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Joel Giambra is behind the conspiracy to smear housing commissioner Joe Mascia

The Buffalo Chronicle

Earlier this year — while Joe Mascia was considering a run for Common Council — the 27 year incumbent reached out to Joel Giambra, the former County Executive, to orchestrate a coordinated smear against the outspoken 70 year old housing commissioner. Giambra is a close friend of Paul Christopher, the man who taped Mascia in a private conversation and prodded him to use a slur against African Americans.

Giambra is a childhood friend of Mike Seamen, the Chairman of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority. Mascia had been calling for Seamen’s resignation because of the housing authority’s longstanding incompetence, financial improprieties, and improper contracting practices. The situation had become so bad that the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a “Substandard Management” rating and threatened federal receivership of the 31-property agency.

Mascia has been the city’s most outspoken critic against the continued privatization of the housing authority, policies…

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