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Adrienne Sayers expects to lose her $103,000-a-year job as a Niagara Falls schoolteacher because school district officials believe she violated a policy that requires employees to live in the City of Niagara Falls. The Spanish teacher learned in January that private detectives hired by the district had been watching, following and taking surveillance videos of her for m…

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A man named Allen Wright was surprised to receive a letter form the IRS demanding taxes on his income from the Community Action Organization. Wright was certain he had never worked for the Buffalo anti-poverty agency, especially in 2003, the year the IRS was targeting. He had been doing time in an Indiana prison. He showed the letter to a CAO staff member, who showed…

Buffalo

New York's top nursing homes admit poor people at a lower rate than the state's worst nursing homes despite regulations prohibiting discrimination. That is especially true for one-third of the poor people who enter New York nursing homes – those whose bills are paid from Day One by Medicaid. Across the state, these nearly 22,000 people were twice as likely to be admi…

Erie County

Gene Clyde Stottele rarely spoke about his experiences as a Korean war soldier, but his family knew what a painful toll the war took on the Town of Tonawanda man. The infantryman spent many harrowing months in fierce combat on the front lines, including the infamous 1953 Battle at Pork Chop Hill, where one of his best Army buddies was killed by mortar fire in a bunker w…

Buffalo

Fourteen months after a Lockport man accused Monsignor John M. Ryan of molesting him in the 1980s, Bishop Richard J. Malone has yet to decide whether Ryan committed the abuse and should be further punished. The man's May 8, 2018 application to a Buffalo Diocese program that compensates victims of clergy abuse prompted Malone to suspend Ryan, 89, last July from publicly …

Buffalo

Early this year, directors of the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board awarded a contract worth tens of thousands of dollars to a local company. The deal, fed by taxpayer money, went to a fellow director of the Workforce Investment Board. "I did not vote on this," said Brian Manley, whose temporary staffing agency was the low bidder and is likely to rea…

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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…

Buffalo

Buffalo public housing developments flunked half of their most recent on-site federal inspections and scored the equivalent of a "D" on another 20% because of bedbugs, leaky plumbing, exposed wires and other problems. Almost three-quarters of the 18 inspections at Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority properties – including 27 developments — generated lower scores than pr…

Buffalo

The head of the Community Action Organization of Western New York posted the latest annual financial report on his agency's website to prove "our finances are in order." The financial report told half the story. CEO L. Nathan Hare did not post the supplement. In it, accountants hired by the CAO say the anti-poverty agency wrongly held up employee contributions to the…

Buffalo

One of Buffalo’s largest anti-poverty agencies paid $1.7 million over the past seven years in a series of no-bid contracts to a Texas consulting firm for help running its Head Start programs. Last year proved the most lucrative for J. Walker Enterprises, which received $463,950 from the Community Action Organization of Western New York, according to annual reports the a…

Buffalo

James Bottlinger spent a lot of time as a teenager inside the rectory of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Lancaster, where the Rev. Michael Freeman served as associate pastor. The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo already had received three complaints about Freeman’s alleged sexual abuse of boys when Freeman arrived at the parish in 1984 and began molesting Bottlinger, an…

Business

The federal government has fined a Buffalo nursing home $47,827 after it incorrectly administered insulin injections to a resident. State Health Department investigators determined the failure to properly care for the Humboldt House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center resident resulted in "actual harm." The fine imposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services…

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Mike Donoghue has known Rochester developer Robert Morgan for more than a decade, as a personal friend and a partner in a relocation business. So it was only natural five years ago for the owner and president of Rochester-based Premium Mortgage to put $500,000 of his own money into investment funds that Morgan had just started. "I knew he had funds, and I asked if I co…

Business

The owner of a Town of Tonawanda adult care home is seeking a court injunction to block the state Department of Health's emergency order to shut down the facility. Kenwell Gardens LLC, which owns Oakwood Senior Living, claims the Health Department acted unfairly and overreached its authority in suspending the Delaware Avenue residence's operating license, the first step…