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City’s audit chief abruptly fired

By Jim Heaney / Investigative Post Comptroller Mark Schroeder fired the city’s chief auditor this afternoon for undisclosed reasons and ordered him to leave City Hall immediately. Schroeder said he fired Darryl McPherson over an incident, rather than his work performance, but declined to go into details. McPherson, who served as chief auditor since 2007, […]


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.            


iPost on WBFO: Uncollected Housing Court fines

Eileen Buckley interviews Jim Heaney on City Hall’s failure to collect $22 million in unpaid fines.

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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 […]


Feds find aiding city is risky business

Federal housing officials are tightening the screws on City Hall over its chronic mismanagement of anti-poverty funds. A series of critical reports and audits have documented problems dating back to the Griffin-era, but meaningful sanctions to this point have been few and far between. But the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is now […]


Only in Buffalo

A proposed bill by Common Council Majority Leader Demone Smith would prohibit employers from requiring job seekers to disclose any criminal convictions on their application. Buffalo would stand alone among cities, towns or villages statewide in limiting the ability of private employers to make the inquiry. Employers would, however, be able to obtain the information […]


The rap (sheet) on the Common Council

Brian Davis’s plea to federal corruption charges Tuesday comes as no surprise. Neither does the Common Council’s appointment of a bartender to fill Mickey Kearn’s vacant seat. Such is the state of the Common Council. Jimmy Griffin used to call them the “Comical Council” back in the day and yes, they used to bicker a […]