In 2017, Professor Hallett, winner of a public research fellowship from Open Buffalo and PPG, conducted a survey of 213 workers in Buffalo to learn more about the challenges they are facing.
J.A. Dewald Jan 1, 2015
There are many kinds of temp work, but this report focuses on the
most common type, in which a worker is employed by a temporary
service agency and placed at one or more work sites. The temp
agency typically charges its client business roughly twice the
worker’s hourly wages. Temp agencies create a triangular
relationship in which the worker works at the host business but for
the temp agency. In other words, it is the temp agency that
typically recruits, screens, hires, …
Michael Cimasi, Alexis Leonard — Oct 16, 2013
In November 2013, New York State voters will decide whether to
amend the state constitution to expand casino gambling.
Currently, the state has five casinos run by Indian tribes.
The proposed amendment would allow up to seven non-tribal casinos
in areas not including New York City and not including areas, such
as Western New York, where the state is bound by an exclusivity
agreement with an Indian tribe. A law expanding casino
gambling has passed the state legislature, but, …
Michael LoCurto — Jan 31, 2013
The Seneca Gaming Corporation promised the City of Buffalo, in a
legally binding contract, that it would construct a tourist
destination casino in a park-like setting, market it to out-of-town
visitors, and employ large numbers of Buffalonians. However,
the idea of a tourist casino in downtown Buffalo was never
realistic. The SGC has violated nearly every term in its
contract, showing blatant disregard for the City, and its current
plans reveal the casino for what it was always …
Citizens For a Better Buffalo — Dec 31, 2012
Presentation by the Citizens for a Better Buffalo on casino.
Sam Magavern, Elaina Mule — Jan 19, 2011
The Buffalo Creek Casino will exacerbate Buffalo’s poverty.
Casinos, especially urban casinos, attract many gamblers living at
or near the poverty line, and problem or pathological gamblers
often fall from the middle class into poverty. Proximity to
casinos is a major factor in problem gambling. The Buffalo
Creek Casino is located in a high-poverty zone. Population’s
already facing high poverty rates and inequalities, such as African
Americans, have higher …
Steve Siegel — Jan 1, 2010
The Seneca Gaming Corporation has constantly attempted to convince the citizens of WNY that their casinos will provide long-term economic benefits to the area. The local “mainstream” media has, with few exceptions, repeatedly quoted the statistics that the SGC’s public relations people have provided them. The mainstream media has rarely if ever done an independent analysis of the numbers or sought answers to some of the more disturbing statistics.
Chris Berardi — Nov 20, 2008
The informal economy comprises the parts of the economy that are
not regulated. These parts include illicit activity like the
sale of drugs, architects doing work under the table, hairdressers
who operate in cash and don’t report their income, businesses
employing illegal workers, and businesses operating without
government required licenses. Informal economic actors are
often self-employed, or are employed elsewhere and operating an
informal business on the side as a means …
Rachel Jones — Nov 12, 2008
Poverty is an ever-growing problem affecting much of the
country. People fall into financial holes and certain
industries make sure that they stay there. Low-income
individuals are targets for businesses that make their money by
providing needed benefits now with an exorbitant cost later.
Jacob S. Hacker, a political scientist at Yale, has said that
low-income people are forced to live beyond their means by
businesses that target them. According to a series in The …
Byron Brown — Oct 12, 2006
Letter from Mayor Byron W. Brown regarding the Seneca Erie Gaming Corporation.