Investigation of landlord voted top story

Dan Telvock’s investigation into the checkered history of one of the city’s biggest landlords was voted Investigative Post’s best story of 2015 by readers in an online poll that concluded Friday.

The story revealed that Greenleaf & Company, which is working with City Hall and Buffalo State officials to build off-campus student housing, has a history of renting substandard apartments and not paying bills to contractors or taxes on time to the city, state and federal government.

Four other stories garnered significant votes from 193 readers who participated in the online poll:

  • Telvock’s story about ground contamination of land targeted for development by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. and the agency’s lack of transparency about the pollution.
  • Charlotte Keith’s report about the failure of Erie County’s Child Protective Services to investigate complaints of child abuse and neglect in a timely fashion.
  • Telvock’s story¬†about the risks posed by industrial air pollution in Niagara Falls.
  • Jim Heaney’s report on shenanigans by the Cuomo administration involving the Buffalo Billion program.

Telvock’s reporting on Scajaquada Creek was voted the top story in 2014; his coverage of Gallagher Beach won top honors in 2013.