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Greenleaf garners support despite complaints

Greenleaf & Company has a history that includes numerous tenant complaints, prosecutions in Housing Court and unpaid bills and taxes. Yet officials have lined up in support of the firm’s proposal to build off-campus student housing adjacent to Buffalo State College. College officials acknowledge they did not perform a background check on the company before they […]


Buffalo Housing Court fines: Progress and problems

City Hall’s belated effort to collect $22 million in unpaid Housing Court fines is coming up empty. A dry run by a collections agency hired by the city earlier this year that sought about $430,000 from deadbeat court defendants yielded only $59 in fine payments, according to City Comptroller Mark Schroeder. That experience prompted city […]


Q&A: Buffalo Comptroller Mark Schroeder

Mark Schroeder serves as Buffalo’s fiscal watchdog in his job as city comptroller. He made news recently by raising concerns about City Hall’s budgeting practices, which have involved the use of reserve funds the past three years to balance the books. Schroeder, 57, spent 25 years in the private sector, working for two food companies […]


Heaney interview on 103.3, The Edge

iPost editor discusses his story on unpaid Housing Court fines with Shredd & Ragan.

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DataBank: Housing Court fines by the numbers

A look at the numbers behind Investigative Post’s explosive expose this week on the unwillingness of delinquent property owners to pay $22 million in Housing Court fines since 2006 and the failure of City Hall to collect those debts.            


Who is stiffing Housing Court?

Investigative Post identifies the biggest scofflaws who have failed to pay fines and why the court came down so heavy in the first place. Featured Thursday on WGRZ.


City Hall forgoes millions in housing fines

By Jim Heaney / Investigative Post You can’t get away without paying your property taxes or garbage fee or even a parking ticket without City Hall coming after you. Letting your property go to seed is another matter. Judges in City Housing Court have imposed more than $22 million in fines since 2006 against some […]