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At a cost of over $600 million, the SolarCity project in Buffalo's Riverbend section represents one of the costliest efforts ever for New York taxpayers. The costs, however, didn't stop with construction. After sifting through thousands of pages of documents, Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post has placed a spotlight on how the public has been footing the bill for a wide array of expenses.


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New York State spent more than $600 million building a factory for SolarCity at the RiverBend site in South Buffalo. You might be surprised at what some of that money went for.


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Eighteen Mile Creek in Niagara County is badly polluted, so much so that the state health department doesn’t want people to eat the fish. But the toxic hotspot hasn’t stopped the state Department of Environmental Conservation and local governments from promoting the creek as a fishing destination.


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The relationship between Buffalo’s minority communities and the police is strained and a recent decision to buy rifles for officers has amplified that divide.


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Last fall, Investigative Post exposed the subpar training Buffalo police receive in the use of force and firearms, the exact kind of training needed to prevent a Ferguson-type tragedy. Those concerns have grown in the wake of the deaths of two men of color, Wardel Davis in February and Jose Hernandez-Rossy last week, after encounters with police.


Though it may be a worst-case scenario, residents living near a Wheatfield landfill may be unwitting victims of Love Canal. On WBFO's Press Pass, Dan Telvock of Investigative Post discusses the history of the landfill, which at one time contained hazardous material from Love Canal. Now, there are concerns that some of the waste may have migrated onto nearby residential properties.


Residents of the Delavan-Grider neighborhood are fed up with the stalled cleanup of the former General Motors plant on East Delavan Avenue. Underground the plant are toxic chemicals that may be impacting the neighborhood and the already badly-polluted Scajaquada Creek. Neighbors want the state to end its tug of war with the property’s owner and fix the problem.


While Governor Andrew Cuomo has hailed his administration's multi-billion dollar economic development investment in Upstate New York, the number of jobs produced by the effort sits well below national averages. That's part of the findings from a series of reports led by Investigative Post. Editor Jim Heaney discussed the series with WBFO.


As is the case in most police departments, Buffalo's Internal Affairs unit reviews complaints against its officers. Beyond that, however, the type of independent oversight found in many communities is lacking in Buffalo. As Daniela Porat of Investigative Post outlines on WBFO's Press Pass, a citizens review commission has been rendered ineffective and city lawmakers appear to have little political appetite for the issue.


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Greenleaf Development has a less-than-stellar reputation as a landlord. But that didn’t stop SUNY Buffalo State from entering into an exclusive agreement that helped the company build off-campus housing to accommodate students. The deal prohibits seniors from living in the college's dorms in an effort to fill Greenleaf’s development. One good government advocate says the deal raises red flags.


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Monitoring police conduct has become a pressing issue in recent years across the nation. Many cities have responded by increasing civilian oversight. But as Daniela Porat with our partner Investigative Post has found, there is little effort to hold police accountable in Buffalo.


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The presence of radioactive waste in Niagara County may be more widespread than originally thought. That's the concern uncovered by Dan Telvock of Investigative Post. On WBFO's Press Pass, Telvock shares findings that highlight the troubling reality that property owners may be unaware of the presence of the radioactive waste.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo will conclude his tour of New York State today, delivering his final two versions of his State of the State address. Back in Western New York, where he appeared Monday, many are excited about what Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion Squared" has to offer, while others including Investigative Post's Jim Heaney have many questions.


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Through her reporting for Investigative Post, Daniela Porat has brought into question the training provided to members of the Buffalo Police Department, which in some cases is well below professional standards. During WBFO's Press Pass, Porat reflects on the recent incident in which a Buffalo Police SUV ran down a man wielding a knife at officers and how better deescalation training could have produced a different outcome.


State development efforts worked to place bio tech company AMRI in Buffalo. While its presence is welcomed, a closer look at how it ended up in the Conventus Building is raising questions. Those are the findings of Investigative Post reporter Charlotte Keith who discussed the story with WBFO.


In response to the civil unrest that followed high-profile police shootings in places like Ferguson, Missouri, police departments across the country are adjusting their training protocols. However, Daniela Porat of Investigative Post has uncovered an apparent unwillingness to change inside the Buffalo Police Department. Porat says the training is not only important for the community, but for officer safety as well.


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The economic crisis of American newspapers means there is less and less reporting on what is going on around us, especially areas of government that need to be watched. Former newspaper editor, now columnist Margaret Sullivan lamented the decline of investigative reporting at a fundraising dinner Wednesday night for Investigative Post.

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Margaret Sullivan's resume features a journalistic trifecta, of sorts. After working her way to become editor of her hometown Buffalo News, Sullivan went onto to become public editor at the New York Times before moving to the Washington Post where she is the media columnist.  On Wednesday, Sullivan will be the keynote speaker at a dinner to benefit Investigative Post.


Prior to last week's indictments of some of the key players involved in state economic development projects, Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post had been reporting extensively on some of the questionable practices related to those projects. Keith shared her experiences with WBFO's Press Pass. 


With an energetic and engaging style, host Susan Arbetter has lifted The Capitol Pressroom into a vital voice in Albany politics in just seven years. "There are few stops that the politicians will make and my show is one of them and I'm very proud of that," said Arbetter, who will appear with Jim Heaney of the Investigative Post on Tuesday, September 13 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. 


Neighborhoods on the city’s East and Lower West Sides are “ground zero” for the worst lead poisoning problems in all of Upstate New York. Lead paint is considered the culprit, but the crisis in Flint, Michigan, has raised questions about the safety of the drinking water in cities like Buffalo.

Depending on perspective, some of the programs funded by Governor Cuomo's Buffalo Billion are either ambitious or fanciful. During WBFO's Press Pass, Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post provided details of one initiative that is falling short on its promise of job creation.


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Authorities steered swimmers away from a Southtowns beach more than 30 days last summer year because of unhealthy levels of bacteria in the water. But adjacent beaches owned by two popular waterfront bars remained open to patrons because the businesses lack permits that require testing of the water and closure when fecal matter and other bacteria are detected at dangerous levels.


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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer on Wednesday called on the federal Environmental Protection Agency to “move into a higher gear” and conduct a comprehensive assessment of radioactive hotspots in Niagara County and Grand Island.

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When it comes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, SolarCity isn’t the only project experiencing problems. State officials had high hopes for a much smaller initiative—a visual effects training program at Daemen College, in partnership with a company promising to create new jobs in the fledgling industry in Buffalo.


Pockets of radioactive waste have been identified at mostly- residential locations in Niagara County and on Grand Island. Dan Telvock, who recently reported on the story for Investigative Post.org, shared details during WBFO's Press Pass.
 


With the state supplying much of the capital, local construction projects have brought much-needed jobs to the region. That boom, however, has not impacted the minority community. Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post has been chronicling the lack of workforce diversity at some of these job sites.


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New York State has invested more than $2 billion across upstate to revitalize economies up and down the Thruway. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says these projects will be transformative, but they carry big risks, as well as potential rewards.


The June issue of Buffalo Spree features the magazine's 11th annual Best of Western New York list. As usual, the list celebrates the best of dining, theater, music, politics, media and more.


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A little over a year ago, the City of Niagara Falls got serious about its curbside recycling program that, for years, was among the worst in Western New York. Although the city hasn’t quite reached the national average, it has improved enough to outpace the City of Buffalo. Investigative Post reporter Dan Telvock reviewed the two programs and found that sometimes, one clever idea and a simple change in the law can make a big difference.


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