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Susan Schulman

Susan Schulman is an investigative reporter at The Buffalo News, currently assigned to Buffalo City Hall. She is also author of City Hallways, a daily blog offering an insider's view on the daily machinations of city government and politics.


Buffalo

Ask Buffalo officials about out-of-town slumlords, and there's often a scowled acknowledgement of a lost cause. In a city where properties are owned by landlords from as far away as China, Kuwait and Sweden as well as New York City, Texas and California, it's sometimes difficult to enforce housing code laws on these investors, they say. But the state Legislature late…

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Reaction to a failed federal inspection at one of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's larger housing developments continued Tuesday, with the head of the financially struggling agency saying he's looking to change the way the authority operates. A wide range of work is underway at Langfield Homes – everything from fixing falling siding to parking lot pavement and …

Buffalo

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority has removed piles of debris dumped outside vacant Commodore Perry apartments, within days after a congressman publicly ripped the agency for the mess and called for a federal investigation. A BMHA official promised Thursday to take additional steps at the public housing complex to prevent dumping and related problems in the future…

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Rep. Brian Higgins, citing "disgusting" and "hazardous" conditions at two Buffalo public housing complexes, asked for a federal investigation Monday of the "chronic mismanagement" by the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority. Higgins's request to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development's Inspector General's Office comes in response to a Buffalo News report publish…

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Failing scores were awarded in 12 percent of the public housing complex inspections conducted in New York State in the past five years. Just over half of the 46 failures – 24 – were in New York City, where the bulk of the state's public housing is located, and the bulk of 374 inspections were performed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The other 2…

Buffalo

Welcome to Langfield Homes, a public housing complex that flunked its 2018 federal inspection with the lowest score given to any Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority development in the past five years. Out of a possible 100 points, Langfield got 46. A March 6 inspection of the 310-unit apartment complex in the Kenfield neighborhood found a long list of problems: Mold …

Local News

The Buffalo Common Council is backing efforts to move school elections to November. "We have very low turnout. By putting it with the regular cycle of elections, hopefully, you would think, more would vote," said Council President Darius G. Pridgen. North District Councilman Joseph Golombek Jr. has been pushing to shift school board elections from May to November for…

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A 2 1/2 year moratorium on the sale of city-owned property in the Fruit Belt was partially lifted Tuesday after the Common Council approved a strategic development plan for the largely low-income neighborhood abutting the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Also, the Council agreed to initially transfer four of what could be 20 or more vacant lots the Fruit Belt land trust …

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Catherine George, who owns at least a dozen Buffalo properties, is no stranger to Buffalo Housing Court. The Buffalo landlord has been cited for numerous housing violations in recent years, with her cases repeatedly postponed – sometimes because the 49-year-old woman couldn't make a court date, other times when the judge gave her more time to fix her rental properties a…

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A Nebraska-based consultant was selected Thursday to lead the search for a new executive director at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority. The Organizational Leadership Edge will be paid $15,900 to help the BMHA find a replacement for Dawn Sanders-Garrett, the former executive director who resigned in mid-March, authority officials said. The executive search consu…

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Mayor Byron W. Brown Friday released guidelines aimed at creating a supportive atmosphere for transgender employees in city government. The policy states city employees have the right to dress, be identified by name, and use bathrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity – rather than their assigned sex at birth. Any employee requesting additional privacy …

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Remember that parking ticket from two years ago? The City of Buffalo certainly hasn't forgotten about it. Sometime in the first half of 2019, the city plans to notify anyone with a parking ticket that's at least two years old – or a similarly old ticket for such quality-of-life infractions as snow-covered sidewalks or uncut grass – that while all is not forgiven, now wo…

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The bills are piling up against Sayara A. Uddin, the Brooklyn landlord who owned a house at 90 Humber Ave., where a fire killed three people in 2016. In addition to a $5.4 million default judgment for failing to provide working smoke detectors in his building, Uddin faces financial fees and penalties totaling $45,507 from the City of Buffalo, records show. About nine…

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Plans to redevelop the long-vacant Commodore Perry apartments are being dusted off and revised as the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority prepares to again ask the federal government for help replacing the blighted complex with new housing. Top BMHA officials Thursday said they've been in contact with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which has indic…

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A 2-1/2-acre city park off East Ferry Street is about to become a neighborhood outdoor sports complex. Ground was broken Wednesday at Perkins Park in Buffalo, where a youth football field as well as a street hockey rink are being constructed. The cost of the project is pegged at about $300,000 with funding coming from the Buffalo Sabres Foundation, the NHL Players As…