Bills Lease Negotiations Delayed.

September 12, 2012 Updated Sep 12, 2012 at 7:34 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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September 12, 2012 Updated Sep 12, 2012 at 7:34 PM EDT


Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced that it looked doubtful a new lease agreement with the Buffalo Bills would be reached by the end of 2012.

"And trust me, I'm disappointed because I went out there and said I want to get this done," said the County Executive.

While Mark Poloncarz declined to comment about what is holding things up, it is being reported that New York State was not available for several meetings - an accusation denied by State officials.

The current 15-year lease expires in July 2013, but the Buffalo Bills have given assurances to Erie County that they are open to the idea of a one-year lease extension.

"By doing an extension, it gives us one more year so that at least there is not this gun at our head," added County Executive Poloncarz.

While specific details about negotiations are not being revealed, it is known that the Buffalo Bills are asking for over $200-million dollars in up-grades to Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Public funds from state and local Governments would be required to pay for most of the renovations.

The Bills design plans called for construction and repairs to be made during three off-season periods starting in 2013, but delays in the lease process will push back that timeline.

The delay will also force the Bills to miss a deadline to file for a stadium repair loan from the NFL.

In order to apply for the leagues G-4 funding, which would finance $30-$40 million dollars of the stadium improvements, the Buffalo Bills needed to submit a final plan by September 19-20.

The team will not have another opportunity to apply for the money until the NFL's annual spring meeting in mid-March 2013.