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February 10, 2014

Dyster appointed to Buffalo Bills stadium committee

Mayor Paul Dyster has been named to a group charged with exploring options for a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills.

Governor Andrew Cuomo named the first members of the "New Stadium Working Group" on Monday.

Joining Dyster will be Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Buffalo/Niagara Partnership CEO, Dottie Gallagher-Cohen and Empire State Development President Kenneth Adams, according to published reports.

The state could appoint up to seven members to its committee, just as Erie County and the Bills can also appoint seven to partake in the discussions. The Bills signed a 10-year lease in Dec. 2012.

Dyster said he expects the group to meet in the next couple of weeks.

Dyster told Channel 2 News he believes the group would be able to discuss a variety of locations for a new stadium, although he wouldn't say whether he thinks Niagara Falls would stand a chance.

"The purpose of this is not to have communities fighting over where a stadium gets located," Dyster said. "Wherever it is that keeps the Bills in Western New York, that's what I'm in favor of."

Mayor Brown released a statement Monday night saying, “I’m pleased to be named to the stadium commission by Governor Cuomo. I look forward to working to keep the Bills in Western New York where they belong and hopefully bring a new stadium to Buffalo in the future.”

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