Saturday, December 08, 2007

Buffalo' s Future Look .. item A

Buffalo has some really good dreams and ideas.

The Buffalo Skyway reuse: It would also create a walkway to and from downtown and the waterfront. The proposal we will discuss throughout next week with Ran Webber, the structural engineer behind this proposal, can be implemented in its entirety which would connect Buffalo’s outer and inner harbors or in smaller pieces as a complimentary feature to the existing inner harbor plans.

Buffalo's Future Look item B

A major factor to be considered is that the Skyway’s superstructure is already complete as is, including foundations, structural support frame, roof (former roadway), and electrical supply and drainage systems. Once the Skyway no longer functions as an overhead roadway the advantages gained would answer and outweigh all of the arguments for taking the structure down.

The Cleveland Indians and Buffalo Bisons.

The Cleveland Indians and Buffalo Bisons today announced a two-year extension of their Player Development Contract. The deal ensures that the Herd will remain the Triple-A affiliate of the Tribe through the 2008 season.

The Bisons have had unparalleled success in the last 11 seasons as Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate. Buffalo is 908-673 (.574) since 1995, with an American Association Championship in 1997 and two International League Governors' Cup Championships (1998, 2004). The Herd has also won seven division titles and qualified for the playoffs nine times in those 11 seasons: the most successful period in the team's 121-year history of professional baseball.
"This extension is great news for our team and our fans," said Mike Buczkowski, Vice President/General Manager of the Buffalo Bisons. "The Cleveland Indians have displayed a strong commitment to winning throughout their organization and have provided us with exciting players for over a decade."

"This two-year extension through the 2008 season is the result of an outstanding professional working relationship between the Cleveland Indians, the Rich family and the entire Buffalo Bison front office," said John Farrell, Cleveland's Director of Player Development. "Over the past 12 seasons, the Indians and Bisons have been synonymous with on-field success and the development of people, players and staff for Major League careers."

Jet Blue Airways Connects to Buffalo.

JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq:JBLU) today continues to expand in the Sunshine State with the addition of nonstop service between Orlando and three cities in the Northeast -- Buffalo and Rochester, NY, and Portland, ME. With these convenient new flights, JetBlue now offers its unique brand of low-fare service to 15 nonstop destinations from Orlando International Airport.
JetBlue will fly once-daily between Orlando and both Buffalo and Rochester beginning Nov. 15, 2007 and once-daily between Orlando and Portland, ME beginning Jan. 10, 2008. To celebrate its new routes, the award-winning airline is offering a sale fare of $69(a) each way to Buffalo and $79(a) each way to Rochester and Portland.

"Today we're proud to add nonstop flights from Buffalo, Rochester and Portland to Orlando just in time for snowbird season," said Marty St. George, JetBlue's vice president of network planning. "The customer response to our low-fare service in all three Northeast cities has been tremendous, so it just makes sense to offer more of the low-fare service our customers have been asking for."

Customers prefer JetBlue for its low fares, generous and complimentary name-brand snacks and its comfy leather seats. The low-cost carrier is home to the most legroom in coach and the most free live programming of any only airline -- 36 channels of DIRECTV(r) service plus more than 100 channels of XM Satellite Radio.

"Today's news is a grand slam for JetBlue and Rochester and Buffalo area residents," said Senator Charles Schumer. "JetBlue has stepped up to the plate to make efficient and affordable air service a reality for travelers across the Finger Lakes and Western New York regions, and local residents have once again proven a basic law of economics: when you offer top-shelf service at an affordable price, people scoop it up."