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City Hallways (June 17) How much does that cellblock attendant make?

What are we paying this guy?

With all the goings-on being reported at the city cellblock, with an attendant charged with pummeling a hand-cuffed prisoner, I decided to see what the City of Buffalo has been paying this employee.

Payroll records indicate Matthew J. Jaskula, 26, was hired in the 2013-14 fiscal year as a cellblock attendant and became a senior attendant toward the end of the 2014-15 fiscal year. (The city's fiscal year is July 1 to June 30.)

[Public is entitled to see videos of cellblock attack, open government expert says]

As a senior attendant, his annual salary is listed as $29,651 in the current --  2015-16 --  fiscal year.

But Jaskula was making a fair amount of overtime. So far in this 2015-16 fiscal year, he's earned $40,272 -- that's $24,533 in base pay and $15,739 in overtime. Last year, he earned $50,801, including about $24,069 in overtime.

Jaskula has been charged with violating the civil rights of a prisoner, Shaun Porter, on May 19 by attacking the hand-cuffed man.

Neighborhood news

From Wednesday's Zoning Board meeting:

  • Establish service station and auto sales, 290 Kenmore Ave. -- denied.
  • Convert to multi-family residential, 340 Bird Ave. -- approved.
  • Establish bottle redemption, 320 Connecticut St. -- approved.
  • Construct multiple-family apartments, Shoreline Apartments, 200 Niagara St. -- adjourned.
  • Construct a 1,850-spot  parking garage, 854 Ellicott St. -- adjourned.


Latest on BMHA's gasless Marine Drive apartment building

Gas is still off at the Driftwood building at Marine Towers. The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority sent a letter to residents yesterday stating the BMHA is in the process of checking all 88 apartments in the building to assess the safety of stoves and their gas supply lines.

"We cannot definitively determine when gas service will be restored," the letter states.

The BMHA has been working on the problem since a gas smell was reported by a tenant last weekend.

Today's calendar items

Ballots from Tuesday's BMHA tenant election votes expected to be counted today.

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