EXCLUSIVE: Congel Interested in Bills: Has Connection to Golisano & Cuomo

July 18, 2014 Updated Jul 18, 2014 at 9:22 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

July 18, 2014 Updated Jul 18, 2014 at 9:22 PM EDT

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WKBW) Syracuse developer Scott Congel confirmed in an exclusive interview with Channel Seven's Ed Reilly that he is very serious about buying the Bills in order to make sure the team stays in Western New York.

Congel says he is exploring buying the team as an individual or with partners.

There was speculation that former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano might team up with Congel in a bid to buy the Bills.

Congel said he has a friendship with Golisano but would only add that he is looking at options for a possible Bills buying partnership.

On Thursday, Scott Congel met with Town of West Seneca officials to discuss details of Congel's "Seneca Place" plan to redevelop the old Seneca Mall site off Slade Avenue in West Seneca.

Working with Congel's group as a lobbyist is well-connected political operative Steve Pigeon (Former Erie County Democratic Party Chairman), who still has close ties with both Tom Golisano and Governor Cuomo.

Scott Congel also confirmed that his new partnership with HKS architects from Dallas (a major designer of sports complexes) might result in plans to construct a stadium at the Seneca Place site in the future.

Watch Ed Reilly's report for more information.