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Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Severance Pay

Roughly 300 supporters turned out on April 20 to hear Newt Gingrich’s last gasp as a Presidential candidate at a superflous campaign stop at the Ellicott Square Building in Buffalo. Gingrich, who pocketed some $30,000 at a post-speech fundraiser, suspended his campaign just five days later.


Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on April 20 announced a proposal to name the new Buffalo Federal Courthouse after Jamestown native, Supreme Court Justice and Nuremburg war crimes prosecutor Robert H. Jackson. A building named after a famed Nazi hunter: badass, sign me up!

Claims to Fame

Despite early predictions of 5-9 inches of late-season snow in Buffalo, winter went out with a whimper on April 23 as snow turned to rain and failed to impact an impotent snow season. In fact, if current totals hold, Buffalo’s 36.5 inches would mark the lowest total since 1948-49.

Self Deprecation

Erie County Republican Legislator Kevin Hardwick was the centerpiece of an April 24 comedy sketch on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart that lampooned the inconsequentiality of the New York primary race. Props to Hardwick, who despite one mild—though deserved—barb, showed a good sense of humor.

Blown Deadlines

After months of back-and-forth negotiations, the Buffalo Teachers Federation opted on April 24 to decline signing onto a proposal for teacher evaluations that would have allowed the Buffalo School District to receive $5.6 million in federal funding. Who needs merit when you’ve got tenure?

By the numbers...


Percentage of votes in Erie County cast for Newt Gingrich in the Republican Primary on April 24 (with 95 percent of precincts reporting). Gingrich, who campaigned in Buffalo with Carl Paladino just days before the election, saw his best results statewide in Western New York. The former Speaker of the House punched well above his weight, receiving 25.2 percent of the vote in Niagara County, 22.2 percent in Cattaraugus County, 21.3 percent in Genesee County and 20.7 percent in Wyoming County (the only counties in the state where he received over 20 percent of the vote) versus 12.9 percent statewide. Mitt Romney—as presumed—took Erie County easily with 50.8 percent of the vote.


Number of tickets in Erie County issued for driving while using a handheld device through 2012 according to official state figures released on April 24. In total 65,081 tickets have been issued across the state. Erie County ranked 25th out of 62 New York counties in per capita tickets issued, with 2.37 per 1,000 people. Montgomery County in the Capital Region led all other counties in per capita tickets with 21.5 per 1,000.

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