BUFFALO, NY - Baseball may be "America's Past Time", but football reigns supreme in Western New York.
And on this Independence Day, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz continues to vow to have at least the "major" portions of a new stadium lease for the Buffalo Bills hammered out by the start of training camp next month, with the rest done by year's end.
Like many negotiations, he says it takes only ten percent of the time to complete ninety percent of the deal....but it's the last ten percent of the deal, which takes ninety percent of the time.
"They (The Bills) want more than I think they know they're going to get," Poloncarz told WGRZ-TV. "But but we're not going to give away the store to keep the team here. We're going to ensure that this team is economically viable and is kept here for many years. But it's my goal that the Bills contribute to part of the construction costs associated with the stadium. They know that, because they heard that directly from me, and I feel confident that when all is said and done that we're going to get a lease that is fair for all, and keeps the Buffalo Bills in this community so that they're the Buffalo Bills, not the Los Angeles Bills," Poloncarz said.
Poloncarz called the last round of talks --which were held last week-- "very productive", and says the two sides will meet again next week.