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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

It's not as formal as Curtain Up! or as popular as the World's Largest Disco, but Mayor Byron W. Brown's State of the City address has, nonetheless, become a big-time event in Buffalo. It is, politically speaking, a red carpet affair – a two-hour, $100,000-plus extravaganza that gives attendees a chance to see and be seen among the city's movers and shakers. A record…

Buffalo

Police are investigating the death of a man who apparently fell from the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's LBJ Apartments, a 10-story building from which he was recently evicted. The man was let into the West Humboldt Parkway building sometime before 3 a.m. Saturday by another tenant, then went to the roof of the building carrying a rope, according to several LBJ re…

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Buffalo area supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are holding a fundraising concert Sunday evening at Milkie's Elmwood Lounge, 522 Elmwood Ave. Local musicians Laura Kerrigan, Justin DeCarlo and Michael Farrow are scheduled to perform. The show starts at 6 p.m. The fundraiser comes on the heels of  the Vermont senator's strong showing in …

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Developer Carl P. Paladino is renewing his push for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority to demolish the vacant and dilapidated Commodore Perry row houses. "It should be demolished," Paladino told the BMHA board of commissioners during the agency's monthly meeting Jan. 30. "Something should be done to raise the money to take it down and at least green it over, at…

Buffalo

As it turns out, not everyone living in Buffalo public housing is poor. Consider Joseph A. Mascia, the outspoken and sometimes controversial former Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority tenant commissioner, for example. He's been living at the housing authority's Marine Drive apartments with his wife on an annual income hovering around — and even surpassing — $100,000 in …

Western New York Independent Living Inc. is sponsoring a contest for a new logo to promote its annual disability pride parade and festival. All designs will be considered, but those capturing the theme of disability pride as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act will be given special consideration, the contest sponsor said. The creator of the winning logo will …

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Lead inspections have begun at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's Marine Drive apartments as an initial step toward possible upgrades to the 616-unit waterfront complex, according to BMHA officials. The housing authority received a $173,000 state grant to perform a physical needs and lead hazard assessment at the 68-year-old development. The work is required befo…

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For over a decade, Buffalo's appointment on the Western Regional Off-Track Betting board of directors has belonged to a Garner. Just months after taking office in 2006, Mayor Byron W. Brown appointed his friend Maurice L. Garner, founder of the Grassroots political club, as Buffalo's representative to the OTB board. When Garner stepped down from the board seat after …

Crime

A North Carolina man was arrested in Jamestown for possessing a handgun without a New York State pistol permit. State police said they pulled over Tim Batchelor, 21, of Zebulon, N.C., on Fourth Street in Jamestown when he was driving around barricades during a Christmas Parade Friday. Police said they spotted a Smith & Wesson handgun in plain sight inside the veh…

Crime

Federal agents questioned people about political operative Maurice L. Garner, a longtime ally of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, in the days surrounding their raid of a City Hall office earlier this month. Two people who spoke to The Buffalo News on condition of anonymity said they were questioned by the FBI about Garner, the founder of the Grassroots political club. A…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…