NIAGARA FALLS, NY-- NYC developer Howard Milstein says he has no plans to purchase, or put in a bid for the Buffalo Bills.
Earlier this month, a source told 2 On Your Side that Milstein was interested in buying the Bills.
While that appears to be no longer the case, Milstein said in a released statement that he is still interested in helping to keep the team in WNY:
Niagara Falls Redevelopment and Mr. Milstein want to ensure that the Buffalo Bills remain in Western New York. "We are prepared to put substantial personal and business resources behind that effort, including our land in Niagara Falls, but this does not include participating in the sales process or making a bid to purchase the team," said Milstein.
"Through my work with the New York State Thruway Authority, I have come to even more fully appreciate and respect the role the team plays in the Western New York community and understand the critical importance of keeping the Bills in Western New York. I love football. I have always loved football and can't imagine our community losing this great team.
I look forward to working with all parties and any prospective buyers to help keep the Bills in upstate New York where they belong.
Milstein has owned approximately 140 acres of under-developed land just east of the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara falls for more than a decade.
Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, who was also appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve on a committee looking into the possibility of a new stadium for the Bills, told WGRZ-TV, " whether it is this (stadium) project or something else, I think our hope is there's a window of opportunity now to move on development of the Milstein properties."
Meanwhile, sources tell Two On Your Side that representatives of AECOM, a California-based architectural and design firm, hired by the state to scout potential stadium sites, will be in Western New York as early as tomorrow to start that process. We are told the process is being conducted with an eye toward unveiling a short list of 3 or 4 sites with the best potential by mid July.
"Obviously our city planning department is available to assist them in any way," said Dyster. "If your'e looking at the possibility of a Niagara County stadium then this (the Milstein land) is a property you would look at . I think if you're looking at the city of Niagara Falls proper, I don't know of anywhere else we would even have that could be considered."