Kearns Calls for Transparency, Public Input for New Stadium Working Group

April 14, 2014 Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 6:12 PM EDT

By Jill Perkins

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April 14, 2014 Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 6:12 PM EDT

West Seneca, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) Big questions hang over the Buffalo Bills. Where and how will a new stadium take shape for the team?

Now, a local lawmaker wants to put the public on the front-lines of finding the answer.

State Assemblyman Mickey Kearns says he is not a fan of the secretive meeting style the New Stadium Working Group has used so far.

Kearns says under open meeting law, the panel does not have to make any changes, but because this is a private-public partnership, he feels that it should be an open and transparent process.

Kearns has written a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, asking for open meetings to allow the public to remain informed and engaged with the remainder of the process.

The group was put into place as a part of the Bills lease agreement, to explore ideas for either renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium or to build a new stadium altogether.

Kearns has also added a section to his website where the community can share their input regarding the process.

"This is about the public trust," said Kearns.

"This might be the most important decision we're gonna make in approximately 50 years. It will have a major impact on the economy and we trust the people that are on this board, however there is an old saying- trust but verify."

Kearns plans to show the New Stadium Working Group the comments that fans do post to his website.

To add a comment click on the "important links" tab on Kearns' website. http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Michael-P-Kearns/