© 2021 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202

Mailing Address:
Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Buffalo Toronto Public Media | Phone 716-845-7000
WBFO Newsroom | Phone: 716-845-7040
Your NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
MAYORAL ROUNDTABLES: India Walton and Byron Brown answer questions from seven WBFO reporters in two one hour specials.
Local

Civil rights group alleges improper use of city finances

nubian_citizen_alliance.jpg
Thomas O'Neil-White
/

An East Side non-profit group is alleging conflict of interest issues in the City of Buffalo.

Following the FBI raid at City Hall two weeks ago, Nubian Citizens Alliance on Thursday called for elected and appointed city officials to make public the last three years of their personal finance disclosure forms.

The civil rights group wants to know how the city is spending government money and if any officials are set to gain from city deals.

Alliance President Taniqua Simmons said money attached to economic development plans for the East Side is being used to boost development in places like Gates Circle, and the FBI raid has raised skepticism among East Side residents the city is doing right by them.

taniqua_simmons.jpg
Credit Thomas O'Neil-White
Nubian Citizens Alliance President Taniqua Simmons

“We’re talking about over $1 billion in funding and we’re talking about a high level of sustained poverty that is expanding,” she said. “And if we can’t fix the poverty with $1 billion, we need to start looking at how we’re spending it, who’s spending it, what is it being spent on.”

Furthermore, the Alliance is asking the U.S. Justice Department for their expertise to look further into this matter.

Related Content