Buffalo cop in hot water again
Richard Hy — a.k.a. the “Angry Cop" — is being sued by a motorcyclist who claims the officer intentionally struck his vehicle with his patrol car. Last summer, Buffalo Police Officer Richard Hy — a.k.a. the “Angry Cop,” notorious for posting satirical videos online — is accused of letting his anger get the best of him.
Monday Morning Read
The Buffalo Bills have fumbled on the Punt God. Ron DeSantis needs to read the First Amendment. And memo to Byron Brown: job searches are a good thing. Subscribe to WeeklyPost and you’ll get Jim Heaney’s recommended reading – and more – a day early. Well,...
Subsidies for South Buffalo pot farm
Erie County's IDA and the state Power Authority have granted a marijuana growing facility tax breaks and discounted hydropower worth millions of dollars. A pot growing operation in South Buffalo has received two major subsidies from economic development agencies. The first, in January, came from the New York Power Authority,...
Just how rich is Carl Paladino?
At the last minute, the developer turned Congressional candidate filed a required financial disclosure revealing what we already knew: he’s loaded. Carl Paladino, who says he’ll be “a voice for the people” in Congress, waited until the Friday before election day to tell voters how rich he is.
If Henry Wojtaszek was Pinocchio
OTB chief spins his way through an interview with WGRZ. Other recommended reading includes a study that underscores just how much Republicans and Democrats loathe each other. Here’s the latest recommended reading – and this week, viewing – from Jim Heaney. Subscribe to his Sunday email newsletter and you’ll get the news a day earlier, along with a recap of Investigative Post’s reporting from the previous week.
Police union pressing to suppress records
Contending its contract should supersede state law, PBA wants a judge to require the city to expunge complaints filed against officers that didn't result in a finding of wrongdoing. Buffalo’s police union is making headway in its efforts to put a lid on the release of officers’ disciplinary records....
Judge tosses libel lawsuit against iPost
Judge also orders James Swiezy and his Greenleaf Development to reimburse Investigative Post for legal fees. A state Supreme Court judge has dismissed a libel lawsuit brought by a Buffalo developer against Investigative Post and reporter Dan Telvock. State Supreme Court Judge Mark Montour also ruled developer James Sweizy and...
Monday Morning Read
Margaret Sullivan is going, Carl Paladino or Nick Langworthy are coming and Crystal Beach is long gone. Consider this food for thought to start your week. Available, by the way, Sunday mornings, along with a summary of what Investigative Post published the previous week, in an email newsletter. It’s free, so, hey. Subscribe here.
Meet Investigative Post’s newest reporter
I’Jaz Ja’ciel is a multi-skilled journalist with deep ties to the community. She'll cover urban affairs. The hiring of I’Jaz Ja’ciel completes the rebuilding of Investigative Post’s reporting staff. A Buffalo native, Ja’ciel comes to Investigative Post from Spectrum News, where she was a multimedia,...
Big tax breaks for Amazon in Niagara County
Officials have given the final approval to $124 million in tax breaks to the e-commerce giant to build a warehouse in the Town of Niagara. It took the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency less than a minute Wednesday to approve $124 million in tax breaks for Amazon to bring 1,000 warehouse jobs to the Town of Niagara.
iPost adds another reporter
Garrett Looker's experience includes reporting and documentary film making. Garrett Looker has joined Investigative Post’s reporting staff. An Indiana native, Looker won a Best News Feature award from the Iowa Newspaper Association while an intern at the Sioux City Journal. While a student at Ball State University, he produced and directed award-winning documentary videos — one examining the history of racial segregation in Muncie, another following Ball State’s bid to take over the city’s struggling public school system.
City ethics board out of business
The oversight panel hasn’t met since before Covid because of vacancies, making it a dead-letter office for citizen complaints. Last September, 140 people signed a formal complaint filed with Buffalo’s Board of Ethics. The complaint alleged city workers, including police officers, were campaigning for Mayor Byron Brown on city time, using city resources.
Ruling in iPost stadium lawsuit
Much more of conditions study is released, but judge, citing security concerns, keeps portions confidential. More details of an engineering study assessing the condition of Highmark Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills, have been made public following a ruling in a lawsuit brought by Investigative Post. The judge, however, ruled...
Monday Morning Read
The new editor of The Buffalo News assumes command of a paper that is rapidly losing circulation. You could have read this – and more – yesterday if you subscribed to WeeklyPost, our free weekly newsletter. You can subscribe here. The Buffalo News has a new editor. The...
Feds investigate City Hall (again)
Campaign activity on behalf of Mayor Byron Brown by police and other city employees is being scrutinized for possible violations of Hatch Act. City ethics board, appointed by Brown, has ignored a similar complaint. Federal investigators are looking into allegations that City of Buffalo employees, including police officers, broke federal...
Byron Brown’s campaign debts
The mayor’s campaign committee is deep in the hole, by its own accounting. Brown's debts are triple his cash on hand. Mayor Byron Brown’s campaign committee owes vendors more than $185,000 for goods and services they provided to his re-election effort last year. Brown for Buffalo owes more...
Buffalo is slowly losing its trees
The city is cutting down trees at twice the rate it's planting them, and in portions of the East Side, the ratio is 4 to 1. Health can suffer with a loss of tree coverage. Buffalo is cutting down twice as many trees as it’s planting. And residents are noticing the loss.
A most unreasonable demand
Mark Poloncarz is way out of line insisting that county legislators sign a nondisclosure agreement to participate in talks over a community benefits agreement for the Bills stadium. I’ve never heard of such a thing: elected officials being asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement to preclude them from discussing public...
Hardwick demands answers from OTB
Erie County comptroller’s inquiry focuses on the development and purchase of a hotel at Batavia Downs, plus costly health insurance perks for board members. For the first time, one of the governments that owns the Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. is demanding answers about the agency’s management practices and business dealings.
Council adopts new district lines
Critics say they’ll take the fight to the courts a lawsuit and mount primary challenges in next year’s elections. On Tuesday, Buffalo’s Common Council voted unanimously to adopt a redistricting plan that community groups and activists have spent the past two months trying to stop. The new...
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