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Charlotte Keith

Charlotte Keith is a reporter for Investigative Post. Originally from London, she has a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a fellow at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting.

Email: ckeith@investigativepost.org / Twitter: @char_keith

Nov
29

43North winner delinquent on loan

Four years ago, local manufacturing startup ASi was riding high, the first ever $1 million prize winner of the state-funded 43North business plan competition. Now, the company is in financial trouble. It’s not currently operational, has just one employee – the founder and CEO – and recently defaulted on a $250,000 loan from the Erie County Industrial […]

Nov
13

Western New York’s version of the Amazon deal

 The agreement that will place a new headquarters for Amazon in Queens is the biggest economic development deal for a private company New York has ever seen, with a subsidy package that could add up to more than $2 billion. The full value of the incentives Amazon stands to receive is unclear, but it […]

Nov
07

Slowdown in Power Authority subsidy programs

It’s an unusual problem: subsidy programs that can’t find takers. The New York Power Authority has two of them in Western New York. One provides low-cost hydropower to local industry, but a quarter of the pool of electricity lacks for customers and is sold on the wholesale market. The profits from the sale of this […]

Sep
28

Successes and stumbles for 43North program

 As the 43North startup competition, funded by the Buffalo Billion, enters its fifth year, organizers have made progress in addressing the program’s weak link: winning companies leaving Western New York after their mandatory year here is up. But, in a notable stumble, one company singled out to receive extra funding slipped through organizers’ fingers, […]

Sep
12

Council presses mayor’s staff on fair housing

 The Common Council has asked the Brown administration to account for its enforcement of – or, failure to enforce – the city’s fair housing law. Last week, the Council asked for a report on the city’s handling of housing discrimination complaints over the past three years. At a brief appearance before a Council committee […]

Aug
01

Council considers action on fair housing law

Buffalo’s fair housing law is supposed to prevent landlords from refusing to rent to someone simply because they rely on government assistance – like a Section 8 voucher – to help pay their rent. But that law, introduced in 2006, has gone largely unenforced, despite the more than two dozen discrimination complaints, most of them […]

Jul
23

Another ‘Billion project falling short on jobs

It was one of the first Buffalo Billion projects announced: a $50 million state investment in drug discovery company Albany Molecular Research Inc. which, Gov. Cuomo promised, would yield almost 200 spinoff jobs. Five years on, there’s little evidence those jobs have materialized. AMRI was responsible for creating only 55 jobs, a goal the company […]

Jul
17

Keith discusses fair housing law on WBFO

Charlotte Keith talks to Jay Moran of WBFO on Press Pass about her recent story on Buffalo’s failure to enforce its fair housing law, which is supposed to protect the thousands of city residents who rely on Section 8 vouchers or other forms of government assistance to pay their rent.