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Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

True Capitalists

Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his executive power on April 12 to cicrcumvent Republican opposition and force the creation of a statewide online health insurance exchange to aid cost comparisons between providers. Remember this next time you hear a right-winger’s crocodile tears in defense of the “free market.”

Border Security

Air Force brass rejected a proposal on April 13 to shift the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station from cargo planes to spy drones and potentially save the base from the chopping block. So how will we monitor the increasing cross-border incursions into our shopping malls by those hostile northern aggressors?

Sticker Shock

In an April 14 interview, Buffalo Bills CEO Russ Brandon dispelled early reports of Ralph Wilson Stadium upgrades costing $100 million as “way too low.” New estimates put the price tag north of $200 million. Hey, NFL, will you at least cook us breakfast after screwing our wallets?

Cultural Exchange

Long a staple for listless late-night suburban high-schoolers and those seeking post-bar cheap eats, chain restaurant and Buffalo institution Mighty Taco on April 16 opened the doors to its first location in the Rochester suburb of Henrietta. You’re welcome. It’s by no means haute cuisine, but it’s a piece of us.

Birds of a Feather

Conservatives rejoice. Newt Gingrich, two-time divorcee, defender of family values, and the self-proclaimed “last standing conservative” in the GOP primary, announced on April 17 his dead-in-the-water campaign willl stop in Buffalo. Bonus: His host is none other than “mad as hell” Carl Paladino himself!

By the numbers...


Percentage of New York State hourly-wage workers who are paid at or below the federal minimum wage requirement ($7.25 per hour), according to 2011 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This represents roughly 199,000 workers of the 3.9 million hourly workers in the state. On April 12 New York Assembly Democrats announced a series of public hearings across the state to solicit input on a proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage to $8.50. Fifteen states currently have a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum. A public hearing will be held in Buffalo on May 11 at 1pm in Council Chambers in Buffalo City Hall.


Number of people in Erie County who were homeless at some point from October 2010 to September 2011, according to a report released on April 18 by the Homeless Alliance of Western New York. The report cited a 5.3 percent decrease from 5,331 to 5,050 people during the 12-month span but still estimates that, on an average night, some 1,000 people are homeless in Erie County. The previous year’s report estimated there were 8,500 people homeless at some point from 2009-2010.

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