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Hochul sets January state budget as time frame for Bills stadium deal announcement

Gov. Kathy Hochul (right) addresses officials and the media in Buffalo Tuesday.
Mike Groll
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Gov. Kathy Hochul (right) addresses officials and the media in Buffalo Tuesday.

Gov. Kathy Hochul says there is no deal on a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills, but is setting herself a target date for a framework.

"We've been having a very, very good relationship and we're intent on getting this done," Hochul said. "So we are intent on keeping the Buffalo Bills here for many, many, many decades to come."

She was speaking to reporters after a COVID-19 briefing in Buffalo Tuesday. The governor said talks are continuing and gave no details.

"Conversations are ongoing. They are very complicated negotiations, as you can imagine, anytime you are negotiating with entities like this. But they are very much moving on track," she said. "My expectation is that I'll be able to address this in my budget. And so that will be the outer time frame of concluding the deal."

The governor presents her budget in mid-January. With the flood of federal money coming into the state treasury, there is likely to be lots of money for many things in the state spending plan.

Estimates for construction start well over $1 billion and go upwards from there, depending on a location in Orchard Park or in Buffalo.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.