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Let the Sunshine In

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Check out the updated SunlightNY.com Web site.

No, it’s not as danceable as the soundtrack from the musical Hair, but it marks another step in NYS efforts to make public information more accessible to everyone.

You can search for records on all kinds of public things.

Click here to see information about Mayor Brown’s Fund to Advance Buffalo, for example. That’s the 501c3 funded by proceeds from tickets sold to the State of the City address.

From there, you can click on the original source link, where you gain access to more than just the tax forms for the organization. Did you know, for example, that they received a notice of incomplete filing from the Charities Bureau of the NYS Office of the Attorney General dated July 18, 2008? Or that they do their banking with Greater Buffalo Savings Bank?

You could call for further comment from them if you like. If you look through the documents, you’ll discover that one contact number for the organization is Mayor Brown’s office, one number is Dana Bobinchek’s cell phone, still another puts you through to the offices of Hodgson Russ.

Hmm. I wonder why the Buffalo Public Schools Foundation doesn’t turn up in a records search of the Charities Bureau of the NYS Office of the Attorney General?


  • sunshone

    Cool! Salaries at local groups can be quickly ascertained. Folks looking for a great paying job should try to get in at Belmont Shelter, where the top eight employees/directors shared $733,815 in 2007. That’s not even counting health insurance!! 2008 and 2009 are probably even better, so send get your applications over there ASAP

    2007 salaries at Belmont Shelter

    TOTALS INCLUDED ON FORM 990, PART V-A
    Top five employess salaries $305,702 pension contributions $51,910
    Directors salaries $329,628. Directors pension contributions $46,575

    Top 5 paid employees (other than directors)
    MICHAEL SCARPELLO –CONTROLLER
    25 HAMPTON CT. LANCASTER, NY 14086 salary 66,222. pension contribution 13,040.

    ERIC_SCHIFFMAN_____________________REHAB PROGRAMS MGR
    18 LAKEWOOD DR., ORCHARD PARK, NY 141 salary 63,649. pension contribution 12.784.

    JUDITH SCOTT ——————————–PROJECT MANAGER
    12277 HANOVER RD. SILVERCREEK NY 14 salary 61,529. pension contribution 8,626.

    JOHN MCMAHON —————————— HOUSING PROGRAMS MGR
    143 CARLA LN WEST SENECA NY 14224 salary 58,864. pension contribution 11200.

    LYNN BRENNAN ——————————— PROPERTY MANAGER
    44 HARVARD PL ORCHARD PARK NY 14127 salary 55,438. pension contribution 6,260.
    Total top five salaries $305,702 pension contributions $51910

    Board of Directors and their salaries for 2007
    ELIZABETH HUCKABONE
    1195 MAIN STREET
    BUFFALO, NY 14209 PRESIDENT/DIR
    salary 115,833. pension contribution 17,851.

    JEFFERY NOWACKI
    4633 DEERFIELD ROAD
    HAMBURG, NY, 14075

    BRUCE C. BAIRD
    215 BROADWAY
    BUFFALO, NY 14204

    MIKE D. RIEGEL
    1195 MAIN STREET
    BUFFALO, NY 14209 VICE PRESIDENT/TREASURER
    salary 116,239. pension contribution 12,662.

    KATHY O’BRIEN
    1195 MAIN STREET
    BUFFALO, NY 14209 VICE PRESIDENT/ SECRETARY
    salary 97,556. pension contribution 16,062.

    RODNEY RICHARDSON
    120 SOUTH DR.
    BUFFALO, NY 14226

    GLENDORA JOHNSON
    1097 ELLICOTT ST.
    BUFFALO, NY 14209

    EVELYN PIZARRO
    97 AVA LANE
    WILLIAMSVILLE, NY 14221

    CHRISTOPHER JACOBS
    70 SENECA ST
    BUFFALO, NY 14210

    TOTALS INCLUDED ON FORM 990, PART V-A
    Directors salaries $329,628. Directors pension contributions $46,575
    Top five salaries $305,702 pension contributions $51910