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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 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…

Scrap your plans to tear down those rows of empty, rundown apartments in the Commodore Perry complex, Rep. Brian Higgins is telling Buffalo’s housing agency. Instead, give developers a chance to renovate the apartments that can be rented to low- and moderate-income tenants, and perhaps provide some market-rate housing, too, he said. “It could be not-for-profits…

With candidates starting to collect petitions for the September ballot, this past week was the unofficial kick-off of the 2017 Buffalo mayoral election. And to get things started, the three-way Democratic primary field early in the week became a four-way contest. Taniqua Simmons, 42,  a community activist and political neophyte,  joined the political veterans - inc…

Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown was scheduled to be in Niagara Square at noon today, participating in the annual Juneteenth Flag raising ceremony in advance of the June 17-18 festival. Also this afternoon, the mayor was scheduled to make remarks at the graduation ceremony for some 40 new Police Academy graduates joining the Buffalo Police Department. The ceremony will be…

Petition season kicks off today in the race for Buffalo mayor. Candidates can start collecting signatures for their nominating petitions, which have to be filed with the Erie County Board of Elections July 10-13, said Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner. Prospective candidates must obtain at least 2,000 valid signatures to be named on the ballot for the De…

The Erie County Medical Center’s immediate plan for the Kensington Heights property is to use a portion of the land as a parking lot, a hospital spokesman said. The hospital has no further plans for the 16.8-acre tract at this time, but isn’t ruling out future development, said spokesman Peter K. Cutler. “While ECMC has no additional development plans for the K…

Kensington Heights, the long-dormant Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority property seen from Route 33, might be sold to the Erie County Medical Center. The BMHA board of commissioners agreed Tuesday to sell the 16.8-acre site to the county hospital for $1.45 million, which authority officials said is the appraised fair-market value of the property. Under the terms of …

Timothy Tielman, one of Buffalo's most vocal historic preservation advocates, is being replaced on the city Preservation Board he's served on for the past decade. His replacement, Ruth D. Bryant, a former assistant dean for human resources at the University at Buffalo's School of Architecture and Planning, was approved Tuesday by the Common Council at the request of Cou…

Mayor Byron W. Brown’s 2017-2018 budget plan was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Common Council, which made only minor changes to the $499 million document. The Council did, however, agree to change its budget hearing schedule for future years so that residents can comment in January on what they’d like to see in the upcoming city budget – and not just during …

Mayor Byron W. Brown faced some grumbling earlier this week when he spoke to a group of about 50 senior citizens about celebrating what the city calls “Older Americans Month.” “Seasoned!” the audience bellowed during introductory remarks, drowning out the mayor. “Seasoned?” Brown asked with a quizzical expression. After a little more ribbing, it seemed…

'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…