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Thursday, November 20, 2014

CHEEKTOWAGA — Saying "it jeopardizes public safety," Gov. Andew Cuomo is calling Sunday's scheduled 1 p.m. Bills game against the New York Jets "impractical."

Reportedly pressured by the NFL, the team is currently still planning to hold the game as scheduled, despite the several feet of snow in Orchard Park — and more on the way.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said the NFL is acting irresponsibly by pushing the team to hold the game.

“We are in a major emergency. We have had eight deaths. We still might have people in their vehicles. We have roofs collapsing. We were just touring a facility that has a couple hundred patients at a nursing home and there was seven feet of snow, with another two to three feet potential, on the flat roof of a nursing home," Poloncarz said. "If the NFL is pushing this game to be held, shame on the NFL."

The Buffalo Bills organization has offered fans $10 an hour to shovel out the stadium — plus a free ticket to an upcoming game. Getting to the stadium, however, remains difficult at best because many southtowns municipalities still have driving bans — including Orchard Park, West Seneca, Lackawanna and South Buffalo. Additionally, Route 219 is closed, as is a portion of Route 5.

If the game can't play in Buffalo on Sunday, the game could be moved to Detroit, Toronto or New Jersey, according to The game could also be moved to Monday or Tuesday, according to the sports website, either in Buffalo or elsewhere.

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