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April 23, 2014

Schumer confident Buffalo Bills will stay in town

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Tonawanda News — More recently, Niagara County has made its way into the conversation. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster was appointed to the working group by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and has said that all options are still on the table, including the Falls.

The city could make a good location for a stadium for several reasons, particularly its proximity to a large fan base in the Greater Toronto area, Dyster has said.

Dyster said that the process is still in the first stages and speculating on a new owner or stadium location is not productive.

“It’s very early days here,” he said.

The mayor said having Schumer on the panel — an experienced negotiator and one of the highest ranking members of the Senate — gives the process a “prestige” and increases the likelihood of a positive result for Western New York.

“He’s going to be very helpful in getting this done,” Dyster said.

Regardless of who becomes the owner or where a new stadium might be built — or whether it determines further remodeling to the existing Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park is a more financially feasible route — the goal of the working group remains singular. 

“There’s only one goal her,” Dyster said. “Keep the team here.”

Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257

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