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Jim Heaney

Jim Heaney is editor and executive director of Investigative Post. He was an investigative reporter with The Buffalo News from 1986 to 2011 and a reporter and editor with The Orlando Sentinel from 1980-86. His coverage over the years has focused on economic development, local and state government, politics, education, housing and transportation, and he was an early practitioner of computer-assisted reporting. Heaney has won more than 20 journalism awards and was a finalist for the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

Email: jheaney@investigativepost.org / Twitter: @jimheaney

Apr
12

Developer pauses wind power project

  The developers of a proposed wind farm on the shores of Lake Ontario have put the project on hold. Apex Clean Energy has been working on plans to build 47 wind turbines in the towns of Somerset and Yates, about 50 miles northeast of Buffalo. Many residents oppose the projects, saying the wind turbines […]

Mar
15

Key witness in ‘Billion case avoids prison

 Kevin Schuler, the prosecution’s star witness in the Buffalo Billion corruption trial, escaped a prison term at his sentencing in Manhattan on Friday. Schuler was an executive at LPCiminelli who detailed the bid rigging scheme that resulted in the company landing the contract to build the SolarCity plant in South Buffalo. His testimony was […]

Mar
06

OTB protecting its perks

The regional Off Track Betting Corporation has a story – two stories, actually – and they’re sticking to them. Officials there continue to insist that the OTB is authorized to provide health, dental and vision insurance free of charge to its board of directors. Gold-plated insurance, described to me by one health insurance expert as […]

Feb
28

Heaney talks OTB on ‘Pressroom

Jim Heaney walks Susan Arbetter through his recent story on the Western Regional Off Track Betting Corp. OTB officials, he said on The Capitol Pressroom, are resisting calls to stop providing health insurance to board members and to disclose who is using tickets purchased to attend concerts and sporting events.  

Dec
11

Buffalo Billion criminals get off easy

Hold up a gas station and you’re looking at a minimum of five years in prison. Get napped with an ounce of crack and the mandatory minimum is five to ten years. Engage in bid rigging, and in the process violate the public’s trust and cost taxpayers potentially million of dollars? If you’re Louis Ciminelli, […]

Dec
04

OTB’s part-time board enjoys gold-plated perks

 The workload is modest, as is the pay. But, oh, the benefits. The public service corporation that manages off-track betting operations in western and central New York provides free health insurance to its board members in exchange for showing up for meetings two days a month. And the perks aren’t limited to health coverage. […]

Dec
03

Ciminelli sentenced for corruption conviction

 Buffalo developer Louis Ciminelli was sentenced to 28 months in prison and fined $500,000 by a federal judge in Manhattan Monday. Ciminelli was convicted in July for his role in a bid rigging scheme that landed his company, LPCiminelli, a contract worth $26.25 million to build a 1.2 million square foot factory for SolarCity, […]

Nov
28

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To quote Ringo Star, “It don’t come easy.” To which we’ll add, “Or cheap.” Investigative reporting, that is. Investigative Post does the costly, time-consuming reporting that most local news outlets shy away from because, well, it’s difficult and expensive. The payoff is when we first break major stories and later see change come as a […]