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Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Uniquely Buffalo

Despite being neglected the other 364 days of the year, on April 9 the Broadway neighborhood once again played host to thousands of Dyngus Day revelers, an annual Buffalo tradition CNN’s Anderson Cooper called “the most random excuse to drink there is.” Not going to argue with that assessment.

Legalize It

Medical marijuana advocates took a harsh toke on April 9 when Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it was unlikely the issue would be taken up in this election year’s legislative session. C’mon, man, some of us are suffering serious cases of…would vertigo qualify here?

A Lengthy Offseason

For the third time in the past five seasons, there will be no playoff hockey in Buffalo. The Sabres failed to hold onto the eighth spot in the playoffs, and team members spent a bitter April 9 cleaning out their lockers, which, though little consolation, are the best in the league.

Credit Scores

Buffalo’s long-term fiscal stability recevied a vote of confidence on April 10 when the ratings agency Moody’s upgraded the city’s bond rating to A1­, highest in Buffalo history. Ignoring the fact that these are the same people who rated subprime mortgage-backed securities AAA, it’s nice to be credit-worthy again.

The Pipest of Dreams

On April 10 the Buffalo Common Council debated the merits of a very early and extremely hypothetical proposal to build a new downtown stadium when the Bills’ Orchard Park lease expires. With an expected cost hovering around $1 billion and all of seven home games annually, don’t count on it.

By the numbers...


Kodak middle managers and executives in line for a share of $8.5 million in bonuses. The Rochester-based company which is attempting to reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection is seeking approval from a New York court for a total of $13.5 million in bonuses as a way to retain top employees. The bonuses for the 119 “Group 1” employees would be the equivalent of 35 percent to 50 percent of their base salaries.


Trillions of dollars in the infrastructure plan to rebuild roads, bridges, and airports announced this week by Congressman Brian Higgins. Introducing the five-year “Nation Building Here at Home Act,” which he will propose to Congress later this month, Higgins noted that there are an estimated 69,000 structurally deficient briges across the county, including 99 in Western New York. Higgins estimates the bill would create 5.5 million jobs.


Years since the last significant changes were made to the Buffalo zoning code. On April 10 a forum was held to solicit public input as city leaders enter the second phase of a comprehensive overhaul of zoning ordinances.

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