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New twists in Termini saga

The Buffalo developer won past accolades for turning ratty downtown buildings into apartments and retail space.

But when a worker fell to his death last week at a Pearl Street site that Rocco R. Termini is renovating, the tragedy triggered breaking news almost daily.

Today, we've published a story indicating some police officers claim they saw several construction workers putting up a safety railing moments after Jonathan Fundalinski fell to his death.

Previously, a city inspector claimed First Deputy Mayor Steven M. Casey intervened on Termini's behalf, overruling the inspectors' push a month before the death to halt work on the Webb Building project.

On the same day Mayor Byron W. Brown denied that Casey stopped inspectors, the FBI launched a probe. And city officials disclosed Tuesday that federal investigators want to see records pertaining to all Termini projects since Brown became mayor in 2006.

Coincidentally, Termini was scheduled for sentencing in Buffalo Housing Court Tuesday after being found guilty last year in a case involving a property on Oak Street. The court said he failed to get an occupancy certificate before he let tenants move into the apartment complex.

The judge fined Termini and his company $3,000.

The controversy swirling around Termini and City Hall doesn't seem to be fading any time soon.

- Brian Meyer

   

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