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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.


Buffalo

More than a week after the FBI seized boxes of files from the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency's office at City Hall, rumors continue whirling over what the FBI is investigating. Yet the only word from city officials is BURA is "open for business." Federal investigators did not direct BURA to halt any projects or programs, hold up any funds, or get rid of any staff, acco…

Amherst

A dormitory fire in Dewey Hall on the University at Buffalo's North Campus led to the temporary evacuation Sunday of some 800 students from the Governors Complex residency buildings, according to the university. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but "it is believed to have started in one room of a suite on the first floor …

Buffalo

A day after the FBI seized cartons filled with documents from a City Hall office, Mayor Byron W. Brown said Thursday he doesn't know what the agents are investigating, but remains confident in the city officials leading the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency. Brown said federal investigators from the FBI, Department of Housing and Urban Development and the IRS did not discuss…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, which gets about $19 million a year in federal anti-poverty money for community development, housing and emergency shelters, has been engulfed in controversy before Wednesday's search of some Buffalo City Hall offices. The Urban Renewal Agency, whose board of directors is chaired by Mayor Byron W. Brown, works closely with the city's Of…

Buffalo

A year after facing criticism over no-bid contracts and spending more than necessary on everything from floor tiles to rock salt, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is set to re-establish a centralized purchasing office. Employees have been selected and trained in federal procurement procedures in recent months for their new positions, which are aimed at reducing c…

Buffalo

A SUNY Alfred State freshman driving home to Buffalo Friday evening was killed when his vehicle collided head-on with a tractor-trailer in the Town of Sardinia, state police said. Cameron J. Velasquez, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Velasquez was traveling northbound on Route 16 at 5:30 p.m. Friday when the 2006 Jeep he was driving crossed into th…

Local News

The Buffalo Police Department's A-District station house will be renamed Sunday in honor of the late Chief Thomas J. Moran, who headed the unit for five years before his death in 2018. Mayor Byron W. Brown and Police Commissioner Byron C. Lockwood will be joined by other elected officials during a dedication and plaque unveiling ceremony at the South Park Avenue police …

Buffalo

A 10% rent hike at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's Marine Drive Apartments is being delayed two months in response to a lawsuit filed by former BMHA Commissioner Joseph A. Mascia. The BMHA in December 2016 notified Marine Drive residents it was seeking a rent increase, which state housing officials approved Aug. 22, BMHA officials said. The BMHA then notified …

Buffalo

After being struck by a bullet, Buffalo youth football coach Norzell Aldridge was quickly loaded into a car driven by a cousin who headed to Erie County Medical Center without waiting for an ambulance. A surveillance video shows the car stops at the corner of Sycamore Street and Koons Avenue, where police parked not far from the shooting scene. Aldridge gets out of the …

From a prison cell in Pennsylvania, Joseph S. Heleniak has become an issue in the Erie County executive race between incumbent Democrat Mark C. Poloncarz and County Legislator Lynne Dixon, an Independence Party member running with Republican Party support. For years, while living in West Seneca, Heleniak was donating to Poloncarz's campaign fund by purchasing tickets to…

Food and Drink

Geoffrey Esper of Oxford, Mass., ate 281 chicken wings in 12 minutes Sunday to become the new National Buffalo Wing Festival champion. Esper's victory ends the five-year reign of Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., who placed second this year by eating 276 chicken wings — just five fewer than Esper. Esper had the No. 2 spot in last year's Buffalo chicken wing eating cont…

Buffalo

A Buffalo youth league football coach — viewed as a role model by many of his players — was fatally shot Saturday evening not far from where his team had just lost its first game of the season, according to people at the scene as well as others who knew the coach. The victim was identified as Norzell "Nore" Aldridge, 36, of Cheektowaga, by team parents and others who kn…

Lynne Dixon is winning big in Hamburg, and leads in Blasdell and Orchard Park as well. Mark Poloncarz – with an almost 3-to-1 fundraising edge over Dixon – is taking Buffalo, including the downtown business district, and he's rocking Lackawanna. Snyder looks like a bit of a wash; Williamsville tilts to Poloncarz. But this is not a poll, at least not the traditiona…

Local News

New elevators that public housing tenants at the Lyndon B. Johnson Apartments off Humboldt Parkway have been requesting for almost a year are coming soon. The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners earlier this week approved two contracts totalling just under $731,000 to replace the two run-down elevators currently at the 10-story LBJ apartment bui…

Erie County

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz's re-election committee returned $5,000 in political contributions it received in the past year from a Hamburg developer who dumped stock connected to the Rep. Chris Collins securities scandal. And while the Poloncarz campaign was in the returning spirit, it also refunded a $100 contribution from a longtime county government offic…