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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

Two contractors that the City of Buffalo hired to gut and repair 10 houses say they did not make huge profits on the work, which cost $4.3 million in federal funds. Lamparelli Construction of Cheektowaga or Burke Brothers Construction of Hamburg were the general contractors on the 10 houses, which are being sold to low-income homebuyers for about $1 million. Lamparel…

Buffalo

Dearborn Street has traditionally been one of the nicer streets in Black Rock, part of what’s considered a historically significant neighborhood founded by German immigrants in the 1830s and 1840s. But the house at 245 Dearborn was an eyesore for years – more like decades, says North District Councilman Joseph Golombek Jr. Sometime in the 1990s, Golombek said, when the …

Buffalo

Over on Fillmore Avenue, the City of Buffalo paid almost $400,000 to renovate a run-down, one-family house that is being sold for $80,000. It’s not a fluke. There are more. From the East Side to South Buffalo, and in Black Rock, Buffalo spent just under $4.3 million in federal funds rehabilitating 10 houses that were then put up for sale in the past three years, a Buffa…

Buffalo

Dawn E. Sanders-Garrett, the former executive director of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, was just awarded $107,250 – apparently the secret payment Sanders-Garrett and the BMHA agreed to prior to her sudden resignation March 15. The payment came in the form of a "supplemental check" issued Thursday – two weeks after Sanders-Garrett resigned from her $120,000 po…

Buffalo

Joseph Mascia isn't welcome to return to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Board because of racist slurs he made three years ago, a majority of its members have declared. Four board members voted Thursday not to allow Mascia to run for tenant commissioner in the June election. Given the seriousness of Mascia's past conduct, it's in the best interest of resident…

Local News

Dawn Sanders-Garrett resigned Thursday from the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, ending her almost 12-year tenure as executive director of the financially struggling agency. Following months of speculation that the BMHA board of commissioners was looking to replace Sanders-Garrett, board chairman David Rodriguez announced toward the end of Thursday's monthly meeting…

Local News

Dawn Sanders-Garrett, head of the financially troubled Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority for more than a decade, resigned Thursday, effective immediately. Sanders-Garrett's resignation was announced at the end of Thursday's monthly BMHA meeting. BMHA chairman David Rodriguez said the terms of Sanders-Garrett's resignation are confidential, and neither he nor Sander…

Crime

A  wrong turn near the Peace Bridge ended with a Rochester man arrested on marijuana charges. Johnny Morales-Reyes, 24, of Cleon Street in Rochester, was the passenger in a car that was stopped and searched after making a wrong turn at the Peace Bridge, police said. U.S. Customs found Morales-Reyes was carrying  just over 2 ounces of marijuana, according to Buffalo p…

Crime

A Canadian couple was arrested Sunday morning after security at the Adam's Mark Hotel kicked them out but they refused to leave, Buffalo police said. Angela Krebs, 47, and Dean Cecconi, 48, both of 177 Fletcher Drive, Toronto, were making so much noise in their hotel room that the hotel staff received complaints, and hotel security told the couple to leave the property,…

Crime

Police investigating reports of gunshots being fired on Woodlawn Avenue in Buffalo discovered bullets had struck two parked cars and a home gas meter, police said Sunday. Residents on the 500 block of Woodlawn, which runs parallel to and south of East Ferry Street, told police they heard multiple shots fired about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The cars that were hit were parked o…

Crime

A 52-year-old man was charged with felony assault after beating his wife with a steel flashlight, police said. Mark Evans of Orchard Park repeatedly hit his 53-year-old wife on her head and arms with a steel Maglite-style flashlight during a dispute at their home, a residential motel on Southwestern Boulevard, Orchard Park police said. Police were called to the scene…

Crime

A 29-year-old Orchard Park man, who ran several stop signs while driving in excess of 70 mph through residential streets before dawn Saturday, was charged with drunk driving and several traffic violations, according to Orchard Park police. Officers spotted a 2009 Toyota Camry speeding down Thorn Avenue at about 4:40 a.m. When they attempted to stop the car, the driver c…

Crime

A 31-year-old West Seneca man is facing assault charges for allegedly shattering another man's jaw while in the victim's South Buffalo home, Buffalo police said. Joseph Stupak, of Elmsford Drive, was charged with misdemeanor assault when arrested while in Buffalo Sunday morning, according to police. The incident occurred Feb. 19 on Good Avenue, according to police, w…

Crime

Gunfire erupted on the 700 block of Bailey Avenue early Sunday morning, leaving a 29-year-old Buffalo man in serious condition, according to Buffalo police. The victim was not identified. The man had left a bowling alley/pizzeria carrying food just after 2 a.m.,  and was walking toward his vehicle, parked in a nearby lot, when struck by gunfire, police said. Five she…

Crime

A Jamestown woman was charged with driving under the influence of drugs when stopped in what turned out to be a stolen vehicle, police said. Stephanie A. Gould, 33, was stopped near the intersection of Barrows and English streets at about 8:45 a.m. Saturday, according to Jamestown police. She was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawful possession …