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Erie County Legislature addresses options for new convention center

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The Erie County Legislature held a meeting on Thursday, hoping to get some questions answered about a highly-anticipated study on a future convention center in downtown Buffalo.

The legislature looked at how much a new convention center would benefit the county.

The study recommends two options for a new center.

One is to expand the current site into the neighboring Statler. The other is to build a new facility where the HSBC atrium currently stands.

Some legislature members aren't convinced by the study, but community members say doing nothing isn't an option.

Legislature Minority Leader Joseph Lorigo said "I have a lot of questions. How are we going to pay for something like this? There's been no evidence presented to me at this point that the state is going to kick in any money, and when I ask how much the state has kicked in for similar convention centers, that answer is always elusive."

Before a vote happens on the future of a convention center, Lorigo tells us additional studies are possible, if not likely.

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