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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Beefy, Meaty Flavor

Cheektowaga Police on March 11 confirmed that a snack food bandit with a strong penchant for beef jerky has been on the loose in WNY. So far, six stores in Cheektowaga alone have been hit, with similar jerky thefts reported in Amherst, Kenmore and Tonawanda. OH YEAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Debt Collectors

After three months on the lam, fugitive debt collector Tobias “Bags of Money” Boyland—featured on AV’s list of the scariest WNYers—was arrested in Pittsburgh on March 14. Boyland had previously failed to report to prison (we trust felons to just show up?) for his 15-year sentence for gun charges.

I Owe You's

According to a March 14 Buffalo News report, Carl Paladino—demonstrating almost textbook Republican fiscal responsibility—is still $6.1 million in debt from his failed run for governor, including $130,000 to several ex-staff members. Where’s that Bags of Money guy when you needed him?

Foreign Occupations

In a direct affront to our Nobel Peace Prize winning commander-in-chief—and dare I say, war president—NY Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand stepped up on March 15, calling for an advanced timeline to a withdraw from Afghanistan. FOX NEWS SPIN: Uppity Woman Pol Undermines Brave Troops.

Matters of Formality

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a swipe at our fair city during a March 16 affordable housing press conference. Bloomberg claimed New York’s problem was one of too much success, and that “there’s an awful lot of free space up in Buffalo, if you want to go there. I don’t think you do.”

By the numbers...


Millions of dollars that the Bank of America will receive as an income tax refund for 2010, according to the bank’s annual report. Called the “income tax refund from hell” by the Buffalo-based Public Accountability Initiative, it is nonetheless a comedown from the bank’s $3.5 billion refund for 2009.


Approximate number of donors who received letters from ex-congressman Chris Lee apologizing for his Craigslist scandal and stating that he will refund the donations they made to his campaign. Lee, who resigned last month after information on his online improprieties—including allegations of his penchant for tranny-chasing—became public, had $734,000 left in his campaign chest at the end of the 2010 after raising roughly $1.7 million for his re-election.


Public funding in millions sought by local developer Mark Croce to repair the crumbling Statler Towers in downtown Buffalo. F ollowing several failed acquisition bids since 2009, the 18-story building—which has been totally vacant for over a year—was finally transferred from bankruptcy court to Croce on March 15.

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