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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Serial Flashers

State police executing an early morning sting on May 26 arrested a 52-year-old Dunkirk man on charges of public lewdness for multiple reported instances of exposing himself on the NYS Thruway over the past few weeks. And who said the tolls are the only things there that will screw you?


The Sabres announced on May 26 that iconic play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret would scale down his travel with the team this upcoming season and only call 10-15 road games. Young fans out there enjoy the legend while he’s still around; if you’ve watched a Versus game, you know what the alternative is.

Report Cards

On May 27, the same day a regent publicly endorsed a state takeover of the Buffalo School District (an act which has only occured once in state history), Superintendant James Williams recevied an unsatisfactory review in his annual evaluation from the school board. Now there’s a guy thankful for hefty buyouts.

Pot, Kettle, Black

With record rain fueling growth and the city dropping $150 tickets on unkempt lawns, the Buffalo Common Council asked Mayor Byron on May 31 to void summons for property upkeep. Um yeah. Maybe BB should take a ride over to the East Side and check out some of the city-owned urban prairie.

First Days on the Job

Democrat Kathy Hochul, who vanquished conservative foe Jane Corwin in last week’s special election for the 26th District, was officially sworn into Congress on June 1. Now call me a right-wing nut if you’d like, but are we certain she swore in on a Bible and not a Quran. Can we get the Tea Party on this?

By the numbers...


Percentage of voters polled by Quinnipiac University who both approve of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s job performance so far and find him personally appealing. 57 percent of voters polled approve of his handling of the budget, while 52 percent—his lowest score—say he’s been sufficiently accessible to the press.


Education spending per pupil in New York State—the highest average in the country—according to a report released on May 25 by the Census Bureau. The rankings were based on 2009 spending figures and showed a national average of $10,499—a 2.3 percent increase from the previous year. New York outspent its closest rival, Washington, D.C., by more than $1,700. Benefits accounted for 19 percent of total spending, outpacing the national mark of 13.8 percent.


Utilization capacity of United States oil refineries cited by Sen. Chuck Schumer during an appearance in Cheektowaga on May 31. Schumer, who announced his desire for a federal probe into high gas prices, cited the decrease in oil production—which peaked at 87 percent of their capacity last year—as a source of recent high prices.

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