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Mayor Brown focus of lawsuit alleges pay-to-play scheme

June 7, 2011

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.

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