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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Organized Crime

Buffalo resident Brian R. Cohen, 62, appeared in a New Jersey court on May 27 to face charges that he ran a multi-billion dollar offshore online gambling site for New York City’s infamous Lucchese crime family. Who knew the mob still exists? Fuhgedaboudit.

"Bullet" Trains

New York State and CSX reached a deal on May 28 to move forward with plans for “high speed” rail between Buffalo and Albany. If implemented the line could hit speeds of 110mph. When reached for comment, Germany and Japan just laughed.


Carl Paladino was set to speak at the Conservative Party State Convention in Rochester on May 28 but bailed when he found out the party had endorsed Rick Lazio instead. Though unloved by the third party, Paladino still has a shot at the GOP...never mind.

Unique Weapons

Cheektowaga resident Michael J. Johnson, 19, was arrested and charged with assault on May 31 after allegedly using Super Glue to seal the eyes and ears shut of his sleeping victim. We hear about shootings, stabbings, etc., all the time but that is just nasty.

Easy Money

Apparently landing a Bass Pro franchise isn’t as foolproof a deal as it is advertised to be. A June 2 report cast major doubts on the still unsigned, unsealed, and undelivered $294.8 million Canal Side project and its rosy revenue projections.

By the numbers...


Percentage of votes recevied by Carl Paladino at the Republican State Convention in NYC on June 2. Former congressman and US Senate candidate Rick Lazio will headline the GOP ticket for governor. Paladino has already announced his intention to petition for ballot status.


Distance in driving miles driving between Buffalo and the Bath, N.Y., site of the closest national veterans cemetery. In a May 28 interview with the Washington Post, the undersecretary for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs revealed that the “Buffalo/Rochester” area is one of the recipients of five new cemeteries planned for veterans. Currently, there are 131 such locations across the country. The exact location has not yet been revealed.


Average score recevied—out of 100—by New York residents on a 20-question driver’s test administerred by GMAC Insurance. The results of the study, released on May 27, reveal that for a second consecutive year New York ranked dead last among the states in basic driver’s education. The national average was 76.2 and a score below 70 is considered failing.

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