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Buffalo Billion corruption

Story: State issues a request for proposals for the construction of Buffalo Billion projects that’s tailored to favor one developer who is a major campaign contributor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Impact: U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara launches investigation that results in the conviction of four state and business officials on corruption charges and a legislative effort to reform state contracting practices.

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Poisoning our kids

Story: Lead paint poisons hundreds of inner-city children every year in Buffalo.

Impact: City and county officials step up lead testing and abatement of homes.

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Buffalo Billion

An open sewer

Story: Scajaquada Creek is crippled by the inflow of 500 million gallons a year of untreated sewage and stormwater runoff.

Impact: State and local officials invest millions in infrastructure improvements to reduce the flow of pollutants into the creek.

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Police who cross the line

Story: Buffalo police use unconstitutional practices to stop and arrest mostly minority residents.

Impact: The unit responsible for the abuses is disbanded.

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Buffalo Billion

Unsafe for swimming

Story: State plans to open Gallagher Beach to swimming despite polluted water and soil and its proximity to two SuperFund sites.

Impact: State reverses its decision to open the beach for swimming.

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Tempting another Ferguson

Story: Unlike most other big-city departments, Buffalo has not improved its training of police officers in de-escalation techniques to reduce the risk of civilian deaths.

Impact: Department commits to improved de-escalation training.

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A neighborhood nuisance

Story: Battaglia Demolition, a concrete crushing plant, plagues neighborhood with noise, dust and rodents.

Impact: State Attorney General takes legal action to close the facility.

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Ignoring a mandate

Story: Buffalo Police Department is not accredited by outside agency to ensure good practices, as required by the City Charter.

Impact: City begins accreditation process.

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Buffalo Billion

Indifference to discrimination

Story: The City of Buffalo isn’t enforcing its fair housing law that is intended to protect residents who rely on government assistance to pay their rent.

Impact: City officials take legal action against a landlord found to have violated the law, apparently for the first time in the 12 years the law has been on the books.

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