Erie County Sheriff

India Cummings was beaten to death by Holding Center deputies

BY MATTHEW ALBERT, ESQ. A tragic and horrific case: My client India Cummings, in the throes of mental illness, clearly incapacitated and incapable of taking care of herself, was put in custody at the Erie County Holding Center on February 1st,

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Education

Mascia may run for school board

BY C.B. MILLER Housing Commissioner Joe Mascia is considering a run for the Central District seat on Buffalo’s Board of Education. Dwayne Kelly, an activist who once circulated a letter in support of Carl Paladino under the pen name “Herman,” has already announced

Common Council

Mascia blasts Council’s Development Committee

BY TERRENCE ROBINSON Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) Commissioner Joseph Mascia, who is currently suspended from acting in an official capacity by order of Mayor Byron Brown, is outraged that the Development Committee of the City of Buffalo Common Council

NY Senate

Jacobs expected to run for State Senate

BY TONY FARINA Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, a Republican and a member of the prominent Jacobs family which owns the Delaware North companies, has told political leaders he is going to run for the 60th District State Senate seat

NY Senate

Senator Coppola seeks bipartisan support

BY M.J. RICCHIAZZI The widely respected elder statesman of local politics, State Senator Al Coppola, intends to circulate an Opportunity to Ballot petition so that his name may be written in on the Republican primary ballot — in addition to appearing

Education

Union goons line up behind Mecozzi

BY C.B. MILLER Jennifer Mecozzi has announced her intention to seek the Board of Education’s West District seat currently held by James Sampson, a member of Carl Paladino’s majority bloc. The education activist Adrian Fitzgerald Harris, who is not aligned

Housing Authority

Mascia may base reelection bid on bold proposal

BY T.W. HEWITT The high profile elected Housing Commissioner Joe Masica is likely to seek reelection to his office this May, in a campaign intended to draw a sharp and compelling contrast with the administration of Mayor Byron Brown. At the same time,

Environment

Cuomo’s inaction on Scajaquada clean up raises eyebrows

BY C.B. MILLER Governor Andrew Cuomo promised to rebuild Buffalo with great fanfare, branding his economic development spending as the Buffalo Billion. While Elon Musk received $750 million of Buffalo’s Billion, the city’s aging sewer infrastructure received nothing. The Scajaquada Creek sits

Housing Authority

The Mascia transcript and missing witnesses

BY TERRENCE ROBINSON When the public hearing on Mayor Byron Brown’s attempt to remove Joseph Mascia as Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) commissioner concluded December 30, 2015, the City of Buffalo had 60 days to present a transcript of the

Cheektowaga

Benczkowski: Sewer infrastructure a top priority

BY DIANE BENCZKOWSKI We are all aware of the outdated sewer infrastructure in our Town.  We are reminded every time sewage overflows and is dumped into our waterways or when residents experience backups resulting in flooded and damaged basements.  Cheektowaga

Preservation

Paladino wants to demolish Buffalo’s Stonewall

BY C.B. MILLER The former Republican candidate for Governor and Buffalo area developer Carl Paladino is asking the City’s planning board to demolish a landmark building that the local gay community likens to New York’s Stonewall Inn, in terms of historical

Housing Authority

BMHA’s lead paint scandal to explode

T.W. HEWITT The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority has been ignoring complaints from tenants for years about the lead paint that coats the interior of many older units. A source inside the housing authority speculates that as many as 1,200 of