Albany, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) The possibility that the Buffalo Bills could get a new stadium is that much stronger after Governor Andrew Cuomo named the first five people who will make up a board to explore the idea.
"The Cuomo administration has said that it's commitment to keeping the bills in Western New York is an unwavering commitment. It's not too soon to start planning for the future for something that we think is gonna be an important benefit," said Paul Dyster, Mayor of Niagara Falls.
Dyster was one of those named by Cuomo to be on the board. The list also included Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Dottie Gallagher-Cohen and Kenneth Adams, Empire State Development President.
They will make up a board of up to 21 people, as New York State, Erie County and the Bills are each able to select seven people to look at all aspects for the possible construction of a new stadium.
"It there was a new ownership group that committed to keeping the bills in WNY that felt it was critically important to have a new stadium, then we would certainly want to be in the position to give them various options to what might be done with the new stadium," said Dyster.
The creation of the panel was one of many terms agreed upon when the Bills signed a 10 year lease back at the end of 2012, which also included money that would go to current renovations of Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Dyster said "this is a great opportunity for us to pull together as a region and show that we can cooperate for the common good."