It’s time again to play follow the bouncing Cuomo! To recap New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s statements on funding a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills right after funding $227 million in renovations to the old one:
May 26, 2014: “If it was essential, I would support it.”
June 4, 2014: “I am very cautious about anything that would cost more money.”
August 10, 2014: “If we need a new stadium to keep the Bills here long term, that’s something that I’m interested in talking about.”
September 10, 2014: “I think the stadium with the renovations is doing very well.”
September 15, 2014: “The stadium’s good. Let’s stay right here for a while.”
And now yesterday:
A decision on whether and where to build a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills is not “imminent,’’ Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday in Buffalo.
After a state-funded report that the administration commissioned was released last month identifying possible sites for a new stadium, Cuomo signaled to reporters that resolution of the stadium issue is far from a burning issue for his administration.
““I’m not at a point where I have a preference … I think the location question is premature,’’ Cuomo said.
Right, it’s so not urgent that Cuomo had to appoint a state commission to investigate it. Clearly something is going on here — either the Bills’ new owners have signaled to Cuomo that they want to hush up all the stadium talk until it’s a better time, as the Buffalo News’s Tom Precious speculates, or Cuomo himself wants to wait until it’s a better time — but it’d take a state-commissioned investigation to find out what.