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On Tuesday, a healthy delegation of Western New Yorkers attended a birthday celebration for Governor Andrew Cuomo in New York City. Among them were a number of “formers”: former Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Steve Pigeon, former Buffalo Mayor Tony Masiello, former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra, former Erie County Sheriff Rocco Diina.

Assemblyman Mickey Kearns was there, too, as was Erie County Water Authority Commissioner Jack O’Donnell, BMHA Commissioner Joe Mascia, and many more.

Also present were the George Hasiotis and Nick Stracick, principals of Greater Buffalo Sports & Entertainment Complex, which last month unveiled their proposal for a domed stadium/convention center/multi-use entertainment complex/park on the part of Buffalo’s Outer Harbor north of the Small Boat Harbor. Hasiotis and Stracick met briefly with Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy to discuss the project, and Hasiotis says the governor’s office expressed interest in hearing a more thorough-going presentation of the idea soon.

In fact, the proposal will be aired three times in the coming week: On Tuesday, January 15, at noon, Hasiotis, Stracick, and WUFO Radio sports director Pat Freeman will make a presentation to the Erie County Legislature’s Economic Development Committee. The next day, January 16, they’ll make a presentation to Western New York’s state legislators, in a meeting arranged by Assemblyman Robin Schimminger and State Senator George Maziarz. That evening, 5:30pm at the Frank Merriweather Library on East Utica and Jefferson, they will make a public presentation of the proposal, at the invitation of Erie County Legislature Chairwoman Betty Jean Grant.

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