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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.


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…

Buffalo

The eye-popping, nautically themed playground built on Buffalo's Outer Harbor four years ago remains the talk of the town — even inspiring new play areas in the city and region. "My only regret is it took us so long to get here," said Andrew Reimers, 36, a stay-at-home father from Williamsville who was at the playground for the first time Thursday with his son Everett, …

Buffalo

For the first time in years, children of all ages are playing on swings at the Kenfield Homes public housing complex. Hours after The Buffalo News published a story about missing swings and dangerous equipment in playgrounds at Buffalo public housing complexes, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority workers installed four swings Tuesday at the Kenfield playground. "Than…

Buffalo

Swingsets with no swings. Sharp edges on broken equipment. Climbing apparatus more than 11 feet off the ground. And metal sliding boards – like the one at Jasper Parrish Place apartments near Military Road – that get so hot Amy Finn's then 3-year-old son last year developed a fear of slides. "When the temperature is reaching close to 90, the metal gets really h…

Local News

Metal is a particularly good conductor of heat, so metal slides heat up quickly, and easily transfer that heat to the skin upon contact, health and safety experts say. The Consumer Product Safety Commission therefore recommends plastic rather than metal slides, but the group warns that plastic slides also have the potential to get hot enough to burn bare skin – particul…

Crime

A two-vehicle crash in the Town of Yorkshire in Cattaraugus County early Sunday morning left one person dead and another hospitalized. The accident occurred about 1 a.m. at the intersection of West Yorkshire Road and Savage Road, according to New York State Police at Machias. One person was dead at the scene. One of the injured was taken to Bertrand-Chaffee Hospital …

Crime

Buffalo police responding to a call at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday found the body of a deceased male in a Niagara Street apartment, police said. The apartment was on the 200 block of Niagara Street, police said. "The body had apparently been there for some period of time," said Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards. An autopsy will be conducted by the Erie County Med…

Crime

A 27-year-old Buffalo man was arrested on drunken driving charges Sunday after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident he caused on Route 33, police said. Brandon Torrence of Buffalo was driving the wrong way on the Kensington Expressway, near Oak Street, when he struck another vehicle at about 2:15 a.m., police said. Torrence continued driving, but was stopped a …

Local News

A poet laureate for the City of Buffalo? That's what a Buffalo councilman is suggesting. The idea will be presented to the full Common Council on Tuesday. In a resolution submitted to the Council, Masten District Councilman Ulysees O. Wingo Sr. refers to poetry as an art form that transcends social boundaries. Poetry, he said, uses word, rhyme and rhythm to narrat…

Local News

An anti-President Trump rally organized by former congressional candidate Nate McMurray ended without incident at Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway Sunday afternoon, but there was tension less than a half mile away, where another group of Trump opponents showed up at a pro-Trump rally. While a couple hundred people showed up at the anti-Trump rally to hear speakers and…

Local News

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Thursday took a preliminary step toward an estimated $1.5 million upgrade of the Langfield Homes, considered the most rundown public housing development in the city. The authority's board of commissioners awarded a $224,070 engineering and architectural contract to Trautman and Associates of Buffalo to help design a broad range of…

Local News

A North Tonawanda woman was charged with drunk driving after her 2018 Dodge SUV veered off the Twin City Highway early Saturday morning and crashed into a metal light pole that landed 60 feet away — knocking down three mile markers and two street signs in the process, City of Tonawanda police said. Natasha M. Colbert, 35, of Second Avenue, told officers she hit the pole…

Local News

It's 9 a.m., and the captain is laying out the day's plan to crew members aboard the S/V Denis Sullivan, a Great Lakes schooner docked at Canalside. "We have a tour starting at 10, then the gates open at 11," she tells her crew. Yes, that's she – as in, the commander of the 97-ton tall ship is a woman. Capt. Tiffany Krihwan, 46, has commanded the three-masted, 137…

Watchdog

Public housing complexes throughout New York are regularly inspected by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Below are the inspection scores given to complexes throughout the state in their most recent inspection, which occurred between 2015 and March 2019. A score of 60 or above is considered passing. Statewide, 15% of the 354 inspections resulte…