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May 21, 2013

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Niagara Gazette — The Falls' representatives' resolution makes no mention of Erie County, which recently got the Bills to sign on for seven more years at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. After amendment live on the floor Tuesday night, after lawmaker Peter Smolinski, R-North Tonawanda, raised an objection, it also makes no specific mention of a stadium being built in Niagara Falls.

The lack of verbiage in the resolution to soothe neighboring Erie County was viewed as problematic by several Republican legislators.

Clyde Burmaster of Ransomville told a quick story about the Niagara legislature passing a sentimental resolution regarding the Buffalo Zoo being welcome here, in the late 1990s when the zoo had troubles with Erie County, and particular "feathers being ruffled" as a result. He said he worries the Bills resolution could ruin the "good will" built between counties since then.

In the end, Burmaster voted for the resolution, but John Syracuse of Newfane did not, because, he said, it would needlessly offend a neighbor and regional partner. "We do enough of these feel-good resolutions," he added.

Also voting "no" were Majority Caucus Leader Rick Updegrove of Lockport and legislators Mike Hill, R-Hartland, and Tony Nemi, I-Lockport.

The intent of the resolution isn't to try luring the Bills away from Erie County, it's stating a wish to see the Bills stay in Western New York after 2020, Zona said.

"This is just a symbolic resolution, we don't want to lose our football team," he said.

Of the votes against it, Zona added, "It's just their usual grandstanding. It's politics. I've come to expect that."

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