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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.


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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…

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While talks continue over whether an outside firm is needed to audit the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, the housing agency's interim leader says changes are already being made at the troubled housing agency and more are in the works. The BMHA has, for example, figured out a way to save money on rock salt. The housing agency will be buying its rock salt from the…

Buffalo

Concerned over Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority purchasing practices, Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder is asking city lawmakers to hire an outside firm to conduct a comprehensive annual audit of the troubled agency. The BMHA should pay for the audit, but if it won't, the city should move forward anyway — using city funds — "in order to protect the federal housing tax …

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If Chris Collins remains on the November ballot, he won't be the only indicted congressman seeking re-election this year. As of now, so would Collins' Republican colleague Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, who is facing criminal charges for allegedly using campaign funds on tequila shots, family trips to Hawaii and Italy, and other personal expenses. The pair are the…

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State Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer, R-Amherst, considered a frontrunner among Republicans hoping to replace indicted Rep. Chris Collins on the November ballot, Monday said he has taken himself out of the running. "After a great deal of reflection and consultation with my family, friends and community over the last several days, I am removing myself from consideration in the…

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While Republicans debate Rep. Chris Collins' possible replacement on the November ballot, Democratic candidate Nathan McMurray is barnstorming the 27th Congressional District — from Hamburg to Canandaigua to Farmington to Lewiston — hosting town halls, campaigning in coffee houses and even riding in a demolition derby. Few gave the 43-year-old Grand Island town supervis…

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BATAVIA — Republican leaders in the 27th Congressional District Tuesday met with nine people who want to be elected to Congress, only to end their marathon interview session by slowing down their selection process for a candidate to replace the indicted Rep. Chris Collins. "We're no longer in a rush like we thought we were," Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas Lang…

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Update: Radio commentator David Bellavia announced Tuesday morning he was withdrawing his name from consideration to replace Chris Collins on the November ballot. Eleven Republicans who want to go to Congress will speak with party leaders in the 27th Congressional District in a marathon meeting at Batavia Downs on Tuesday, setting the stage for the selection of a potent…

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Attorney Jim Domagalski Monday said he is pulling his name from consideration for the congressional seat now held by indicted Rep. Chris Collins. “Over the last week a number of  friends and community leaders have reached out to me and strongly encouraged me to consider a run for Congress this year in the 27th Congressional District," Domagalski, a former Erie County Re…

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Everything from batteries to rock salt to floor tile can cost more when the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is the buyer, a Buffalo News' analysis of BMHA spending found. Sometimes the BMHA paid more than the City of Buffalo did – like when the housing authority paid $5 more for every garbage and recycling tote it ordered, as well as an additional delivery fee. S…

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Picking a candidate to replace indicted Rep. Chris Collins on the ballot is proving to be bit of a puzzle for Republican leaders. In addition to how to get Collins off the Congressional line, there's also the challenge of replacing Collins in the 27th District race without losing any other Republican seats in the process. With GOP party chairs from the eight counties…

Politics

State Sen. Patrick Gallivan Friday said he is pulling his name from consideration for the Congressional seat now held by indicted Rep. Chris Collins. "It is my great honor and privilege to represent the citizens of the 59th Senate District, who have entrusted me to be their voice in Albany," Gallivan wrote in a prepared statement that he posted on Facebook. "My commitme…

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Rep. Chris Collins was ordered to do more than post a $500,000 bond in exchange for his freedom as the criminal case against him moves forward. The congressman, who has pleaded not guilty to insider trading charges, must limit his travel to the continental United States and let his defense attorneys hold his diplomatic passport "for safekeeping until further notice," ac…