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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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Tens of thousands of people every day drive past the towering wind turbines posted at four Thruway exits between Eden and the Pennsylvania state line. But no matter how windy the day might be, those two-blade turbines stand motionless. Just a few years after the New York State Thruway Authority spent about $5 million on five turbines, four of them stand dormant. And …

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Gary Astridge and Robert Swierat are two Buffalo area men in their early 60s who say they were repeatedly raped by Catholic priests decades ago. The two have something else in common – they say the Diocese of Buffalo has so far refused to accept any responsibility for the incidents because the abuser priests were members of religious orders and not ordained by the dioce…

Buffalo

Just months after it was founded, GFY General Services & Cleaning got nearly $400,000 in largely no-bid work from the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority in 2017, according to BMHA records. Owner Brandi A. Clark says the company was hired to clean and repair public housing apartments because it does a good job for a good price. But a Buffalo News investigation fo…

Erie County

The Erie County Water Authority board voted Thursday to fire its executive director, Earl L. Jann Jr., after determining the terms of his employment contract are invalid. When asked whether Jann was fired because the new board disapproved of his leadership, commissioners said they would not discuss Jann's job performance. "It doesn't matter whether we like someone or…

Erie County

The reverberations from a scathing state report about repeated leadership failures at the Erie County Water Authority came quickly Wednesday and are likely to be felt for a long time as local officials ponder a shake-up at the agency. On Wednesday, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn asked his Special Investigations and Prosecutions Bureau to investigate whether…

Erie County

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn has asked his Special Investigations and Prosecutions Bureau to investigate whether any crimes were committed at the Erie County Water Authority. Flynn's announcement Wednesday follows a scathing state report about the authority. "Anytime there is an allegation of criminal wrongdoing, obviously I have an obligation to inves…

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The state agency that oversees public authorities formally censured the Erie County Water Authority and asked the County Legislature to remove from office all commissioners associated with repeatedly breaking laws and best practices regarding openness, transparency and independent oversight and governance of the agency. The damning report spends 20 pages outlining viola…

Erie County

The state agency that oversees public authorities censured the Erie County Water Authority and asked the county Legislature to remove from office all commissioners associated with repeatedly breaking laws and best practices regarding openness, transparency and independent oversight and governance of the agency during a two-year period. Two prior Republican commissioners…

Erie County

Odd changes are occurring at the Erie County Water Authority: The staff posted the agency's 2017 payroll to its website without being asked. Complete agenda packets are being posted several days ahead of the board's regular meetings, instead of a partial agenda being posted less than 24 hours in advance, or not at all. Public committee meetings have been called to…

Erie County

The Erie County Water Authority's staff failed to file financial disclosure forms with the county last year, and nobody with the county noticed. Though the Water Authority falls under state oversight, it is legally required to file disclosure forms with Erie County. The authority did so for years – until last year. In 2017, authority officials failed to complete any …

Erie County

Jerome Schad, who has been an Erie County Water Authority commissioner, was named its chairman Thursday. Schad, the Amherst Democratic Party chairman, takes over the position held by Robert Anderson, a Republican who left the Water Authority board after Democrats gained the majority in the Erie County Legislature. Mark Carney, a new commissioner and a Democrat, will …