Phil Gambini

Tucked away in the hills of Cattaraugus County, a the former Nuclear Fuel Services reprocessing facility is generally out-of-sight and out-of-mind for most Western New Yorkers. It's a different story for those who worked there. Opened in 1966, the facility handled over 630 tons of radioactive fuel during its short life. Phil Gambini of Investigative Post has taken a closer look at how workers have been impacted and how they could be helped.

OTB gets millions from Payroll Protection Program

May 8, 2020

In an effort to stabilize small businesses suffering through the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government distributed $660 billion through the Payroll Protection Program. The initiative was so popular that it quickly ran out of funds, much to the frustration of some local businesses.

Advocates and attorneys are decrying how detainees at the Federal Detention Center are treated after they exit the Batavia facility. Phil Gambini of Investigative Post reports on how detainees are dropped off at a gas station that also serves as a service point for bus transportation. After the report aired, officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement refuted the story, claiming it "takes away from the professionalism of the men and women that work at the facility." In a morning conversation with WBFO, Gambini discussed the facts behind his story.

The diligence required for investigative reporting is often overlooked. While headlines catch attention, the grinding process to uncover important details is barely noticed. Phil Gambini's recent work for Investigative Post serves as a classic example. His reporting showed how officials at Western Regional Off Track Betting attended sporting events using tickets purchased as perks for patrons.  The path to accessing key public records was often blocked until an Article 78 lawsuit was filed. That measure provided the necessary documents and caught the attention of the state comptroller's office which is now reviewing the operations at OTB.