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Cuomo 'Not Convinced' Bills Need New Stadium

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — If you want to believe New York City real estate mogul Donald Trump, he's the only potential owner of the Bills who will keep the team in Buffalo.

"It must be true if he tweeted it," Gov. Andrew Cuomo quipped. "Who could argue with that?"

Cuomo made light of Trump's Twitter post Tuesday with reporters in Buffalo. He said there will be plenty of attractive bids for the team.

"Anything can change, but at this point a number of bidders who are seriously considering going forward are committed to keep the the team in Western New York," Cuomo said.

But the governor, more than ever, sounded like he doesn't believe building a new home for the Bills needs to be a part of keeping the team.

"No one is anxious to build a stadium if we don't have to build a stadium, more because no one is anxious to pay for a stadium," he said.

Cuomo said his administration has made it a point to limit government spending. Putting hundreds of millions of dollars into a new facility doesn't fit that mold.

"That's only if you really need a new stadium which, frankly, I am not convinced of. It would be more a function of what the new buyer and the NFL say is a condition to keep the team here and we're going to see how that develops down the road," he said.

The governor named representatives including Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster to a New Stadium Working Group. Dyster said they're there to make sure the state is prepared for every scenario.

"If we could get a prospective owner who would sign on to keeping the team here long term on the basis of the improvements that are currently being made at Ralph Wilson Stadium, I don't think you'd find anyone in Western New York who would object to that," Dyster said.

Cuomo continues to point out the Bills sale is a fluid situation, and a lot can change in a matter of months.

"If there was a new owner and if the new owner and the NFL say there has to be a new stadium, then the question would be when and what are the terms and who's contributing?" Cuomo said.

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