The Legacy of Corruption Part 1
by Pat Freeman
The emotional snowball effect of possibly losing our favorite past time after the passing of Buffalo Bills founder Ralph Wilson in 2014 still is having a lasting effect on the decision making of Western New York.
The lack of understanding of how the league operates now in 2016 is the greatest difficulty that permeates through Western New York’s leadership who continue to fumble the opportunity to build a year round revenue engine in downtown Buffalo based on the 21 century plan of Gentrification of the city of Buffalo. This long term strategic take over of Buffalo’s Waterfront, Downtown, and East side with a new affluent population is being implemented right in front of all of us. Rather than improve the lives of existing residents, Buffalo has followed the national trend which is to force out the poor to make way for new affluent residents to revitalize our urban areas. Here we are calling it a Renaissance, but in actuality it is a redistricting program rooted in the worst that America can offer. The sad thing about this there are very few us that have recognized that we are in the fight of our lives. Transplants that are now being either subpoenaed or soon will be, were not banking on a new leadership rising here that fears none of you. The evidence on how this group has continued to manipulate all phases of economic development in Western New York has caught the attention of Washington D.C.
Yes finally the control of economics, media, and politics is really the main source of the investigation into the Buffalo Billion program. Those that have benefited from this long reign of corruption now fear for their very lives. The question of who will be next in the round up of political corruption has many living in absolute fear. Success and power seems to yield to the thought that I’m bigger than the law, or it will not happen to me.
The Outer Harbor stadium complex proposal which is a privately funded development attracted so much attention from the mass population that it’s derailment by New York corruption will be the next phase of subpoenas. The documented trail on how public officials used their positions to influence land, and private development will not miss the desk of the U. S Attorney’s office. These are violations of the Public Integrity law, and can’t be ignored now that the trail of corruption has widened from the Buffalo Billion, and the school reconstruction project. Most of you do not realize the RiverBend project was given a $750 million dollar tax subsidy, and that land site was removed from a possible new stadium site that would have created 10-15,000 living wage jobs for a project that will only create 1500 jobs that most of you do not qualify for. The strategic corruption of this state will become a front and center issue during a presidential year where both presumptive nominees have heavy ties to one of the most corrupt states in the United States of America . Next week check out part 2 on the mismanagement of a new downtown stadium- The legacy of corruption in Western New York.
Pat Freeman writes for the Buffalo Criterion. If you enjoy talking about the world of sports tune into the number#1 sports show in the nation every Saturday from 4:00-5:00PM hosted by WUFO Sports Director Patrick Freeman on 1080AM WUFO radio, radio app., or via the internet at www.wufoam.com. Or catch Sports Update for clbTV (ch.20 Buffalo) and YouTube. Also join us for the number#1 recap show every Monday at 7:25AM with Lee Pettigrew, and The Mighty O’Ba Pat Freeman.