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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

Obama Tracker

President Barack Obama’s first—and likely last—visit to Buffalo while Commander-in-Chief on May 13 was a brisk 204 minute affair. Capped off by his economic speech at local manufacturing firm Industrial Support Inc., the President none-the-less managed to get the bang for his buck out of his Buffalo trip. The Week in Review’s highly scientific, yet completely arbitrary analysis tracks the highlights and lowlights over the course of his visit.

The Week's Winners & Losers

Unfiltered Infatuation

“You’re a hottie with a smokin’ little body.” When Luann Haley of Chaffee dropped this little gem on Pres. Obama during his May 13 visit to town, any substantial news related to our city was instantly overshadowed by late night TV fodder.

Civil Liberties

The DHS announced on May 14 the Buffalo Airport will install a millimeter wave scanner, capable of imaging the body without clothes. Scanner screening will be optional (for now) but the alternative—a full body patdown—is far from preferable. Happy travels.


A state supreme court judge on May 14 denied the Town of Tonawanda’s injuction which sought to prevent the ironically named Family Video from renting adult videos. We’re not sure who out there still rents porn, but if you do, we salute you.

Roid Rage

Anthony Galea, a Toronto sports doctor who has treated famous athletes like Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez, was charged in Buffalo federal court on May 18 in connection with a steroid smuggling incident at the Peace Bridge last September.

A Mule Named Sal

From Albany to Buffa-lowwwwww. After a rally in the capital on May 19, Tea Party candidate for governor Carl Paladino set off on the Erie Canal in a 40-foot tug to take his campaign message across upstate. We knew Carl was fond of horses, but mules?

By the numbers...


Average percent increase of Buffalo Sabres season ticket prices for the 2010-2011 season. Plans were outlined on May 18 to raise tickets $1-$4 per game, with the largest increases on lower level seats. The Sabres have 16,500 season ticket holders and sold 99.1% of available tickets last season.


Parks and historical sites—including four in Erie County—that were closed on May 17 as part of Gov. David Paterson’s plan to help curb the budget deficit. The savings from reduced maintenance and payroll will amount to roughly $12 million, a mere 0.0013% of the state’s $9.2 billion projected deficit. Among the parks closed locally are Hamburg’s Woodlawn Beach and Knox Farm in the Town of Aurora.


Millions of dollars borrowed by the state-appointed Fiscal Stability Authority on behalf of Erie County to fund capital improvement projects. The May 18 announcement was long fought by County Executive Chris Collins, but ultimately Collins relented when it was revealed that an improved credit rating would save $18.7 million over the course of the 13-year loan.

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