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Wanamaker’s One Sunset

Former Buffalo economic development czar Timothy Wanamaker returned to town yesterday to be convicted by Federal Judge Arcara for charging $30,000 in personal expenses to his BERC credit card. Wanamaker left Buffalo in 2008 to fail as city manager in Inglewood, CA.

Wanamaker has yet to be sentenced, but the Buffalo News alludes to the possibility that Wanamaker’s plea deal is part of a larger, ongoing investigation into mismanagement and embezzlement of HUD funds at City Hall.

Stealing economic development money from a struggling city – it doesn’t get much lower than that. One wonders why CitiStat didn’t pick up all of it, and one wonders how cooperative and informative Mr. Wanamaker will be with federal investigators between now and his March sentencing.


  • hahahamoose

    Bye bye Mayor Brown.

  • Max

    Nice work if you can get it. Nepotism and politics trumps competency every time. And all of those trips and “seminars” – where are the benefits of all of those expenditures? Same place where all of the jobs are ‘created’ by the Bush tax cuts, I suppose…

  • hank

    If memory serves, as Max’s does not. Nancy Pelosi called the inability of the Bush Administration to get the unemployment rate under FIVE PERCENT a “National Tragedy”.

    The inability of Odumbo to get it below NINE PERCENT—from the oxymoronic (Pro-Choice Catholic) Pelosi—crickets.

  • geezbuffalo

    Mayor Casey and Erkle used the same card for travel?

  • Dan

    Yeah, Hank! You tell them! Everything is the fault of our Namibian president!

  • John

    Hank your memory is rather shortsighted given the fact that unemployment was at 7 percent when Bush handed the reigns over to Obummer…….

  • Max

    Hank – really – where are the jobs from those much adored and vaunted tax cuts?

  • taxpayer666

    $30,000 is a drop in the bucket compared to what Byron Brown has stolen from the tax payers of our cITY.

  • I heard that one of the persons involved in the ‘making people work on Byron Brown election during city hours’ has conveniently left (or will soon leave) her 2nd floor city hall’s executive assistant’s job for a job at Erie County Medical Center. I guess everyone is getting out of ‘Dodge’ before they are fired for violating the Hatch Act. Former Commissioner Tanya Perrin-Johnson was not the only culprit, however she was the only one to be exposed to the public airing of dirty linen.