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Charlotte Keith

Charlotte Keith is a reporter for Investigative Post. Originally from London, she has a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a fellow at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting.

Email: ckeith@investigativepost.org / Twitter: @char_keith

Oct
14

Updated Buffalo Billion diversity numbers

Figures released Wednesday by developer LPCiminelli show diversity hiring goals are being met on the construction of SolarCity’s plant at Riverbend. The goals call for minorities to work 15 percent, and women to work 5 percent, of hours on the project. The numbers released Wednesday show 16 percent of the hours to date been worked by minorities and […]

Oct
09

Protestors want more diversity at Riverbend

Protesters from local community groups gathered outside the SolarCity construction site in South Buffalo to call for a return to the 25 percent minority workforce goal originally floated for the project. As Investigative Post reported last week, that goal was agreed to when the city sold the land for the factory to the state, and […]

Oct
05

State says lower Riverbend goal being met

The state released figures Monday related to the employment of minority construction workers at the SolarCity plant that they had previously refused to disclose. The release follows a report last week by Investigative Post that showed it was unclear whether the project’s diversity hiring goals were being met. Those figures show that minorities have done 16.2 […]

Oct
01

Podcast on SolarCity construction

Charlotte Keith discusses how she reported her story on the lack of minority hiring at the SolarCity construction project in South Buffalo. Part of the challenge in reporting the story, she told Editor Jim Heaney, was the refusal of state officials to answer questions or provide public records in a timely fashion.

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Sep
30

Minority workers get short shrift at Riverbend

Buffalo’s African-American community is starving for jobs, while the ongoing construction of the SolarCity plant in South Buffalo is employing hundreds upon hundreds of construction workers. Yet state officials agreed to cut the project’s diversity hiring goal – included on state contracts to ensure minorities get a fair share of work – from 25 to […]

Aug
26

Labor groups protest hotel subsidies

Around 100 people from local labor groups gathered Wednesday morning to protest the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency’s awarding of tax breaks to hotels. They say low-cost hotels like the Budget Inn on Niagara Falls Boulevard, where the protest was held, should not receive subsidies because they don’t create good-paying jobs. The protest was organized by the […]

Jul
30

Poloncarz plays down problems at CPS

For workers at Erie County Child Protective Services, high caseloads and missed deadlines have become the norm. But Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is adamant that the department no longer has any serious problems. “We’ve made great progress and we’re headed on the right track, there’s just always a little more work to be done,” Poloncarz said. […]

Jul
23

Child abuse unit still struggling

Kim Henderson lasted a year as a caseworker investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect. She was assigned more cases than she felt she could handle. Many of the cases she inherited were poorly documented. And many of the families she was assigned to work with hadn’t seen a caseworker in months. Henderson quit her […]