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Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

Charticle: Fallout Tracker

Wow. In the wake of the bombshell release of racist and pornographic emails, recklessly sent by Tea Party (big shock there) candidate for governor Carl Paladino, I’m sure many Buffalonians are speechless—but not us. We’ve got lots to say! Therefore, the Week in Review presents our highly scientific analysis of the fallout surrounding the most erotically-equine political smut scandal in local history... so far.

The Week's Winners & Losers

Silver Linings

Gentlemen’s club Rick’s Tally Ho in Cheektowaga made the most out of an Apr. 7 judge’s decision to uphold their liquor license suspension by allowing dancers to go full nude. Sexually repressed high school boys take note: entrance is also now 18+.


A 26-year-old Tonawanda man and his 5-year-old daughter—who he brought along to the East Side to buy drugs—were shot on Apr. 8 alledged when the deal went awry. The little girl survived but now will grow up, tragically, without a father. Condolences.

D-List "Celebrities"

The Tea Party Express tour rolled into Buffalo on Apr. 12 to the delight of legions of angry white people. Among those onboard the crazy train were right-wing “celebs” Victoria Jackson of SNL and some guy from Home Improvement Eat shit, Sean Penn!

Missing The Point

Carl Paladino’s campaign manager dismissed the Apr. 12 release of racist and pornographic emails admittedly sent by his boss as a “liberal Democrat blog smear” and accused his critics of obscuring more important issues.Ummmmmmmmm, ok.

Bomb Threats

Police said there was no apparent connection between threats recevied by Paladino’s campaign headquarters in Ellicott Square on Apr. 13 and one at Buffalo City Hall the next day. Police also could not confirm if anyone actually works in City Hall.

By the numbers...


Percent raise Buffalo firefighters must repay the city after a judge on April 12 upheld a ruling nullifying the pay increase. The roughly 700 city firefighters owe an average of $9,000 in “overpayments”, which were paid out over the past three years.


Number of pages of instructions that accompany a standard New York state resident IT-150/201 longform income tax return. A standard Federal 1040 return clocks in at 172 pages of instruction, up from two in 1935. In addition to its’ complexity, the state and local tax burden per capita in New York ($6,419) is the third highest in the United States—behind Connecticut ($7,007) and New Jersey ($6,610)—according to 2008 data by the non-partisan research group the Tax Foundation.


Budget deficit in millions facing the city of Buffalo starting on July 1. Decreased revenue due to the economic downtown, a $3.4 million cut in state aid and skyrocketing health insurance and pension costs contributed to the shortfall. Mayor Byron Brown must release his budget proposal to the Common Council by May 1.

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