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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Train Travel

A jet landing in Chicago came within 300 feet of striking a Buffalo-bound flight carrying 50 people after air traffic controller confusion led to the perilously close call. Nothing inspires confidence in our air safety like reading transcripts with gems like this: “Oh [expletive]. What the [expletive] was that?”

A 25 Minute Tour

Buffalo’s new water taxi to connect the Inner and Outer Harbors took its maiden voyage on May 19, an $8 round-trip ride that is sure to enrich our city will all the waterfront goodness of more competent cities. Next step: Consult Baltimore on how they managed to cover the smell.

Bath Salts

The state health commish issued an executive order on May 23 banning the sale of “bath salts”—a creative marketing name obscuring a highly dangerous and hallucinogenic designer drug sold legally at stores. I wonder how many Mother’s Days were ruined thanks to this entirely false advertising.

Topical Websites

With Jane Corwin’s seeming slip into obscurity, we must say goodbye to the acerbic parody website, created by none-other-than Buffalo Beast publisher and Green Party candidate Ian Murphy. Seriously, let’s all hope she runs again, just to give him reason to keep that domain fresh.

Decriminalize It

We’ve soured on Labatt Beer lately (those girl-on-girl commercials are getting way too fratty) but gotta give credit when credit’s due. Labatt’s Buffalo office stepped up on May 25 and donated the funds needed to repair the major damage done to Delaware Park by vandals. Cheers!

By the numbers...


Percent increase in pretax profits for the year to the end of March announced by National Grid on May 19, the same day the British energy provider announced it would likely seek rate increases for natural gas and electric transfer across Upstate New York in 2013. Just last year National Grid sought $360 million in rate hikes but were only granted $119 million by state regulators.


Cities removed from a list of 64 metropolitan areas at risk for urban attack—including Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany—that no longer qualify to receive funding through the $662 million Urban Areas Security Initiative. Congress had previously cut the Homeland Security program’s budget by 20 percent. WNY politicians including Congressman Brian Higgins and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown were quick to criticize the May 19 announcement, which will result in the loss of $5.5 million locally.


Margin of victory in Erie County (with 97 percent of precincts reporting) by Democrat and County Clerk Kathy Hochul. Hochul’s advantage in Erie County proved to be decisive, with Jane Corwin winning comfortably in all other counties except Niagara (-1,436) and Monroe (+151).

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