29 Search Results for Gallagher Beach

Oct 3

2013

Troubled waters at Gallagher Beach?

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Opening Gallagher Beach for swimming is “probably impractical from a public health standpoint” because of stormwater pollution, sediment contamination and neighboring toxic sites, a consultant for the Erie County Health Department has concluded. The consultant’s analysis, obtained under the Freedom of Information Law, and subsequent reporting by Investigative Post raises serious concerns about a plan being pushed by U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Byron Brown. They want to open the beach for public swimming as part of a larger plan to develop the Outer Harbor into a state park. Higgins, a champion of opening the city’s[...]

Posted 9 years ago

Aug 24

2022

Subsidies for South Buffalo pot farm

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Updated: 1:46 p.m. A pot growing operation in South Buffalo has received two major subsidies from economic development agencies. The first, in January, came from the New York Power Authority, which approved an allocation of 2.9 megawatts of discounted hydropower. That equates to $3.5 million in savings over 10 years, based on 2021 energy prices, a NYPA spokesman told Investigative Post. The second subsidy came Wednesday from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, which approved tax breaks worth $3.1 million over 15 years.  It’s the first subsidy the IDA has awarded to a marijuana producer and the second largest tax-break[...]

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Jan 1

2019

Probe into cop drowning voted top story of ’18

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An investigation by Daniela Porat that documented how Buffalo police put diver Craig Lehner in harm’s way was voted by readers as Investigative Post’s best story of 2018. Porat’s deeply researched story reported that Lehner, who drowned during a training exercise in October 2017, was not sufficiently trained and equipped to handle the swift currents of the Niagara River. Wrote Porat: “Trainees for swift water diving elsewhere typically start out in water moving somewhere between 1 and 4 knots, or under 5 miles per hour. But the Niagara River on the day Lehner trained – and drowned – was moving[...]

Posted 4 years ago

Jan 6

2018

Police misconduct voted top story of ’17

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Readers have voted Daniela Porat’s story about misconduct by Buffalo police as Investigative Post’s best story of 2017. Buffalo police who cross the line, published and broadcast Sept. 20, documented how the department’s Strike Force and Housing Unit conduct illegal searches and sometimes submit dubious testimony. Defense attorneys described some officers as “vigilantes” with a “cowboy mentality.” Reported Porat: “I think they have a complete disregard for the Constitution of the United States, and most importantly, the Fourth Amendment,” said Michael Stachowski, a Buffalo defense attorney. “They just seem to roust kids in the street, chase people, and hope they[...]

Posted 5 years ago

Jan 18

2017

Cuomo’s clean water proposal lacks details

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Update 11:14 a.m Jan. 18.: The governor did release some – not all – details Tuesday night about his proposal to spend $2 billion statewide on water quality and clean drinking water projects. First, the money is spread out over five years. So, that’s $400 million a year for five years. What remains unclear is how the money will be distributed. There are numerous programs this money could go to and the governor was short on those details Tuesday night. According to his capital plan, “The Executive Budget includes $2 billion to finance water quality capital projects to ensure continued access[...]

Posted 6 years ago

Jan 1

2017

Lead poisoning probe tops reader poll

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Dan Telvock’s reporting on Buffalo’s slipshod methods for testing drinking water for lead was voted by readers as Investigative Post’s top story of 2016. Looking for lead (in all the wrong places) edged out an investigation by Charlotte Keith into the awarding of a Buffalo Billion contract whose dynamics that bore a striking resemblance to the SolarCity factory deal that resulted in the filing of federal corruption charges. Between them, the two stories garnered 60 percent of the votes cast by readers. The best of the rest, according to voters, was Daniela Porat’s story about the inadequate training of Buffalo police[...]

Posted 6 years ago

Sep 28

2016

Journalism awards

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Investigative Post’s reporting has been cited for excellence in 20 journalism and other award competitions since it launched in 2012. 2021 Media Award, awarded by the Bar Association of Erie County. Details. 2019 Nellie Bly Award for Investigative Reporting Jim Heaney, awarded by the Museum of Political Corruption. Details. Sarah Metzger Award for Human Rights Charlotte Keith, awarded by Housing Opportunities Made Equal. New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association Daniela Porat, investigative reporting, radio, first place. Details. 2018 New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association Dan Telvock, investigative reporting television, second place. Details.  New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association Daniela Porat, investigative reporting, radio,[...]

Posted 6 years ago

Sep 8

2016

Honors for iPost’s Dan Telvock

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Dan Telvock’s coverage of environmental issues – from lead poisoning in Buffalo to a toxic landfill in Wheatfield to water pollution at Gallagher Beach – has been recognized for excellence by the Society of Environmental Journalists. Telvock placed second among 36 entries for outstanding beat reporting in a small market. Here’s what the judge’s had to say about Telvock’s reporting: Dan Telvock’s dogged reporting on water contamination and lead poisoning holds local officials accountable on behalf of Buffalo residents. His use of data showed that more children in Buffalo suffer from elevated levels of lead in their blood compared to[...]

Posted 6 years ago