Mayor Brown focus of lawsuit alleges pay-to-play scheme
Mayor Byron W. Brown is the focus of a $1 million-plus lawsuit Cleveland developer filed saying the Mayor deliberately caused a project for housing to fail because the developer didn’t engage in a pay-to-play scheme to provide one of his supporters a job. The local developer is Rev. Richard A. Stenhouse head of Jeremiah Partnership on the East side.
According to reports, when Mayor Brown insisted NPR Corp. find a role for Stenhouse in the housing project it anticipated developing in Buffalo, it issued a request for proposals to contract with a company to make sure minority and women owned businesses participated in the work.
But when NPR selected and contracted with the University at Buffalo’s Center for Urban Studies working with J.W. Pitts Planning, “calling it “far superior” (proposal) and more reasonably priced,” the lawsuit alleges Mayor Brown stalled the project.