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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…

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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…

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Feeling snubbed by the head of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, developer Carl Paladino has withdrawn his unsolicited offer to purchase much of the Commodore Perry low-income housing community in the Old First Ward and then absorb the $10 million demolition cost. Paladino offered in early May to buy and redevelop most of the low-income housing community near dow…

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Frustrated with years of neglect, Buffalo developer Carl Paladino is offering to buy most of the Commodore Perry low-income housing community near downtown Buffalo for $1 to redevelop it into residential and commercial neighborhood on the sprawling site – near where a possible future new Bills stadium could be located. In a May 1 letter to Buffalo Municipal Housing Auth…

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Under fire for skirting government bidding requirements, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is going to begin using Erie County's purchasing office to save money and avoid trouble. The move allows the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority to buy items off contracts that Erie County has publicly bid out to get the best price. "It's everything from office supplies t…

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Before the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority asks the federal government for more money, the local agency needs to take advantage of millions of dollars – as much as $150 million – it already qualifies for but hasn't sought out, says Rep. Brian Higgins. The BMHA could borrow as much as $50 million for capital improvements under one federal program and could leverage a…

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will ramp up its oversight of Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority spending after confirming evidence of widespread violations of bidding rules. A new HUD report found the agency failed to follow procurement rules and its own policy by “purposefully breaking down similar purchases into small purchases, thus avoiding co…

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Tenants say it's not unusual for one of the two elevators at the Buffalo housing authority's L.B. Johnson Apartments building to be broken. But after four days when at times neither elevator at the 10-story senior housing building was working, the tenants say they are angry and frustrated. "We need to replace them," said L.B.J. tenant representative Carmela Dorsey. …

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There was $1 billion spent to fix the Buffalo school buildings. There was $1 billion allocated to kick-start the Buffalo economy. Now, Council President Darius G. Pridgen is suggesting $1 billion is needed to fix up Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority properties. "I don't see how you can redo the BMHA for less than a billion," Pridgen said at a recent Council meet…

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When the Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government reviewed websites of 14 local authorities last March, it identified the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's as the least transparent. Now, the coalition president plans to meet with the BMHA to see if that can change. Of a possible 100 points, the BMHA website scored a seven. "Meeting agendas are not posted at all…

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Staff changes at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority continue with the appointment of Roslyn L. McLin as the agency's new attorney. McLin fills the position that Gillian Brown held before being named BMHA executive director last month. McLin previously worked in the housing unit of the Center for Elder Law & Justice. She is the latest management-level BMHA hi…

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City housing director Yvonne C. McCray is expected to be appointed to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners by Mayor Byron W. Brown. McCray would replace Nona B. Watson, who left the board upon resigning last month from her job as executive director of the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency. McCray in January was offered a top-level job as BMHA a…

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Federal auditors, who last month ripped into Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority financial practices, are back in Buffalo, this time examining spending at the authority's Commodore Perry housing development. "We are starting new work at the housing authority," said Darryl Madden, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector …

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Wearing jailhouse orange clothes and his hands in chains, Michael A. Gambino was among the first to appear before Buffalo Housing Court Judge Patrick M. Carney on a recent morning. Gambino insisted he's fixing up the rundown home he lives in on Krupp Street off Broadway. The judge was skeptical. After all, Gambino just spent four nights in jail after being arreste…

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Months into a debate over who should pay to audit the troubled Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority – or if another review is even needed – the city comptroller now says his office will audit the agency using its own staff and will call in outside help if needed. This  despite the fact that BMHA and city officials say another audit of the agency is unnecessary and duplic…