ALBANY — State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins revealed Thursday she was blindsided by a deal Gov. Kathy Hochul reached to commit a whopping $850 million in public money for a new Buffalo Bills stadium.
Under the agreement — announced Monday following weeks of behind-closed-doors meetings involving Hochul, Erie County officials and the franchise’s owners — New York State will dedicate $600 million in the proposed $216 billion 2023 budget for the venue’s construction, Erie County will cover $250 million and The NFL and the Bills will pay $550 million.
Asked if she knew about the specifics of the $1.4 billion project before they were released, Stewart-Cousins
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