Reforms to New York’s 485-a real estate subsidy went into effect on January 1, 2021. Lawmakers gutted them six months later.
The Iraq War ‘spinmeister’ and high-powered lobbyists behind Pegula’s stadium shakedown
A war propagandist from the Bush administration and well-connected Albany lobbyists are working to extract $1.4 billion in subsidies from New Yorkers.
Cuomo fundraises with Finger Lakes billionaires as austerity cuts drive upstate NY cities towards crisis
NY governor is raising money from billionaires on promises not to raise their taxes and instead slash state funding for poor cities
Insurance-backed lobbying group attacking universal healthcare in NY is also funded by public hospital and cancer research center
Roswell Park Cancer Center and Erie County Medical Center belong to lobbying group working to protect health insurance profits
Wealthy developers cash in as cost of Buffalo tax break rises to $66.9 million
Tax break for mixed-use development has been abused to force property owners and renters to pay taxes for luxury lofts
“Green” businessman is Buffalo area’s top Trump 2020 donor
Jon Williams is hailed as a green energy hero, but he is not the environmental champion his public image portrays
Buffalo Banks Are Financing the Climate Crisis
Buffalo’s biggest banks are lending hundreds of millions to fossil fuel companies and funding a lobbying effort against climate action in New York.
Former Buffalo mayor Masiello lobbies for the city government and companies doing business with the city
Anthony Masiello was hired as a lobbyist by the City of Buffalo, creating conflicts of interest with his other clients who do business with the city.
Buffalo developer Nick Sinatra owes over $800k in taxes despite generous public subsidies
Nick Sinatra owes at least $827,382.80 on 42 properties in Erie County. He has received nearly $1.5 million in public subsidies.
Who’s who at Cuomo’s Buffalo fundraiser
Andrew Cuomo is in Buffalo today for a $1000-per-head fundraiser that is expected to raise $500,000 for the governor’s war chest, which at $28 million is much, much larger than that of any other gubernatorial candidate in the country. Cuomo will be met by an anti-fracking protest. …
How to research elite social clubs on LittleSis, from Manhattan to Buffalo and beyond
Elite social clubs do not make headlines all that often, and when they do they are typically discussed in a cultural context. See this 2011 New York Times piece on the Core Club, for instance, which appeared in the Fashion & Style section. The opening fixates on a Birkin handbag which “sells for about the …
Frackademics: Shale Institute’s Jacobi hired to do seismic study for DEC
New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation has chosen Robert Jacobi, a University at Buffalo geologist with ties to the natural gas industry, to study the link between fracking and earthquakes, a DEC spokeswoman told Bloomberg‘s Jim Esftathiou, Jr. Jacobi, who is a senior advisor to gas driller EQT Production and who runs a geoscience consultancy, …