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Follow That Story: Battaglia Demolition’s Dust Bowl

Investigative Post‘s Dan Telvock follows up on this week’s story about Battaglia Demolition:

Not everyone is against Peter Battaglia’s effort to expand his construction and demolition processing business in the Seneca Babcock neighborhood southeast of downtown.

His advocates, however, all have skin in the game—from his children to companies that dump at his facility.

I wasn’t kidding when I said I pored through hundreds of state and city documents for Thursday’s story about a decade-long battle between Battaglia and residents who live near his business.

Now is a good time to share some of the specific documents.

For example, I mention how prominent Buffalo developer Carl Paladino is an advocate, customer and first cousin of Battaglia.

On Jan. 9, 2012, Paladino wrote a scathing letter to city Treasurer Michael Seaman in support of Battaglia’s expansion. Apparently Paladino is no friend of Common Council Member David Franczyk, who has opposed Battaglia’s expansion.

He writes that the city has balked on Battaglia’s expansion because “of collusion and abuse of governmental office and improper obstruction by David Franczyk who has chosen to illegally play politics with Battaglia by encouraging city and state official to give Battaglia the Buffalo 2-step.”

Does anyone know what the Buffalo 2-step means?

Read Paladino’s letter here.

There are letters from Battaglia’s children. I’ll share one because I like the drawing of the dog:

Joey Battaglia


James Grimmer of Hannah Recycling is a big supporter because Battaglia saves him a lot of gas money:

Hannah Recycling letter

I even found a Peabody Street resident who supports Battaglia. But read the fine print: he’s an employee, or at least was at the time he wrote the letter.

Stay tuned because I will post more documents and videos throughout the week.


  • Charley_Tarr

    Sincere thanks Dan….The primary story and this follow-up comprise an exceptional journalism accomplishment.

    In the interest of full disclosure, Dan and I were first introduced immediately following the Erie County Environmental Conference lecture session on Land Banking. Moments after shaking hands, I grouched against some of Dan’s earliest coverage on David Pheiffer which seemed to attack Steve Stepniak (particularly when combined with the Channel-2 television work). My upset spoke of the failure to find praise for Steve’s professionalism and his diplomacy in that moment. I asked Dan to always respect the Laborer and to realize how intimately connected our hardest working citizens are in every walk of life. I then remember immediate regret as I had blown any ‘friendly-first-impression’ straight to Hell.

    Wonderful to see the power of this article with all of the necessary components of respect and equal representation indelibly captured.