In a recent letter to Governor Kathy Hochul, upstate New York elected officials are calling for a $250 million investment in municipal ballparks in light of public dollars being spent on a new Buffalo Bills stadium.
The 2022-23 state budget is yet to be finalized, but it is expected to include a $850 million investment to build a new $1.4 billion Bills stadium, according to The Citizen.
Auburn Mayor Michael Quill, among other elected officials, signed the letter asking for a state investment to support upgrades and repairs to local ballparks.
The massive public investment in the new Bills’ stadium has come under fire because, despite the team’s owners Terry and Kim Pegula being billionaires, they will cover less than half of the constructions costs.
The state has supported municipal ballpark upgrades in the past, including $412,500 for Auburn’s Falcon Park.