Joe Mascia

The long-troubled Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority has a new majority on its board, with four new members appointed by Mayor Byron Brown and immediately confirmed by the Common Council. The question now is: What next? There are a lot of views about what to do with the authority that provides housing to thousands of city residents well down the economic ladder.

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A public hearing examining the suspension of BMHA commissioner Joe Mascia is scheduled to resume in Buffalo today, several months after he was recorded uttering racial slurs.


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Defense attorney Steven Cohen argued at a public hearing Friday that a recording of Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority resident commissioner Joe Mascia using the "n-word" to describe several local officials was taken out of context. Cohen also said Mascia was goaded into using it. 

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Developer Carl Paladino is pushing back against refusal to give tax breaks to a housing project he's planning on West Delavan.


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Councilmember David Franczyk was flanked by his two opponents Thursday night during a debate over the Council's Fillmore District seat. The two challengers agreed on one thing: the incumbent has to go.


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Joseph Mascia says he isn't going away any time soon and will use his campaign for Fillmore District councilmember to open a community conversation on race and economic injustice.


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The outrage over racist comments made by Buffalo Municipal Housing Resident Commissioner Joe Mascia continues.

Pressure mounting for Mascia to resign BMHA post following racial slurs

Jul 24, 2015

The pressure is growing on Joe Mascia to quit his post as a board member of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority in the wake of released secretly-recorded racist comments.

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Buffalo Municipal Housing Commissioner Joseph Mascia has apologized for racial slurs he made about Mayor Byron Brown, Council President Darius Pridgen and other African-American officials.  Mascia comments follow the circulation of a tape in which he was caught making the remarks. 

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Residents of the Marine Drive Apartments face massive rent increases under new rates for units in the Waterfront facility.