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Fact checking the Buffalo mayoral debate

Jim Heaney examined the words and numbers expressed by Byron Brown, Bernie Tolbert and Sergio Rodriguez regarding the local economy during Wednesday’s mayoral debate. The bottom line: Tolbert and Rodriguez were generally accurate, while Brown made several claims that were unsubstantiated.  


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 […]


Brown challenger off to decent fundraising start

It’s been a foregone conclusion that Mayor Byron Brown would continue to raise oodles of money in pursuit of a third term as mayor. The question has been whether his challengers would be able to raise enough money to mount a serious challenge. Brown’s two challengers – Bernie Tolbert, a Democrat, and Sergio Rodriguez, a […]


Progress and broken promises

Buffalo’s modest recycling rate is up, but Mayor Byron Brown has not followed up on his pledge to hire a coordinator and contract with a firm to promote recycling education.


Recycling excuses

Editor’s note: Investigative Post reported last November on Buffalo’s anemic recycling program. The story prompted a pledge by Mayor Byron Brown to take steps to bolster the recycling rate. Investigative Post follows up to see what the city has done. Coming soon: An update on recycling efforts in Buffalo public schools. Mayor Byron Brown’s administration […]


Heaney radio interview on Brown & Cuomo

Investigative Post editor, interviewed by Eileen Buckley for WBFO’s “Press Pass,” discusses the upcoming mayoral election and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s governing style. Raw audio of interview that aired in edited form on Monday, Feb. 18.

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Republican mayoral candidate for Buffalo

Alan Bedenko gives his first impressions of Sergio Rodriguez, whose announcement that he’s running for mayor isn’t going over well with some Republicans, much less Democrats.


Concerns over City Hall spending

Investigative Post and WGRZ team up to report on Buffalo Comptroller Mark Schroeder’s concern, and Mayor Byron Brown’s response, over the continuing use of reserve funds to balance the city budget.