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Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Out of Towners

NFTA officials are currently finalizing plans for a $406 million expansion of the Buffalo airport to help attract more Canadian travelers. So let’s get this straight: It’s okay to use $31 million in state funds primarily for the benefit of Canadians, but $10 million for busing for, well, us, is out of the question?

Geriatric Kingpins

A federal grand jury on Feb. 9 returned a 33-count indictment against 58-year-old Theresa Anderson of Buffalo and several family members accusing them of running a major East Side crack trafficking operation. Take note, seniors, drug dealing is not an alternative to Social Security benefits.

Political Throwdowns

Quite literally. State Senator Mark Grisanti was involved in a fight at the Seneca Niagara Casino on Feb. 10 after allegedly attempting to defuse an argument between two Seneca businessmen. Grisanti claims he acted in defense of his wife, who suffered a concussion in the scuffle.


Alert Tom Brady: It looks like he’ll have another option for accomodations in town. Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain, announced they will take over several floors of the under-renovation Donovan Building to build a 96-room hotel at Canalside. Double bonus: Say goodbye to a major downtown blight.

The State of the City

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown delivered his sixth State of the City address on Feb. 15, highlighting his accomplishments and outlining plans to return the city to its former glory. One such plan: To solicit development proposals for the 1.9-acre Webster Block, once coveted by ECHDC.

By the numbers...

$24 million

The amount of money spent up to this point on television ads in the 2012 presidential campaign by nonprofit groups that will never be compelled to reveal their contributors, according to a Washington Post report. That amounts to about 40 percent of the total televison spending so far.


Decline in operating profit at the Buffalo News from 2010 ($16.2 million) to 2011 ($9.3 million), according to News publisher Stan Lipsey. As reported in Business First, it is the first time in 25 years that the papers profits have fallen below $10 million. Revenues fell five percent, from $108.3 million in 2010 to $102.4 million in 2011.

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