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A timeline of the pay-to-play case against Buffalo City Hall

For more than six years, Mayor Byron W. Brown has defended himself against allegations of a pay-to-play scheme at City Hall. Here’s a timeline of how the civil suit, which is still pending, has unfolded since NRP Properties of Cleveland first levied the accusations. Click on the headlines to read the original stories.

May 2010: NRP publicly accuses Brown of operating a pay-to-play scheme [Plan to build 50 rentals on E. Side is dead]

June 2011: NRP files a corruption and racketeering lawsuit against Brown, the city and several others [City is target of legal claim by Cleveland developer]

September 2011: Buffalo lawyer Terrence M. Connors formally joins the lawsuit on Brown’s behalf [Brown retains Connors for lawsuit Top lawyer to help fight pay-to-play allegations]

December 2011: Deputy Mayor Steven M. Casey becomes a defendant in the suit [Casey added as defendant in lawsuit by developer ; Cleveland plaintiff alleges 'pay-to-play']

January 2012: Rev. Richard Stenhouse, another defendant in the suit, settles with NRP for $200,000 [Settlement frees Stenhouse from pay-to-play case]

July 2012: A federal judge dismisses part of NRP’s suit but says the developer’s allegations are plausible [Judge dismisses part of developer's lawsuit]

July 2015: Brown says he “doesn’t remember” a conversation in which he allegedly demanded a job for Stenhouse [Mayor Brown’s testimony in ‘pay to play’ housing development case released]

August 2016: Brown replaces Connors with former U.S. Attorney Michael A. Battle [Mayor Brown shakes up legal defense team in ‘pay-to-play’ suit]

Source: U.S. District Court, Buffalo

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