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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Tea Party Convictions

Despite his monopoly on xenophobia in the race for the 26th Congressional District, Amherst’s Jack Davis failed to win the TEA New York endorsement, which went to mainstream Republican Jane Corwin. Davis won the endorsement of the Tea Party Coalition, WNY’s other tea party.

Playoff Beards

The Buffalo Sabres locked up a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 8 with an inspiring come-from-behind win over their future first-round opponents, the much-despised Philadelphia Flyers. Let the beard-envy begin—from baby faces like us—because it’s about to get pretty hairy around town.

Billion Dollar Settlements

The Allegany County man suing the founder of Facebook for 50% of his multibillion-dollar empire, released several bombshell emails in Buffalo Federal Court on April 11 he says prove breach of contract. Now, I’ve never met Mark Zuckerberg, but my amateur douchebag meter tells me there might be some truth here.

Global Warming

On April 12 Sam Magavern of the Parternship for the Public Good briefed the Common Council on the potential effects of global warming in Buffalo, including 100-degree days and a Virginia-esque climate in some 60 years. Just imagine the satisfying smugness when the Sun Belt starts begging to come back.

Baby Steps

Moving on—finally—from the big-box folly of Bass Pro, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.’s Board of Directors approved plans on April 12 to actually smart grow the waterfront, including an extension of the boardwalk and a water taxi service between the Inner and Outer Harbors.

By the numbers...


All-time Buffalo Sabres winning percentage in the playoffs versus the Philadelphia Flyers. In the eight playoff matchups against Philadelphia the Sabres have gone 18-25 and won three series, including the most recent in 2006. Good news, though: Under head coach Lindy Ruff the Sabres are 9-2 in game one when starting a series on the road.


Cases of prescription drug abuse reported by the Upstate New York Poison Control Center in Erie County during the first three months of 2011. In light of the recent spike, Sen. Chuck Schumer was in Cheektowage on April 11 to announce new legislation aimed at curbing the theft of prescription drugs. Schumer’s plan would place prescription drug theft under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law and allow increased wiretap access to law enforcement.


Dollars awarded to PUSH Buffalo’s Green Development Zone on Buffalo’s West Side through a contest sponsored by the federal government and the American Planning Association. The PUSH project was one of three chosen from 289 entrants in 48 countries. The other winners are in Buenos Aires and Sao Paolo.

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