Last week, the New York Times reported that the Assembly’s Corporations, Authorities and Commissions committee intends to review the Cuomo administration’s decision to negotiate the use of a luxury suite at Rich Stadium, where the Buffalo Bills play their home games.
The state agreed to contribute $54 million to the Bills retention effort, while Erie County is paying $35 million. As part of the deal, the state will receive the use of a 12-seat luxury box.
According to Empire State Development corporation (ESDC) head Ken Adams, the suite will be used by ESD to promote tourism and Western New York. He said that it “will be a great way to show off Buffalo and the region to businesses seeking to relocate to our state.”
We are pleased the Bills will be staying in Erie County for at least the next seven seasons, and we hope they remain in the area for many more.
With respect to the stadium suite, let’s hope that ESDC officials use it effectively, and are able to help convince job creators that our region is a good place to site their businesses. We think that it will take a lot more than a Bills game to do that, though. Which is why we will continue to push to limit state spending growth, long-overdue regulatory reforms and mandate relief to make our communities more affordable.