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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

Tenants say it's not unusual for one of the two elevators at the Buffalo housing authority's L.B. Johnson Apartments building to be broken. But after four days when at times neither elevator at the 10-story senior housing building was working, the tenants say they are angry and frustrated. "We need to replace them," said L.B.J. tenant representative Carmela Dorsey. …

Buffalo

There was $1 billion spent to fix the Buffalo school buildings. There was $1 billion allocated to kick-start the Buffalo economy. Now, Council President Darius G. Pridgen is suggesting $1 billion is needed to fix up Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority properties. "I don't see how you can redo the BMHA for less than a billion," Pridgen said at a recent Council meet…

Buffalo

When the Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government reviewed websites of 14 local authorities last March, it identified the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's as the least transparent. Now, the coalition president plans to meet with the BMHA to see if that can change. Of a possible 100 points, the BMHA website scored a seven. "Meeting agendas are not posted at all…

Buffalo

Staff changes at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority continue with the appointment of Roslyn L. McLin as the agency's new attorney. McLin fills the position that Gillian Brown held before being named BMHA executive director last month. McLin previously worked in the housing unit of the Center for Elder Law & Justice. She is the latest management-level BMHA hi…

Buffalo

City housing director Yvonne C. McCray is expected to be appointed to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners. McCray would replace Nona B. Watson, who left the board upon resigning last month from her job as executive director of the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency. McCray in January was offered a top-level job as BMHA assistant executive direc…

Buffalo

Federal auditors, who last month ripped into Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority financial practices, are back in Buffalo, this time examining spending at the authority's Commodore Perry housing development. "We are starting new work at the housing authority," said Darryl Madden, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector …

Buffalo

Wearing jailhouse orange clothes and his hands in chains, Michael A. Gambino was among the first to appear before Buffalo Housing Court Judge Patrick M. Carney on a recent morning. Gambino insisted he's fixing up the rundown home he lives in on Krupp Street off Broadway. The judge was skeptical. After all, Gambino just spent four nights in jail after being arreste…

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…

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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…