Tonawanda News

Bills

April 23, 2014

Schumer confident Buffalo Bills will stay in town

Tonawanda News — NIAGARA FALLS — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is confident that the Buffalo Bills will remain in Western New York, the region the team has called home for all of its 54 years.

Schumer, D-N.Y., was recently named to the New Stadium Working Group, a panel that is working to identify a location for a new stadium in anticipation of a new owner for the team in the wake of the death of Ralph Wilson, Jr., founder and former owner of the team.

During a visit to Niagara Falls on Monday, Schumer, who was appointed to the panel by the team, told reporters he and his fellow working group members are taking their task very seriously.

“I’m spending a lot of time on the phone talking to my colleagues in the working group,” Schumer said.

Schumer offered no details on progress, but said members are planning to meet as committees before meeting with the entire group again.

“As I have said before, we’re studying now and it would be premature to talk about a specific owner, a specific location (for a new stadium),” Schumer said. “We should look at everything as we will.”

The team was left to a trust as a new owner is sought out, a process that could take years. Several possible suitors have been discussed including an unidentified group led by Hall of Fame Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. New York City real estate mogul Donald Trump has also expressed interest publicly.

Kelly has been fielding proposals from business groups in recent weeks who want him to front their operation, though he declined to disclose the members of any of the groups.

The stadium working group has been exploring ideas and a stadium in the city of Buffalo has been the focus of discussions in the past with a development group coming forward with a proposal to put it on the outer harbor.

Text Only
Bills
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Facebook
Front page
NDN Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage