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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

Mar
13

Thwarting the public’s right to know

Government reluctance to release public records is at an all-time high – particularly in New York State and the City of Buffalo – a panel of experts said Wednesday at a luncheon sponsored by Investigative Post. “It’s increasingly difficult to acquire records in a timely way,” said Robert Freeman, executive director of the New York […]

Feb
26

Urban League hits back at whistleblowers

The Buffalo Urban League, accused of submitting inflated bills for social services to Erie County, is retaliating against whistleblowers and impeding an investigation by the county comptroller, numerous sources have told Investigative Post. Some of these sources said whistleblowers have nevertheless provided investigators with evidence of “blatantly fraudulent billing” that buttresses their original claims that […]

Feb
12

Falls hotel subsidies defy recommendation

The American side of Niagara Falls has too many cheap hotels and not enough high-end ones – so a specialist consultant told state officials in a 2011 report. The proposed solution: build more high-end hotels and don’t subsidize budget or mid-range ones because of their “limited potential for economic impacts.” The state has since invested […]

Jan
22

Sizing up WNY’s digital landscape

New digital tools and platforms are changing the way businesses, non-profits and media outlets operate. But many of these entities in Western New York are behind the curve in making the best use of social media. Three digital media experts spoke about the landscape in Buffalo on Wednesday at a happy hour panel discussion at Allen […]

Dec
29

Local government websites earn ‘F’ grade

Have a complaint about uncollected trash or a noisy neighbor? New York City has an app for that. Want to know if the streets you’re about to travel to work have been plowed? Chicago has an app for that. Curious about crime in your neighborhood? Louisville provides an online map where you can check for […]

Dec
10

Termini questions Outer Harbor housing

Rocco Termini, one of the city’s preeminent residential developers, doubts there’s a significant market for housing at the Outer Harbor. “Everyone is talking about it but no one has produced a market study or any numbers,” Termini said Wednesday at a luncheon sponsored by Investigative Post on urban development. The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. has […]

Nov
26

Troubled families, troubled services?

Seven social workers on the front lines of dealing with troubled families have taken the unusual step of accusing their employer of cheating both taxpayers and the families they are tasked with helping. The social workers – who are employed by the Buffalo Urban League – sent a letter to the Erie County Comptroller’s office […]

Nov
12

Another round of tax breaks for Summit Mall

Declaring “jobs are jobs,” Niagara County officials voted Wednesday to grant $700,000 in tax breaks to redevelop a shopping mall that’s failed to make good on two previous subsidies. The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency voted unanimously to approve property and sales tax breaks to Toronto developer Zoran Cocov to assist his $17.4 million plan […]