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Parties optimistic on Bills stadium deal despite no mention in Gov.'s address

N.Y. Gov. Kathy Hochul did not mention during her state of the state address in Albany the "ongoing negotiations about how much the public will help to finance a new $1.4 billion stadium" for the Bills, but all parties involved have indicated they are "approaching a deal, despite passing the Dec. 31 deadline long established by the Bills," according to Wolf & O'Shei of the BUFFALO NEWS. Hochul, a Western N.Y. native, has "repeatedly said" she intends to keep the Bills there. Hochul previously stated that she was "confident a deal could be reached by March." NFL owners "would need to vote on any agreement at the annual league meeting" from March 27-30 in Palm Beach. The final state budget is due April 1. Erie County Exec Mark Poloncarz on Tuesday said that the parties "have engaged in 'significant discussions over the last two weeks' and that 'some progress has been made,' but that a deal was not expected in the next few days" (BUFFALO NEWS, 1/6).

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