Investigations

Exposés, reports
and analysis.

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Muckraking blog
by Jim Heaney

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Environmental blog
by Dan Telvock

Tom Toles

Editorial cartoons
and commentary

Feb
02

Buffalo police cleared in fatal shooting

Daniela Porat provided analysis for WGRZ on a report released Thursday by the state attorney general on the fatal shooting of Jose Hernandez-Rossy by Buffalo police last May. The report concluded that police had legal justification to use deadly force as Hernandez-Rossy fled police because they believed – mistakenly – that he had a gun […]

Feb
02

Scajaquada among state’s unhealthiest creeks

 The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s National Heritage Program released new data that shows Scajaquada Creek is part of a series of connecting streams and rivers that ranks 11th unhealthiest in the state. The designation might help bring additional funding for clean up. Both Cheektowaga and the Buffalo Sewer Authority will spend in total more […]

Jan
22

State: Toxins in Wheatfield landfill contained

 State environmental regulators concluded Monday that tests show a landfill in Wheatfield that once held Love Canal waste is not contaminating neighboring properties. The findings run counter to claims made by plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against the Town of Wheatfield, which owns the landfill, and seven companies believed to have dumped there. The […]

Jan
17

Derenda leaves behind a mess at police HQ

Yesterday, Daniel Derenda was Buffalo police commissioner. Today, out of the blue, he’s retired. The lack of public notice has some people, including me, wondering if there’s more than what meets the eye. I mean, who announces their retirement the day they walk out the door, especially the guy in charge? This much is certain: […]

Jan
08

Buffalo Billion emails highlight political giving

A list of hundreds of emails from a key figure in the Buffalo corruption case underscores the role of campaign contributions in the scandal. Lobbyist Todd Howe repeatedly emailed his clients – including executives at LPCiminelli who are facing charges of bid-rigging – about giving money to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his then running mate, […]

Dec
21

A Buffalo Billion bust in Syracuse

 Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s original plan to redevelop the former Republic Steel site in South Buffalo included Soraa, a California based company that manufactures high efficiency lights. Soraa and Silevo, a solar panel manufacturer, were going to occupy a factory at Riverbend, built at taxpayer expense under the Buffalo Billion program. SolarCity, owned by Elon […]

Dec
14

Police refused to cooperate in death probe

A review of internal Buffalo police records and state law raises questions over the refusal of two officers to cooperate with the attorney general’s office as it investigated the death of Wardel Davis during an encounter with the police in February. The two officers involved, Nicholas Parisi and Todd McAlister, refused to be interviewed by the attorney […]

Dec
14

More progress for Scajaquada Creek

Two Western New York communities will get almost $6 million from the state for projects that will reduce the amount of untreated sewage spewing into Scajaquada Creek. The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council awarded the Town of Cheektowaga $5 million. The town will use the funding to repair damaged sewer pipes that get inundated […]