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NYS Democratic Convention Starts - Jeremy Zellner

May 20, 2014|

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  1. Cong. Brian Higgins- NFL TV Blackout Tonight

    Thu, 28 Aug 2014

    Another game blacked out tonight for local Buffalo Bills fans. As the final pre season game did not sell out congressman Brian Higgins has been lobbying hard to end the blackouts is on the WB my congressman good morning. Are we gonna have to endure another season of this. Well hopefully. The single handedly equal recognize that the black oval it's unfair to fans support. I directly aimed directly to the tax dollars. That he mentally and by extension. When you know we talk to a couple of weeks ago with one of the FCC commissioners sheet to. Agree that the blackouts should end now with that said congressman. When do you think the FCC is going to take a vote on this. I think it will be your vote this September. nothing to eliminate the black couple then went into public comment period. And commissioner outcry came to buffalo to announce that he would support. An elimination of the FCC rule that requires cable companies to abide by the week's black out policy. That you can remind yourself like a policies mr. professional sport. You know all the teams can that be televised to the fast velocity two hours before the start thinking. So we you know we think it's a forty year old rule and all of the public comment has been taking there's no evidence to support. You know any financial loss on the part of civil war the certificates The question. When that they have and I think they've the FCC elimination of school. Will be a major step toward. And he missed like a policy altogether. cool does benefit from the blackout or initially when it when it. Went into place forty years ago who benefited. I guess the teams did because the teams with the writing most of their revenue from ticket that the longer the case now with television talent in advertising. They think these principles of marketing here reached frequencies so. You know why would lead one fans by not having. By blocking access attitude team because that's a big part. I'm building a loyal fan base success possible deals and making sure absolutely definitely has done. So I just think you know at the wanna be told what to do but when you consider the 75%. 75%. In the stadium improvements throughout the confined to protect our it seems to me that fans are being harmed by these antiquated policy. Had the Federal Communications Commission recognizes that and and believe in that it recognizes as well. You know on the issue of fans being harmed by this policy in the past two really be driven home here in buffalo congressman don't you think because. We are considered a small national football League City. And we have a stadium that's much bigger in capacity than other a big cities around the country and trying to. A sellout of pre season game is not that easy around here. That's director of the league average if for general feeling is that 67 dollars and Ralph Wilson Stadium currently. 73000. The 6000 more. Purging to a point black out. And but let you know as you know the figure this team's performance ahead to carry very loyal fan base. Can't and they also support. So the team through their tax dollars but forty adding to the economic depression or changing economics the NFL has changed. And then I get surprised with the NFL and for their own self interest. Has been limited to black out war altogether because when you really. You know do a thorough review update. There's no evidence to support the black don't rule is beneficial and there's clear evidence that is harmful analyst opinions but that is the team's bottom line so again I think it's the team whether it's legal ground at this. Sooner rather than later but I think this SEC rule elimination could be very very important in this and objectives. If the FCC does vote in September to end the black would it be immediate or is there another layer of votes that need. Need I need is somewhere else. The gonna have to come around this would this would remove the federal government's role in requiring cable companies to abide by black hole. So it wouldn't be eliminated altogether but we think it's a major major piece that one's that temple was eliminated this leak will be forced to. I'll look at you look at this old antiquated rule which goes back 1970. Tree actually. Congressman we're glad you could join us thanks for the update. Congressman Brian Higgins.

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Let's go live to Belleville on Long Island the side of the state Democratic Convention and check in with. Erie county Democratic Party chairman Jeremy Zeller Jeremy good morning. Good morning Susan -- got Gloria. Great thanks for the time this is starting today but. How you get the excitement going for this convention when there is really no suspense. And when the incumbent governor is running away with the polls. Well play I think a lot of Democrats are excited because of the results that are governor has brought to our community specifically but we also have the rest of the ticket as well with our attorney general and our control we look forward to hearing from them this week to. Okay now lieutenant governor and you guys have done a great job in keeping all those big secret is there any chance Jeremy -- -- any chance at all. When the governor announces his choice. That it will not be any of the names that have been circulating is there any chance of that. Certainly I mean there's been a lot of names circulating and at this point you don't nobody really knows what's going to be there's a lot of speculation and -- he could go outside the box so it took find somebody that nobody's really taking -- How long does the governor keep the secret from people like you the chairman of the the in of the executive committees across the state and the counties. Well I suspect once we get to melt so I'm I'm on my way there are so currently I'm not there yet but once we get there -- we have not several different caucuses and by then I'm sure that this will be getting out and we will all get together to support for. Hey Jeremy Jimmy feel kind this morning from capitol New York is tweeting. On the lieutenant governor speculation. He's saying it's not going to be Byron brown or -- how local but instead that Cuomo aides have vetted. Cesar -- is who's currently the secretary of state and in Cuomo's cabinet. Why would he be a good choice. Well I think he brings it could ethnic balance to the -- I think he's a good certainly he's proven himself as secretary of state. He's he's really a statewide official already. And so I think his strengths. Aren't that you -- some strong government experience statewide. And I'm obviously close with the governor and -- what the governor is really looking for someone to bring his massive -- throughout the state so we need an energetic person -- -- -- Jeremy the governor of course is going to be nominated once we get the name of the lieutenant governor. There is attorney general controller you mentioned earlier will let anything else to make news under the convention besides all that. I don't think so I think we're gonna come out of the convention very strong I think the Republican message statewide it is it is just flawed I think we saw that this weekend with their candidate coming here and kind of bashing the multiple billion. And I think we're a strong opposition to take all three seats and hold onto those seats. There's been some speculation that a big name could appear at the convention this week any hints may be. Bill or Hillary Clinton. I'll tell you that would really get everybody got their feet and are ready to go out work out there will be wonderful we saw that if you remember in 2006 and we had a convention here -- -- Also president and mrs. Clinton more -- here it was a it was really exciting time. -- we thank you for the time this morning. Thank you can't thank you are -- have a good week that's -- Stoner he's chairman of Erie county's Democratic Party on his way to -- Melville Long Island for the state Democratic Convention.

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