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Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

Scorecard: Halloween Edition

Halloween costumes can be a literal nightmare for those of us who are challenged creatively, but consider the plight of our local politicians: They can’t dress as themselves or as each other. (How easy would it be for Mickey Kearns to dress as Leonard Stokes, and how disastrous?) So we’ve whipped up some suggestions to help out a few of them:

The Week's Winners & Losers

Insufficient Vetting

Philip T. Young, 44, a family caseworker for the Buffalo Urban League was arrested on Oct. 27 for charges of molesting young boys he mentored. The kicker: Young is a registered sex offender dating back to 1995. Talk about a bad hire.

The Third Anti-Christ

Napoleon, a bit of a stretch but alright. No objection to Hitler here. But Sheldon Silver, really? We know you were joking Chris, but haven’t you been listening to your Tea Party buddies? Everyone knows Obama is third in the trilogy of the anti-Christ. DUH!

Monopoly Champions

Richard Marinaccio, 26 of Snyder, made it to the finals, but ultimately finished in third place at the Monopoly World Championship in Las Vegas on Oct. 22. Bjorn Halvard, a 19-year-old Norwegian student, took home the $20,580 prize.

Bottled Water

A federal judge on Oct. 23 ruled against the beverage industry’s attempt to delay implementation of New York law requiring a 5-cent deposit on bottled water. The law goes into effect Oct. 31 and is expected to aid recycling and create $115 million in revenue.

Equal Rights?

They might be on the way. On Oct. 22 Gov. David Patterson annouced his intent to submit legislation to legalize same-sex marriage during the next session. The vote still faces a stiff challenge with Dems maintaing a slim 32-30 advantage in the assembly.

By the numbers...


Estimated number of homicides in Buffalo this year based on current figures, a 54% increase over last year’s total (37) and putting the city on par with its’ previous five-year average of 54.6 (2004-2008). The Oct. 24 shooting death of Mister Rogers, 23, in Schiller Park was Buffalo’s 47th homicide of 2009.


Net taxpayers in the Buffalo metro area who migrated to Florida from 2000-2007 according to IRS statistics released by the Empire Center for New York State Policy on Oct. 27. Florida was the top destination for Buffalo migrants, followed by North Carolina (4,496), Virginia (2,079), Arizona (1,838), and Georgia (1,768). The only state to send more taxpayers to Buffalo than were gained was Mississippi (18).


Billion dollars, approximate estimate, needed to fund the University at Buffalo’s 20-year expansion plan for all three campuses. Officials claim the development will spur $20 billion in economic benefits for the region. The state is currently facing a roughly $3 billion budget deficit.

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