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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Exploitation Opportunities

Since Buffalo has received far less snow than usual this winter (61.3 inches, six less than usual), officials should take advantage of our fleet of unused plows and help out—for a price—snow intolerant cities like DC (which has six times more snow than average).


Proponents of “stranger danger” will be pleased to hear a Buffalo man was arrested Feb. 6 on charges that he kept a 13-year-old runaway girl confined to his house for six months and abused her sexually. More reason to distrust everyone, everywhere…

Impending Disaster

Rumors swirled in Albany on Feb. 8 that a scandalous New York Times exposé involving a yet-unknown Buffalo mistress and Gov. David Paterson would be released. While nothing has yet to come out, the Times has confirmed that a piece is in the works.

Football Snubs

Despite Andre Reed’s lengthy credentials (8th in all-time receptions and 11th in receiving yards and touchdowns) on Feb. 6 the Buffalo Bills legend failed to make the cut for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the fourth consecutive year.

Social Networking

One of “Lockport’s Most Wanted” learned a lesson in Internet privacy on Feb. 3. After months on the lam, detectives tracked down and arrested Chris Crego in Indiana thanks to listed address on Facebook. Crego even boasted of his wanted status on Myspace.

By the numbers...


Votes cast (53-6) in the New York Senate on Feb. 9 to expel Democrat Hiram Monserrate, the Queens Senator infamous for his role in the Republican coup last summer. Monserrate’s expulsion stemmed from his assault conviction for dragging his girlfriend by her hair.


Buffalo’s ranking among the drunkest cities in America according to a study released Feb. 5 by Men’s Health Magazine. The list, which compiled data on liver disease, DUI arrests, severity of DUI penalties, and surveys on binge drinking, rated the 100 largest cities in America and ranked Fresno, Calif. as the most sloshed. New York City (#93) and Rochester (#98), were ranked among America’s most sober cities.


ollars of parks-related spending per resident in Buffalo, dead last of 150 cities surveyed in a 2009 report by the Trust for Public Land. With 8.2% of total city acreage devoted to parks, Buffalo also ranked eighth among cities with similar densities. Deputy parks commissioner Susan M. Gonzalez stressed a need for “creative strategies” to fund improvements before the Common Council.

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