These are exciting days in Sabreland as new owner Terry Pegula has unleashed the purse strings on the team and in doing so, unleashed a lot of excitement about the future prospects of the Sabres. Fans are downright giddy that the old regime led by Larry Quinn is nothing but a distant memory.
But this post isn't about Quinn's failed legacy in bringing a Stanley Cup to Buffalo. It's about his failed legacy on Buffalo's watefront. Quinn attacked Senator Maziarz in Sunday's Buffalo News because the Senator had the audacity to question what appears to be some ugly conflicts of interest in efforts to develop (OK, stop laughing) Buffalo's waterfront. The issues raised by the Senator which were initially reported in other Buffalo News articles revolve around favored developers and a questionable procurement process. Maziarz is particularly interested because $100 million in NYPA money is committed to this effort and as we all know, Maziarz always takes an interest in how NYPA is spending our money.
But good old Larry has a problem with the head of the Western New York state delegation questioning any of this phony baloney. Larry Quinn seems like one of these guys who believes he's always the smartest guy in the room. So, he is appalled that someone would question the wisdom of waterfront decision-making. Larry believes the Senator's inquiry will delay waterfront development......yes, years of tilting at windmills waiting for Bass Pro was OK, but making sure the integrity of public money is maintained, that creates unnecessary delay.
We urge the Senator to keep going. We're all tired of insider deals that benefit a few. And if this makes Larry Quinn unhappy, he can go screw himself like he screwed up signing Drury and Briere.