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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.


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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…

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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 creat…

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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 on …

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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…

Politics

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 computers t…

Politics

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…

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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 …

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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…

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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 housing a…

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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, priv…

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 - incum…

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 h…

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There's a Meet the Candidates forum scheduled for July 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library at Lafayette Square. It is hosted by Buffalo Niagara Deaf Events. All candidates have been invited and now there's a fourth name to add to the list. Political newcomer and community activist Taniqua Simmons announced she's running for mayor a…

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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 Dem…

Politics

Mayor Byron W. Brown opens his campaign re-election headquarters at 5 p.m. today at Court and Pearl streets. He will also be stopping at the Bridgewater County Club, where the Police Athletic League is having its annual fundraising golf tournament. The mayor already today continued what's been an almost daily roll-out of public works projects when he stopped at Regin…