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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Statler Towers

It’s offensive enough that the grand old building lay in mothballs, but on April 1, for the second time in X months, stonework fell onto the street below. We’re all for preserving our architectural treasures, so long as they, you know, don’t kill anybody.

Climate Denial

Having already logged the shortest winter in Buffalo history, record temps hit WNY on three straight days, including a balmy 84 degrees on April 3. We’re not saying its related to climate change—but to use Glenn Beck logic­—prove to us its not, wingnuts.


A 15-year-old boy got the most out of his youthful offender status on April 4, leading West Seneca police in a high-speed chase down the Thruway. After striking two cars, the high speed chase ended in a crash near Dunkirk. Luckily, nobody was hurt.

Carl Paladino

Buffalo developer and Tea Party afficionado went all in on April 5, announcing at Ellicott Square to a crowd of hundreds his entrance as a Republican in the race for Governor. Paladino has committed to spending $10 of his own money in the race.

The Loonie

Get ready for the northern rush. On April 6 the Canadian dollar surpassed the American in value by a fraction of a penny, the first time since July 2008. If this trend continues, it would be a boom for Buffalo retail but a bitch for Buffalo shoppers.

By the numbers...


Number of Division titles captured by the Buffalo Sabres, prior to this season, most recently in the 2006-2007 season. With the Sabres 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on April 6, they secured a guarantee of at least the third seed in the playoffs.


Percent pay increase received by NY unionized state employees on April 1. Gov. David Paterson asked public unions to forgo contracted pay raises to save $400 million and alleviate the state’s $9.2 billion budget deficit. Paterson noted that the approx. 180,000 state employees have already received a 9% raise over the past three years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public sector workers earn on average 41% more per hour than private workers.


Percent tariff on imported Chinese goods in legislation written by NY Senator Chuck Schumer. The bipartisan proposal, announced on April 5 in Clarence, is a reaction to allegations of Chinese currency manipulation and would attempt to make American manufacturing more competitve.

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