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Susan Schulman

Susan Schulman is an investigative reporter at The Buffalo News, currently on the paper's Watchdog Team. Schulman joined the Buffalo News in 1985.


Education

Fox News host Ben Shapiro will discuss "How Radical Feminism Ruins Everything," when he appears at the University at Buffalo's Slee Hall Monday night as part of the Young America's Foundation nationwide lecture series. The lecture, which starts at 7:30 p.m., is sold out. “With Shapiro’s lecture at UB, YAF is providing an opportunity for students to hear a different p…

Local News

Following a recent meeting with Common Council President Darius G. Pridgen, the incoming executive director of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority promised to present lawmakers within 30 days with his initial plans for addressing the myriad issues confronting the housing agency. Interim Executive Director Gillian Brown, who is expected to be named permanent executiv…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Preservation Board is recommending the city reject a request to demolish a 140-year-old main building at 270 William St. The building, constructed in 1878, is a rare example of an Italianate style mixed-use building, and likely qualifies for local landmark status, the board said. A site visit found the main, front building "appears to be in relatively sal…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Preservation Board is recommending local landmark status for three properties: The former Wonder Bread Factory building, 356 Fougeron St. The industrial site was reportedly built in the 1920s. Engine 22, 1522 Broadway. Construction dates back to 1890, according to city records. Burgard Vocational High School, 368 Kensington Ave. The school was built …

Buffalo

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority has been violating federal bidding regulations, according to a scathing federal audit that raised questions about $1.4 million in spending and whether the authority improperly split up purchases to avoid bidding requirements. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General questioned whether $843…

Featured

As the federal government increases scrutiny on Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority spending, City Hall is considering sending its building inspectors to BMHA apartments for the first time to check for violations. Buffalo Council members Tuesday suggested building inspectors check on several apartments with problems brought to the Council's attention in recent weeks. Te…

Crime

A 68-year-old Arcade woman was charged with drunk driving after her car rolled over on Route 98 and East Arcade Road last week, state police reported Sunday. Constance J. Thomas had a blood alcohol content of .23 – almost three times the legal limit for drinking and driving, according to state police. Police who arrived at the scene of the rollover accident on Sept. …

Local News

The Buffalo Planning Board scheduled a public hearing for 4 p.m. Monday on Dr. Fadi Dagher's proposal for a $25 million mixed-use apartment building at the corner of Main and Dodge streets, just north of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Dagher's Cedarland Development is proposing to construct a five-story project on the vacant lot at 1159 Main St., where the di…

History

The Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Buffalo Preservation Board last week announced it was notified by the New York State Historic Preservation Office that the Broadway club earned the status. Founded in 1917, when black and white musicians had separate unions, the Colored Musicians Club moved in 19…

Local News

Gillian Brown, interim executive director of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, is scheduled to meet with residents of the Langfield-Kenfield homes to discuss tenant concerns. The meeting is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in Olmsted at Kensington Middle and High School on Suffolk Street. The session is sponsored by University District Councilman Rasheed N.C. Wya…

The Rental Assistance Corporation of Buffalo is opening its waiting list for Section 8 housing vouchers for the first time in five years. Online applications for the federally funded rental assistance will be accepted from 1o a.m. Monday through 3 p.m. Oct. 19. Applications can be accessed online at www.racbny.org.  For assistance, call 716-882-0063, Ext. 106. A lott…

Local News

The Buffalo Common Council wants to name an entrepreneurial center in the Northland corridor after former Common Council President Delmar Mitchell. Under the proposal, the building at 612 Northland would be the "Delmar Mitchell Entrepreneurial Center." A public hearing on the naming is set for 2 p.m. Oct. 2 in Council Chambers. Mitchell, first elected to the Counc…

Buffalo

Gillian Brown, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's attorney and interim executive director, is being offered the top job at the troubled agency. Brown, 54, was one of three finalists interviewed Wednesday for the BMHA's executive director position. The other applicants were Douglas Owens, retired deputy director of the housing authority in Alexandria, Va., and Joh…

Buffalo

The troubled Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority appears poised for what could be significant change as the agency board prepares to hire a new executive director and finalize an employee contract that has been stalled for seven years. Three finalists for the executive director job are scheduled to be interviewed Wednesday, and BMHA board chairman David Rodriguez says h…

Buffalo

Water, yet again, was leaking from an upstairs apartment into Karen Martin's kitchen, splashing down on her stove, which, she said, began making an unusual clicking sound. Emergency crews – from the fire department and gas company – ended up at her Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority apartment along with BMHA workers. Emergency crews shut off the gas and said they could…