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Search results: Gallagher Beach

Troubled waters at Gallagher Beach?

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 […]

Probe into cop drowning voted top story of ’18

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 […]

Police misconduct voted top story of ’17

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 […]

Cuomo’s clean water proposal lacks details

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 […]

Lead poisoning probe tops reader poll

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 […]

Journalism awards

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, […]

Honors for iPost’s Dan Telvock

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 […]

Investigation of landlord voted top story

Dan Telvock’s investigation into the checkered history of one of the city’s biggest landlords was voted Investigative Post’s best story of 2015 by readers in an online poll that concluded Friday. The story revealed that Greenleaf & Company, which is working with City Hall and Buffalo State officials to build off-campus student housing, has a history […]