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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Antiquated Crimes

A Batavia woman faces a rare charge of adultery—still in the books, people—for a June 4 incident when a cop found her having sex on a public picnic table. The 41-year-old and her 29-year-old beau also face charges of public lewdness.


Gurninderjit Thandi, 32, of Cheektowaga, pled guilty on June 4 to charges stemming from a March DUI in which his BAC was seven times (!) the legal limit. Two months before, Thandi was the lucky recipient of a shiny, new liver transplant. Cheers!

Wind Farms

NYPA announced on June 4 that it has received five proposals to build an offshore wind farm on Lake Erie or Lake Ontario. Pending review, the project could begin as early as 2011, or roughly around the same time the Gulf Oil disaster should finally be plugged.

Mixed Messages

Our beef with Forbes’ ubiquitous city rankings is well known, but this is just getting ridiculous. On June 7 Forbes curiously ranked Buffalo the 10th best place to raise a family. Is this the same city they ranked high on their “most depressing” and “fastest dying” lists?

Keeping One's Word

Last week that paragon of ethics, NYS Sen. Pedro Espada, said he would not help Dems postpone a final budget solution by voting for another emergency spending bill to keep the state running while talks continued. On June 7, he did. Surprise.

By the numbers...


Millions of dollars in tax incentives Mesa, Arizona offered to a Bass Pro-anchored retail development in 2005. So disappointing were the results that the project became an argument for the state legislature’s bipartisan decision to ban future subsidies for retail developments.


Dollars allegedly embezzled from an electrical workers union pension fund by former Niagara Falls mayor Vince Anello. Anello, who is currently facing a separete federal corruption and bribery trial for his dealing with Smoking Joe Anderson, pled not guilty to the new charges on June 8. What a city!


Number of years Buffalo Bisons outfielder Jesus Feliciano toiled in the minor leagues before finally receiving his first call-up to Major League Baseball on June 7. A 36th round selection in the 1997 player draft and the Bisons’ team MVP in 2009, Feliciano was hitting an International League best .385 when he was called up to the Bisons' parent organization the New York Mets.

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