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Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Self Depreciation

During Chicago’s Stanley Cup victory rally on June 11, South Buffalo native Patrick Kane promised to keep his shirt on “for all the cab drivers out there”. Listen Pat, you bring the cup home in a Sabres jersey and you can assault anyone you damn please.

Falcon Attacks!

The mother of two peregrine falcon chicks nested in McKay Tower on UB’s South Campus wreaked havoc over the weekend, dive bombing and attacking pedestrians who walked by on June 12 and 13. You mess with the falcon, you get the talons.

Patriotic Displays

The Rotary Club of Buffalo announced their plan on June 14 to build the most ostentatious display of patriotism in all of WNY. A 100-foot tall flagpole at the Buffalo Naval Park will hoist a massive 1,800 square foot American flag. Suck on that Perkins.

Band Aids

With a state government shutdown looming just hours away, on June 14 the NY legislature voted in favor of a $14 billion emergency spending bill to keep services running another week. Sounds like our elected officials just earned themselves a break.

Internal Affairs

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown unveiled a new satellite police station at City Hall on June 14 with the hope it will encourage citizens to report police misconduct. Are we supposed to feel safer reporting corruption under the watchful guard of even more corruption?

By the numbers...


Members of congress, including NY 26th District Chris Lee R–Clarence, currently under a preliminary investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics for improperly shifting thier votes on financial reform in exchange for campagin contributions from the banking industry.


Firefighting companies in Erie County. A report released June 15 by County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz suggested the county should look into consolidating many of its volunteer operations. $46.5 million of the $130 million in annual Erie County taxpayer funding goes to volunteer fire companies. The Town of Amherst has 10 such companies alone.


Signatures needed on a petition to have an independent line added to the New York State ballot for governor. On June 13 WNY Tea Party leader Rus Thompson announced his intention to gather 40,000-50,000 signatures on behalf of Buffalo developer Carl Paladino­ in response to Paladino’s failure to capture the nomination of the Republican, Independence or Conservative parties.

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