political club has worked to elect dozens of politicians over the past three decades, including Mayor Byron W. Brown. Now the East Side organization finds itself under the microscope of state and federal investigators, who two weeks ago took documents from the organization’s headquarters using a warrant. Authorities haven’t disclosed the target of …

The state and federal probe involving the Grassroots political club took a step further Wednesday, when the president of the East Side organization was subpoenaed. Grassroots President Willie N. Morris acknowledged receiving the subpoena, but declined to answer any further questions. "I'd rather not discuss," he said. "I'm not sure where it's going or what it's about…

When a nonprofit housing agency recently built a low-income apartment complex on Jefferson Avenue, the 30 apartments were rented – sight unseen – before the building was completed. “They were rented up before I could show an apartment, before there was a certificate of occupancy,” said Michael Riegel, president of Belmont Shelter, the city’s premier low-income…