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As Governor Andrew Cuomo gears up for a reelection run in 2014, will he pluck Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown for his Lt. Governor running mate? In this week's Press Pass , WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Investigative Post's Jim Heaney take a look at the post-election season.

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Even though the number of registered Democrats outnumbers Republicans in Erie County, fewer are heading to the polls to cast their vote.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Investigative Post reporter Jim Heaney about his story "Disappearing Democrats."

Press Pass: Freedom of the Press

Jul 29, 2013
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The rights of journalists have taken center stage since the revelation that the National Security Agency has been monitoring who reporters are talking to. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley speaks with Investigative Post reporter Jim Heaney about how a journalist's rights could be in jeopardy.

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It's unclear if this weekend's meeting between Governor Cuomo and the Canadian Ambassador to the United States will bring a resolution to the ongoing feud involving the Peace Bridge Authority. Both parties had little to say about the talks, though they did report some progress on the matter.

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Three candidates are vying for the office of Mayor of Buffalo, two Democrats and one Republican. But it appears one of the candidates may have been offered a job if he agreed to not run.

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The Peace Bridge Authority is the center of a dispute between U.S. and Canadian leaders as Governor Cuomo wants the Canadian general manager to leave. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Investigative Post reporter Jim Heaney who has been following the developing issue over the last couple of weeks.

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With massive economic development growth expected at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, it will be key to create a proper street flow along Ellicott Street.  But a redevelopment project has hit a major delay. 

A contractor with a track record of incomplete local projects is to blame.  Man O' Trees has also failed to complete the Martin Luther King splash pad and a major reconstruction project in Niagara Falls.

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The City of Buffalo has failed to collect on millions of dollars in housing court fines from property owners.

Investigative Post journalist Jim Heaney says he has learned that City Hall has failed to collect $22 million from property owners who violated housing and health codes.  Heaney traced the delinquent fines back to 2006. 

Heaney said of more than 20 property owners, one fined topped $100,000.

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Investigative Post.org. is reporting that Buffalo Common Council Majority Leader Demone Smith’s campaign committee has failed to pay more than $1,800 in judgments filed by the state Board of Elections.  

WBFO and AM-970’s Eileen Buckley talks with the Investigative Post's Jim Heaney. Heaney said a week after Smith’s wife pleaded guilty to fraud charges, Smith is dealing with his own legal issues.

You can read more about his story at http://www.investigativepost.org/.

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A former Buffalo News reporter has established a brand new, non-profit journalism center. 

Investigative journalist Jim Heaney   has launched Investigativepost.org.  

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked to Heaney as he kicks off his on-line site with an in-depth analysis of Governor  Andrew Cuomo's  $1 billion economic development plan for Western New York

 

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