Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy said today that the Cuomo administration is hoping that local connections will save the Buffalo Bills and keep them in western New York.
But the top priority for Gov. Andrew Cuomo is to keep the team in town — at least in the region.
“My sense is that there are people putting their hats and names in the ring right now, perhaps from around the country,” Duffy said. “And we’re cheering for anyone with connections to western New York.”
Duffy said he hasn’t spoken to billionaire developer Howard Milstein, who is chairman of the state Thruway Authority, about his reported interest. But Duffy spoke highly of Milstein and famed Bills quarterback Jim Kelly as possible bidders.
“I know Howard Milstein. I can’t speak to his intention for the Bills. He’s certainly a very accomplished, very successful businessperson and developer,” Duffy said.
Duffy said Cuomo “is looking at other sites, looking at the whole area: Erie County, Niagara County, for one reason: He just wants to make sure the Bills stay here.”
And Duffy also confessed a personal interest. “I don’t mind saying this: I’m a lifelong Bills fan. I’ve been a fan of the Bills my entire life. It would be devastating to have them every leave and we are all working hard to make sure that they don’t.”