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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

HSBC Center

The closest thing Buffalo has to an actual skyscraper might be in danger of going dark. HSBC Bank announced on May 20 that it will consider other options for its WNY headquarters when the lease on the 38-story tower is up in 2013.

Teenage Drivers

A 17-year old Hamburg teen was lucky to escape with only minor injuries on May 23 after driving his SUV off a cliff and plunging 90-feet into Eighteen Mile Creek. Maybe you parents out there ought to hold onto those keys a bit longer.

California Quarterbacks

During a May 24 radio interview Buffalo Bills QB Trent Edwards shot back at Bills legend Jim Kelly’s harsh comments on QB’s from the Golden State. Trent, considering the track record of late (JP Losman, Rob Johnson, um... you), we’re with Kelly.

Lip Service

Frontrunner in the race for governor Democratic Attorney General Andrew Cuomo tapped into WNY on May 26 to find his running mate, selecting Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy. See, he cares about upstate too! Seriously, it’ll be different this time!

Tele Snitching

Buffalo Police launched their new “Text a Tip” line on May 26 to allow citizens to text message info on crimes anonymously to police. Mayor Byron Brown hopes the new line will encourage youths to assist police. [ OMGAZ!!! i m bein rbbed 4 realz! ]

By the numbers...


Average annual salary of the roughly 300,00 New York state workers. Four public sector unions appeared in court on May 26 to fight Gov. David Paterson’s proposal to furlough 100,000 state workers by one day a week. If implemented, the move would save $30 million each week and curtail the state’s 9.2 billion deficit. A state court issued a temporary restraining order earlier this month to block Paterson’s attempt.


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.


Cheapest daily rate per passenger vehicle for day-of-game parking at Ralph Wilson Stadium (cash lots, 1,2,3,5,E and F). The NFTA is currently considering eliminating its’ bus routes to the stadium on gamedays unless an agreement can be reached with the team to subsidize the route. Of the 490,989 fans who attended games last season, just 1,556 rode the NFTA route.

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