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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.


Local News

It was about two weeks before the general election of Nov. 7. Money was flying in Erie County. Assemblyman Michael "Mickey" Kearns, the Republican Party front-runner in the county clerk's race, kicked his previously low-key campaign into gear as the Democratic Party was pumping cash into his opponent's effort. The already-pricey Erie County sheriff's race also jum…

Buffalo

The inclusionary zoning debate began airing in the Common Council Tuesday, leaving no clear-cut vision of where city leaders are headed — on an issue all agreed needs to be addressed. Sam Magavern, executive director of the Partnership for the Public Good, addressed the Council's Legislation Committee, making a case for inclusionary zoning. He offered a sample bill…

Local News

Inclusionary zoning is one of the tools a consultant is recommending Buffalo consider to help create affordable housing and increase economic and racial diversity in certain neighborhoods. But the recommendation comes with caveats. Inclusionary zoning should not be mandatory and the costs associated with it should not be foisted upon developers, according to czb LLC …

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Buffalo's housing market is rebounding, but the recovery so far is largely confined to a handful of neighborhoods in a slice of the city, according to a consultant hired by the Brown administration. Housing sales prices in these rebounding neighborhoods — a swath that extends from the waterfront through the neighborhoods by Elmwood, Delaware and Hertel avenues, as wel…

The revolving door continues at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, which selected as its newest attorney a former interim executive director who previously served as the agency's counsel. Gillian D. Brown will fill a slot that opened when Delia Cadle  moved out of the area earlier this year. The BMHA has yet to negotiate a salary agreement with Brown, accordin…

After spending upwards of $500,000 on snow removal last year, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority has developed what it believes will  be a less expensive plan: Hire public housing tenants to help. The BMHA has approved a contract with Peopleready Inc., a temporary employment firm that will hire housing authority tenants when the agency needs help removing snow at …

Erie County

Carl P. Paladino, his family and his companies contributed more than $1.3 million to favored candidates and political organizations over the past 12 years. Very little went to Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, until this year. Paladino's son and one of the Paladino development companies gave Brown a total of $4,000 during 2017. Compared to the $105,675 in total contri…

Incumbent mayors won from Buffalo to New York City on Tuesday, except in Syracuse, where an independent candidate from a prominent Republican political family beat a Democrat who would have been the state's first Latina female mayor. Due to term limits, two-term Democratic Mayor Stephanie Miner couldn't run for a third term in Syracuse, setting up what became a neck-and…

Political money continues to flow into Erie County races, with Democrat Bernard A. Tolbert's campaign for sheriff getting $20,000 from a group of corporations owned by a Williamsville developer. Tolbert's campaign on Thursday reported receiving $2,000 from each of 10 corporations owned by developer Michael L. Joseph, who also has been a hefty contributor in recent years…

Erie County

The Erie County Democratic Party and its leaders  poured close to $125,000 into Steven J. Cichon's  campaign for county clerk in the final weeks before this Tuesday's election. They also are upping their ante by $25,000 in Bernard A. Tolbert's campaign for sheriff. The big donors to Cichon's campaign are Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz's political committee…

Local News

The 91-year-old woman at first assumed the black bugs she spotted on her couch were fruit flies. But when a neighbor at the Monsignor Geary Apartments on Bailey Avenue looked at the bites on the woman's arms, the older woman learned otherwise. "You have bedbugs," the neighbor told her. Other apartments in the building have bedbugs, too, the neighbor said. And s…

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…

Local News

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…

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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…

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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…