Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday touted the 10-year lease agreement reached last year to keep the Buffalo Bills in town.
Cuomo was at the Bills home opener, highlighting his efforts to help New York’s largest upstate city. He’s pledged $1 billion in state investments in the city, and last year reached the deal to keep the Bills in town and renovate Ralph Wilson Stadium.
“Speculation went on for a long time and in truth there was a genuine question as to what was going to happen,” Cuomo told reporters about the future of the Bills (seen left with Bills great Jim Kelly). “And we came to an agreement with the Bills where we have a 10-year commitment.”
Cuomo lost Erie County in 2010 to hometown favorite Carl Paladino. Cuomo has since made Buffalo a top priority, and Cuomo is seeking re-election next year.
“It’s just another chapter in the story of the new Buffalo and the energy about Buffalo and the developments that are happening in Buffalo,” Cuomo said. “Everywhere you turn you see more progress.”
Cuomo added that the Bills are part of the fabric of the city.
“It’s just another big step forward for Buffalo and western New York to know that the Bills are going to be here,” Cuomo continued. “They are not only a big part of the community; they’re also a big part of the economy.”