They were just getting to know one another at the initial meeting of the three parties representing the state, Erie county and the Bills as part of the Stadium Advisory Committee, and right away all three arms of the group agreed on the amount of time it will take to reach a conclusion on what they’ve been assembled to accomplish.
“This will be a process. It will be a long process,” said Bills President & CEO Russ Brandon, who will serve as one of the co-chairs of the committee. “There is a lot of work that needs to be done, but I know that our group is up to the task and look forward to working with everyone in the future.”
“It’s an advisory committee which will be making recommendations based on the accumulation of information that’s going to take some time,” said Erie Count Executive Mark Poloncarz, also a co-chair. “I agree with Russ it’s not going to be a short process. I wouldn’t be shocked if it lasted a few years. We want to make certain when the recommendations are made, that we’ve looked under every stone and did everything possible to ask the right questions of the community and ourselves so that we know we’re doing the right plan to keep the team here long term.”
“Everybody understands the seriousness of this process,” said Lt. Governor Bob Duffy, the third co-chair. “I believe we have the right people at the table from all three entities and the people we have put on our teams. This is the first of many, many meetings. A lot of work to be done. We know what all of our goals are, but we can’t predict the future. We just have to follow the process and work and I think it was a great first step.”
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All parties involved in the new lease agreement were encouraged by the Bills renewed commitment to Buffalo with the new 10-year lease agreement. Though the Buffalo media wondered about the $28M buyout, Bills CEO Russ Brandon assured it’s a non-issue.
“The assurance is that we are standing here right now,” said Brandon. “The unwavering commitment of Ralph Wilson. The unwavering commitment of Governor Cuomo, Mark Poloncarz, our business leaders and our community leaders. This is, as I mentioned early, this is a monumental day for us. The Buffalo Bills are right here in Western New York—where we are going to be for many decades to come.”
When asked if that was a guarantee by him, Brandon offered the following.
“Guarantee. We are in Buffalo, Western New York. We are committed to this region,” said Brandon. “Mr. Wilson’s belief in this region 50 years ago is the same as it is today. We are excited about it.”
Brandon’s comments were subsequently supported by Lt. Governor Bob Duffy.
“The Buffalo Bills have never wanted to leave,” Duffy said. “They have wanted to stay here. They are a huge part of this community. It has been clear from day one. Looking at the realities, I think you take us through seven years. That is a great commitment right there. That gives us a chance as the County Executive mentioned, this community gets to look at options for a new stadium. I think anyone if there is ever an ownership change in the future, they look to how much is the community going to support this team. I do not think you can get a better support system than in Buffalo and Western New York for this team.”
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