Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants to find a way to keep the Buffalo Bills in Western New York, but he won’t say whether real estate mogul Donald Trump is the answer.
Trump, who is worth an estimated $3.9 billion, says he has been urged to buy the team, which may leave Buffalo in the wake of owner Ralph Wilson’s death.
“I’d keep the team in Buffalo. I think it’s something that is really vital to the area,” Trump told a local radio station. “It would be catastrophic, in my opinion, if Buffalo lost the Buffalo Bills.”
Schumer, who has been named to a working group to find a new home for the team in or around Buffalo, declined to comment on the prospect.
“I’m not getting into any owners, we want to keep them in Buffalo, period,” he said.
Schumer’s priority is to make sure New York state doesn’t lose the only team that actually plays home games within its borders — the Jets and Giants play in New Jersey.
“I’ve worked very hard over the years to encourage the small market teams to get some revenue sharing. Bills are the heart and soul of Buffalo just like cold weather and hard work. We have to keep them there,” he said.
Trump, who has flirted several times with running for the GOP presidential nomination and a bid for New York governor, has also supported Schumer with political donations. He has given $5,000 to Schumer’s campaign since may of 2009, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.