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Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Changing Fortunes

Rochester—the relative darling of the Upstate economies—took a solid hit to the chin on Jan. 19 with the sad announcement that the former camera giant Kodak will file for bankruptcy. In addition to this, I can think of about one billion reasons why things might finally be shifting in Buffalo’s favor.

Television Blackouts

Members of the Sports Fan Coalition announced on Jan. 24 the launch of a new Buffalo chapter to help petition the FCC to revise its longstanding policy of NFL television blackouts. Of course, if a game is blacked out in Buffalo, it’s usually because there’s no compelling reason to watch it.

Medical Science

And now, this week’s latest amazing “cure for cancer’ of the week. Actually this might prove promising. Officials at Roswell Park held a press conference on Jan. 24 to announce the trial of a new vaccine, produced and tested locally, which researchers hope could prevent many forms of cancer.

Food Trucks

After months of contentious negotiations between food trucks and competition-shy brick-and-mortar restaurants, on Jan. 24 the Common Council passed regulations for mobile vendors. In addition to an annual $1,000 licensing fee, the rules mandate food trucks stay 100 feet from the nearest restaurant.

The Catch

Gov. Andrew Cuomo brought his budget tour to Buffalo on Jan. 25, calling on local leaders to move beyond embedded ways of thinking and embracing change to bring about economic opportunity. And here we thought that $1 billion wouldn’t come with preconditions like having to embrace new ideas.

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