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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Competent Management

The city of Buffalo and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy agreed to a 5-year deal on Apr. 16 to pay the non-profit group $1 million annually to run the city’s historic parks system. Let’s all take a moment to breathe a sigh of relief on that call.

Cheap Shots

Buffalo, say hello to your newest bitch. Johnny Boychuk, the Boston Bruin whose vicious slash knocked out Sabres star Thomas Vanek on Apr. 17, had the gall to protest his innocence after, claiming not to know “what all the fuss is about.”

Eric Massa

The ex-NY congressman—who resigned last month amid allegations he sexually harassed male staffers—claimed on Apr. 17 that his name had been forged on a $40,000 check paid to one of the accusers. Frankly, we didn’t know they dug holes that deep.


Police in Amherst are on the lookout for a man who robbed a bank on Apr. 20 while disguised—by all accounts—as a trashy sorority girl. Police describe the suspect as donning a wig, trucker hat and a pair of those awful oversized sunglasses.

Birds of a Feather

Erie County Exec. Chris Collins—no stranger to insensitive comments himself—lent support to Carl Paladino on Apr. 21, claiming that he too was the victim of a “smear campaign” by opponents. We’re still waiting on that Apocalypse, Chris…

By the numbers...


Millions of dollars in federal “pork-barrel” projects obtained by Republican congressman Chris Lee of Amherst—tops among Western New York representatives—according to an Apr. 14 report by the watchdog Citizens Against Government waste.


Percent of New Yorkers to whom Buffalo developer and Tea Party candidate for governor Carl Paladino is unknown, according to a Siena Research Poll released on Apr. 19. This despite findings that 19% of New Yorkers consider themselves supporters of the Tea Party Movement. Among Republicans, former Senate candidate Rick Lazio remains the favored candidate with 29% of voters followed by Steve Levy (15%) and Paladino (13%).


Age of Theodore Sypnier of Buffalo, who is New York’s oldest registered sex offender. Sypnier was sentenced to two years in prison on Apr. 16 for violating his parole by refusing to attend mandatory classes. Sypnier still has a way to go to claim the coveted title of America’s oldest pedophile, currently held by 103-year-old Bert Jackson of Utah.

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