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No mention of Bills stadium plan in State of the State address

One thing missing from Governor Kathy Hochul’s State of the State address Wednesday was any mention of a new home for the Buffalo Bills.

NY State of Politics reports the Governor had originally set January 1st as the deadline for a deal between the state, Erie County and the team. The feeling in Albany was that the speech would be the perfect time to lay out a new stadium plan. Political analyst Jack O’Donnell said “I think it really comes down to maybe they’re still not quite there on the deal, even if they’re getting close.”

Various plans have been floated for renovations to the current stadium in Orchard Park or a new facility in Orchard Park or downtown Buffalo. A study released by the Governor on the Friday of Thanksgiving week said a new Orchard Park stadium would cost at least $1.4 billion.

Largely missing from the discussion is whether spending taxpayer money on a football stadium is a good use of public money. There will be likely be some opposition to that spending when a final stadium plan is released.